Week two of my Ping! Bristol challenge; attempting to play on as many table tennis tables dotted around the city as possible, against people relevant to each location. The highlight in week one was a lion keeper at Bristol Zoo; this week’s was Bristol Cathedral’s Canon Pastor, who took our match so seriously that he ended up sprawled on the slippery floor after a nailbiting encounter.
Here are the seven opponents that I played over the last seven days:
Opponent: Liz, 36, from Windmill Hill. Managing director, Encounters Short Film Festival.
Table size: Not regulation
Location: Queen Square
Opponent: Joe, 33, from Totterdown. Marketing manager, Bristol Old Vic.
Location: Bear Pit
Opponent: Jennifer, 42, from Southville. Market stallholder.
Location: Clifton Downs
Opponent: Boti, 25, from Lawrence Weston. Waiter, Downs Tea Room.
Location: Bristol Cathedral
Opponent: Canon Robert, 60, from Redland. Canon Pastor.
Men of the cloth sprawled on their posterior at the end of the game: 1
Location: Park Street
Opponent: Cody, 18, from Southville (originally from Chicago). Barista.
Location: Quakers Friars
Opponent: Shibojyoti, 29, from Easton. Chef, Brasserie Blanc.
Shibo’s supporters: 4
My supporters: 1 (who was asleep in her buggy during the match)