Snippets II – Part 2

Dear Mum,

A group of British revellers in their early twenties were sitting at a nearby table, playing word games.

“Name 10 islands in the Mediterranean”

“Majorca, Ibiza,”

Or to be more accurate  –  “Ibeefa”,

“Malta, Sicily, Corfu, Crete, Rhodes…”

They were going well.

“Corsica, Sardinia…”

They were stuck for a tenth one.

Eventually someone said,

“Gibraltar”.

No-one questioned it…

And no-one said Cyprus!

– – – – –

“Name 10 countries in the Mediterranean”

Spain, France, Italy, Greece…

(long pause)

This was obviously a tough one!

“Malta”

Yup. Five to go.

“Gibraltar”

Ok. It’s a British Overseas Territory, but I guess it’s officially classed as a country. And it is on the Mediterranean side of the Strait of Gibraltar. So it just scrapes in.

“What are them Yugoslav countries called now?”

“Bosnia”

This was accepted. Presumably because no-one knew any different! Even I had to look that one up when I got home. I knew that Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro all had Mediterranean coastlines. But I thought that Bosnia was stopped short of the Med by Croatia. Well it turns out that Bosnia has about 1km of access to the Med. A lucky strike!

No-one suggested any of the other four former Yugoslav countries.

Seven down. Three to go.

Was it really that tough? Don’t they teach geography in schools any more?

Someone had a brainwave.

“Turkey”

Two more please.

Believe it or not, they gave up at this point and went on to ‘Name the Ten Commandments.’ I knew there was little hope with that one, although they were quite inventive and came up with quite a few things they definitely shouldn’t do…!

But what about all the North African countries? Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt.

And the Middle-Eastern countries. Israel, Lebanon, Syria.

Their minds were all fixed on European countries, of which they’d only left out Albania and Monaco, I think.

And last but not least,

WHAT ABOUT CYPRUS???

– – – – –

“Name Snow White’s ten dwarfs”

They all thought that was hilarious!

Alcohol will do that to you every time.

But they had a go at the Seven and then made up a few of their own. I think they probably ended up with about 20 Dwarfs in all, including Prancer and Dancer!

The only other additions I can remember are Gropey, Sleazy, Stroppy, Lanky and Dipsticky!

Plus a couple that were too rude to mention before the 9 o’clock watershed!

They missed out Bashful and Doc though. Everyone always does…

 

©MPB 17/September/2007

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