The QI Elves' International Factball

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Partner posts
June 13 2014

The QI Elves behind the BBC TV show QI, and the QI Elves' International Factball podcast pick a new, Quite Interesting destination each day.

You can listen to the No Such Thing As A Fish - The QI Elves' International Factball podcast right here on VisitEngland.com.

 

 

 

 

 

No Such Thing As A Bassoon In A Football Stadium

Friday 11 July

Listen to the latest No Such Thing As a Fish podcast, where the QI Elves talk football facts in preparation for the Fifa World Cup final this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 15: Korea v Ghana

Thursday 26th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Climb up the Monument to the Great Fire of London, and admire the unbeatable views over London when you reach the top.

Did you know?

Before fleeing the Great Fire of London, Samuel Pepys buried his wine and cheese in his garden so he could come back and get it once the fire had been extinguished.

Find more things to do in London

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 14: Iran v Argentina v Ecuador

Wednesday 25th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Treasures from naval and military history - like the Life Mask taken from Admiral Lord Nelson's face, and the Enigma machine - abound in the countless attractions at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Did you know?

Over the years, the Royal Navy's fleet has included HMS Keith, HMS Tortoise, HMS Wensleydale and HMS Cockchafer.

Find more things to do in Portsmouth

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 13: Greece v Japan

Tuesday 24th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Marvel at the prehistoric cliffs and caves of the South Tyneside coast, formed more than 250 million years ago - and while you're there, dine in Europe's only restaurant and bar to be located in a cave.

Did you know?

40 million people in China live in caves.

Find more things to do in Tyne and Wear

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 12: Australia v Mexico

Monday 23rd June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Dine in style aboard the luxury Severn Valley steam train as it puffs through the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

Did you know?

Victorian women put pins in their mouths to avoid being kissed in the dark when trains went through tunnels.

Find more things to do in Shropshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 11: USA v Russia

Sunday 22nd June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Visit Anne Boleyn's childhood home, Hever Castle in Kent, and admire the rare collection of historical torture instruments that it now houses.

Did you know?

Anne Boleyn's contemporaries recorded that she had eleven fingers, as evidence that she was a witch. She did indeed have a double nail and a bulge of flesh on the little finger of her right hand which may have been a vestigial extra finger. 

Find more things to do in Kent

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 10: Bosnia v Nigeria

Saturday 21st June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

With more than 125 rides and shows, and seven miles of golden sands, there's a reason Blackpool pleasure beach is the most popular UK tourist destination. Pick up a Blackpool resort pass and make sure you don't miss out on any of it.

Did you know?

Did you know? Blackpool Rock holds the Guinness World Record for the largest ever stick of rock. It was 14ft long and weighed 17 stones. 

Find more things to do in Blackpool

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 9: Italy v Switzerland

Friday 20th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Make like Tarzan, and traverse your way across the treetops at Goodleaf on the Isle of Wight.

Did you know?

The world's most isolated tree, which stood in the middle of the Sahara Desert, died in 1973 when a truck crashed into it.

Find more things to do on the Isle of Wight

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 8: Colombia v Ivory Coast

Thursday 19th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Go adder-spotting on the stunning beach at Dunwich Heath, Suffolk - and drop in on the nearby Adnams brewery.

Did you know?

In 1368 the Archbishop of Canterbury's severed head was smuggled to Sudbury, Suffolk. His skull still resides in St Gregory's Church, Sudbury, where you can visit it.

Find more things to do in Suffolk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 7: Cameroon v Chile

Wednesday 18th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Satisfy your sweet tooth at England's oldest sweet shop in Harrogate.

Did you know?

Splenda was an insecticide that became a sweetener when an assistant misheard an order to ‘test’ it as ‘taste’ it.

Find more things to do in North Yorkshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 6: Belgium v Algeria

Tuesday 17th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Don a hard hat and explore Exeter's mysterious network of underground tunnels.

Did you know?

In 1068 William the Conqueror rode to Exeter to crush a rebellion; as his troops approached, the citizens climbed onto the city walls, dropped their trousers and broke wind in the faces of the advancing troops.

Find more things to do in Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 5: Germany v Portugal

Monday 16th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Walk the Eel trail of Ely and discover the importance of these humble creatures to this beautiful little city - and drop in on Oliver Cromwell's house while you're there.

Did you know?

Eel blood is very toxic; a small amount is enough to kill an adult human.

Find more things to do in Cambridgeshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 4: France v Honduras

Sunday 15th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Experience the life of a monk at the stunning inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire.

Did you know?

The AD/BC dating system was devised by a monk called Dennis the Small.

Find more things to do in North Yorkshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 3: Uruguay v Costa Rica

Saturday 14th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Take a weekend excursion to one of JMW Turner's favourite haunts, the stunning High and Low Force waterfalls in Durham.

Did you know?

Frogs that live near waterfalls communicate using sign language because the noise drowns out their ribbiting.

Find more things to do in Durham

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 2: Spain v Netherlands

Friday 13th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Today, why not visit Portsmouth and climb aboard the only surviving British WW2 submarine in the world.

Did you know?

British submarines returning from successful voyages fly a Skull & Crossbones flag.

Find more things to do in Portsmouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 1: Brazil  v Croatia

Thursday 12th June

QI Elves' Destination of the Day

Explore the hidden nooks and crannies of Sarehole Mill and grounds in Birmingham, the inspiration for Tolkien's Hobbiton in Lord of the Rings.

Did you know?

The name 'Tolkien' comes from a German word that literally means 'foolhardy'.

Find more things to do in Birmingham

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Brobby

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