The Pleasures of Playing Bridge

Celebrating Queensland Seniors

There is no finer game than playing bridge at any level and at any age. Be at 100 or 80 or 60 or 10, whether you are a world champion, a grandmaster, or a keen learner. Any four players can get together and have a game of bridge. Even Bill Gates loves the game and plays whenever he can with anyone!

Bridge is a recognised game of the mind, perhaps the finest and having an active mind is regarded as helping to fight the battle against dementia and Alzheimer’s. It is never too late to learn bridge, just you won’t have so long to play the game. Do not miss out on the opportunity.

Bridge is a game that involves one deck of cards and four players who are each dealt 13 cards. The four players form two pairs who then compete against each other to make tricks by using the cards they are dealt. Making tricks scores points and the winner is the pair with the most points.

How many tricks you intend to win is determined by bidding which is a way of describing the 13 cards you hold in any particular suit and the number of points you have. A deck of cards has 40 points with 13 cards in four suits, diamonds, clubs, hearts, and spades.

Bridge is a game that brings together a bit of psychology, logical deductions, some math, and a bit of communication, for devotees the best game ever.

Within Australia there over 35,000 players spread across over 200 clubs. Want to know more or details of your nearest bridge club as most run regular lessons for beginners or can put you in touch with a bridge teacher.

Contact Queensland Bridge Association on 0412 064 903.

So what does this mean, and what does it say about old film?

The technological evolution of cinematography has given filmmakers the power to delve into new social boundaries with greater effect. It by no means implies that the classics are any lesser, just that the accessibility to social media and more groundbreaking technology has changed. Society has changed too, meaning that what may have provoked an emotional response from an audience in the ’50s may barely leave a dent on an audience in 2016.

Yet the face of Audrey Hepburn is still synonymous with Tiffany’s, Grace Kelly is the height of elegance, Fred Astaire is the best man to watch dancing in the rain, and no one can best Robert Redford with pistols at dawn. The classics are not irrelevant; they are simply cornerstones for what our children and grandchildren will come to see as ‘classics’.  They have made today’s film industry possible and left behind legends that simply cannot be removed from the façade of Hollywood.

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