Harder or easier than the plays?
We just went out and enjoyed it, beat an Oxford college in the first round then lost by 5 points (the least you can lose by) to eventual winners Warwick
It was more nerve-racking in some ways. But we just treated it as a bit of fun. You got to hang out in the Green Room before hand with the runners (studio hands), watching the other rounds being recorded, then had to go through make-up and costume before walking out into the studio. A TV studio is a lot smaller than they make it look- the live audience was probably only 40 people. We met the questionmaster, Jeremy Paxman, who is a famous journalist in the UK. Then they had some warm-up questions, but by chance there was a mistake- Jeremy asked questions that had been asked before the previous recording, which we had seen but the others hadn't- thus we won the warm-up 40-0, and gained a psychological advantage. The opposition team were all doing things like PhDs in "condensed matter phsyics"- we were all doing ordinary undergrad degrees. Both our games were very close, with only a few points between us, so the studio liked us for providing good TV.
I was famous at the uni for a while after it was shown- we appeared in the student paper and on campus radio. People kept asking me if I was the guy off University Challenge, and i had to tell the same stories about forty times. Now, it's back to anonymity. Except, when I play cricket and the ball comes to me the guys shout "East Anglia Fensome!" 9on the show when you press the buzzer, the announcer says that)
Actually Cricket Web has had two contestants on the show, Neil Pickup represented Exeter the year before me. He was the captain of his team.
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Somebody has to...
Apart from the obvious, I used to run a radio station, I do some sport writing and I run my own website. Whilst at the radio station (3 years) I presented a show most days. Usually about 10 show hours per week; met and interviewed some successful bands from the time etc. etc.
Not necessarily anything overly 'public' I guess, though all in the public domain. Certainly did some outside broadcasts though....
Fascist Dictator of the Heath Davis Appreciation Society
Supporting Petone's Finest since the very start - Iain O'Brien
Adam Wheater - Another batsman off the Essex production line
Also Supporting the All Time #1 Batsman of All Time Ever - Jacques Kallis and the much maligned Peter Siddle.
Vimes tells it how it is:
Took part in a quiz competition in college with some 1000 people watching ..came a close second out of 15......
Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
Numerous gigs infront of up to a few hundred people. School gig infront of a thousand, referenced that somewhere else on here, yelled out "This one`s for you Andy!" or something. Haha, good times.
proudly supporting Liverpool FC
Apparently as a couple of days old baby i was on some hospital show, were filming at the hospital maternity unit and i just happened to be one of the new born. Mum hasnt a clue what it was called sadly, and it was probably watched by a few old grannies who get up and watch that tripe at 5am.
Biggest i can remember is playing in an Umbro Youth Tournament about 10 years back, getting trashed infront of a couple of hundred by Ajax Youth and some Japanese side.....
"All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher." - Ambrose Bierce
Langeveldt: I of course blame their parents.. and unchecked immigration!
GingerFurball: He's Austrian, they tend to produce the odd ****ed up individual
Burgey: Be careful dealing with neighbours whose cars don't have wheels but whose houses do.
Uppercut: Maybe I just need better strippers
Carols by Candlelight at Myer Music Bowl probably. Did that a few times, although never solo. In terms of biggest crowd at the venue it'd be Three Tenors at the MCG. Again, not solo (obviously).
Anyway, I suppose my biggest public act was being part of a skit at school which was about drunk driving etc. I played the OJ man.
Hmm, sure he wasnt drunk when he fled from the cops. Just guilty
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