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University Challenge

Sat Mar 19, 2005 8:53 pm

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.  





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RE: University Challenge

Sat Mar 19, 2005 9:04 pm

University Challenge eh, a TV programme for  old   old   old  people
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RE: University Challenge

Sat Mar 19, 2005 9:21 pm

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

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RE: University Challenge

Sat Mar 19, 2005 9:23 pm

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.
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RE: University Challenge

Sat Mar 19, 2005 9:53 pm

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
 
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RE: University Challenge

Sat Mar 19, 2005 9:55 pm

My guess is: Platypus?  Silly
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RE: University Challenge

Sat Mar 19, 2005 10:02 pm

I would also have said platypus for that one  Wink
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Sun Mar 20, 2005 1:43 am

 
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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 1:51 am

Srbmod, congrats, you join the GOM group  Wink
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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 6:48 am

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.

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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:35 am

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

Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:37 am

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

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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:45 am

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...

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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:47 am

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?

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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:51 am

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

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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:52 am

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.
 
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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:55 am

White stilettos?

Why pray tell!

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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:58 am

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.

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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 8:01 am

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!

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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 8:05 am

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!
 
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RE: University Challenge

Sun Mar 20, 2005 8:10 am

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)

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RE: University Challenge

Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:49 am

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!
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RE: University Challenge

Wed Mar 23, 2005 8:01 pm

FBGdavidson

which Uni is that (top 10)?
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RE: University Challenge

Wed Mar 23, 2005 8:11 pm

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 ?
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:00 am

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!

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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 9:10 am

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

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 contributed to the demise Big grin
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 6:23 pm

Glad to see my Uni way down at 115  Smile Big grin
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 6:48 pm

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 to attend, I might consult the lists but then but them aside.
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 6:53 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 27):
If I were choosing which university to attend, I might consult the lists but then but them aside.

...because you have no realistic chance of getting into any Uni that actually made it onto a League Table at all !  Silly
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 6:57 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 28):
...because you have no realistic chance of getting into any Uni that actually made it onto a League Table at all !

Of course.  Wink It's difficult to find a university which offers a Photocopier Technician degree.  Wink
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:00 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 29):
It's difficult to find a university which offers a Photocopier Technician degree

Especially one that has a Special Needs unit, and that's within crawling distance of a pub. Big grin
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:10 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 30):
Especially one that has a Special Needs

Keep talking about yourself, eh?  Wink
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:11 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 31):
Keep talking about yourself, eh?

Perhaps I expressed myself inelegantly. What I meant to say was that your Special Need IS to be within crawling distance of a pub.
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:13 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 32):
What I meant to say was that your Special Need IS to be within crawling distance of a pub.

Could think of worse!
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:21 pm

Sadly mine is number 2 again. Still, we will boss the Tabs in the Boat Race!
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:25 pm

no.19 for me - but I like to think NCL offered me so much more than many above it in the social stakes  Wink
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:27 pm

are you suggesting that Newcastle has better bars and nightclubs than Oxford?

Yeah, alright, then.
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:27 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 35):
I like to think NCL offered me so much more than many above it in the social stakes

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 to do, that is).
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:33 pm

Quoting BA380 (Reply 36):
are you suggesting that Newcastle has better bars and nightclubs than Oxford?

Yeah, alright, then.

but Berlin's were even better - and stayed open all night so I could stagger straight to lectures in the morning Big grin
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:34 pm

Oxford's a dump, full of drunken students - nasty spotty oiks!!!!!!!!

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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:34 pm

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 government tell me when I can go out drinking?!?!??!
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:35 pm

I have a friend from Oxford. He has commented - on innumerable occasions - that the price of alcoholic beverages in that city are absurdly expensive. I shall not visit Oxford, then.  Wink
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:45 pm

it was always a pound a pint when I was there. but that was 10 years ago....

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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:47 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 41):
He has commented - on innumerable occasions - that the price of alcoholic beverages in that city are absurdly expensive.

Isn't that a problem everywhere in the UK now (sigh !!)
(says the London resident)
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:50 pm

I meant in the city's pubs/bars and clubs, not at SU places.

Quoting Cornish (Reply 43):
(says the London resident)

My favourite pub is quite possibly The Old Bank of England, on Fleet Street. Very popular. Superb setting and not that badly priced drinks - about £5 for a pint and a vodka and coke.
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 8:11 pm

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
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 8:14 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 37):
Which is equally as important as the academic side.

Or more so, if you aren't planning to do any actual work, eh James ?

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 41):
I shall not visit Oxford, then

They wouldn't let you in - your name isn't Henry or Caroline.

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 44):
about £5 for a pint and a vodka and coke.

A pint of vodka and coke ? Ooh, classy bird, you !
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 8:24 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 46):
A pint of vodka and coke ? Ooh, classy bird, you !

A pint AND a vodka and coke, as you well know.  Wink

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 46):
Or more so, if you aren't planning to do any actual work, eh James ?

Work? ¿Qué es eso? Yo no sé ese concepto. Quiero cerveza. More to the point: you don't do any work, do you?
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 8:27 pm

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 Big grin
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RE: University Challenge

Thu Mar 24, 2005 8:28 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 48):
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

Work: to sit down, with doughnut in left hand and beer in right, and relax.  Big grin
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