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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

Last month, the university at which I am a student held an intra-departmental University Challenge, very similar – but without the cameras – to that chaired by Jeremy Paxman on BBC2.

I was actually a reserve member – my girlfriend was the leader of her team, so she was influential (   ) – and we won by quite a bit. Although I wasn't on the panel that actually played, I got about 11 questions right - more than what 3 of the 4 students got.  

Anyway, the members of the winning team and the team against whom we played in the final now have the opportunity to go on TV for the real University Challenge. It would be so funny if I was there representing this university and not knowing a single answer.  LOL. If I do get called-up, I will let you know so you can have a good laugh at my expense.  





[Edited 2005-03-19 12:59:59]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

University Challenge eh, a TV programme for  old   old   old  people
 Wink



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1415 times:

University Challenge - two teams of spotty, swotty, zero-personality students, with bad hair and no doubt, bad breath also.

You'll be perfect Pe@rson!  yes 



Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1413 times:

Quoting Capital146 (Reply 2):
University Challenge - two teams of spotty, swotty, zero-personality students, with bad hair and no doubt, bad breath also.

You'll be perfect Pe@rson!

Thanks.  Big grin If I need an old person's wisdom, I'll give you a shout.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

At least University Challenge doesn't dumb down its questions like just about every other quiz show on the planet now.

What animal is a zebra crossing named after: (a) Zebra (b) Giraffe (c) Platypus  Yeah sure


User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19203 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

My guess is: Platypus?  Silly


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

I would also have said platypus for that one  Wink
 old 



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1376 times:



User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

Srbmod, congrats, you join the GOM group  Wink
 old   old   old 



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

I was in the audience when my University (Keele University) was on Uni challenge, two of my frinds were on the team. They won the first round, but lost at the second.

They made it into the papers when a team member (Ian) mouthed `Oh fuck` when he got a question wrong. The editors included the scene on the aired show and several people complained.

Granada TV was forced to apologise, and Ian had eternal kudos from appearing in the Sun newspaper.

Kieron747


User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

Oh, is Keele a university? I thought that it was a service station on the M6!  Wink

User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1318 times:

Quoting Cambrian (Reply 10):
Oh, is Keele a university? I thought that it was a service station on the M6!

Oh you're asking for it now!

Keele is actually a very small village, and the university is one of the best for criminology and sociology. Keele Uni is the largest campus university in Europe, and the first post war university.

www.keele.ac.uk

Kieron747


User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1315 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 11):
Oh you're asking for it now!

Only kidding! Keele is right up there with our other great academic institutions:

University of Heston

Leicester Forest East Poly

Newport Pagnell University


But I musn't mock- I went to Essex University...

www.essex.ac.uk


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1311 times:

I visited Essex Uni once, at Colchester?

Like the place where the whole campus is on a concrete block at the centre of a rather nice grounds?

Kieron747


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

University eh? Some of us were too poor to go to University, we had to make do with Life and all it threw at us!

I dunno, yoof of today, don't know they're born. I tell you, if they don't get on the telly, they fink they are deprived!

Depraved in Pe@rsons case of course!!!!!!

Well, if you do get on, I will watch avidly to see how you combat the mighty Paxman and his wit/sarcasm.

Have fun yoof

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 13):
I visited Essex Uni once, at Colchester?

That's the one. I had a ball there, but wearing white stilletos for 3 years played havoc with my ankles.

Keele used to be known as the place to go if you had 2 A levels, but I expect that has all changed. Come to think of it, most of my fellow students seemed to have chosen Essex through clearing.


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

White stilettos?

Why pray tell!

Kieron747


User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 16):
White stilettos?

Why pray tell!

Well, it was Essex. I also had to change my name to Dean and drive around in a souped-up Ford Escort.

The scars remain....

But seriously- it was a great place, and the alma mater of leading lights such as Virginia Bottomley, Brian Hanrahan and John Bercow.

Ok, I am scraping the barrel here.


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

The one thing Keele was famous for was its production of lefties.

