I try to do the papers every morning, and at the same time keep one eye on the BBC Breakfast News - ah , Susanna Reid - and this morning I was surprised by a couple of things. Firstly, that they mentioned pub quizzing at all, and secondly, that they seem to think the idea that people cheat in pub quizzing using their phones is in any way 'news'.
I don't know if you happened to catch the item at all or not. If not, you can find it here : -
BBC News - Time Called On Pub Quiz Cheats
I don't know, see what you think, but as well as being a non story, the report also seemed to me to be a nice little plug for Redtooth Quizzes. ( "We would probably never do the question - what's the capital of somewhere - unless it was something like what's the capital of Trumpton ? " I can well believe that.) You might recall that Martin Green of Redtooth wrote to me some time ago when he found a comment that I made a couple of years ago saying that I didn't like Redtooth quizzes. I don't like Redtooth Quizzes. That's my opinion and I'm entitled to it. If you play in them and enjoy them, then good luck to you. In it he said,
My name is Martin Green and I write pop culture and trivia questions for the 4,000 pubs and clubs that play one of 23 different quizzes produced each week by Redtooth.
Our main objective is to stop the smartest quiz teams from winning and killing the quiz nights.
You are living proof that this is working."
Bloody cheek !
So you can appreciate that it makes one just a little irritated to see them being held up as some kind of saviours of pub quizdom.