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The 2011 World Quizzing Championships took place on Saturday last, June 4.  The event was held in 79 venues, spread across 32 countries.  Alas, there wasn’t a heat in Ireland – the nearest was in the UK.  As luck would have it, myself and my long-term quiz buddy Mike were in England at the weekend for the wedding of our old friend Patrick to his fiancé Ruth.

Sure, it took almost two hours to drive from Leeds, where the wedding was on, to Lichfield, where the quiz took place.  But, again luckily, the wedding wasn’t until 4pm so we managed to fit everything into a very packed day.  We set off at 9am and arrived in Lichfield just before 11.  The quiz itself takes the form of an exam.  Paper 1 started at 11:30am and took one hour.  As we were running to a tighter schedule than everybody else, we were allowed to start Paper 2 pretty promptly and ended up finishing up around 1:50 pm.

However, even then, we couldn’t get on the road straight away as I got nabbed for an interview with Adam, a journalist from The Sunday Telegraph.  Never the shyest, I couldn’t resist this albeit I did bring the interview to a close at about 2.05pm.  After that it was into a garage for some crisps and a Mars bar before getting back onto the motorway. We made it to Leeds just before 4pm and were in our seats a good 10 minutes before the bride arrived! 😉

So, what was it like?  Well, you’re talking quizzing royalty here.  For instance, I bumped into Kevin Ashman as I walked down the corridor in the direction of the toilets! I was hoping to have a word with Pat Gibson, probably Ireland’s greatest ever quizzer and the reigning champion, but unfortunately our paths didn’t cross.  In fact, due to our hurried circumstances, we didn’t really get a chance to talk to anyone, except those who were beside and opposite us at our exam table.  These were Roderick Cromar, a Scottish gent in his 50s, and Jesse Honey, an English guy (with an unforgettable name!) who was around our age, that is to say early 30s.  These guys were very welcoming and friendly.  They were also a little surprised that this was our first event on the quizzing ‘circuit’.  That we had decided to dive right in at the deep end was the summation of their reaction.

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Here are the answers to the questions I posted last week on the FIFA World Cup.

How did you do? Get to the final or out in the first round?

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FIFA World Cup quiz

Robert Green says "Oh Oh"In honour of the start of the 2010 World Cup, here’s a round of 15 questions about this festival of football.

I actually wrote most of this quiz four years ago and, back then, posted it on my old Bebo account.

Let’s see if I still have any friends left from those days! 😉

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