For the record, we have been responsible for the low-budget flyers which unsuspecting maths students, philosophy students and Rootes residents may have picked up. Generally the blog address accompanied by a witty one-liner. I use "witty" in the broadest sense. We even have the promotional artwork of the 'mazin' Christine on the door of P 3rd kitchen. This is the self-same Christine who, amongst other feats of generosity and fortitude, wrote up a complete set of lecture notes for both Anthony and Colin for no less than two whole consecutive maths lectures while they had a lie-in which would be unconscionable had they not spent the previous night having a crack at breaking the Tesco record. Also an avid player of Fluxx, she remains the undefeated champion at that game in the red-haired female sub-category. But I digress…
The main point of this entry is to gloat over the fact that our publicity has not done a Noah's pigeon on us, but has actually returned with an olive brance, in the form of Mr Seagrave, who, incidentally, is running for some kind of Union rep position. On his canvassing rounds, he happened upon the three Glassball patriarchs in their natural territory, and recognised them from the Blog photos!! (Note that Anthony went unremarked, choosing for the moment to keep his identity a mystery to the hordes of eager, but blind, admirers). However, I'm definitely casting him a vote or three, thanks to his enthusiasm over the game and his willingness to take a break from the scintillating task of sucking up to Rootes residents to play a point or two with us.
Soon after he left, the nature of the game deteriorated somewhat, and was only just rescued by the invention of a new variation – Gladiatorial Glassball (with triple alliteration – the only other known example of this is Foolish Football). Gladiatorial Glassball appears, to the untrained eye, like a slightly jumpier version of Glassball, only with more bad smashes than usual. This is not the case. OK, it might be, but there's a reason behind it: Points can be won in the usual manner, but sooner or later, someone will attempt to smash the ball into their opponent. The longer the rally has gone on for before the sucessful smash, the more points you achieve. If your opponent dodges, you lose a point, as in normal Glassball. Another twist is the bottles. On the odd occasion that you glance a shot off the bottles and it hits your opponent, score double the usual number of points. Play to 21.
Health and Safety note: The first bottle to be knocked over by a table tennis ball was during Gladiatorial Glassball. This was quickly followed by two more, in a single hour. Judging by these standards, mathematically speaking, the chance of being hit by a bottle playing Gladiatorial Glassball compared to normal Glassball are infinitely higher, so watch out.
BTW, check out the recently updated picture of our sponsor, Mr Baldwin – now with an authentic close-up of his badge to prove it!