It doesn’t matter what hand you are dealt, it is how you play it that counts. Bridge is a game that hooks you. Once you get into the game, you have to be aware that it can obsess you and you need to ensure that it doesn’t take over your life.
The wonderful thing about bridge is that you never stop learning. Just when you think you are an expert, you are obliterated in a competition – it is a great leveller. It is the origin of many good metaphors for life and how to live it. And it is a great way to keep your brain active and the neurons firing properly in the frontal cortex!
A fledgling bridge club has started in Darling with the purpose being for the love of the game and the spirit of sportsmanship and fellowship. To help nurture the club and grow membership as well as providing some bridge tourism to Darling in mid-winter, the Darling Bridge Club is organising an Open day tournament on Saturday 30th June 2018. Hopefully, many bridge enthusiasts who come to Darling for the day will stay from Friday to Sunday. We hope to have approximately 60 people playing with at least 45 people (and hopefully their non-bridge playing partners and friends) coming to sample what our wonderful village has to offer.
“Learning ballroom dancing is great for your brain. But it only works for three to six months. After that, you’ve got all the benefit you can get, and so you have to move on to yoga, and then Tai Chi, and then bridge, always keeping on the steep part of the learning curve.” Nolan Bushnell
“My father lived to be 97 and played bridge every day up to the end, so I’ve got a 50 percent chance of living a long life like him.” Henry Louis Gates
“I’d rather be playing bridge than making a bad movie.” Omar Sharif