Places still available for this weekend’s curtain-raiser in Lincoln; host Ben guests on the Focal Talk podcast

FOCAL’s 2020 calendar kicks off with a bang at the evergreen COLIN event in Lincoln this weekend (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January), and you can be a part of it by signing up if you haven’t already.

To register, send £12 for the Saturday, £8 for the Sunday, or £16 for both combined, to hulla.mahulla@btopenworld.com via PayPal (please select the “family/friends” option).

Full details are available on the event page here.

Lincoln is the oldest event on the FOCAL calendar, with this Saturday’s main event being an incredible 16th (SIXTEENth!) iteration of many people’s favourite Countdown tournament.

Ahead of the big day, host Ben Wilson – who has captained the COLIN ship since day 1 in 2005 – appeared on the Focal Talk podcast, hosted by Series 81 star Paul Anderson and 2019 FOCAL Champion Callum Todd. You can listen to a COLIN-heavy excerpt from Ben’s interview below.

To hear the rest of Ben’s interview, in which he discusses his time on Countdown and his role in the early development of websites such as c4countdown and apterous, listen to Episode 2 of Focal Talk – which also features a lengthy interview with Countdown legend Conor Travers – here (an abridged version of the podcast will soon follow).

And if you missed it, check out our blog post regarding our very own FOCAL Chair Jeff Clayton’s appearance on the podcast last month.

Finally and most importantly, a reminder to come along to COLIN XVI on Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th January! We hope to see you there.

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