Observed on University Challenge, 6th October 2008:
Jeremy Paxman: Starter for ten – Rathlin Island, Bushmills distillery and the Giant’s Causeway are all located in which county of Northern Ireland?
St Andrews – Smith: Tyrone?
Paxman (in very patronising voice with that unique expression on his face combining a sense of superiority and condescension): Goodness, no, it’s Antrim. D’oh!
So news of the Red Hands’ All Ireland success has reached the hallowed cloisters of Scotland’s oldest university? But just to make it clear to “St Andrews Smith” it’s just a piece of silverware – it doesn’t involve annexing other counties. Still, at least he pronounced it correctly , rather than saying “Tie-rone” like most of the RTE commentators.
As Jeremy no doubt would have taken great pleasure in elaborating if he’d had the time.