Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 31-10-2012: BOO!


Oh … !

Handy … !

Looks like that Halloween Teaser poster, from this morning’s Daily Teaser has more legs than I thought.

At least, it seems I’ve — very unintentionally — designed it to be … 

Reusable.

Bit of a bonus, there, then … !

But enough burbling, already.

As you’re probably VERY aware, today is Wednesday.

Which, of course, means it’s the day for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser: written by yours truly, available in both print and online!

So, without much further ado, here’s this week’s Halloween themed questions.
Q1) Which country celebrates ‘The Day of The Dead’, instead of Halloween?
Q2) What vegetable, in Scotland, is a Jack O’Lantern traditionally made from?
Q3) According to the saying, what is “…9 parts of the law”?
Q4) Parts of which hit album was used as a theme for ‘The Exorcist’ … ?
Q5) Which iconic British rock star appeared in vampire movie, ‘The Hunger’?
Q6) Which of that artist’s album’s featured a song called ‘Scary Monsters’?
Q7) What — in Jewish folklore — is the name of the monstrous creature made of clay … ?
Q8) What is the name of the ghost ship, doomed to sail the seven seas forever?
Q9) Which former president is said to haunt the White House?
Q10) And finally … what name is given to an apprentice printer … ?
And here’s last week’s questions and answers.
Q1) 24th October, 1945, saw the founding of the United Nations, when its Charter came into international force: how many member nations are there on the UN Security Council … ?
Q2) How many of those members are permanent … ?
Q3) More to the point: name any of those permanent members? 
Q4) Which international body has more members: the UN or FIFA … ?
Q5) More to the point, how many members does the UN have: 191, 193 or 195 … ?
Q6) Moving on, slightly, what’s the name of the UN body that deals with refugees … ?
Q7) What’s the name of the UN’s world health organisation … ?
Q8) What was the name of the UN’s predecessor?
Q9) In which US city was the UN’s inauguration ceremony … ?
Q10) Finally, who’s the current UN Secretary General of the UN?
A1) 15.
A2) 5.
A3) China, France, the United Kingdom, the USA and Russia.
A4) FIFA, with 209.
A5) 193.   (And, yes, before you ask: I’ve counted them … )
A6) The UNHCR: or United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, if you want to be picky.
A7) The WHO: or World Health Organisation.   (What were you EXPECTING it to be called … ?)
A8) The League of Nations.
A9) Washington DC.
A10) Ban Ki-moon.   (I’ve counted him, too: there’s only one of him … )
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you with a tune or two … 


And, in Techno-Billy-Vision … ! 

The Halloween Teaser — 31-10-2012

Well, THERE’S a thing … !

Today’s Teaser video actually uploaded with very little in the way of any issues.

Seemingly, yesterday’s issue was caused by the fact YouTube was in Read-Only mode.

Its way of saying it was doing maintenance.

Which was all well and good, and no real problem.

But VERY unexpected: as it was the first time I’d come across it/

Oh, well: least said, soonest mended, I think.   Let’s get moving on, shall we?

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Yesterday’s Teaser’s was another quiet one: I’m thinking Hurricane Sandy has seriously affected Debbi and her partner, Rick, far more than last years storms.

