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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:

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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Listen to the radio

October 3, 2011 in Quiz Show

Dear readers, sorry if I have been a bit sparing with the blog posts in the last week.  I have been busy preparing for the start of a new quiz show I am hosting on Claremorris Community Radio.  It’s called After the Fact and it’s broadcast on Thursday evenings at 7pm.

The first episode went out last Thursday and it’s now available online via the Claremorrisfm account on mixcloud.com.  Alas, I haven’t yet found a way of embedding mixcloud files directly into this site so the best I can do is point you in the direction of the specific programme. I hope you enjoy it!

Listen here: www.mixcloud.com/claremorrisfm/after-the-fact-alcohol/

Found and lost answers

September 13, 2011 in Quizzes

A town called Lost?

Here are the answers to the questions posted yesterday in Found and lost.

I mentioned in that post that some of the questions were, to put it mildly, a bit easy.  Throughout, it was also possible to see how the question setter’s thought process had developed.  Sometimes this was very obvious.  For example, check out these three successive questions in round one:

  1. How many ‘Angry Men‘ were there in the famous 1950s film?
  2. How many people traditionally sit on a jury?
  3. Complete the title to the famous film: ‘The Dirty……

They had obviously hit a rich seam of questions there.

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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:

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?

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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And so the end is near: answers

May 30, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

Good morning all.  I know I said at the end of my most recent post that the answers would arrive “tomorrow morning” but, sometimes, life gets in the way of blogging.

You see, the reason I knew on Thursday last that I would have to post up the answers on Friday morning or else they wouldn’t be up for days is that my brother got married last Friday afternoon.  We had a great time, thanks for asking.  However, the day ended up being so busy that I simply didn’t have time to get to a computer.

Mind you, I did manage to squeeze in my weekly show on Claremorris Community Radio so the Friday Five Trivia are present and correct.  Albeit, they were posted on a Monday!

Check them out here:

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