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Long-distance quizzing

December 27, 2012 in Quiz Show

SkypeAs some of you may know, I host a quiz show on a local radio station, Claremorris Community Radio.  It’s called After the Fact and it’s broadcast (“live”, as Bill O’Herlihy would undoubtedly say) on Thursday evenings at 7pm.

This week’s show will be a technological step into the unknown.  You see, one of our regular captains, Lorraine, has decamped to her native Cork for the holidays.

Not to be put off, we shall be coming over all Eurovision Song Contest in the 1980s and continuing the show using the wonders of modern telephony!  Or internet telephony, to be precise.  That’s right, this week’s After the Fact will be facilitated by Skype!

It will also be something of a family and inter-city affair as Lorraine and her brother will go up against Andrew and his father.  You can listen in as the fireworks fly on tonight at 7pm on ccr946.ie or tunein.com.

Merry Quiz-mas

December 25, 2012 in Culture

red-question-markIt had to be said…

Have a good one everybody!

We’ll be back quizzing after Stephen’s Day.

In the meantime, enjoy a few games of Trivial Pursuit after Christmas dinner.  🙂

Stand Up and Answers

December 18, 2012 in Culture, Quizzes

stand-up-micDuring the second half of my time in university, Galway was a hotbed for quiz innovation. A thriving quiz scene produced a few unique experiences.

First up, there was an event called the Alternative Table Quiz. Run by several members of the University Ents Crew, this featured a scoreboard of QI-like irrelevance, questions about the price of calves in the marts and sufficient casual nudity to ensure that it got mentioned on RTÉ Radio’s Liveline programme the following day.

For my own part, I was part of the team that created the Performance Table Quiz. Part of the University Arts Festival of 2004, it featured Book-a-minute summaries, hit songs performed in the Club Style, intros performed live on guitar and our own filmed re-enactments of famous film scenes. The only quiz I’ve hosted in which the crowd at the end was much larger than it had been at the beginning, it’s also one of my proudest achievements in the world of quizzing.

So why am I mentioning these events now? Well, it’s because last Friday night I attended an event which remined me of those halycon days.

Friday night at the Claremorris Festive Festival featured Stand Up and Answers, the work of comedian Jarlath Regan. As the name implies (well, it did to me, anyway), it’s a mix of quizzing and comedy.

It features four rounds of questions with each gap being filled by comedy, of one form or another. Filling these gaps were Foil Arms and Hog, The Hardy Bucks Eddie Durkan (aka Martin Maloney*) and Eric Lalor. All were very funny.

But I’m not a comedy reviewing blogger so I’ll move on to discuss the quizzing.
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WordPress problems

December 17, 2012 in Housekeeping

Last week, the moderators of WordPress, the system on which this site runs, released version 3.5 of their platform. Unfortunately, this release seems to contain several bugs and ugliness.

I feel a bit hamstrung about this problem. Do I try and downgrade back to a working version (not a trivial solution) or do I wait until 3.5.1 and presume that the bugs will be ironed out?

As of right now, I’m going to wait. Apologies if you run up against a bug here on the site in the meantime. Let’s hope it doesn’t take too long.

John.

A Christmas cracker

December 10, 2012 in Quizzes

My employer, Claremorris Community Radio, is hosting a comedy festival in its home town next weekend. An interesting event for readers of this site will take place on Friday evening. It’s Standup and Answers, a night described as a “mixture of comedy and trivia”.

Comedian Jarlath Regan is your host and he is joined by some very special helpers including Karl Spain, The Viper (Hardy Bucks) and Foil, Arms and Hog (The Savage Eye). The night will feature an actual table quiz (yes, it’s true!), albeit one in which the rounds have a humorous bent. I also believe the helpers will perform a bit of stand-up in between rounds and during the interval etc so it should be both a challenging and a very entertaining night.

The quiz takes place in the funky upstairs venue at Maxwell’s Bar, The Square, in Claremorris. It’s due to start at 9pm and tickets cost €12.50 per person. Tickets are available at Maxwells, on ccr946.ie or on ccr946.eventbrite.ie.

I’ll be there and I hope to see some of you there too.

US of Answers

December 3, 2012 in Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions posed in the USA quiz post from the end of last week.

Well done to anyone who got all of them for you had a much tougher assignment than the teams in The King’s Head last week. On the night, each of the photos was shown on the big screen (as opposed to having a one-tenth share of an A4 page) and the year each of the musical tracks won its Grammy was also displayed as the song played.

Indeed, I was very lax in not including some extra information regarding question 5 in the sports picture round. It’s a photo of two NFL officials. What was I looking for, you probably wondered. What I actually asked in that case was: which of these officials is in charge?

Ok, with that out of the way, click on the more… to see the answers.

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