Planning a Bank Holiday evening out Mic Wright and Ruth Owen put their trust in the anonymous phone jockeys of Any Question Answered and Texperts. But did the text tyrants make their lives easy or send them on the route to ruin? Question 1: What should I wear? Texperts (T): An accentuating laced top and pencil skirt. AQA (A): Due to the appalling weather you should wear jeans, long boots and a mac to look stylish but keep dry. Ruth was pleased with her outfit but Mic came out looking slightly like a camp version of Neo from the Matrix. A clear win for Texperts. Question 2: How should I get to Chinatown? T: Tube from Shepherd’s Bush to Euston Square then get the 73 or 390 bus to Bloomsbury Church (near Gerard Street) A: Get the tube to Leicester Square. A fail for both services – AQA doesn’t supply enough details while Texperts sends Ruth to the wrong place. Bloomsbury Church is nowhere near Gerrard Street but thankfully a free map soon gets her back on the right course.
Waiting for Ruth, Mic tests AQA’s musical taste: What CD should I buy that’ll really surprise me? A: DJ Scotch Egg – KFC Core, Jean-Claude Vannier – L’Enfant Assasin des mouches, Amon Tobin – Supermodified. The Young Knives or MGMT. AQA’s dancing bent doesn’t appeal much to dyed in the wool Morrissey acolyte Mic but the records are certainly surprising. After Ruth’s belated arrival, the dynamic duo skip over to China Town where they meet some stone lions and inexplicably decide not to have Chinese food.
The Verdict Textperts offers sound advice but sometimes has an overly serious tone, when it makes mistakes its more than willing to make amends with a free answer or a map to get you back on track. AQA has a better sense of humour and sometimes seemed to go the extra mile to find out local knowledge as with the cocktails at Café Kick. Both services fell short of the mark when it came to details – places closed and gigs already done. Let’s call it a draw.
AQA and Texperts both charge £1 per text with Texperts charging 50p per Multimap download.
All images were taken with a Sony Ericsson W910i phone.