KGS Friends Quiz Night 2015


What creature did Byron keep in his study at Oxford University?

I was delighted to attend my first ever KGS Friends Quiz Night on Saturday 14 November where nine teams comprising parents and Old Kingstonians wracked their brains to answer such teasers as ‘In 1698, Tsar Peter the Great imposed a tax on what?’ – Clue: it’s not vodka, as I had wrongly guessed!

Playing Paxman for the night was Nick Bond, ably supported by sixth form prefects and Katie Raymond, Alumni Relations Officer. I joined a team who had the dubious honour of coming second nearly every single year and as our Joker only yielded us six points out of a possible 20 I felt that even second place might be a tall order on this occasion.

Perhaps it was the sustenance afforded to us by Jerry’s delicious curry, but by the end of the penultimate round we somehow found ourselves in contention with a slender half point lead – could we finally break the curse of always being the nearly men?

Alas it wasn’t to be, as we struggled during the unexpectedly tough Films round, finishing a somewhat disappointing fourth place. However, much fun was had and our congratulations go to the Bayliss teamand a huge thank you to Anne Lewis-Lloyd and Katie Raymond for organising such a wonderful evening.

In case you’re wondering, Byron kept a bear in his study!

Chris Conneely

Acting Development Director