At one point, Keele Uni seceded from the UK, and cordoned itself off. At the height of the campaign, they even issued passports to leave/enter!

I guess one pissed up student watched 'Passport to Pimlico' and took it a bit too far!

And I agree, I went into Colchester, and never saw so many chavs, and bleached blonde ultra-tanned birds driving red Escort XR3i convertables in my life!

kieron747


User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1295 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 18):
I guess one pissed up student watched 'Passport to Pimlico' and took it a bit too far!

LOL!

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 18):
And I agree, I went into Colchester, and never saw so many chavs, and bleached blonde ultra-tanned birds driving red Escort XR3i convertables in my life!

I know! But north Essex is actually quite posh. The memories are flooding back!


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1291 times:

Quoting Cambrian (Reply 19):
I know! But north Essex is actually quite posh. The memories are flooding back!

Well, I'm sure it is! I have scant knowlage of the south east, and like each county, there are shite ares and nice areas. What can I say anyway! I'm from Stoke-on-trent!

Famous for...

The guy that invented the Spitfire- Reginald Mitchell (plus point)
The guy who captained the Titanic- Capt Smith (minus point)
Bruno Brookes (former DJ) (minus point)
Anthea Turner (minus point)
Robbie Williams (complete fecking minus point!)
Johnathan Wilkes (was in my class at schoo, and of You've been framed fame- ABSOLUTE COMPLETE BAD FECKING POINT)

Kieron747


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1246 times:

Since I am graduating this year and a bit of an armchair contestant (average about 50pts a game) I put my note forward to the Pres of the SU who was organising the team back in Spring last year. Then after a few months I got back to him asking him what happened and the deadline was missed and forgot to put forward a team....which for a top 10 University is a disgrace!


"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

FBGdavidson

which Uni is that (top 10)?



cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 11):
and the university is one of the best for criminology and sociology

No doubt aided by the wealth of case-study material in the immediate vicinity  Smile

Quoting BA380 (Reply 22):
which Uni is that (top 10)?

The one that played against "Scumbag College" (Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson et al)  Smile What was it called again ?


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 23):
No doubt aided by the wealth of case-study material in the immediate vicinity  Smile

Cheeky git!  Wink

But alas... Probably true!

