The traditional English pub quiz has been a favourite of people for decades now - the comfort of the local pub and the well worn routine of questions fired out by a quizmaster with a microphone is an extremely popular weekly event for many.
But for all the good points surrounding a pub quiz, there are bad ones too. The sheer length of time the quiz can go on for is something that can put a lot of people off, having to write answers down on scrappy bits of paper and then wait for hours while it’s marked by an opposing team can make something that should be fun really boring. What it needed, decided brothers Alan and John Leach, was dragging into the 21st century. So that’s what they did.
How does SpeedQuizzing work?
It’s a new twist on an old classic and utilises technology to make the pub quiz experience way more fun, less open to unscrupulous cheats and much faster to play. All that players need to do is make sure they have a smartphone or mobile device for their team and that they’ve downloaded the SpeedQuizzing app from http://www.speedquizzing.com/.
The quiz host will have downloaded the software to a central computer - usually a laptop - and then the quiz is ready to go. There is a huge database of quiz questions that are randomly generated, ensuring that no quiz will be repeated. It also speeds up the collation and analysis of the answers as they go straight to the central computer, meaning that there is no tedious wait to find out who has won.
A brand new way to play
As well as the ease with which players can participate, the SpeedQuizzing app also opens up new ways to play. The mobile device in use can be turned into a buzzer so that there can be quick fire rounds, making it much more exciting to play for the team members.
Although it was originally conceived as a pub quiz, over the last year since it launched, it’s shown that it can be used in all sorts of scenarios and events, ranging from wine bars to parties and music festivals to the traditional pub quiz. The team hopes to expand into education over the next couple of years, as the framework of the app can be adapted for different uses.
Easy for quiz masters
Everything you need to run a SpeedQuizzing game is available from the website, including the software, the app and marketing materials. A brand new web app that creates bespoke posters and advertising material in minutes is now available for users to take advantage of.
Word is spreading fast and the feedback received by SpeedQuizzing as a company has been immense, leading to a rebrand and a new look and feel for the app and the website. It’s clear SpeedQuizzing is only going to go from strength to strength in 2014 - get on board now. Have a look on the site to see if there is one near you and if there isn’t then think about running one yourself - it’s a great way to earn some extra cash as well as being loads of fun!
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There is no doubt to the fact that the casino holidays are becoming more popular and there is one main reason behind this. Online casinos are now available at any time of the day and with the new mobile device support, there available to anybody anywhere as well. With this, it means that people have been playing more online casino games than ever before at sites like JackpotCity.co.uk and for many it has meant that they want to try out the real thing and visit an actual casino.
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Live music acts are great way to enjoy yourself at night while on holiday and one place that has more of them than any other for a casino town is Las Vegas. Las Vegas even has a history of great music acts over the years with people such as Elvis Presley playing there until his early death. It is the reason why so many people recognise the white jumpsuit as what Elvis Presley wore even though he only wore this in the last few years of his life while in Vegas. While the best places that you can go to in town is the Coliseum owned by Caesar’s Palace. Over the next year there will be many great acts such as Elton John, Rod Stewart and Celine Dion who will all perform a great deal of shows at the Coliseum. This means that no matter what date you go over the next year you’re sure to find a show for you.Add a comment Add a comment
Ascendent of an underprivileged worker family living in the shadow of the decaying slums of a post-communist industrial paradise and the owner of an angelic voice, he was one of the most successful Hungarian singers in the last twenty years. A local boozer prone to scandals, yet, a great charity worker; the much adored and worshiped local deity of the Csepel Island.
His karma might be compared to those of Elvis Presley and Chuck Norris. With Presley he shared the title of the King. Unlike the Presley story, no one doubts that Jimmy died on that early morning of January 2nd, 2001 (in an incident that might be described as a bizarre suicide), but if you ask how did he die, you will realize that almost everyone in Budapest who cares about Jimmy the King has a version of his or her own. Just like Presley’s, Jimmy’s mysterious death caused an unseen before media hype which continues even today, ten years after his death.
What connects Jimmy with Chuck are numerous anecdotes about his life. Once he allegedly slept over in a hotel in Miskolctapolca where he impressed the owner of the hotel so much that she later changed the name of the hotel into Zambó Jimmy Hotel. I wonder if Chuck could produce such a quantity of divine enlightment? If Chuck is the Texas Ranger, then Jimmy is the Weird Spirit of Csepel Island.
Zambó Imre was born in Budapest on January 20th 1958, and spent most his life on Csepel Island. He started singing as a child with his siblings György, Tihamér, Árpád and Marietta, mostly in local bars and on radio, and his talent got noticed at a really early stage of his life. He spent some time in the USA, made his first record there, and shortly after came back to Hungary bearing his English nick name Jimmy, which he proudly bore until his death.
After returning to the homeland he started publishing albums, and literally every of them was a large success. Shortly after his first Hungarian album Csak egy vallomás (Just One Confession) in 1991, he was pronounced the King due to his four and a half octave singing. Since then he’s been known as the King of Hungarian pop music.
