Friday, 1 April 2016

Periscope Quiz Reminder

Just a little reminder to follow me on Periscope (@danielfullard) for some live quizzes I broadcast from time to time.

If you need help working out how to do it let me know either in the comments or via email (

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Quiz Review - The Blue Bell, Fulwell

Blue Bell, Fulwell (Sunderland) - Tuesday Nights 8.30pm
Over the past few weeks, I have been attending the Blue Bell Quiz in Fulwell (Just outside of Sunderland city centre). It's been running  for some time and shamefully in the 2 years I lived in Sunderland I did not get round to attending. But having a few gaps in my diary I made the effort to go along and certainly didnt regret it.
The quiz is ran by local quizmaster, and league player, Tony Gillan who used to run the Quiz I attended each Thursday in Sunderland and that I labelled on here as the best quiz in town. So I was very pleased when I turned up and realised Tony was doing it.....
The quiz is split into 3 rounds. 12 pictures, 10 current affairs and 20 testing General Knowledge questions with a jackpot at the end. Marking is ongoing and the standard of questions is very high. No filler, no chestnuts and a well written set all round that will suit all players. The quizzes I have played so far have been nice and varied and always questions to ponder long and hard over.
It is busy too with 16 - 20 teams most weeks and the whole night goes without hitch (nice pub too!). Most notably there are no signs of cheating! The Jackpot round is capped at £100. Always a question to have a guess at and the jackpot cannot be split so if more than one players gets it, it rolls over.
All in all, the quiz at the Bluebell in Fulwell is one of my favourite Quiz Nights at present. My only slight criticism would be that's its a little on the short size....30 questions in all and 12 pictures. In addition, with the picture round accounting for over 25% of the quiz it means that a bad picture round can be fatal to your chances as the winning score (out of 42) tends to be around the 36-38 mark.

The Blue Bell also host a Music Quiz on a Monday and a "fun quiz" on a Wednesday but having been to neither I can't really comment but its worth knowing. Don't see many music quizzes around this area so Ill certainly be looking to give that a try!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

QU12 2016

Last month I attended the latest Light Speed Quiz event. I will post the videos over the next few days but, and you'll see why, I am starting with this series :)

A slightly different game to the usual...

And the Final.....

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Music Quizzes - Periscope

Its been a while...

2016 is turning out to be a very busy one for me so I haven't had much time to devote to the blog. I have however, over the past few days, began to get involved in a series of Music Quizzes on Periscope.

Periscope is a live broadcasting tool available on most mobiles and tablets.

If you follow me @danielfullard on Periscope or let me know your Periscope username you'll get notifications as to when the quizzes are.

Tonight's music quiz begins at 7pm and contact me either on here or via email ( if you need help in getting set up.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Buzzer Quiz Questions

You may or may not have watched the Lightspeed Quiz videos I have been posting up by now. Either way here are the questions I asked at the event. I found it tricky writing sets for a crowd of 16 eager buzzers, and as you will have seen most got answered very quickly indeed.

1.       This country is the world’s largest producer of Uranium. In 1991, it was the last of the Soviet Republics to declare independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the current President of the nation has been in power since. Which nation, the largest landlocked country in the world by area, is also associated with the Sacha Baron Cohen character Borat?


2.       On this day in 1835 the first assassination attempt against a serving US President was carried out by Englishman Richard Lawrence. Legend has it that when Lawrence’s pistols misfired, the President attacked him with his cane. Which President, nicknamed “Old Hickory” was the target of this attack?

Andrew Jackson


3.       Launched in October 2010, this free mobile app had 400 million users by December 2015. The service was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for $1 billion dollars. Created by Kevin Systrom and with a camera as its logo, which mobile photo sharing service is the 8th most downloaded app of all time?




4.       What number links –  the number of studio albums released by the Beatles, the number of strikes needed for a perfect game in ten pin bowling, the number of people who have walked on the moon, the number of stars on the flag of Europe, the atomic number of Magnesium and the number of Angry Men in the title of a 1957 film?




5.       Released in January 2016, his latest novel is  “The Noise of Time”.  He has written crime novels under the name Dan Kavanagah. He has been nominated for 4 Booker Prizes  for works including Arthur and George and England England. Which British author won the 2011 Booker Prize for the “Sense of an Ending”?

