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Overheard on BBO…

Not having been on a bus for six months I feel starved of the joy of hearing strange snippets of conversations. I’m having to resort to snippets I “overhear on BBO”. Today we have:

“I’m playing with a ROBOT today because Margaret is at the hairdressers”.

Online TDing…. generates a few strange TD calls!

Yesterday I was called to bridge table by a player holding

S —
D KT98743
Q A865

Player “I can’t see my hand, the bidding box is blocking it”

Jules “OK, could you try clicking on the box”

Player “Still can’t see”

Jules “Can you try dragging the bidding box?”

Player “No, that doesn’t work”

Jules “Is there a play button, or a back arrow that you can see?”

Player “Nope”

Jules “OK, trying signing off and on again to see whether the problem resolves itself”.

Player “I’m back. I still can’t see part of my hand.”

Jules “OK, so what part of your hand can’t you see?”

Player “My spades….”

Jules “!!!”

Of course as online TDs we can’t actually see what the player can (or can’t) see on their screen, so really just trying to proffer a series or “useful suggestions” to try and resolve the problem!

The Hay Book Festival has gone digital!

I know we all seem to be rediculously busy at present (well I seem to be, but maybe it is all a mirage!), but I know there are many bookfest fans at the Melville.

The Hay Book Festival (18-31 May) has gone digital. All events are free, and you can book up via their website and watch from the comfort of your own living room!


MBA Online Lesson Experiment….

With some moral and practical support from David, Ed and Paul Gipson I “succeeded” (sort of) in running one of the MBA classes online this morning using Zoom (which allowed me to share PowerPoint slides, and my BBO screen).

We also managed to play a few practice hands at a BridgeBaseOnline teaching table too.

It’s all a new experience using other platforms to try and deliver classes, and lots of practicing required to make this work well. It was a little traumatic for me, and maybe for attendees too, but a few claimed to have enjoyed the session!!