Friday, 2 October 2009

Just a Minute

One of my favourite car based pieces of organised fun, has to be 'Just a minute', pilfered from the brilliant Radio 4 show of the same name. It's a regular feature of long trips and we often use our loud hailer (as demonstrated in the picture by Hannah) for added dramatic effect. The game basically requires players to keep talking about a given subject for sixty seconds. The game was invented by Ian Messiter when riding on the top deck of the number 13 bus. He remembered being petrified when one of his schoolmasters challenged him to talk non-stop for one minute, but soon recognised its entertainment potential when played with erudite and articulate friends.

How do I play it?
  • All players write down five topics of conversation, which are then folded up and put in someone’s hat or a similar vessel.
  • Players take it in turns to pull a topic from the hat and then must speak on the subject for a minute without hesitation, deviation or repeating a word, with the exception of mentioning the given subject.
  • Points are awarded when other players make a correct challenge for perceived hesitations, deviation or repetition. I’d suggest nominating a non-playing umpire to prevent arguments occurring.

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