Saturday, 28 February 2009
I can’t help but be very alarmed about Brentwood’s new cinema development.
At least, by some of my fellow resident’s reactions.
Let me say, first, that I, like many people in town, would love to see a cinema here. I, like many of the people interviewed in this week’s Gazette, love seeing films, and love to see them at a cinema.
Something that, as I only work part-time, means is a very rare thing, as my very limited resources have to be spent on paying bills first. And, when the opportunity to see a film at a cinema DOES come along — once or twice a year, at the very most — I resent having to pay an ill-afforded premium on public transport. An opinion I noticed others in your article sharing.
Additionally, this development represents something else, for me, and I suspect to many others in town.
The possibility of work.
I’ve worked part-time for many years, and have always found searching for full time work in my chosen area nigh-on-impossible to do. The chance of even an interview for an extra part-time job, in the customer service area I know I excel at would be very welcome.
Now, while I can appreciate that many homeowners in the immediate area object, and object strongly, they have an option that many others of us don’t; – they are home owners, and therefore have the option to move.
Yes, I realise that is hard in these difficult times, even without the threat of devaluation.
But those of us blessed with security of full-time work, the finances to purchase their own home and their transport to get around in, have advantages over those of us who don’t.
There’s also been many on the Gazette’s website who feel that this development is “killing” Brentwood.
It is simply part of changing Brentwood.
I personally welcome this, for the most part.
Friday, 27 February 2009
Thursday, 26 February 2009
A1) Vikas Swarup
Q2) How many awards DID that Danny Boyle directed film get, in total?
A2) 8; – including Best Director, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay
Q3) Ron Howard was nominated for Best Director, and lost to Danny Boyle. For which film was Ron Howard nominated?
Q4) Exactly how many nominations did “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” get, for this year’s Oscars?
Q5) “Wall•E” won Best Animated Feature film, this year; – which company made “Wall•E”?
Q6) Kate Winslet finally won an Oscar, for Best Actress, in “The Reader”. She mentioned a bottle of what, in her acceptance speech?
Q7) Penelope Cruz won the Best Supporting Actress award; – for which film?
A7) “Vicky Christina Barcelona”
Q8) Sean Penn won the Best Actor gong; — for his performance in which film?
A9) Mickey Rourke
Q10) Heath Leadger got the Best Supporting Actor this year for his performance as the Joker, in “Dark Knight”; - who was the only other actor to get a posthumous Oscar?
A10) Peter Finch, for his role in “Network”, in 1976
ROUND ONE: – GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.
Q1) In which African country is the city of Durban?
A1) South Africa
Q2) What musical note is written in the space above the bottom line of the Treble clef?
Q3) In which country of the UK was Tony Blair when the 7/7 attacks took place?
A3) Scotland. (At the G8 conference, in Gleneagles)
Q4) What is East Pakistan now known as?
Q5) Packhams Triumph & Conference are types of what?
Q6) According to various newspaper reports about his diary, Prince Charles considers himself to be a political what?
Q7) What’s the name of Sharon and Ozzy’s eldest daughter?
Q8) In heraldry, what colour is Gules?
Q9) The Dunmow Flitch is awarded to the UK’s happiest Newlyweds. A Flitch is a side of what?
A9) A side of bacon.
Q10) Which modern brass instrument was developed from the sackbut; – the trombone, the trumpet, or the saxophone?
A10) The trombone.
ROUND TWO: – SENSES WORKING OVERTIME.
Q11) Which part of the eye contains light-sensitive cells?
A11) The retina
Q12) Which part of the eye gives its colour?
A12) The iris
Q13) Which composer wrote much of his finest music when he was deaf?
A13) Ludwig van Beethoven
Q14) Which sense does the Venus Flytrap use to capture it’s prey?
Q15) And which part of the eye gets smaller when the lights go on?
Q16) Are the semi-circular canals in the eye, the nose, or the ear?