So let’s so how you do with with today’s Halloween questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) Tonight is — famously — Halloween, when many children will go Trick or Treating.   What’s Trick or Treating called in parts of Scotland and Ireland … ?
Q2) The Mexican equivalent of the phrase Trick or Treat is ‘¿me da mi calaverita?’: which means “Can you give a little … ” … what … ?
Q3) On the subject of death … In which US state is Death Valley?
Q4) What’s the only major river to flow into the Dead Sea … ?
Q5) Which location in Essex became notorious in the 1930s as ‘…the most haunted place in Britain’?
Q6) Maledictology is the study of what … ?
Q7) Which tv series has featured, amongst its many monsters, sea devils, giant spiders and Abominable Snowmen?
Q8) I Love The Dead, Feed My Frankenstein and Prince Of Darkness are all singles released by whom?
Q9) 2008 saw the premiere of the stage version of which Salman Rushdie novel?
Q10) Who played Samantha in the TV series Bewitched?
Q11) 31st October, 1864, saw where admitted as the 36th State of the USA … ?
Q12) 31st October, 1971, saw a bomb explode in which London landmark … ?
Q13) And finally … 31st October, 1917, during the Battle of Beersheba, was the last successful what in history … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 30th October saw Orson Welles broadcast his famous version of H. G. Wells’ ‘War Of The Worlds’.   In which year of the 1930s?
A1) 1938.
Q2) More to the point, from which US city was this play broadcast … ?
A2) New York.
Q3) Even MORE to the point: how old was Welles when he produced the play … ?
A3) 23.
Q4) Moving on … 30th October, 1957, saw Britain’s House Of Lords admit whom, for the first time … ?
A4) Women.
Q5) 30th October, 1905, saw the Tsar of Russia grant his nation its first Constitution.   Which Tsar was this … ?
A5) Nicholas 2nd.   (There’s a story doing the rounds that says the Russian Revolution wasn’t caused by its then economic troubles: it was caused when the people of Russia found out the Tsar and the Czar were the same person: and taxing them twice.)
Q6) 30th October, 1961, saw the Soviet government move whose body … ?
A6) Joseph Stalin’s.
Q7) And finally … 30th October, 1942, saw the crew of the HMS Petard recover code books from a German submarine.   Which German code did the book help crack … ?
A7) The Enigma code.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with something of a cheap fright from David Bowie.


And some wise advise from the Peanuts character, Linus …
“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”
Linus, from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Oh, to heck with it: shall we have some Bauhaus … ?



And a little light Ozzy …


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The Daily Teaser — 30-10-2012

Hmmm … 

You know, I have to admit, that’s an annoyance.

Seemingly, YouTube’s having trouble uploading today’s Teaser video, via Safari.

I MAY just have to cheat … !

Or upload today’s video straight onto here.

Either way, let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

Yes, let’s … 

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Yesterday’s Teaser was a quiet one: unsurprisingly, I think, as Debbi and her partner are in the path of Hurricane Sandy.

So …

Let’s see if we can someone to have a go at today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

video

AhHA!

Youtube’s Corrected itself … !

Q1) 30th October saw Orson Welles broadcast his famous version of H. G. Wells’ ‘War Of The Worlds’.   In which year of the 1930s?
Q2) More to the point, from which US city was this play broadcast … ?
Q3) Even MORE to the point: how old was Welles when he produced the play … ?
Q4) Moving on … 30th October, 1957, saw Britain’s House Of Lords admit whom, for the first time … ?
Q5) 30th October, 1905, saw the Tsar of Russia grant his nation its first Constitution.   Which Tsar was this … ?
Q6) 30th October, 1961, saw the Soviet government move whose body … ?
Q7) And finally … 30th October, 1942, saw the crew of the HMS Petard recover code books from a German submarine.   Which German code did the book help crack … ?
And here’s yesterday’s …
Q1) 29th October, 1929, saw the start of the Wall Street what … ?   A1) Crash.
Q2) More to the point, this was triggered by the collapse of what … ?   A2) The New York Stock Exchange.
Q3) The day is also known to historians as what: Fat Tuesday, Black Tuesday or Pants Wednesday … ?   A3) Black Tuesday.
Q4) Moving on … 29th October, 1967, saw the murder of minor crook, Jack ‘The Hat’ McVitie: this lead to the eventual downfall of which London gangsters … ?   A4) The Krays.
Q5) 29th October, 1969, saw the first computer communications over the ARPANET: what has the ARPANET become … ?   A5) The Internet.
Q6) 29th October, 1960, saw the ‘Louisville Lip’ when his first professional fight.   Who is the ‘Louisville Lip’ … ?   A6) Cassius Clay: also known as Muhammad Ali.
Q7) And finally … 29th October, 539 BC saw Cyrus the Great enter which city … ?   A7) Babylon.
Enjoy those, everyone.

