By Crikey reporter Jane Nethercote


Warning: this is a gratuitous and thoroughly navel-gazing report.

The Crikey team is never off duty. And that was certainly true on Friday night, when we fronted up to the salubrious Imperial
Hotel on
Spring
Street for the Melbourne Press Club’s annual trivia night.

It was Crikey’s first showing at the event and being minus Stephen
Mayne (New York), Christian Kerr (Adelaide), Glenn Dyer
(Sydney), Di Gribble and Eric Beecher (no excuses), we expected to come marvellously
undone in the presence of our peers – the room was filled with a dozen or so teams
from Channel Ten, the Herald Sun, Channel Nine, the ABC, RMIT, The Law Institute of
Victoria, the Supreme Court and other media bodies.

But we had luck – and Crikey philosopher/psephologist Charles Richardson
on our side. Who knew that “Peace & Prosperity” was Victoria’s
motto and that the coat of arms of Victoria’s Supreme Court was a lion
and a unicorn? Charles did.

For a brief and shining moment, the Crikey team, Los Burros (yes, that’s Spanish for donkey), took the lead,
buoyed by a clean sweep of the music round and a disturbing knowledge of Get Smart minutiae.

Sadly however, in the final round, the mighty Supreme Court team – carry
over champions whose Guy Stayner delivered a mean hip and shoulder to
Sophie Vorrath in the musical chairs round – came into its own. We
knew it was all over when they started
high-fiving as answers were being read out.

In the final tally, Crikey finished up equal second with Channel Nine. Charles was sent in to answer a Price is Right-style
tie-breaking question about how many games Craig Bradley played for
Carlton, but his footy knowledge was patchy at best, and we lost,
missing out on eight bottles of wine and second placing.

But Crikey came away with a 2006 calendar, a priceless photo of
Charles wearing the trivia king crown, and our dignity intact. And
we’ve already got our eye on next year’s prize. We’ll be going after
our new nemesis – watch your back, Supreme Court.

Peter Fray

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