October 3, 2011
Watching University Challenge this evening, we miss Bamber Gascoigne, though not his tendency to favour the Oxbridge teams. I wonder what he'd make of all these 'new' universities. While their friends support them from the audience earnest young people with scarves and cuddly toys answer questions about obscure stuff: Canadian states, latin names for strange part of the body, magnetic flux and 13th century fresco artists. We like it when we can answer a few, and give each other a round of applause, even more enthusiastic if we get something that they don't know, then we feel a little smug.