The Curious Case Of... David Clark

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David Clark won the coveted title of BBC Mastermind in 2007 (this was broadcast in 2008). He is a teacher and a self-described "total quiz obsessive". He runs the popular 'Life After Mastermind' quiz blog where he posts questions and reviews quiz shows. He has also authored several quiz books.


Name David Clark

Location South Wales

What I do Teacher and Quizzer

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Off The Scale Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Books/Newspapers/Social Media/ Audio/TV Shows/movies

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books - between 75 and 100 - Movies - not many

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:The A to Z of Almost Everything by Trevor Montague, Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

My best source for book / movie / website

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watched Movie - Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself With Tea

I am currently reading:In The Shadow of the Sword by Tom Holland

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:Cuzco

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:BBC News

One topic I am super-opinionated about: The use of internet phones during quizzes

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Education, Quizzing, Television, Children, Politics, Religion, The English Language

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Facebook/Twitter

The strangest food item I have eatenWitchetty Grub

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be... William Shakespeare. To understand how much of what he wrote was conscious design, and how much just pure inspiration.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: The jackalope is a mythical creature of North American folklore which resembles a jack rabbit with antelope horns.

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Reading three daily newspapers EVERY day, and writing down quiz questions based on the news therein

One interesting/fun fact about myself I have never seen ET or The Sound of Music

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Asking questions. Searching for the answers. Finding the right people. Thinking for myself.

The one thing I am very interested in Everything - or - to put it another way, General Knowledge. Narrowing it down, specific interest in The Olympic Games, Bridges, History, space exploration, the Mysteries of Rennes le Chateau and the Rosslyn Chapel, Mythology, Doctor Who, World championship Boxing, (you did say just one, didn't you?)

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: The ability to focus whole heartedly on just one subject, and one line of enquiry at a time, without dissipating my energy going off on a tangent.

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would beLinear A

I would love to do this at least once Walk out of my school satisified that my job is finished.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: William Shakespeare, Keith Watson, Henry Ford Sr, Peter de Colechurch

Curiosity is important to my work because... Curiosity is the engine that drives the desire to learn - and as a teacher that is something very important to me. My function is not to answer all the questions, my function is to inspire my pupils to ask the questions, and to seek for the right answers for themselves.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions Me. Also my grandson Oliver - may he never get out of the habit.

My curiosity tip Ask why.

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