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Biddenden Wine tasting and Kent and East Sussex Railway  22 Aug 2013

What A great day out! We learned about the history of Biddenden changing from being an apple orchard and losing money and the risk of laying down wines at a time when it was very risky, but now challenging the French and German wineries.in respect of the taste of the wines. All whilst simultaneously treated to a history of British pop groups, and an explanation of Village names.  And the wines were very palatable too, and made us forget that it was raining outside.

But the shower passed and we set off, in good spirits, for Tenterden for lunch - with the majority dining or sandwiching at the railway station restaurant. The train arrived and we duly jumped on board to sit in the old seats, experienced a 1940's clickety clack ride over the rails that we had forgotten about. moving slowly through the countryside, with time to notice the houses, cattle and fields (instead of them rushing by in a blur as nowadays), time to stop at each station, for passengers to alight or get on, and conversation being punctuated by the train whistle. Train enthusiasts had a great time relating the history of the engines pulling the train, and those engines in the siding and being restored. Great day,enjoyed by all who went.

Grand Quiz Night 2013 wasGenerally agreed to be a good evening’s entertainment, but slightly harder than last year, and more favourable to those who specialise in crosswords, crozzles and anagrams.

The night started with an easy Quiz of Twisted British Towns and continued into European Flags, which proved that most of us still only recognise our near neighbours' flags, and have little idea of the wider EU.  Judged to be the most difficult Quiz, with teams averaging less than half the flags right.

Then onto the Weather quiz, and recognising cloud formations; unsurprisingly, the ex-pilots did well on this quiz. By half-time, the team named We Haven't Got One Yet  was leading and the Optimists were second.

After the meal break, the quiz "Events in History" was also judged to be difficult and Dingbats drove some contestants crazy. The Marathon,  The world We Live , favoured the well-travelled. But had some multiple choice questions to help those who were just guessing. The Young Ones  team had been joint leaders after the six quizzes, but suddenly sprinted in the Marathon, to be judged Winners , with the team Five Loose Women and their Minder coming second.

So another close contest this year, but put the brain cells back in the cupboard, and bring them out again next year.

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