Yes, I’m feeling a little bit better today, thanks for asking. Today is Phillippa, my eldest daughter’s 27th birthday, and so I’ve been surrounded by all of my family, and that’s working its usual magic. My head is clearer, and my chest feels a little better. I reflected a little on my post yesterday on the subject of 100 things to do before you die, and I’d like to offer you my 30 Quiz Experiences to Try before you Die. I invite you to see how many you’ve already done – and I’ll tell you about my own strike rate at the end.
Quiz Experiences to Try Before you Die (No particular Order)
1. Appear on a TV quiz
2. Complete the Big Four of appearences on University Challenge, Mastermind, Brain of Britain and Only Connect
3. Appear on Mastermind and go through a whole round without passing on a single question.
4. Persuade William G Stewart and Channel Four to resurrect Fifteen to One
5. Play in a pub quiz and have every single question right
6. Write and publish a quiz book
7. Meet Fred Housego
8. Play in a pub quiz on your own and win
9. Play in a quiz every night of the same week
10. Play in two pub quizzes on the same night
11. Write your own quiz blog
12. Take part in a charity quiz auction
13. Play on the same team as Phil Tufnell
14. Play in an event with more than 50 teams
15. Compile a pub quiz and be question master
16. Create an idea for a new quiz show
17. Create a new quiz board game
18. Argue with a question master
19. Have a Quiz Trophy named after you
20. Play in at least one Grand Prix event
21. Win a Quiz League
22. Join the committee of a Quiz League
23. Share a Quiz with friends or colleagues who don’t normally do quizzes
24. Play a game of The World According to Ubi
25. Tell someone off for cheating with their phone in a quiz.
26. Introduce someone to quizzing and watch them become a good quizzer in their own right
27. Play in a pub quiz in a different country outside the UK
28. Play in a quiz in a different language
29. Play in a team that has a genuinely funny AND original name
30. Come up with a perfect question
How did you get on? Are there any experiences which I didn’t put down that you would have included? I’m sure there must be. Right, here’s my own answers: -
1. Done it – including radio 18 shows in 8 different series.
2. No – haven’t done UC, and can’t see how it could happen. If there was any chance, though, they’d never have to ask me twice
3. Yes – in 2007 I only passed on my first SS round. For the rest of that series I answered every question, although not all correctly.
4. Oh, I wish someone would
5. Three times in total, I think
6. Yes – all on the kindle
7. Look – I’d just really like to meet Fred Housego, ok? You know how important Mastermind is to me. So Fred, once again, if you do by any chance happen to read this, I’d love to have a pint and a chat – or just a chat if you’d prefer. Just drop me a line
8. Yes. I’ve never done it in the rugby club . . . yet
9. No – 5 in one week is my record
10. Yes – when they moved the Haywain quiz to early on Sunday evening.
11. Oh, er, let me think about that one
12. Great fun – GetConnected 2010-12
13. Yes – believe me what you see on TV with Tuffers is what you get.
14. Birmingham Mega Quiz. Mind you, not all of them – or even most of them – would have been serious quiz teams
16. Yes – leaving aside my April Fool “Count Your Beans” , my idea based on Bid a Note from Name that Tune has yet to be appreciated by any production company
18. Yes – despite what we all say they are NOT always right
19. Yes – on this Wednesday teams from Neath will be competing in the MayDay in Melin Annual quiz, to try to win the Dave Clark mastermind 2008 Trophy ( I kid you not)
20. Yes – and had I not been ill yesterday I might well have played in another
21. Yes – Port Talbot – Neath – Swansea – Morriston – South Wales Echo – Llandeilo - Bridgend
22. Yes – I served on the committee of the Neath Quiz League. Just before it folded.
23. Yes – every time I compile one for the club I share it during lunchtime with colleagues in work. They often ask me when they can have another one, believe it or not
24. Yes – it is the finest quiz ‘board’ game around, in my opinion.
25. Yes – Aberavon rugby club – ooh, it felt good.
26. No – a lot of people seem daunted by the amount of work involved in becoming good.
27. Yes – Spain
28. No, although I have read a quiz book in French – and enjoyed it
29. That one’s all in the ear of the behearer. I’ll be honest, I don’t think we ever progressed much beyond the level of Norfolk and Goode style witticisms
30. No, although I am a great admirer of other peoples’ good questions when I hear them. A great recycler of other people’s good questions too.