There’s just a day to go before the Great Big Politics Pub Quiz, so we hope you’re busy swotting up from Schott’s Almanac of Political Trivia, BBC Democracy Live, Hansard, 1996 Forum Election manifestoes and your box-sets of The Thick of It / The West Wing (delete as applicable).
Some of our legislators will be among us, laying down the law from the quizmaster’s chair from 7:30pm or thereabouts in The Black Box.
This year, we’re raising money for the emergency work of the Red Cross / Red Crescent in Syria. Tens of thousands of people have now lost their lives in this conflict, even more have been injured and there is no end in sight. Red Cross / Red Crescent volunteers – both in Syria and in neighbouring countries – are responding to the humanitarian crisis despite the threat to their own lives.
Every penny raised from the Quiz will go to support their work.
There are some terrific politics-themed books, DVDs and US election ephemera up for grabs, courtesy of ‘quiz best friends’, Stratagem. If you need a comedy break from all those brain-scrambling posers, that’s provided too, thanks to stand-up Ronan Linskey.
You can still guarantee your team’s seats via online booking at The Black Box website or in person at the Hill Street venue. Advance ticket sales have been very healthy (thanks!), but there should be some available on the door as well. Maximum team size of six (ish) please.
I am the Northern Ireland Programme Director of Amnesty International UK and an occasional human rights blogger at Amnesty Blogs: Belfast & Beyond.
I’m on Twitter at @PatrickCorrigan