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SPOTY research

Last Sunday night Lewis Hamilton won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award for the second time, a deserved winner after his record-breaking season in Formula 1. The Sports Personality of the Year (or SPOTY, as I shall call it from now on) has been awarded annually since 1954, when athlete Christopher Chataway was the first winner. The first SPOTY… Continue reading SPOTY research

On the box · Trivia

More about Irish counties (“It’s a long way to Tipperary…”)

How is your knowledge of Irish geography? If you have never visited the island of Ireland it may be rather hazy. This earlier piece, prompted by the All-Ireland Hurling Final between Limerick and Waterford, reflects on how I got to know my way around the place, on childhood holidays and then as an adult. I have spent time in 23 of the… Continue reading More about Irish counties (“It’s a long way to Tipperary…”)

Lyrics · Music · Trivia

“Up the Junction” and “Virginia Plain” revisited

Back in 2018, in this piece, I posed the following question: What do the songs “Virginia Plain” and “Up the Junction” have in common with each other, and with no other singles that have reached the UK Top 10? It’s one of my favourite pop trivia challenges. The answer was revealed in that earlier piece,… Continue reading “Up the Junction” and “Virginia Plain” revisited

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More Pop Trivia: a few updates prompted by “Head & Heart”, the current UK #1

The current UK #1 is “Head & Heart” by Joel Corry featuring MNEK, enjoying its fourth week at the top of the charts. I hadn’t heard it until a week ago, when I used this YouTube clip to check it out. Since then I have also heard it on BBC Radio 2 and have realized… Continue reading More Pop Trivia: a few updates prompted by “Head & Heart”, the current UK #1

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“Tenable” Series 2, repeated July 2020, episode 12 onwards

ITV are currently screening repeats of Series 2 of quiz show “Tenable” on weekday afternoons. This piece from July 2019 lists the questions and answers from the first 11 episodes of that series. I described it as “Raw ‘Tenable’ data” because it was not edited and tidied up in the same way as some of… Continue reading “Tenable” Series 2, repeated July 2020, episode 12 onwards