As a way of honouring the late Jam Master Jay, I’ll leave you with this video … 


And this line from Richard Brinsley Sheridan … 
“The right honorable gentlemen is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.”Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 30 October 1751 – 7 July 1816

Monday, 29 October 2012

The Daily Teaser — 29-10-2012

Hmmm … 

I’ve got to admit, Radio 4 is decidedly on … 

And James Naughtie is giving various company heads a rough time about what’s called the Living Wage.

I have to admit, I like the idea: where employers pay roughly a pound or so an hour, over and above the Minimum wage.

Although, from where I’m sitting … ?   Actually finding a job that pays either is still proving  tricking, despite there, seemingly, being some hope for the economy.

Hmmm … 

Oh, well … Here’s hoping SOMETHING turns up … 

Let’s get a shift on, shall we?

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Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with telling us she’s going to be beavering away on the Project, and that her and her partner have prepped up as well as they can for Hurricane Sandy, ALSO — PHEW! Deep Breathe! — bagging 6 out of 6.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we … ?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 29th October, 1929, saw the start of the Wall Street what … ?
Q2) More to the point, this was triggered by the collapse of what … ?
Q3) The day is also known to historians as what: Fat Tuesday, Black Tuesday or Pants Wednesday … ?
Q4) Moving on … 29th October, 1967, saw the murder of minor crook, Jack ‘The Hat’ McVitie: this lead to the eventual downfall of which London gangsters … ?
Q5) 29th October, 1969, saw the first computer communications over the ARPANET: what has the ARPANET become … ?
Q6) 29th October, 1960, saw the ‘Louisville Lip’ when his first professional fight.   Who is the ‘Louisville Lip’ … ?
Q7) And finally … 29th October, 539 BC saw Cyrus the Great enter which city … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 28th October, 1664, saw the establishment of the Duke of York And Albany’s Maritime Regiment.   This regiment is now known as the Royal … what … ?
A1) The Royal Marines.
Q2) That regiment is now part of the British what: naval service, air service or army … ?
A2) Naval services.
Q3) Moving on … 28th October, 1886, saw the formal dedication of the Statue of Liberty: by which US President … ?
A3) Grover Cleveland.
Q4) More to the point, which country had given the Statue to the USA … ?
A4) France.
Q5) 28th October, 1948, saw Paul Müller awarded the Nobel Prize, for discovering that DDT was a what: insecticide, contraceptive or fertilizer … ?
A5) Insecticide.
Q6) And finally … 28th October, 1958, saw John 23rd elected as Pope: which Italian city had he been cardinal of, before his election … ?
A6) Venice.
Enjoy those, everyone.

As today’s the birthday of noted guitarist, Peter Green, I’ll leave you with this piece by the man hiumself … 


And this self-deprecating quote …
“I have been known to come up with the odd bit, but I'm not all that wild about the big composer credit.”
Peter Green, born 29 October 1946






















*        Well, there’s hoping, Debbi!   But, re: Sandy – I’m still keeping me fingers for you guys.   And, bless ’er, for @RockTique.   (From what Meredith said yesterday, she’s on Long Island: apparently, not in immediate danger, but hairy enough to be seriously worrying.)

Sunday, 28 October 2012

The Daily Teaser — 28-10-2012

Oh … 

Yes, it’s Sunday, isn’t it … ?

Yes, it is.   But, frankly, the clocks went back, last night — Daylight Saving and all that — and that’s all likely to trip people up.

Or me, at any rate.   I always get thrown by it.

And always wonder why we bother.

Never mind: let’s get moving on, shall we?

