Stuck for a last minute Christmas gift? We might have just the thing for the Guernsey brainbox in your family.
The Guernsey Quiz Book is the first spin-off from the Sarnian series of books. You don’t need to have read any of the Sarnian novels to play, but a good knowledge of Guernsey and the other islands in the Bailiwick will certainly help. Covering Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney, all 1000 questions relate to the islands and the waters that surround them, the people that live (or lived) on them, media and events that took place in their history.
1000 questions in 100 quizzes
Unlike other quiz books, there’s no padding, and every round is a pot-luck general knowledge line-up of 10 questions. Some are hard, some easy, and some multiple choice, so nobody should leave any round without any points.
Buy a copy today
It’s £3.99 in paperback, and just £1.99 on Kindle, and while we would almost always encourage you to buy a book digitally if you can (not only is it cheaper, but it’s also kinder to the planet), we have to admit to preferring printed quiz books. You can flick back and forth quickly between the questions and the answers and, of course, pass it around after dinner without everyone in your party needing to know how to use an e-reader.
If you have Amazon Prime, it qualifies for free delivery.
8 December 2016 | Guernsey
Treasure Hunt came to Guernsey in 1984. This was news to me — as was the fact that the whole episode has been uploaded to YouTube. There are several versions, one of which shows the episode in a single block, which is embedded below. There’s also a higher quality recording, but it’s been broken down into six parts occasionally is overlaid by a copyright notice.
The programme kicks off in the middle of Little Russell, with Anneka Rice stranded by Brehon Tower and the helicopter hovering overhead. After picking her up they head for Herm and eventually back to Guernsey. If you know anything about the islands’ geography and history you’ll be yelling advice at the screen (we were) but, that frustration aside, it’s interesting all the same and worth 40 minutes of your time.
Sadly you don’t see as much of Guernsey as we would have liked. None of the clues are located in the north of the island and the weather isn’t good enough to show any expansive views. As an interesting historical document, though, it’s certainly worth checking out.
Quite apart from anything else, the technology of the time now seems to antiquated. You forget how Anneka had to wear a heavy backpack for her headset combo and batteries, and the camera crew consisted of two people — one for video and one for sound. They were hooked up by radio to a second helicopter that followed the main skyrunner chopper purely to keep them in touch with the studio. There’s no live video feed, and to put the programme together they had to ship back the film once the recording had finished and edit together the two parts — the location and the studio section — so you could see both sides of the story. Nowadays you could do all that and a whole lot more with just a camera phone and a 3G connection.
5 December 2016 | Guernsey
As the nights draw in and the weather starts to turn grey, this video, which was shot above Herm, is just perfect.
With beautiful views of Shell Beach, Belvoir Bay, the common and the stunning turquoise waters that surround the island, it really does show off Guernsey’s close neighbour at its best.
Click to play, and when you’ve finished, be sure to check out this drone video of Guernsey, too.
14 November 2016 | Guernsey
A body on a beach, an impossible alibi and an unstoppable race against time!
Check out the first book in The Sarnian series, set on the Channel Island of Guernsey.