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Michael

RDQ: phone a friend

Based on the classic Who Wants to be a Millionaire formula, who would you have on your phone a friend list from this forum?

You get to pick three forummers and explain your reasoning.

I'd go with:
Twelfth, film questions, general pop culture
Big Blue, sport stuff, general riff raff and
Racing, should be good on nature and general cleverness.
Stuntman

Tough one.  Your list is a good shout and perhaps hard to improve upon.

I might substitute one of them with either PhilD or Bob, for sheer entertainment value regardless of the correctness of their suggested answer
Big Blue

Hmm. Thanks for damning faint praise

Bob for sport, history, generally most stuff
Racing for art, history and educated guesses (I still have to do his Facebook challenge; I've chosen but haven't posted it)
Chris Todd - car stuff, war stuff and more educated guesses.

Just realised I have no pop-culture go-to person. I'd chose 12th as well.
simonp

We should get an Eggheads team together!
Soulless

Love a good pub quiz
Boxer6

simonp wrote:
We should get an Eggheads team together!


+1

Especially if someone volunteers to poke Jeremy Vine in the eye!
simonp

Soulless wrote:
Love a good pub quiz


Me too. I've only not won the local one once and that was Mrs P and I as a team of two against a team of six. They have a sound and vision round that is really quick fire where you have to get a film, a song, the artist and the year, all in about 10-15 seconds per question. If you can get 28-30 or so out of 40 in that round you're usually right up there.
BeN

I've only met one of you in real life (that being you Michael) so it would be pretty tough for me to really decide.

I guess, hmm...

Big Blue. Seems to know a lot of stuff generally.
Racing. Clever bloke being a lawyer and all.  
Blarno. Just for the mechanical stuff and general fun.
gonnabuildabuggy

I'm good at the Music stuff and general knowledge, however I'd choose SimonP for Music as his level of knowledge seems to go even deeper than mine.

Mrs. GBB has zilch general knowledge so I tend to do these as lads events. We went on a golf trip to Telford years ago and rocked up at the local pub where there was a pub quiz that night. We entered and trounced the locals which resulted in a lot of dirty looks.

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Bob Sacamano

Slightly off topic but I was going through similar thoughts when I was considering a little bullion job out of Turin that was presented to me recently. Itís still a work in progress but the plan is coming together:
Logistics would be an issue so I had planned on Racing, with his intimate knowledge of Italian passes to coordinate that leg of the escape. Stuntman and Frankie would run a decoy with a couple of fast Porsches down towards Spain while the actual bullion would head North in a fleet of Twingos (courtesy of Humph who would have arranged for a transporter load to go ďmissingĒ). The Twingos would be driven by some down on their luck chinless wonders recruited from the darkest drinking dens and motoring clubs around the square mile by BB.
Once into France interference would be run by FB and a series of classic Citroens until we go to the Channel where Roadsterstu would use his knowledge of UK security to get them into the country. Overall coordination of vehicles, swopping plates, wiping down the safe house for prints, and keeping the cars clean so as not to attract attention would be in the hands of Chris M.
The actual job itself would be a doddle, with the crew arriving in Trevorís Land Rover, explosives in the hands of Blarno, with the traffic cameras and IT taken care of by SimonP and PhilD.
Safehouse in the UK handled by Michael and laundering/converting the bullion into cash would be sorted by Twelfth.
Ben would sort out the Far East connection and repaying initial finance for the operation.
There would be a requirement for a well-dressed, rather camp, individual Ė Iím not pushing myself forward for this but letís just say I have the suit.
Getting the plans initially would require some sort of femme fatale/Mata Hari figure and Iíd earmarked Alan for this role.
Twelfth Monkey

Pop culture and money laundering, eh?  Could be worse.

I have to admit that I really don't know, as so many people here seem to have impressive amounts of knowledge in the deep and distant corners.  I suspect Stunters would be a good addition to any team.
Bryan M

I think James would also be a good addition, farming and old Rolls area covered off plus I suspect a wide ranging general knowledge.

