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Institute of Advanced Study

Durham Bluff - February 2013

Durham Bluff - results Epiphany Term 2013

In Durham Bluff this term, the home players edged ahead to win 7-5 after a lively exchange of lies. Honours go to Ray Land for his imaginative disquisitions about ownership of a boat-shaped Arabian lute and forays into Afghanistan; to Caitríona Ní Dhúill for evocative descriptions of entirely imaginary Greek beings and Islamic well rituals; and to Roy Quinlan for his ability to maintain wide-eyed innocence in telling whoppers about rings around planets and Argentinian whores.

The IAS Fellows’ team almost evened the score with Jerry Moore’s authoritative use of artistic diagrams and purported resemblance to Harrison Ford; Mary Manjikian’s persuasive French accent in exoticising words with no French meaning whatsoever; and Robert Hannah’s highly believable impression of a crustacean Dorian Gray.

Director of Ceremonies for this term’s game was Martin Ward who kept proceedings going at a good clip by threatening to slump forward onto the desk and moan if anyone droned on for too long. He was ably assisted by IAS Secretary Audrey Bowron who resisted all attempts at bribery and kept accurate scores. Special thanks also go to Grey College, who provided players with a delicious dinner at which the world, if not set to rights, was definitely given a thorough going over.