Julian Barnes




6.       In 1967 this comedy duo won the TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, followed by success on New Faces in 1974. In 2009 they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their most famous TV series and in 2010 they won the Channel 4 series “Celebrity Coach Trip”. Born with the surname Elliot, which Comedy Duo hosted the Children’s game show “To Me to You” based on their most famous catchphrase?

The Chuckle Brothers


7.       Winning the 1985 Bafta Award for Best Picture, which Woody Allen film follows the story of Tom Baxter, a character within a movie who pops out of the Cinema screen into the real world and begins a romance with Mia Farrow?

Purple Rose of Cairo


8.       This classical composer won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for “On the Transmigration of Souls” which was a choral piece commemorating the victims of the September 11th attack.  He is perhaps most known for his operatic works including Doctor Atomic in 2005 and Nixon in China in 1987. Name this American composer born in 1947 who shares a name with an American President?


John Adams


9.       In  November 2013, this painters work entitled “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” sold for a then record $142 million dollars at auction. His 1944 triptych “Three Studies for Figures at the base of a crucifixtion” sealed his reputation as a bleak chronicler of the human condition. Born in Ireland in 1909, name this painter described by William Kooning as the “most  important painter of the disquieting human figure in the 20th century”?

Francis Bacon


10.   In which decade did the following events occur – the last Emperor of Germany began his reign, Coca Cola was invented, Robert Louis Stevenson published Treasure Island, President Garfield was assassinated and Robert Ford assassinated Jesse James?




11.   Which romantic drama series, first aired on BBC One in 2012, follows the story of two childhood sweethearts, who reunite over Facebook following 60 years apart? The programme stars Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi, and the title contains the name of a Dance as well as the town we are currently all sitting in!

Last Tango in Halifax


12.   Hitting number 1 in May 1988 as part of a double a side, a cover of which Beatles song gave Billy Bragg his first and to date only UK Number 1 single?


Shes Leaving Home


13.   Currently the assistant coach at Derby County, who is the only Englishman to win the European Golden Shoe, a feat achieved in the 1999-200 season when  he netted 30 goals for Sunderland? 


Kevin Phillips


14.    One of the few people to have won an Osacr, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, who is the only female singer to have had No.1 albums in the USA in six different decades, her first being “People” in 1964 and her latest being “Partners” in 2014 with her first Oscar win coming in 1969 for the film “Funny Girl”?


Barbara Streisand


15.     Name this island. On average 1.5 million tourists visit this island every year which is a greater amount than the actual population.  The flag of this island country is the only one in the world to contain an outline of the country on it and in 1974 Nikos Sampson led a famous coup here. Popular destinations on the island include Larnaca and Limassol and its capital is Nicosia.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Sunderland Echo Quiz League Set - 4/4

The Final instalment in my set of questions for the Sunderland Echo Quiz League a number of weeks back. Hopefully they have been some use to you....

Round 4

1.       At which battle of May 1455 was King Henry VI captured, leading to Richard Duke of York being declared Lord Protector?
St Albans
2.       Gary Player is one of three golfers to win both the Open and the Senior Open. New Zealander Bob Charles and which American, a five-time Open winner in the 1970s and 1980s are the others?
Tom Watson
3.       Which band, formed in Newcastle, had the highest selling British album of 1972?
4.       In March 1990 which was the first Soviet Republic to declare itself independent and in 2015 became the 19th member of the Eurozone?


Set B - Round 5

1.       Sir John Simon, Sir Kingsley Wood and John Anderson all held which major cabinet post during World War II?
Chancellor of the Exchequer
2.       Which American model spent 25 years as the face of “Covergirl” magazine, but perhaps more famously, was the subject of her former husband’s song “Uptown Girl”?
Christine Brinkley
3.       Of the seven English cities beginning with the letter L, which comes first alphabetically?
4.       Which sporting figure founded the charity “Livestrong”   in Austin, Texas to help people affected by cancer?
Lance Armstrong


Round 6

1.       Who is the only individual to win both a Turner Prize and an Oscar for Best Director?
Steve McQueen
2.       Rugby Union: With 557 points, which Irishman  has scored the most points in the history of the 5 (now 6) Nations?
Ronan O’Gara
3.       Which fictional amusement park, made famous in a film, is situated off the coast of Costa Rica?
Jurassic Park
4.       Michael Fassbender played which prominent Irish republican and short lived Member of Parliament in the 2008 film “ Hunger”?
Bobby Sands

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Lightspeed Quiz - January 2016 - Video 3

The third video from the opening round of the January 2016 Lightspeed Quiz event in Halifax. Tough going again...