I am dangerous on pub quizes - a good range of knowledge and a series of guesses both conveyed with the same amount of conviction that I am right!
boc70

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Slightly off topic but I was going through similar thoughts when I was considering a little bullion job out of Turin that was presented to me recently. Itís still a work in progress but the plan is coming together:
Logistics would be an issue so I had planned on Racing, with his intimate knowledge of Italian passes to coordinate that leg of the escape. Stuntman and Frankie would run a decoy with a couple of fast Porsches down towards Spain while the actual bullion would head North in a fleet of Twingos (courtesy of Humph who would have arranged for a transporter load to go ďmissingĒ). The Twingos would be driven by some down on their luck chinless wonders recruited from the darkest drinking dens and motoring clubs around the square mile by BB.
Once into France interference would be run by FB and a series of classic Citroens until we go to the Channel where Roadsterstu would use his knowledge of UK security to get them into the country. Overall coordination of vehicles, swopping plates, wiping down the safe house for prints, and keeping the cars clean so as not to attract attention would be in the hands of Chris M.
The actual job itself would be a doddle, with the crew arriving in Trevorís Land Rover, explosives in the hands of Blarno, with the traffic cameras and IT taken care of by SimonP and PhilD.
Safehouse in the UK handled by Michael and laundering/converting the bullion into cash would be sorted by Twelfth.
Ben would sort out the Far East connection and repaying initial finance for the operation.
There would be a requirement for a well-dressed, rather camp, individual Ė Iím not pushing myself forward for this but letís just say I have the suit.
Getting the plans initially would require some sort of femme fatale/Mata Hari figure and Iíd earmarked Alan for this role.


Who's driving the coach?
Bob Sacamano

boc70 wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Slightly off topic but I was going through similar thoughts when I was considering a little bullion job out of Turin that was presented to me recently. Itís still a work in progress but the plan is coming together:
Logistics would be an issue so I had planned on Racing, with his intimate knowledge of Italian passes to coordinate that leg of the escape. Stuntman and Frankie would run a decoy with a couple of fast Porsches down towards Spain while the actual bullion would head North in a fleet of Twingos (courtesy of Humph who would have arranged for a transporter load to go ďmissingĒ). The Twingos would be driven by some down on their luck chinless wonders recruited from the darkest drinking dens and motoring clubs around the square mile by BB.
Once into France interference would be run by FB and a series of classic Citroens until we go to the Channel where Roadsterstu would use his knowledge of UK security to get them into the country. Overall coordination of vehicles, swopping plates, wiping down the safe house for prints, and keeping the cars clean so as not to attract attention would be in the hands of Chris M.
The actual job itself would be a doddle, with the crew arriving in Trevorís Land Rover, explosives in the hands of Blarno, with the traffic cameras and IT taken care of by SimonP and PhilD.
Safehouse in the UK handled by Michael and laundering/converting the bullion into cash would be sorted by Twelfth.
Ben would sort out the Far East connection and repaying initial finance for the operation.
There would be a requirement for a well-dressed, rather camp, individual Ė Iím not pushing myself forward for this but letís just say I have the suit.
Getting the plans initially would require some sort of femme fatale/Mata Hari figure and Iíd earmarked Alan for this role.


Who's driving the coach?


Congratulations, you're in!
DetmoldDick

Glad to see that everyone has noticed I am thick as mince.

I actually got the 1st Million D-Mark question ever asked on German "Wer wird Millionšr" right, in front of the inlaws.
I also very much impressed the family of a past girlfriend by scoring 14 points on the specialst subject on Mastermind. I also got a couople right where the contestant had passed  
The thing was that he had chosen the exact same subject that I had just revised for an o-level history test. Something like British foreign policy 1840 to 1900 or such like.
boc70

Bob Sacamano wrote:
boc70 wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Slightly off topic but I was going through similar thoughts when I was considering a little bullion job out of Turin that was presented to me recently. Itís still a work in progress but the plan is coming together:
Logistics would be an issue so I had planned on Racing, with his intimate knowledge of Italian passes to coordinate that leg of the escape. Stuntman and Frankie would run a decoy with a couple of fast Porsches down towards Spain while the actual bullion would head North in a fleet of Twingos (courtesy of Humph who would have arranged for a transporter load to go ďmissingĒ). The Twingos would be driven by some down on their luck chinless wonders recruited from the darkest drinking dens and motoring clubs around the square mile by BB.
Once into France interference would be run by FB and a series of classic Citroens until we go to the Channel where Roadsterstu would use his knowledge of UK security to get them into the country. Overall coordination of vehicles, swopping plates, wiping down the safe house for prints, and keeping the cars clean so as not to attract attention would be in the hands of Chris M.
The actual job itself would be a doddle, with the crew arriving in Trevorís Land Rover, explosives in the hands of Blarno, with the traffic cameras and IT taken care of by SimonP and PhilD.
Safehouse in the UK handled by Michael and laundering/converting the bullion into cash would be sorted by Twelfth.
Ben would sort out the Far East connection and repaying initial finance for the operation.
There would be a requirement for a well-dressed, rather camp, individual Ė Iím not pushing myself forward for this but letís just say I have the suit.
Getting the plans initially would require some sort of femme fatale/Mata Hari figure and Iíd earmarked Alan for this role.