A16) The ear
Q17) Olfactory nerves are responsible for which of the senses?
Q18) How many basic tastes can the human tongue distinguish?
Q19) What is the medical term for not being able to smell?
Q20) Which nerve carries information from the eye to the brain?
A20) The optic nerve
ROUND THREE: – MUSIC AND LIGHTS
Q21) Which boy band had a 2003 No 1 with “Mandy”?
Q22) What musical instrument was patented by Anthony Faas of Philadelphia in 1854; – The accordion, the saxophone, or the Moog organ?
A22) The accordion.
Q23) Buddy Holly classic, “Peggy Sue”, was named after the girlfriend of which member of the Crickets; – Buddy Holly, himself, the bass player, or the guitarist?
A23) The drummer
Q24) The word gamelan refers to a type of music from where; – Indonesia, Africa, or South America?
Q25) Which Beatles song was the first to be seen and heard around the world on satellite TV?
A25) “All You Need Is Love”.
Q26) What was the Spice Girls’ debut single?
Q27) Which guitarist has the nicknames God and Slowhand?
A27) Eric Clapton
Q28) Rapper DMX’s real name is Earl … what?
Q29) Which bird gave Fleetwood Mac a No 1 instrumental?
Q30) Which very French dance comes from “Orpheus in the Underworld”?
A30) The Can-can
ROUND FOUR: – SPORTING CHANCES.
Q31) Who was the 1st female competitor excused a sex test at the 1976 Olympics?
A31) Princess Anne.
Q32) Nigel Pearson was the skipper of the 1997 FA Cup Final team; – which team was it?
Q33) What was the 1st Grand Slam title won by Kim Clijsters?
A33) The US Open.
Q34) Which Italian said he couldn’t “understand a word Dennis Wise is saying”?
A34) Gianfranco Zola.
Q35) In which city did football legend George Best die?
Q36) Gabriela Sabatini comes from which country?
Q37) The Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded in which sport?
A37) American Football.
Q38) Eric Cantona joined Manchester United from which club?
Q39) In which Spanish city were the 1992 Olympics held?
Q40) How many attempts at the target do you get per game of Curling?
ROUND FIVE: – IN THE GARDEN.
Q41) French, runner, or broad. What kind of vegetable are we talking about?
Q42) Hybrid tea, Floribunda and American Beauty are all types of which flower?
Q43) Coxs Orange Pippin, Bramley, & Granny Smith, are types of what fruit?
Q44) If you grew a box, in your garden, what have you just grown?
A44) A hedge.
Q45) Which heap provides fertiliser, for the garden?
A45) The compost heap.
Q46) What are tulip’s grown from; – bulbs or seeds?
Q47) Culinary herbs are usually grown for what?
Q48) What do secateurs do?
Q49) What piece of garden equipment can be rotary, or hover?
A49) The lawn mower.
Q50) What is a plant’s foliage?
A50) Its leaves
ROUND SIX: – GENERAL IGNORANCE.
Q51) Who is the longest serving member of the Privy Council?
A51) The Duke of Edinburgh (appointed in 1951)
Q52) What is the meaning of the word Hypocaust; – Annihilation of a town by flood, mass inoculation, or underfloor heating.
A52) Underfloor heating.
Q53) What is the collective name for the 9 handmaidens of Odin?
Q54) Which North African seaport’s name is Spanish for white house?
Q55) Which is the only vowel on a standard keyboard that is not on the top line of letters?
Q56) What's the worlds most popular Non Alcoholic Drink?
Q57) Which castle is on the island of Anglesey?
Q58) In the USA, what film is celebrated on the 2nd of February?
A58) Groundhog Day
Q59) Westminster Abbey is dedicated to which saint?
A59) Saint Peter. (It’s formally called the Abbey Church of Saint Peter, Westminster.)
Q60) The Bigbellied Seahorse has been found to be the most promiscuous species of seahorse. But it lives off the coast of which country?