The Swan Quiz on the Internet

Online Quiz nights are now on holiday since the pub has re-opened on July, 4th. We are looking at ways of re-introducing the Quiz and will update you soon.

Our quizzes have been very successful over the past months. You may even recall some of the evenings and winners (Swan quiz nights). Sooooooo, during the lockdown we have moved online. We've had three quizzes so far which have been good fun and had a good attendance. Why not join us?

The Quiz

The quiz will be in the normal format of five or six rounds including probably geography, sport, film & TV and general knowledge. There will also be a special round set by one of our guests which will be announced here and in our weekly email - so get swotting. In the case of a tie, we will have a "nearest to" question.

There will be a short break of approximately five minutes in the middle so you can top up your glasses.

Each night we will have three winners:

  • Best Team
  • Best Household
  • Best Individual

This is to reflect the online nature of the quiz where not everyone can get together.

How do I participate?

To be honest, as we had a minor inconvenience of some zoom-bombing idiots in mid-May, we will have to put in place some form of pre-registration for June. Nothing ardious and will be similar to the Bingo. Just click on this link:

Registration is currently closed.

Unfortunately this is now a closed group as we cannot publish joining instructions publicly due to a "zoom bombing" incident. Bombers please note that if there is malicious use of any of the information provided, we will pass the offending email address (along with other information recorded by MailChimp and Google Forms) to the authorities for them to follow it through. The Swan is a community pub and hub for all and we do respect each other; please respect that. Thank you.

We do suggest joining a few minutes before to make sure the technology all works. Note that we are limited to 100 players on the night (this is a technology thing).

When you are getting ready, please can you make sure that change the screen name to match the one you have told us about (e.g. first name, nickname, team name, etc). This will help us manage the quiz better. You may also want to change your background.

It's up to you whether you mute or not during the quiz but please be aware we will be able to hear everything you say if you are unmuted - that means everything.

Does it cost me to play?

No! However we are asking for donations to a cause that will be annouced before the event. We don't expect you to donate lots, just the cost of a card or a drink that you would have bought if The Swan was open.

In the meantime, as you know we have zero cash coming in at this time but we still have significant outgoings. Triodos have graciously given us a mortgage holiday but we still have the interest to pay. Likewise, we have payments for water, electricity, RBWM, et al that don't go away.

If you can, we would be extremely obliged if you could make a small donation securely via PayPal. This will be used to protect the pub so that we have a greater chance of coming out of this whenever the Government decides that pubs can re-open. Any donation small or large is appreciated.

Online Etiquette

Whilst we are online, we would ask that players / households:

  • temper your language as there may be kids present;
  • try not to talk over others, give them a chance to finish
  • do not submit to distractions, we can see you and some will get annoyed
  • control your environment (e.g. barking dogs)
  • remember your microphone and video are still on until you leave the call

Previous Online Quizzes

Have a look at our quiz night page where winners are remembered and we have some photos / screenshots too.

Zoom FAQs

We will be using Zoom to host the game, which means that we can have two way interaction with video and sound! If you have broadband or WiFi, it is best to use this as a mobile connection may not be fast enough and/or may use quite a lot of your personal mobile data.

Whatever device you are using, please make sure you have a lot of battery or the charger is plugged in – we don't want to lose you just as your 'bingo' comes up!

If you don't already have Zoom, it may ask you to install a small add on for your PC, tablet or phone. It is not strictly necessary to do this, as you can use a web-based version, but we would definitely recommend it! Don’t worry it is very easy and completely safe!

QuestionAnswer
Zoom PC Desktop Client The web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting. Itis also available for manual download here: https://zoom.us/download2/win/latest/ZoomInstaller.exe
Apple (iOS) application Download in the Apple Store here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id546505307
Google application Download from the Google Play store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings
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Do you need an account to use Zoom? You do not need a Zoom account to participate as a player.
How do I sign-up for Zoom? If you really want to, you can sign-up for a free Zoom account at: https://zoom.us/signup
How much does Zoom cost? A basic Zoom license is free. You won't have to worry about this for The Swan Bingo.
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How do I join The Swan Bingo? You can join The Swan Bingo by clicking on the "Join The Bingo Game" button in the email provided or going to join.zoom.us and entering in the meeting ID.
How do I join computer/device audio? On most devices, you can join computer/device audio by clicking Join Audio, Join with Computer Audio, or Audio to access the audio settings. More detailed info can be at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-How-Do-I-Join-or-Test-My-Computer-Audio-
Do I have to have a camera to join on Zoom? While you are not required to have a camera to join,, you will not be able to transmit video of yourself. You will continue to be able to listen and speak and view the video of other players.
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My video/camera isn't working. If your camera is not showing up in the Zoom Settings or it is selected and not showing any video, you can troubleshoot why it is not working via the tips here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/202952568-My-Video-Camera-Isn-t-Working
There is an echo. Echo can be caused by many things, such as players connected to the meeting audio on multiple devices or two players who have joined in from the same local. The source of echo can also be from: speakers (such as TV or soundbar) that are too loud, echo cancellation has failed (device or performance issue), or a bad microphone.
Audio isn't working on my mobile device. Try the following troubleshooting steps if you have microphone or speaker issues after joining The Swan Bingo on the Zoom mobile app for iOS or Android: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/204484835-My-Audio-is-Not-Working-on-iOS-or-Android