Who's driving the coach?


Congratulations, you're in!


But I can't drive a coa... oh, never mind.
Bob Sacamano

DetmoldDick wrote:

The thing was that he had chosen the exact same subject that I had just revised for an o-level history test. Something like British foreign policy 1840 to 1900 or such like.


I've got a mate with a market stall who always said his specialist subject on Mastermind would be Anaraks; 16.99 - 19.99
simonp

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Mrs. GBB has zilch general knowledge so I tend to do these as lads events. We went on a golf trip to Telford years ago and rocked up at the local pub where there was a pub quiz that night. We entered and trounced the locals which resulted in a lot of dirty looks.


Have done that on many an occasion. On the odd few that I've gone back again later some of them had even gone as far as changing the rules! I remember one where a mate and I did a music quiz in a pub we'd never set foot in before and won the £100 prize when all the regulars thought the team of about 8 who won nearly every week were a sure thing. It went to a tie break and I got the question right. I went back some time later with a different mate and it was pay to enter with a Take Your Pick type thing at the end, too. Ten boxes, nine with shite in and one with the money. Only came second that time and the winners won a used teabag.

Another place we went to twice in Devon, we won the first time and got pipped in the last round by some locals on the second visit, despite the twin facts that there was only 10 questions and we were about 15 points ahead. Hmmmm...
Boxer6

boc70 wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Slightly off topic but I was going through similar thoughts when I was considering a little bullion job out of Turin that was presented to me recently. Itís still a work in progress but the plan is coming together:
Logistics would be an issue so I had planned on Racing, with his intimate knowledge of Italian passes to coordinate that leg of the escape. Stuntman and Frankie would run a decoy with a couple of fast Porsches down towards Spain while the actual bullion would head North in a fleet of Twingos (courtesy of Humph who would have arranged for a transporter load to go ďmissingĒ). The Twingos would be driven by some down on their luck chinless wonders recruited from the darkest drinking dens and motoring clubs around the square mile by BB.
Once into France interference would be run by FB and a series of classic Citroens until we go to the Channel where Roadsterstu would use his knowledge of UK security to get them into the country. Overall coordination of vehicles, swopping plates, wiping down the safe house for prints, and keeping the cars clean so as not to attract attention would be in the hands of Chris M.
The actual job itself would be a doddle, with the crew arriving in Trevorís Land Rover, explosives in the hands of Blarno, with the traffic cameras and IT taken care of by SimonP and PhilD.
Safehouse in the UK handled by Michael and laundering/converting the bullion into cash would be sorted by Twelfth.
Ben would sort out the Far East connection and repaying initial finance for the operation.
There would be a requirement for a well-dressed, rather camp, individual Ė Iím not pushing myself forward for this but letís just say I have the suit.
Getting the plans initially would require some sort of femme fatale/Mata Hari figure and Iíd earmarked Alan for this role.


Who's driving the coach?


Chocy Rocky of course - it IS his job now after all!
Boxer6

simonp wrote:
gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Mrs. GBB has zilch general knowledge so I tend to do these as lads events. We went on a golf trip to Telford years ago and rocked up at the local pub where there was a pub quiz that night. We entered and trounced the locals which resulted in a lot of dirty looks.


Have done that on many an occasion. On the odd few that I've gone back again later some of them had even gone as far as changing the rules! I remember one where a mate and I did a music quiz in a pub we'd never set foot in before and won the £100 prize when all the regulars thought the team of about 8 who won nearly every week were a sure thing. It went to a tie break and I got the question right. I went back some time later with a different mate and it was pay to enter with a Take Your Pick type thing at the end, too. Ten boxes, nine with shite in and one with the money. Only came second that time and the winners won a used teabag.

Another place we went to twice in Devon, we won the first time and got pipped in the last round by some locals on the second visit, despite the twin facts that there was only 10 questions and we were about 15 points ahead. Hmmmm...


Sheer coincidence, I'm sure!  
Bob Sacamano

simonp wrote:
gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Mrs. GBB has zilch general knowledge so I tend to do these as lads events. We went on a golf trip to Telford years ago and rocked up at the local pub where there was a pub quiz that night. We entered and trounced the locals which resulted in a lot of dirty looks.


Have done that on many an occasion. On the odd few that I've gone back again later some of them had even gone as far as changing the rules! I remember one where a mate and I did a music quiz in a pub we'd never set foot in before and won the £100 prize when all the regulars thought the team of about 8 who won nearly every week were a sure thing. It went to a tie break and I got the question right. I went back some time later with a different mate and it was pay to enter with a Take Your Pick type thing at the end, too. Ten boxes, nine with shite in and one with the money. Only came second that time and the winners won a used teabag.