Kieron747


25 Post contains links and images Fbgdavidson : See Sunday Times 2004 league table...ah crap it appears they have dropped to 17th this year. Were 9th when I started, I'd like to think I have contri
26 Post contains images Gkirk : Glad to see my Uni way down at 115
27 Pe@rson : I hope you realise that those league tables should not be followed religiously but rather merely taken as a guide. If I were choosing which university
28 Post contains images JGPH1A : ...because you have no realistic chance of getting into any Uni that actually made it onto a League Table at all !
29 Post contains images Pe@rson : Of course. It's difficult to find a university which offers a Photocopier Technician degree.
30 Post contains images JGPH1A : Especially one that has a Special Needs unit, and that's within crawling distance of a pub.
31 Post contains images Pe@rson : Keep talking about yourself, eh?
32 JGPH1A : Perhaps I expressed myself inelegantly. What I meant to say was that your Special Need IS to be within crawling distance of a pub.
33 Pe@rson : Could think of worse!
34 BA380 : Sadly mine is number 2 again. Still, we will boss the Tabs in the Boat Race!
35 Post contains images Cornish : no.19 for me - but I like to think NCL offered me so much more than many above it in the social stakes
36 BA380 : are you suggesting that Newcastle has better bars and nightclubs than Oxford? Yeah, alright, then.
37 Pe@rson : Which is equally as important as the academic side. After all, uni is, so they say, meant to be the best time of your life (when you don't have work
38 Post contains images Cornish : but Berlin's were even better - and stayed open all night so I could stagger straight to lectures in the morning
39 Post contains images Skidmarks : Oxford's a dump, full of drunken students - nasty spotty oiks!!!!!!!! Andy
40 BA380 : I lived in Duesseldorf for three years and have now moved back to Blighty - I loved the fact that bars could open when they wanted. Why should the gov
41 Post contains images Pe@rson : I have a friend from Oxford. He has commented - on innumerable occasions - that the price of alcoholic beverages in that city are absurdly expensive.
42 Post contains images BA380 : it was always a pound a pint when I was there. but that was 10 years ago....
43 Cornish : Isn't that a problem everywhere in the UK now (sigh !!) (says the London resident)
44 Pe@rson : I meant in the city's pubs/bars and clubs, not at SU places. My favourite pub is quite possibly The Old Bank of England, on Fleet Street. Very popular
45 BA380 : The Old Bank is indeed quite fun - a bit of an old man's pub in a way, but good nonetheless. Been there a few times
46 JGPH1A : Or more so, if you aren't planning to do any actual work, eh James ? They wouldn't let you in - your name isn't Henry or Caroline. A pint of vodka an
47 Post contains images Pe@rson : A pint AND a vodka and coke, as you well know. Work? ¿Qué es eso? Yo no sé ese concepto. Quiero cerveza. More to the point: you don't do any work,
48 Post contains images Cornish : Work ? Woooorrrrkkkk? WORK? No I'm sorry guys you'll just have to explain that one to me - don't have a clue what it means. Is it a technical term
49 Post contains images Pe@rson : Work: to sit down, with doughnut in left hand and beer in right, and relax.
50 JGPH1A : That is an intereting ethical dilemma. I am employed, and get paid - does that count ?
51 Post contains images Cornish : Ah you mean loafing - why didn't you say so in the first place? Instead you have to go and use fancy foreign words that you learned at University jus
52 Post contains images Pe@rson : Moi? Nonsense! Was your master's degree research or taught? I just know how to make the most of my time. Foreign words? Which of the following is for
53 Post contains images Cornish : It was the "work" word I had trouble with (what language is that btw) - once I saw the explanation I was fine
54 Post contains images Gkirk : Of course it is £3.00 up here
55 Pe@rson : But Newcastle is not one of London's most famous streets!
56 Post contains images Gkirk : Im in Scotland fool, University of Paisley London is full of gheys anyway
57 BA380 : I didn't know they had Red Bull in Ethiopia?
58 Post contains images Pe@rson : Even worse, then.
59 Post contains images Gkirk : Where do you think it's made? Red Bull = Camels piss with flavouring in...
60 Post contains images BA380 : Really? I never knew that. Is it legal? I guess 'other flavourings' on the ingredients list covers excreta. You learn something new everyday. Perhaps
61 Post contains images Gkirk : Nah in France it's banned because it causes the French blokes to try and fight, usually it ends with them beating themselves up, or getting KO'ed by a
62 BA380 : does it cause Scotsmen to get lippy, start saying 'see you Jimmy' start fights with anyone around and then order deepfried cheesecakes or whatever it
63 JGPH1A : Although not a connoisseur of Pictish cuisine, I can reliably report that the dish in question is in fact a deep-fried Mars Bar.
64 Post contains images Cornish : Or deep fried haggis, deep fried pizzas, deep fried fat, deep fried anything pretty much as long as its high in cholesterol
65 BA380 : Kirkie no pithy (or even Picthy) comeback?
66 Post contains images Cornish : Probably busy tucking into a deep-fried pot noodle
67 Post contains images JGPH1A : Don't hold your breath. The pubs opened HOURS ago, Kirkie is lying comatose in a warehouse doorway, with an empty bottle of Domestos clutched in his
68 BA380 : an empty bottle of Domestos? Is it a special occasion? I heard that Tesco Value Bleach was the usual tipple
69 Post contains images JGPH1A : It's giro day.
70 BA380 : maybe there will be a packet of pork scratchings, too, if it's giro day
71 Post contains images Gkirk : BA380, as a 26-35 year old Arsenal supporting manager, it is my pleasure to award you with Oh and JGPH1A, you know what the nurse said about your pace
72 Srbmod : Kirkie ain't related to Father Jack is he?
73 JGPH1A : Quite possibly ! When subjected to closer analysis, most of Kirkie's remarks can be summarised as either "DRINK !" or "ARSE !".
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