Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Quiz Review: Holystone Quiz, Silverlink

Pub: The Holystone
Night: Tuesday Nights 8.30pm
It has been a year in which I have been mainly sticking to tried and tested quizzes, but due to the Newcastle/Brighton game last night a lot of local quizzes were cancelled and I stumbled upon The Holystone. The pub is in a village just North of the Tyne Tunnel and the Quiz Runs every Tuesday at 8.30pm.
The Format of the Quiz is quite simple...10 question picture round and then 4 rounds of 10. There were around 7 teams in, but the host did announce there was usually more but attendance had been hit by the football.
The quiz itself started well with the picture round which was well pitched and put together with some care. In fact, whilst sticking with the positives there was a good solid Geography Round and the Connections round was very well done.
But....I am sure you will agree...when the quizmaster says "Round 1...Family Fortunes", you start to have doubts. Add to the mix that there was 2 points per top answer here (with the Geo and GK rounds only 1 point per question) and you have a quiz that hinges on this. 20 out of the 70 points on offer are for Family Fortunes knowledge. The only other round to match up was the music mash up round....two tracks played together, identify both artists.  Another 20 points on offer in this round.
The quiz is popular, and the size of the jackpot (which we won) suggests plenty of people usually take part, but the inclusion of an overweight Family Fortunes and the music round which favoured younger teams like us massively was a bit of a let down.
We did win the quiz on a tiebreak, and then took the jackpot (so don't think we were the most popular people in the pub that night) but I don't think I will venture back for the quiz night.
The pub itself is lovely and I do look forward to going back to the Holystone for the meal using the vouchers we won in the quiz itself.
So, carrying on from my poll last year that leaves my current Quiz Night Rankings at -

North-East Quiz Night Rankings
1. The Plough, Cramlington - Wednesdays
2. The Ship Isis, Sunderland - Mondays
3. Fitzgeralds, Sunderland - Thursdays
4. The Chesters - Speedquiz, Sunderland - Tuesdays
5. The Dun Cow, Sunderland - Sundays
6. The Plough Music Quiz, Cramlington - Sundays
7. The Moorcock, Peterlee - Sundays
8. Southside, Easington Village - Tuesdays
9. The Blagdon Arms, Cramlington - Tuesdays
10. The Willow Farm, Cramlington - Tuesdays
11. The Lambton Worm, Sunderland - Sundays
12. The Holystone, Holystone - Tuesdays

Friday, 24 February 2017


A little taster of my upcoming e-book......Answers in the comments. Let me known how you did!

1. Which American Musician has collaborated on songs with Elton John, Sting and Kate Bush and has had music composed for him by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Malcolm Arnold?

2. Which British writer published her debut work in 1978 entitled “Fat is a Feminist Issue”?

3. The subject of the 2016 biographical war film “Hacksaw Ridge”, who was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honour?

4.  Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, claimed “In terms of world well-being, XXXXX is the most important man ever born in Australia”. Identify XXXXX who shared the 1945 Novel Prize for Physiology or Medicine?

5. Which British writers first novel, “Oranges are not the Only Fruit” won the 1985 Whitbread Prize for First Novels?

6. Dubbed “The Queen on the Music Hall”, which British music hall singer (1870-1922) caused a scandal on her trip to American in 1913 when she arrived, claiming to be married to the 1910 Derby Winner Bernard Dillion when they were in fact not?

7. Which ‘Cape’ is found on the Southernmost headland of the Tierra Del Fuego on Hornos Island?

8. ….and on a similar theme, which Cape is the geographic southern tip of the African Continent?

9. Which Canadian band feature Win Butler; his wife Regine Chassagne and his younger brother William Butler whose third album “The Suburbs” won the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year?

10. Also known as a coniferous or boreal forest, after the Greek goddess of the North Wind, what name is given to the largest terrestrial biome on earth?

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Picture Quiz #2

1. Image result for larry adler 2. Image result for tina fey 3. Image result for pablo picasso

4.  4.  Image result for diane abbott         5. Image result for suki waterhouse

 6. Image result for hedy lamarr 7. Image result for fabio borini


8. Image result for milton firedman

The second in my ongoing series of picture quizzes. Answers are below, let me know in the commens how you did!


1. Larry Adler
2. Tina Fey
3. Pablo Picasso
4. Dianne Abbot
5. Suki Waterhouse
6. Heddy Lamarr
7. Fabio Borini
8. Milton Friedman

Friday, 17 February 2017

15 to 1

Channel 4 have snuck 15 to 1 back on our screens this week at 3pm. Almost missed it as it appears to have not ben advertised too well either online or on TV, but regardless, tis good to have it back.

Also as a side note, all of the episodes from the Sandi Toksvig era are on ALL 4 available to stream or download which is handy :)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Quiz Review - Southside Social Club, Easington Village

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Venue: Southside Social Club, Easington Village
Tuesday Nights
I have managed to do quite a bit of quizzing in 2017 thus far, but mainly at regular quizzes I attend so it has been a while since I added a new quiz review. Last Tuesday, I tried out the Southside Social Club quiz in Easington Village, a free to enter quiz which has been running a number of years.
The first thing to mention about this quiz is the simple format.....and for me, simple is often best. No complicated jokers, wipeout rounds or such like. Just a straight forward 50 question quiz with a picture round. And for that factor, I enjoyed it very much. The quiz is done and dusted in 70 minutes or so, with prizes of pint cheques for first, second and last and its a friendly cheat-free atmosphere.
There were only 4 teams competing this week, our team of 3 and then each of the other teams had upwards of 7 players so although teams were low, there were plenty of people actually in the pub.
The questions were basic pub quiz style questions, a few chestnuts and a wide selection of interesting "I should know this...." style questions. Players mark other teams papers (I always enjoy doing this to see what other people know/don't know and seeing where the quiz was won or lost) and its a straight forward, hassle free quiz night!
Well worth a look if you are in the area on Tuesday Nights.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Book Suggestions

This has been on my shelf for some time and only just got around to reading it this week. Tom Bromley has wrote a number of fun books on 70's and 80's pop culture and they all are well worth seeking out. Wired for Sound covers the 1980s pop scene and within its pages are a treasure trove of good facts, stories and material for questions. It is written as Tom's account of the era so does have opinion etc within it. It's a fairly straight forward read that I certainly managed to get not only a few questions out of but enjoyed a lot.

Another book to recommend from my reading this year would be Adventures in Human Being by Gavin Francis. This is written by a former GP and takes a half informative/half personal tale through the human body. Containing everything from technical descriptions of how the body functions, to previous cultural and literal beliefs about the body down to some really gruesome, yet informative, tales of his own times in practice. Well worth a read!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Pub Aid - Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz

They have done a superb job advertising this on social media, so chances are you have seen it already, but Pub Aid is running the Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz on March 5th and it sounds fun. You can see a list of registered pubs on the site listed in the Poster and by the looks of it there are nearly 600 pubs on boards. In Sunderland alone there seems to 5-6 quizzes running so I am sure there will be a venue near you!