Monday, February 03, 2014

An Inquest Into The Deconstruction Of A Keyring


It was the cricket club Christmas lunch yesterday (don't ask, it's been a difficult year for English cricket). There was turkey and trimmings and crackers and some rather splendid Budweiser Budvar beer (the Czech one not the American one). My Christmas cracker contained a rather nice plastic key ring which doubled as a puzzle. Spurred on by the first bottle of Budweiser (the Czech one not the American one) I decided to test my powers of deconstruction and reconstruction. "I wouldn't do that if I were you", said the adjacently seated Cousin Dave, "you'll never get it back together again". I should point out that the said Cousin has never had any faith in my technical or mechanical abilities, so I decided to prove him wrong once and for all  .... after a second soothing bottle of Budvar (the Czech one not the American one). It was trickier than I expected and I had to resort to a third bottle of Bud (the Czech .... you know the rest) in order to improve my manual dexterity, and eventually I had to abandon the task until I had been taken home. Then, with a little help from some fine old malt whisky and some strips of sellotape, I eventually got it back together again as my second picture clearly shows.

I noticed the following announcement in the Halifax Courier of the 7 February 1914:


What this has to do with the first part of my post, I am not entirely sure. But I suppose I have been conducting a bit of an inquest into what happened at the cricket club Christmas dinner and I would like to stress that, along with Mrs Wade, I had nothing to do with it.

10 comments:

  1. Now there's a teaser - not the keyring, but the inquest on Tuesday at Booth Town. Have you looked it up?

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  2. I can clearly see you got it back together! LOL I am surprised at all the folks still having Christmas parties in February! Wow, even a few of the major companies around here are just now celebrating. Of course count me in too on the case of Booth Town. I like a mystery!

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  3. I think the English cricketers are also 'taking the 5th'.

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  4. What happened to the big pink bit?
    And me too. I want to know about the inquest.

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  5. Love it; you write well!

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  6. You still haven't missed the bits that went under the table, or else dissolved in the suds splashed on the bar. Other than that, well done.

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  7. Now that's a round about story to excuse yourself from your failure at the puzzle!! Good one!

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  8. Thank goodness for the malt whiskey. You may have never made those improvements on the puzzle without it.

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  9. Ah, sellotape. I'm too 'stuck up' to use anything cheaper.

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  10. You need to give that to an eight-year old.

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