Another place we went to twice in Devon, we won the first time and got pipped in the last round by some locals on the second visit, despite the twin facts that there was only 10 questions and we were about 15 points ahead. Hmmmm...


Years ago we were sending welders over to Rotterdam nearly every week and after a little while they were coming back with more and more prizes from the pub quiz held on the Hull-Rotterdam ferry. It turned out that there was a limited number of question packs that were rotated every week or so. They had copied down the answers and were winning on a regular basis after that.
Racing Teatray

I am duly flattered. I am actually quite good at pub quizzes provided they don't major too much on sport (esp. football) or music/films. Not sure it's cleverness so much as the result of being a voracious reader and having an annoying ability to retain a wide range of trivia tidbits in my memory at the expense of more important work-related information!

I used to be part of a pub quiz team at university that regularly won or came second to the Catholic Society's pub quiz team. This annoyed them horribly because, while they had rather unimaginatively named their team "The Catholic Society", ours was, rather less seriously, called "Wendy Whoppers and her Mammary Extravaganza" and they didn't like having the two names read out in sequence. In fact this reminds me that I used to draw a cartoon strip of Wendy and her assorted adventures with her impressive rack on napkins during the quizzes. I recall one where she was undercover in Riyadh with a traditional keffiyeh, sunglasses and 'tache mounted on each vast boob (which in retrospect was perhaps a touch offensive)Ö.

Happy memoriesÖ

Not sure who I would have Ė you all strike me as knowledgeable and well-informed in general. †I would need to have team-mates with a deep knowledge of sport, music (esp. pop) and film, and a decent knowledge of literature wouldn't go amiss either.
Bob Sacamano

This thread has now gone from general question about quizzes to the possibility of a Fatwah being declared against Racing...
PG

Bob Sacamano wrote:
This thread has now gone from general question about quizzes to the possibility of a Fatwah being declared against Racing...


When I last went to the Comedy Club off Leicester Square a couple of years ago, they joked that they had a competition going on for a large cash prize for the first comedian to succeed in getting a fatwah declared against the club.

Mrs PG and me attempt University Challenge when it is on. Some weeks are embarrassing, some weeks one of us is on fire.
Racing Teatray

Bob Sacamano wrote:
This thread has now gone from general question about quizzes to the possibility of a Fatwah being declared against Racing...


†There was no religious angle to it though....
Twelfth Monkey

PG wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
This thread has now gone from general question about quizzes to the possibility of a Fatwah being declared against Racing...


When I last went to the Comedy Club off Leicester Square a couple of years ago, they joked that they had a competition going on for a large cash prize for the first comedian to succeed in getting a fatwah declared against the club.

Mrs PG and me attempt University Challenge when it is on. Some weeks are embarrassing, some weeks one of us is on fire.


We always do UC and Only Connect, with mixed results.  Been watching UC this series?  Some irritating people on the teams, as always.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Bob Sacamano wrote:
This thread has now gone from general question about quizzes to the possibility of a Fatwah being declared against Racing...

The film idea had a Peach of a plot but was maybe a Bridger too far......
Big Blue

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:

The film idea had a Peach of a plot but was maybe a Bridger too far......


I think he's gone for the self-preservation idea by leaving out the bus!
Tim

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
PG wrote:

Mrs PG and me attempt University Challenge when it is on. Some weeks are embarrassing, some weeks one of us is on fire.


We always do UC and Only Connect, with mixed results. †Been watching UC this series? †Some irritating people on the teams, as always.


Mrs Tim and I try our hands at UC as well with a similarly poor result each week  

The questions DO get harder after the first round don't they?
Twelfth Monkey

They do, you're not imagining it.
Racing Teatray

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Slightly off topic but I was going through similar thoughts when I was considering a little bullion job out of Turin that was presented to me recently. Itís still a work in progress but the plan is coming together:
Logistics would be an issue so I had planned on Racing, with his intimate knowledge of Italian passes to coordinate that leg of the escape. Stuntman and Frankie would run a decoy with a couple of fast Porsches down towards Spain while the actual bullion would head North in a fleet of Twingos (courtesy of Humph who would have arranged for a transporter load to go ďmissingĒ). The Twingos would be driven by some down on their luck chinless wonders recruited from the darkest drinking dens and motoring clubs around the square mile by BB.
Once into France interference would be run by FB and a series of classic Citroens until we go to the Channel where Roadsterstu would use his knowledge of UK security to get them into the country. Overall coordination of vehicles, swopping plates, wiping down the safe house for prints, and keeping the cars clean so as not to attract attention would be in the hands of Chris M.
The actual job itself would be a doddle, with the crew arriving in Trevorís Land Rover, explosives in the hands of Blarno, with the traffic cameras and IT taken care of by SimonP and PhilD.
Safehouse in the UK handled by Michael and laundering/converting the bullion into cash would be sorted by Twelfth.
Ben would sort out the Far East connection and repaying initial finance for the operation.
There would be a requirement for a well-dressed, rather camp, individual Ė Iím not pushing myself forward for this but letís just say I have the suit.
Getting the plans initially would require some sort of femme fatale/Mata Hari figure and Iíd earmarked Alan for this role.


