15 October 1999

Top brains had a touch of humour

LOANS for agricultural college students, the police force, the future of the monarchy and rural housing were just four of the subjects debated at the Intermediate Brainstrust competition.

The event brought together teams to discuss general and agricultural topics, with Essexs entry of Edward Freeman, Louise Bucknell, Rebecca Padfield and Stuart Todd going home with first prize.

"What swung it for us was the humour we managed to get into the answers," said team chairman Edward. "You need to maintain some formality – but a few light-hearted comments can keep the audience with you."

And, seeing as one of their topics for debate was what attracted people to members of the opposite sex, there was considerable scope for humour there.