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We’re going to Naas (again!)

October 2, 2013 in Housekeeping, Podcast

blog_awards_2013_badge_finalistsmGreat news everyone, for the second year running tablequiz.net has made the final cut for the Irish Blog Awards! Better yet, we are finalists in not one but two categories!

The site itself has made the final five of the Best Sport / Recreation Blog, which is probably a more suitable category than last year’s pop culture shortlisting. There’s some heavy hitters in this category so I’ll be going more in hope than expectation, as the cliché would have it!

Our other nomination is for best podcast or, as it’s somewhat awkwardly named, Best Podcast Blog. This is now one of my proudest achievements in quizzing. I’ve been hosting (and writing the questions for) After the Fact for two-and-a-half series now and it’s nice that our great little show has gotten a bit of recognition. I’m not going to hide my light under a bushell here. I’m immensely proud of this show that myself, Andrew, Lorraine and our guests put out each week. If you haven’t listened to it already, please head over to the show’s page to check out the archive.

Whether we’ll win the award though is anybody’s guess. Once again, the other finalists are excellent, including last year’s winner of the same prize, The Sodshow.

I’ll have a good night at the awards, in any case! ;-) The awards will be handed out on Saturday, October 12th.

Not long left to vote for ‘After the Fact’

January 28, 2013 in Podcast, Quiz Show

Perhaps you haven’t heard but After the Fact, the quiz show I host on Claremorris Community Radio, was last Autumn nominated for a European Podcast Award.

The (rather long-winded) award process is about to change stages this week. On February 1st, the public voting phase ends and the category shortlists will be announced. A judging panel will then review the remaining podcasts before the winners are announced during March sometime.

So, there are just a few days left to vote for After the Fact! * If you’d like to do so, please click on this link right here: Vote for After the Fact. **

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A chat about quizzes

November 12, 2011 in Podcast, Quiz Show

I was quizzing on Thursday night but I haven’t gotten around to writing up a report yet.  In the meantime, here’s a little something I happened to hear on Wednesday afternoon.

RTÉ Radio One’s Mooney Show featured a guest called Olan McGowan who spoke about his experience as a question writer on the (short-lived) Irish version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. He also discussed some funny incidents from the world of tv/radio quizzing.

Have a listen here:

We’ll always have Bruges: answers

November 9, 2011 in EQC, Podcast

Mmm, tasty.

Are you ready for some answers? In a moment, I will give you the solutions to those (pretty hard) questions from the Pairs event at the European Quiz Championship that I posted yesterday.

First though, I’d like to point out that, with all the excitement over the weekend, I’ve only just gotten around to putting up the podcast of last week’s After the Fact radio show.  The theme of the show is fire and you can listen to it at this address: www.mixcloud.com/claremorrisfm/after-the-fact-fire/

Anyway, back to those questions.  Click continue reading to see the answers.

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Today’s news today

October 17, 2011 in Housekeeping, Podcast, Quizzes

Good morning everyone.  Here’s a short post to invite anyone in the Galway area to come along to the Comedy Soc quiz which is taking place tonight in the NUI Galway College Bar.  It kicks off at 7.30pm (or thereabouts) and will feature questions written by myself and some of the team that will be representing Ireland in the European Quizzing Championship in Bruges next month.  I may even be MC for the night but that isn’t definite yet.

So come one, come all.   First prize is €200 and the night will also feature a raffle and, as the poster proudly proclaims, free food!  Admission is €20 for a table of four.

Few other things:

Found and lost

September 11, 2011 in Podcast, Quizzes

If you’re not in, you can’t win. So goes the old maxim. My team very nearly proved this truism on Friday night as we got lost on the way to a quiz! However, luckily (for the blog’s post count, if nothing else) our path crossed with that of a local farmer, who helpfully pointed us in the direction of Turlough, Co Mayo.

In a first for the blog, I managed to capture some of our manic chase to reach the quiz in an Audioboo (that’s “podcast” for recent arrivals to this site) and you can check it out for yourself right here:

http://audioboo.fm/boos/465079-lost-found-and-lost-again.mp3|width=400|titles=Lost

When we did arrive at the Turlough Inn, we found probably the most packed quiz I’ve ever taken part in.  26 tables were crammed in to a pretty small Irish pub.  How packed in? Well, the route to the toilets from our table involved a journey out one door and back in another.  It was handier than having to say “Excuse me…” about 20 times!

Mind you, we were in the most remote part of the bar.  ‘Remote’ here meaning furthest away from both the quizmaster and the aforementioned toilets. We found it very hard to hear the quizmaster; the amplification just wasn’t up to the job of getting the better of such a large crowd. Not that I’m saying we couldn’t hear the questions – everyone hushed at those points.  We did have rounds sneak up on us though as the hush would arrive like an aural Mexican wave out of the blue as, in our part of the bar, we presumably didn’t (actually couldn’t) hear the quizmaster announce the start of the round.

The questions were, from a difficulty point of view, all over the place.  There were some very hard ones, of course, but many of the others must have come from the primary school curriculum.  Examples of the (many, many) ridiculously easy ones include:

  • How many people sit on a jury?
  • What type of animal is a beagle?
  • What’s bigger: a hurricane or a tornado?

I’d tell you more only, as my team-mate Marie said afterwards, “It’s hard to remember questions you didn’t have to think about.”

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Friday Five Trivia returns

July 22, 2011 in Podcast

After a two week hiatus, due to a severe bout of man-flu, my Friday Five Trivia podcast has returned to the airwaves – and to the audioboo system.

You can check it out below or via the oh-so-handy box on the right hand side of the page.

I have plans for these little quizzes.  For example, I’m thinking of doing at least one per month as an audio round or featuring dialogue clips.  What do people think?

http://audioboo.fm/boos/419140-friday-five-trivia-july-22-2011.mp3|width=400|titles=Friday

The song remains the same

June 3, 2011 in Podcast, Quizzes

This time last year*, The Corner Bar team scored 88/100 in the Ballyhaunis Inter-pub quiz.  A good score you’d think.  However, it turned out that our efforts were nowhere near good enough as the winners got 99 points.

Believe or not, the exact same scenario was played out again last night when we emulated our score of last year.  And, yet again, it turned out we were 11 points behind the winner.  Winners, actually, as there was a tie at the top.  Paddy Phillip’s and The Hazel had to go through an extra round before the former was declared the winner.

The winning score in this round was never announced so I can’t say how close our 7/10 was.  Not that it matters, of course.  Our 88/100 was only good enough to finish third-last in the field of 12!

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