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Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with telling us she’s now restarted her Indiegogo campaignº, and bagged her first contribution, AND was hoping the electricity holds, ALSO managed to 6 out of 6.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 28th October, 1664, saw the establishment of the Duke of York And Albany’s Maritime Regiment.   This regiment is now known as the Royal … what … ?
Q2) That regiment is now part of the British what: naval service, air service or army … ?
Q3) Moving on … 28th October, 1886, saw the formal dedication of the Statue of Liberty: by which US President … ?
Q4) More to the point, which country had given the Statue to the USA … ?
Q5) 28th October, 1948, saw Paul Müller awarded the Nobel Prize, for discovering that DDT was a what: insecticide, contraceptive or fertilizer … ?
Q6) And finally … 28th October, 1958, saw John 23rd elected as Pope: which Italian city had he been cardinal of, before his election … ?

And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 27th October is the Roman Catholic feast day of Saint Frumentius of Ethiopia.   On which day does the Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrate the day … ?
A1) August 1st.
Q2) More to the point, what does the Ethiopia Church claim to have, in its church in the city of Axum … ?
A2) The Ark of the Covenant.   (The site is still the traditional place of the coronation of the Emperors of Ethiopia.)
Q3) Moving on … 27th October, 1961, saw NASA launch the first in a series of which rocket … ?
A3) The Saturn 1.
Q4) 27th October, 1275, is the traditional founding date of which Netherlands city:  … Rotterdam, Utrecht or Amsterdam?
A4) Amsterdam.
Q5) 27th October, 1936, saw which American file for her second divorce … ?
A5) Mrs Wallis Simpson.
Q6) And finally … as of 27th October, how many days are left until the end of the year … ?
A6) 65.

Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll catch you later: after I’ve left you with this tune from Cleo Laine … 


And this quote from Formula 1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone* …
“The banks don’t have anything - no rights whatsoever. The banks are shareholders of SLEC, and SLEC has no rights. ... I am the CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration, which runs the business in F1. From this point of view, I own F1.”
Bernie Ecclestone, born 28 October 1930





















*        Oh, weird … !   I typed out the name Bernie Ecclestone just as Radio 4’s Sunday Service started: being broadcast, this week, from the Methodist Chapel in the Lancashire village of Ecclestone.   How’s THAT for synchronicity … ?

º        Good luck with THAT, Debbi!   I’ll try inserting ANOTHER bit down the side, later … !   And I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, weather-wise: from what the weathermen are saying, Hurricane Sandy^ definitely sounds … … worrying … !

^        Hmmm … remind me to tell you about Michæl Fish, at some point … 

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Merlin Series 5 — Episode 4 Another’s Sorrow




You know, I’ll be honest … 

But it ALWAYS surprises me, sometimes, quite how long actually prepping up for a post about Merlin can take.

About fifty minutes for tonight’s episode, if you’re wondering: from the end of tonight’s aired episode — episode 4 of the 5th season, called Another’s Sorrow — to getting a couple of photo’s done, to looking up relevant webpages, and, as a last touch, opening iTunes — to get some Kronos Quartet going — and Pac the Man X, just in case I need to let off steam.

To actually opening up the Blogger.com Edit page, to start written.

That’s WITHOUT any video footage, demonstrating any points I wish to highlight.

Wait, what’s that you say … ?

Why bother, you say … ?   Well, I’m having fun: I’m assuming you are, as well, in your own dear sweet way … 

Hmmm … 

Let’s get a hoof on, shall we?   Sitting here nattering ’s getting us nowhere … !

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As you know, I’ve been following a couples of TV series on a regular basis, for some time, now: Dr Who, obviously.

And the BBC’s own updated version of Merlin, now in it’s fifth season.

Fifth season … the fourth episode of which was tonight’s Another’s Sorrow.

Another’s Sorrow sees the return of an old friend to Camelot, in the shape of Princess Mithian*.   Mithian’s father, King Rodorº, has been captured by Odin^: the man who’d had a heck of a lot to do with the death of Uther.