Priceless!
TreVoR

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Slightly off topic but I was going through similar thoughts when I was considering a little bullion job out of Turin that was presented to me recently. Itís still a work in progress but the plan is coming together:
Logistics would be an issue so I had planned on Racing, with his intimate knowledge of Italian passes to coordinate that leg of the escape. Stuntman and Frankie would run a decoy with a couple of fast Porsches down towards Spain while the actual bullion would head North in a fleet of Twingos (courtesy of Humph who would have arranged for a transporter load to go ďmissingĒ). The Twingos would be driven by some down on their luck chinless wonders recruited from the darkest drinking dens and motoring clubs around the square mile by BB.
Once into France interference would be run by FB and a series of classic Citroens until we go to the Channel where Roadsterstu would use his knowledge of UK security to get them into the country. Overall coordination of vehicles, swopping plates, wiping down the safe house for prints, and keeping the cars clean so as not to attract attention would be in the hands of Chris M.
The actual job itself would be a doddle, with the crew arriving in Trevorís Land Rover, explosives in the hands of Blarno, with the traffic cameras and IT taken care of by SimonP and PhilD.
Safehouse in the UK handled by Michael and laundering/converting the bullion into cash would be sorted by Twelfth.
Ben would sort out the Far East connection and repaying initial finance for the operation.
There would be a requirement for a well-dressed, rather camp, individual Ė Iím not pushing myself forward for this but letís just say I have the suit.
Getting the plans initially would require some sort of femme fatale/Mata Hari figure and Iíd earmarked Alan for this role.


Have a  

simonp

I was once in a pub quiz league team in Windsor. Once we were supposed to be playing the Crown and Cushion in Eton High Street and my three team mates all decided they couldn't make it that night. I don't know whether they knew something I didn't, but the opposing team turned out to be made up of teachers from Eton College, all of whom had a wealth of knowledge on their chosen subject. As the landlord of our boozer didn't want to forfeit he packed me and three randoms from the bar off to the Crown and Cushion in a taxi. The other three were all thick as pig shit and never answered a single question between them and we were soundly thrashed. I'll always remember the score as it was a †nicely palindromic 61-16!
PG

Racing Teatray wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Slightly off topic but I was going through similar thoughts when I was considering a little bullion job out of Turin that was presented to me recently. Itís still a work in progress but the plan is coming together:
Logistics would be an issue so I had planned on Racing, with his intimate knowledge of Italian passes to coordinate that leg of the escape. Stuntman and Frankie would run a decoy with a couple of fast Porsches down towards Spain while the actual bullion would head North in a fleet of Twingos (courtesy of Humph who would have arranged for a transporter load to go ďmissingĒ). The Twingos would be driven by some down on their luck chinless wonders recruited from the darkest drinking dens and motoring clubs around the square mile by BB.
Once into France interference would be run by FB and a series of classic Citroens until we go to the Channel where Roadsterstu would use his knowledge of UK security to get them into the country. Overall coordination of vehicles, swopping plates, wiping down the safe house for prints, and keeping the cars clean so as not to attract attention would be in the hands of Chris M.
The actual job itself would be a doddle, with the crew arriving in Trevorís Land Rover, explosives in the hands of Blarno, with the traffic cameras and IT taken care of by SimonP and PhilD.
Safehouse in the UK handled by Michael and laundering/converting the bullion into cash would be sorted by Twelfth.
Ben would sort out the Far East connection and repaying initial finance for the operation.
There would be a requirement for a well-dressed, rather camp, individual Ė Iím not pushing myself forward for this but letís just say I have the suit.
Getting the plans initially would require some sort of femme fatale/Mata Hari figure and Iíd earmarked Alan for this role.


Priceless!


Indeed, priceless.    
Blarno

Me? Explosives?



We'd never even reach Turin.
Michael

Blarno wrote:
Me? Explosives?


"You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

"I know, we'll call it a Mono"
PhilD

Bob Sacamano wrote:

IT taken care of by SimonP and PhilD.


I could turn it off and then turn it back on again?

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