Just stunned and shocked to hear about Jitka. Could this year have got off to a more awful start?
My heart and condolences go out to Brian. Without Jitka (and other Withquiz stalwarts who have been taken from us recently) Withquiz will never be quite the same again.
Jitka could be very feisty and competitive in support of the Opsis (I'm sure there are many anecdotes to confirm that fact) but it was good to tap into her warm side. I like to think we Charas secured a permanent place in her affections and one of my abiding and fondest personal memories of her was when she would often turn from berating her team for missing out on what she considered to be a quite gettable answer, and address me in the sweetest tone, "And now for you Damian, a NICE question!"
One of the reasons I enjoyed playing is that when we played The Opsis the sound of Jitka berating her team so reminded me of the normal proceedings of The Albert. It is a reminder that the social side of quizzing is always more important than the competition. Nice one Jitka!
I'm so sorry I won't get another hug from Jitka. She was a true barmpot and I loved our too brief chats. I'll miss her and look forward to remembering her with the WQ comrades. I'm sorry for your loss, Brian.