We could say this or that about his life and earthly actions, but one thing is for sure, Jimmy Zambó was one of the most popular singers in the modern Hungarian discography (12 albums before death and 11 after death, winner of numerous music awards). Most of his songs are definitely of, to say it nicely, a questionable artistic value, but his voice was tremendous, and the acoustic value of his songs surpassed most of that reached by his coevals.
Even during his life, Jimmy was treated like a real King at Csepel Island. He was the voice of hope of a city slum left alone in its gloomy post-communist destiny. Jimmy and Csepel become one, representing each other on this and the next world. Jimmy Zambó was much more than just a singing wonder, he became a social phenomena.
THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF THE KING
There are more versions of the story of Jimmy’s death then explanations about the nature of the Loch Ness monster. His death is definitely the most controversial and the most discussed Hungarian death of the 21st century. Some claim that he killed him self accidentally, some deliberately, some believe that he was killed by his wife, mafia or even the secret service (because Jimmy was probably one of the masterminds behind the New World Order).
According to some stories of the native Csepel people, the King was well known for his love for guns, and he rarely ever left the house without a piece on him. Although some say that he blew his head off clean in the middle of the street, a more trustworthy story, confirmed also by the Police, is that the shooting took place inside the family house early in the morning of January 2nd, 2001.
Some say that, totally wasted after New Year’s Eve and the after parties, Jimmy heard a rooster’s crow, which made him go bananas. He started pointing his gun nervously all around his living room, the gun eventually finished on his forehead. Jimmy obviously realized that the rooster exists only in his head, but what he didn’t realize was that he had one more bullet in the gun barrel.
According to his wife’s version, Jimmy was in the high spirits after partying for a couple of days, and just decided to play with his pistol. He shot twice in the air, in spite of his wife’s protests, and then emptied the gun magazine. Then he pointed the gun to his wife to assure her that there were no more bullets in. When that did not stop his wife from complaining, he pointed the gun onto his forehead and shot once more. His wife was right, he shouldn’t have played with the gun that day.
Ten years after King’s death, a very close friend of the Zambó family, a certain Mrs. Éva Hulé (besides the King and his wife, the third person present at the Zambó house in the time of the shooting) changed her original testimony about Jimmy’s death, and claimed that the King was actually shot dead by his own wife Edit who had enough of years of abuse and humiliation.
One of the Jimmy’s songs is titled A Good Girl Forgives Everything (Egy jó asszony mindent megbocsát). If Mrs. Hulé is right, then Jimmy was wrong, or Edit wasn’t a good girl after all.
Hungarian super-trash magazines like Story, Hot and Best all exploited that sensational news just a few weeks ago. Sparked by trash tabloids, which simply won’t allow Jimmy to be dead, by the popular rumours or by just one confession of Mrs. Hulé, the Hungarian police have opened the case again, and will once more investigate into the death of the King.
Even today there are always fresh flowers and wreaths in front of the King’s house and his grave at the Csepel Graveyard, which has become sort of a shrine for the local people. They still keep a chair that is always waiting empty for him in his favorite bar on Csepel.
Every year the locals organize The Night of Remembering Jimmy Zambó at the Workers’ Home in the heart of Csepel where young talents gather to sing Jimmy’s songs. The best of them is presented with the Jimmy Zambó Prize.
Naturally, Csepel is proud of its Jimmy Zambó Fun Club. Even today it would be a big mistake to say anything bad or against the work of the King because the green suburban train just might not be fast enough to save your life. Besides trashy magazines and popular TV shows, Jimmy’s family invests a lot of effort to profit from the King’s death.
His family rarely misses the opportunity to expose themselves in the media, always telling the story of the half-god Jimmy who fell victim of a corrupted and cruel world. It seems that Jimmy’s brother Árpád, better known as Árpy, is the bravest in that grotesque selfpromotion. On Jimmy Zambó’s official web page you can find Árpy’s CV and his favourite recipes.
THE VATICAN ADVENTURE
What follows is the cherry on the cream of the story about Jimmy Zambó the King, a genuine urban legend of Budapest. There is really no way to check this story, but the legend is still vivid in the minds of people, and is often heard as a rumour or whisper brought by the southern wind from the Csepel Island.
After King’s tragic death, a committee of Csepel locals supposedly formed a delegation that travelled to the Vatican. Their aim was to meet the Pope and talk him into canonizing Jimmy. We know today that Saint Jimmy Zambó does not exist, so the Pope obviously did not fall for Jimmy’s angelic voice and righteous deeds.
I can’t help imagining the Csepel delegation leaving Saint Peter’s Square, their faces all bitter and distorted in grief, and, in the background, You’ll Never Make a Saint of Me by the Rolling Stones plays on.
They returned to Csepel, where beaten and cheated, good asszonys probably do forgive the sins of their men, where most of the people still honour traditional values, good old personality cult and solid machoist music.
As it proved so many times in the case of Jimmy Zambó, four and the half octaves just weren’t enough.Add a comment Add a comment