Understandably, Arthur’s reaction — to take as many knights as possibly, along with Merlin and Gaiusª, to try an find both Rodor and Odin, AND extract revenge — is understandable.   And warned against, by Guinevere, Gaius, Merlin and Sir Leon†.

What no-one realises, to start with … ?

Is that Mithian’s personal maid, Hilda, is Morgana, heavily disguised by an aging spell similar to the one that Merlin himself uses.

And frankly … ?

Frankly, is out to take power in Camelot by any means necessary … 

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Now, the usual sort of questions crop up, don’t they … ?

Was Another’s Sorrow a good episode … ?

Hmmmm … 

I’ll be frank, as entertaining as I found it, I also couldn’t help but notice the rather large hole in the bottom of the bucket.

The simple fact that Arthur, Gwen and Merlin all grew up with Morgana: they and Gaius should really have had  a lot less trouble than they did, in spotting that suspiciously familiar looking maid … !!

Like I say … 

Entertaining.

Just don’t trip over the hole … 

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*        Reprised by Janet Montgomery.

º        James Fox: uncle of Emilia Fox, who’s another graduate of the series.

^        Fintan McKeown.

ª        Series regular, Richard Wilson: looking more and MORE like William Hartnell, every day … 

†        Although not by Uncle Tom Hobbley.   I don’t think he’s been given a look in, as yet … 

The Daily Teaser — 27-10-2012

I HAVE to admit, I’ve got last night’s episode of QI on, in the background.

Amazing what you learn, from QI!

Especially when the subject of deeply fossilised … um … waste … get’s a mention.

Oh … 

As did the Famous Five.

But let’s get moving on, shall we?

Before I have to explain what tonight’s guest are doing with those boxes … !

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Yesterday’s OK Corral Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and, along with telling where she found Entwhistle*, ALSO bagging 6 out of 6.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 27th October is the Roman Catholic feast day of Saint Frumentius of Ethiopia.   On which day does the Ethiopian Orthodox Church celebrate the day … ?
Q2) More to the point, what does the Ethiopia Church claim to have, in its church in the city of Axum … ?
Q3) Moving on … 27th October, 1961, saw NASA launch the first in a series of which rocket … ?
Q4) 27th October, 1275, is the traditional founding date of which Netherlands city:  … Rotterdam, Utrecht or Amsterdam?
Q5) 27th October, 1936, saw which American file for her second divorce … ?
Q6) And finally … as of 27th October, how many days are left until the end of the year … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 26th October, 1881, was the day of the notorious Gunfight at the OK Corral: in which Arizona town was the OK Corral … ?
A1) Tombstone.
Q2) Which precious metal did the town mine a lot of: silver, gold or platinum … ?
A2) Silver
Q3) Name any of the Earp brothers involved in the gunfight …
A3) Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan.
Q4) More to the point, which dentist joined the Earp brothers, that day … ?
A4) John Henry Doc Holliday..
Q5) Name any of the Clinton-McLaury gang the Earps faced that day … ?
A5) Billy Clanton, Tom McLaury and Frank McLaury.
Q6) Finally … The OK Corral was a pen for what: sheep, cattle or horses … ?
A6) Horses.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you with a quick fugue from birthday girl, Vanessa Mæ … 


And with a few words from Ivan Reitman …
“I don’t think there will be another Ghostbusters. I think we’re all too old to do it. I think we’ve done it a couple times and there is not that much to get out of it, to do that would be fresh in it.”
Ivan Reitman, born October 27, 1946











*        I know what you mean, though, Debbi, about searchs.   Always amazes me what comes up in them … !   Actually … Remind me to tell you about Googlewhacking … 

Friday, 26 October 2012

The Friday Question Set — 26-10-2012


Hmmm … 

Well, THAT’S a nice little display of artwork, isn’t it … ?

Just so you know, the last piece is the cover of Riptide, the latest novel by regular Old Peculiar contributor, Debbi.

