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No points for Meteor’s cheating-at-a-quiz ad

August 26, 2013 in Culture

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Ok, what is going on here?

The tag line at the end is based on your smart phone (that David Walliams look-a-like is a phone, geddit?) needing data to function as you’d expect – in this case to cheat at a pub quiz.

However, surely a more accurate allegory would have been if smart-phone-man had been unable to provide any answer, as he didn’t have a data connection. Instead, he comes up with a blazingly incorrect answer and just appears generally stupid.

So Meteor’s rivals’ data plans somehow work but produce incorrect results? Perhaps this one should have been weeded out before it left the ad agency.

Start your engines

August 19, 2013 in Quizzes

Dutch_Grand_PrixAs the school Summer holidays come to an end, the world of quizzing starts to gear up.

The IQO is just as much a part of this increase in quizzing activity. It will host two Grand Prix events over the coming months, one each in September and October.

On September 7th, what is fast becoming the IQO’s base in Dublin, the Addison Lodge will be the venue for the first of these. In conjunction with the British Quiz Association, this event will see attendees taking part in this year’s British Quizzing Championship. That’s right, you’ll be going up against some of the best in the business in their own championship!

So what will it involve? It’s a two-part paper, just like the World Quiz Championships. Here’s the skinny from the BQA:

The first part is Art & Culture (“think WQC ‘Culture’ and ‘History’ together”), Civilisation (“think WQC ‘World’ with politics and business”), Entertainment (“includes what’s in ‘Media’ in WQC”). The second paper features Lifestyle, Physical World (“sciences, including nature and physical geography”), and Sport/Games.

The day will also feature this month’s Hot 100 World Rankings quiz. For more info on that, please visit www.worldquizrankings.com.

It’s open to all and starts with registration in the venue at 10.30am. Paper 1 will begin at 11 am.
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After the Fact series debut

August 13, 2013 in Quiz Show

Here it is, the podcast version of the first episode in the third series of After the Fact, in a suitably over-the-top player:

After the Fact: Number 1 by Claremorrisfm on Mixcloud

After the Fact is back! Tonight!

August 9, 2013 in Quiz Show

atf_robot_logoAfter the Fact, the quiz show I host on Claremorris Community Radio, is all set to return for its third series.

This return to the airwaves is taking place in the unusual time slot* of 8pm tonight (Friday) as it is part of the 2013 CCR Broadcastathon, a fundraiser in which volunteers broadcast continuously for 48 hours to help pay the station’s bills.

The Broadcastathon kicks off at 5pm this evening (I’m also one of the hosts of that show, as it happens!) with ATF then fourth on the running order. Last year’s captains, Lorraine Murphy and Andrew Newman, are both returning for another series. Tonight they will be joined by two team-mates with a heap of ATF experience, Gordon Campbell and Anne McLoughlin. The topic for this special episode will be the number one.

You can listen in online via www.ccr946.ie or watch the show (!) on www.claremorristv.com.

* Well, it’s not Thursdays at 7pm. There’s nothing otherwise unusual about it…

At last, a new quiz show for Irish TV

August 6, 2013 in Quiz Show

Apologies for the lack of a blog post last week. I was away on holidays (in Kerry) and the blog was at the back of my mind, to tell you the truth. Of course, there’s not much going on at the moment anyway, this being the quizzing off-season (aka the Summer). I did take part in a game of Pointless (the board game) which I ended up losing, as my mate Kevin clearly knows more about Mr. Men characters than I do.

tv-quizWaiting me upon my return was an email from Vision Independent Productions, a Dublin-based tv production company. They tell me that they are just weeks away from filming a first episode in a new quiz show they’re making for RTÉ.

The show will be called Division and will feature 32 contestants in each episode. In their words “over the course of 4 rounds of multiple choice questions, on different topics from a broad selection, the 32 contestants will be whittled down to just 2 people.” These final pair will take part in a fifth and final round, for the episode’s grand prize.

At this stage they are going to film one episode, at the start of September. This first episode will be broadcast on RTÉ, with the decision on whether a full series will be commissioned being made afterwards. By the way, the prize up for grabs in show #1 will be a holiday for two in the USA!

Let’s hope the show does prove a success. The lack of quiz shows on Irish TV is baffling to me. So many of us love taking part in quizzes and even more love watching quiz shows. As of right now, we have to get our fix watching UK-produced shows. My excitement two years ago, on the announcement of an Irish version of Mastermind, turned a bit sour when it became clear that TV3 would only be producing celebrity and junior versions of that famous franchise. Nothing for regular, grown-up, quiz devotees to have a go at.

Anyway, back to Divsion. Part of the reason the production company got in contact is that they are still looking for contestants for this first episode. If you’d like to take part (and, honestly, I do myself) you’ll have to download this application form, fill it in and return it to irishquizshow@gmail.com.

The closing date for applications is August 26th so, if you’re interested, get on it!