Smithfield meat market may not be as classy as Soho House, but it
managed to attract a big media crowd to a pop-music ’team of the year’
Twenty teams, with seven from such esteemed organisations as the
Guardian, the Telegraph, the Times, Mail on Sunday, Redwood, IPC and Top
of the Pops magazine struggled to answer a complicated series of topical
(and not so topical) teasers organised by Mansfield Lang Direct.
Questions about obscure 70s bassists stumped all but one team - that
from the Times - which was ultimately victorious.
Redwood Publishing, who were joint second, later claimed in an internal
e-mail that the team from the Times had cheated and showed themselves to
be bad winners with raucous celebrations.
The Times, obviously, stringently denies this. Other rumours suggest
that free-flowing booze may have hindered some other titles. This gossip
was substantiated when one contestant was heard saying, ’I can handle my
booze, it’s the othersh that losht it for ush. You’re me best mate, I