The eyes of March. Politics Quiz picture round #ImagineBelfast

As the Assembly winds down in advance of the May 5th election – and by way of reminding you about the Great Big Politics Pub Quiz on Friday night in The Black Box (tickets available to pre-book now!) – here’s a little picture round from our last outing. Moochin Photoman John Baucher is devising an all-new picture challenge for Friday night. And remember, these are just a few of the lovely books up for grabs. How well do you know our MLAs? Answers … Read more

Books, books, books for Big Politics Pub Quiz

Thanks to our friends at public affairs company Stratagem, we have a bumper crop of prizes to give away to the winners and nearly-winners of this year’s Great Big Politics Pub Quiz. First up, the books. If you are a history fan, we have a bit of focus on this year’s big centenary events, with a look back to the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. Philip Orr takes on The Road to the Somme, as he lets … Read more

Between a rock and a hard place: Syria’s women refugees #IWD16

The BBC’s Lyce Doucet is reporting a ‘rare moment of quiet’ in Syria amid the cessation of violence after five years of bloody civil war. Only the most churlish would refuse to celebrate the momentary calm after the storm. Only the most hopeful would expect it to lead directly to permanent peace. Meanwhile, the civilian population will continue to bear the brunt. Here, in advance of International Women’s Day, my colleague, Liz McKean, Amnesty International UK’s Programme Director for Women’s … Read more

BIG Politics Pub Quiz- Less Than One Week To Go!

We are less than a week away from the BIG Politics Pub Quiz which is being hosted in partnership with Queen’s Universty’s School of Politics and International Relations and Amnesty International. Held in the Black Box and kicking off at 8pm with some of the best political minds in the business, Claire Hanna, David Ford, Emma Pengelly, Mike Nesbitt and Vernon Coaker as our quiz masters. Half of all the proceeds raised by the quiz will be donated to Amnesty’s … Read more

Great Big Politics Pub Quiz, the result: a lot of cash raised for Red Cross/Red Crescent in Syria

In a tightly fought race, it was neck and for three or four rounds before Flags of a Foreign Nation [Ed – designated as (Ulster?) Unionists] powered ahead and never gave up their lead. Behind the winning score of 66, in second place Omnicampbells [Ed – designated as Journalistic] reached 61 with Quantitative Sleazing [Ed – Designated as friends of the SDLP] on 60 and Stair Gate on 59. Honorary mentions to It’s all about Will’s … who won the … Read more

And the winner was …

Haiti was the real winner at last night’s Great Big Politics Pub Quiz where just over £1000 pounds was raised to support the rebuilding of homes on Haiti through Haven Partnership. Over a hundred political anoraks (and friends) gathered in Belfast’s Black Box to tough their way through seven rounds of questions. Which team would have a combined knowledge that could span across international politics, political history, the politics of UK and Ireland, popular culture and the brilliance to decipher … Read more