Quiz Shows

Traditionally I’ve been a total snob when it comes to quiz shows. My dictionary says for the word ‘trivia’: “something of small importance”. I rest my case!

However, recently I’ve enjoyed a few episodes of University Challenge (have always liked Paxo) and I have to admit it’s kinda fun testing your recollective skills against the clock. I think maybe before I just wasn’t willing to get involved:-).

Anyway I’ve just been watching Only Connect on bbc four (uk viewers only I’m afraid…). At last a quiz show that I love and would even love to compete on! It’s based around connections – you’re given three words/objects/songs and have to guess a fourth, or maybe a grid of objects that you have to put into groups. It must be fascinating designing the questions. It’s such a lovely feeling when the answers just come to you – seemingly random connections in your brain just fall together in a way that feels more rewarding to me than other quizzes.

Even better is the way they make up the teams – by interest. Next week is a team of hitchhikers guide to the galaxy fans vs a team of philosophers. 🙂 So maybe I can form a team of internet musicians? Or linux nerds? Or yoga teachers for that matter. Yeah I can just imagine having a laugh with the people I went to yoga school with on this show!

Hmm, time to get back to work…

Published in: on January 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  


Just watched “Survivors” on iplayer. Apart from musing whether the desktop iplayer would work with my Gentoo box I was struck by how many viral apocalypse series I seem to be watching these days. I was disappointed with “Day of the Triffids” (but then the original was so good how could I not be?!) but meanwhile it doesn’t seem like long ago that I saw “I am Legend” and started to take Will Smith very seriously and that’s aside from the 28 days/weeks films. Watching Robert Carlyle turn into a zombie was genuinely creepy. Memorable stuff for me it seems.

By far my favourite (that I’m currently re-visiting for the first time)  is “Jeremiah”.  Luke Perry, the guy from Beverly Hills 90210 stars in a series created by J. Michael Stracinsky. He was the guy behind “Babylon 5” – one of my all time favourites. Basically all the adults have been killed off and it’s just the kids left. They grow up and we join them trying to build a world for themselves. The characters seem so convincing to me as what my generation would be like if such a ghastly thing ever happened to us.

Anyway, I was wondering what it said about me that I would enjoy these candle-burning-bright-in-the-dark/end-of-humanity-but-for-a-few-brave-pockets-of-resistance dramas. Now I’m thinking about it I loved reading “The Host” by Stephanie Meyer (think “Twilight” but she wrote for grown ups this time) for a similar reason. Is it that I actually want the end of humanity to happen so I can prove how brave I am fighting for survival? I don’t think so but I feel like something in me really longs for adversity in order to triumph over it.

I’m starting to think I’ve spent enough time making life difficult for myself…

Night night people:-).

Published in: on January 13, 2010 at 2:14 am  Leave a Comment