Sunday, 11 November 2018

Quiz Books of the Year #1

Don't worry, the series of general books of the year will continue, but just interlaced with that I am going to give an overview of some of the finest Quiz Books of the Year!

I will start with one I worked through at the start of 2018. The BBC released this superb quiz book of tough questions under the Brain of Britain banner. The sets are highly original and ease you in with a few rounds of medium level questions before bringing on the testers thick and fast. No filler, very few chestnuts and a whole host of brain punishing questions!

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Books of the Year #4

The next in my series of the my favourite books of 2018, certainly comes under the banner "useful for quizzing". Although  fan of cricket, there are way too many weak spots in my knowledge for my liking and its been catching me out on sport quizzes a lot this year. So when I saw this was released, I thought the timing was perfect! A detailed, hefty well written biography about the sport, with plenty of facts and figures as well as stats about the team.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Books of the Year #3

Next in the series, is actually the first book I read this year and remains one of the best. This biography of Muhammd Ali by Jonathan Eig is not just one of the best sports biographies I have read, but one of the best biographies full stop. A weighty tome, and even though many sports fan will know the career of Ali, the style, detail and approach by Eig makes this an absolute joy!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Books of the Year #2

The next in the series on the books I have enjoyed most, or found the most useful this year. Adam Kays "This is Going to Hurt" is a diary of his years spent as a junior doctor. Informative whilst at the same time very shocking, the book has plenty of useful terminology on the world of medicine, but quizzing facts aside....this is a superb read!

New Pub Quiz in Sunderland - Launches Tonight!

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Quiz Night Launch in Sunderland - Tonight and every Thursday from 8.30pm!
My latest quiz venture kicks off tonight at the Pickle in Sunderland. Located right in the heart of the city centre, the quiz night each Thursday is set to be a fun packed evening with plenty of prizes! Hope to see you there one week!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Books of the Year 2018

Towards the end of the year on the blog, I tend to put together a list of the most useful books of the year, podcasts, apps etc and I have feedback in the past that its also served people as a good guide of what to buy for Christmas for their quizzing obsessed relatives. Today marks the first such post with a Book that has only just been released, but given its quality, is likely to make the list every year...

From the creators of the rather excellent podcast "No Such Thing as Fish" comes The Book of the Year 2018. This is a summary of the first 10 months of 2018 including a raft of major news stories, odd stories and fact and figures, all presented in a fun way. I first got the book in 2017 and it proved a goldmine for those typical "events of the year" rounds that litter quizzes this time of year. Hard to think of a new release book that has been as useful as this....

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Quiz in the North - Wakefield

This Saturday, November 10th, the latest Quiz in the North is taking place in Wakefield. With a set devised by one of the finest setters in the country, a team quiz and more, this should be one of the highlights of the quizzing calendar.

It is open to all, and you can find more details on the links below.

More details HERE and HERE

Monday, 5 November 2018

Fifteen to One is back!

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Series 9 on Fifteen to One returns to Channel 4 today! There are two series in the can, so hopefully they will air pretty much back to back. Look out in season 10 for a familiar face....