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Upcoming charity quiz hosted by the IQO

February 7, 2014 in Culture, Quizzes

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In today’s Western People

January 28, 2014 in Culture

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For readers who don’t live in Mayo, please click on the ‘Read the rest…’ link to see an article on yours truly, and After the Fact, written by Cróna Esler for today’s Western People newspaper.

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Listen to: They didn’t suit you

January 15, 2014 in Culture

They didn’t suit you, the radio documentary detailing my journey to last year’s European Quizzing Championships, aired last Saturday on RTÉ Radio One. If you didn’t hear it at the time, it will be repeated on Sunday next (January 19th) at 7pm on the same channel.

If that’s too analogue for you, fear not – you can listen by going to the show’s page on the RTÉ website: www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/documentary-podcast-they-didnt-suit-you-quiz-table-john-nolan.html

Alternatively, listen right here:

Radio 1 documentary airs this weekend

January 6, 2014 in Culture

Brendan Daly listens

Brendan Daly listens

Tune in to RTÉ Radio 1 this weekend (on Saturday at 2pm and/or Sunday at 7pm) to hear the voices of Ger Slattery, Mark Henry, Dan O’Malley, Andrew Newman, Lorraine Murphy, Ronnie Swiggers, Jane Allen and a host of other quizzing luminaries speak on quizzing and the European Quizzing Championships.

They Didn’t Suit You, is the name of a documentary recorded by Brendan Daly and produced by Ronan Kelly. Brendan tagged along with myself and the Irish quizzing team both before and during last November’s Euros in Liverpool.

The resulting programme will be (I think) about 45 minutes long and will air on Saturday, January 11th, at 2pm. It will be repeated eight days later at 7pm.

For more info, and a slideshow of some very familiar photos, please check out the page on the RTÉ Doc on One mini-site.

TV3 quiz show looking for people

November 2, 2013 in Culture, Quiz Show

No, that headline doesn’t mean TV3 are launching a new show in which they hunt down missing persons.

Here’s a press release which came my way yesterday:

Would you like to witness the newest and most exhilarating quiz show on TV?

TV3’s brand new game show ‘The Lie’ is looking for audience members.

It’s the general knowledge game with no questions. All you have to do is spot ‘The Lie’!

‘The Lie’ is a brand new, exciting game show that gives contestants the chance to win big money; all they have to do is survive a nail-biting series of rounds, risking an increasing amount of cash on their ability to spot the lie.
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Tickets! Get your tickets!

September 20, 2013 in Culture, Quizzes

may-fan-ticketWorking where I do, it has been near impossible this week to find a conversation that didn’t include the word “tickets” being mentioned. As in “Any sign of a ticket?” or “I have a fella looking out for a ticket for me in Longford.” Yes, it’s an inescapable fact: Mayo will play in this weekend’s All-Ireland Football final and people round here want to go.

This explains why, on Wednesday evening: (a) your Roscommon correspondent ended up with two ticket-starved Mayo fans (and a Galway man) at a quiz in Castlebar, and (b) around 120 other people did too. The quiz was organised by Cairde Mhaigh Eo, the Mayo supporters’ club, and the star prize was two tickets to the big game for the winning team. Just two tickets? Yes. As a matter of fact, they had four tickets but the other two were only up-for-grabs via the night’s raffle.

The quiz took place in the Bosh bar in Mayo’s county town and was, on the whole, a very well-run event. Upon paying their entry fee, each team received a clear plastic folder which contained their answer book, their table number and, generously for the forgetful, a pen.

The flipside though was a couple of very annoying questions. Here are two from the first round:

  • In what year was the Berlin Wall finally demolished?
  • Which artist is commonly believed to have designed the uniform of the Swiss Guards?

Come on now, “commonly believed”? Why would anyone include those words in a question? Surely, it’s facts we’re after not hearsay? What if the quiz happened to have in attendance an expert in the field of Renaissance art who disputes the given answer (Michaelangelo, by the way) and thinks, in fact, that Piermatteo d’Amelia designed the uniform? Arguments this way lie…

The other question was even worse. Their answer, 1990, gave rise to howls of derision. The quizmistress came back on the microphone and reiterated “We did say finally demolished.” However, three of our four team have been to Berlin and, as recently as this March, seen that some of the wall still stands. So, surely, it has never been “finally” demolished, if you’re going to be pedantic about it!
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Blog awards shortlisting

September 15, 2013 in Culture, Housekeeping

blog_awards_2013_badge_shortlist12 months ago, I had one of the best nights of my year when I attended the Irish Blog Awards in the county town of Kildare.

I had some good news over the weekend as the blog has been shortlisted again this year in two categories! That’s not to say I can book my tickets yet. Unlike the Booker Prize or the Oscars, the blog awards shortlist is actually the second-last step on the selection of finalists for the big night. That list of finalists is due to be published on September 29th.

For the record, the blog has been shortlisted in Best Sport/Recreation and Best Podcast categories. The latter is a nomination for After the Fact, the show I host on Claremorris Community Radio, which is podcast each week.

Finally, the odds on my needing to get out the suit in October are further improved by the fact that Mrs TQ.net has also been shortlisted. Her fantastic site leavingcertenglish.net has made the cut in the Best Science/Education category!

Huzzah, I say!

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

August 26, 2013 in Culture

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.