She’s currently right in the middle of reorganising her crowdsourcing campaign, raising money for an independent movie project: but HAS managed to put up a FB page, in the meantime.

Here’s hoping that — and the link to it I’ve put in the sidebar* — helps!

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

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After all, it’s a Friday: which my regular followers will know means it’s time for the Friday Question Set: aimed at those struggling Pub and Charity quiz masters out there who need a question set, for free, pronto.

As ever, the only thing I ask for — formalised under the Creative Commons License — is a writers credit, and that — if you republish — you do so under the same license.

With that in mind … ?

Here’s this week’s Friday Question Set, covered by the Creative Commons License
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ROUND ONE.   GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.
Q1) In the initials CBE, what does the C stand for?   
A1) Commander.
Q2) What’s the capital of the Falkland Islands?   
Q2) Port Stanley.
Q3) Was Geoff Boycott a left or right handed bats-man?   
A3) Right–handed.
Q4) For what film did Michael Caine win his second Oscar?   
A4) The Cider House Rules.
Q5) In which former member of the USSR is the city of Kiev?      
A5) The Ukraine.
Q6) Las Ketchup gave us The Ketchup Song: but from which European country are they from?   
A6) Spain.
Q7) Who was Britain’s longest reigning monarch, prior to Queen Victoria?   
A7) George 3rd.   (Accept ‘Mad King George’)
Q8) What word can go before ‘beer’, ‘bread’, and ‘nut’?   
A8) Ginger.
Q9) On what night of January is Burns Night?   
A9) January the 25th.
Q10) In what month was the 2005 Glastonbury Festival?   
A10) June.
ROUND TWO.   WHIFFY WONDERS.    
Q11) Birds have a better sense of smell than most mammals: true or false?   
A11) False.
Q12) Which small black-and-white mammal defends itself by emitting an unbearable smell?   
A12) The skunk.
Q13) In 1858 the smell coming from sewage in the River Thames led to that year being labelled The Year of the Great … what?   
A13) Stink.
Q14) Which perfume house makes perfumes called Opium, Paris and Rive Gauche?   
A14) Yves St Laurent.
Q15) What is a stinkhorn: a lichen, an algae or a fungus?   
A15) A fungusº.
Q16) Which perfume was first made in 1768 in response to a Russian count’s challenge to recreate the smell of old leather?   
A16) Imperial Leather.
Q17) What does hydrogen sulphide smell like?   
A17) Rotten eggs.
Q18) What, according to Shakespeare’s Juliet, would smell as sweet by any other name?   
A18) A rose.
Q19) The titan arum is said to be the world’s smelliest plant: what does it smell of?   
A19) Decaying flesh (or corpses)
Q20) Which song title did Cliff Richard use for the name of his first perfume?   
A20) Miss You Nights.
ROUND THREE.   BAD BEHAVIOUR.   
Q21) Which boxer was bitten on the ear by Mike Tyson during a fight?   
A21) Evander Holyfield.
Q22) Who stole fire from Mount Olympus?   
A22) Prometheus.
Q23) On whom did Michael Fagin make a surprise visit in 1982?   
A23) Queen Elizabeth II.
Q24) Who was stabbed in the arras by Hamlet?   
A24) Polonius.   (An arras is a curtain)
Q25) Who was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170?   
A25) Thomas a’Becket.
Q26) In the Stars Wars saga, which character was transformed into the evil Darth Vader?   
A26) Anakin Skywalker.
Q27) Who was spied on by Peeping Tom in 1040?   
A27) Lady Godiva.
Q28) What name was given to disgruntled workers who set about destroying industrial machinery in the early nineteenth century?   
A28) Luddites.
Q29) Who did John Hinckley Junior take a pot shot at?   
A29) Ronald Reagan.
Q30) In 2006 which squash legend found himself facing a possible death sentence on charges of assault?    
A30) Jansher Khan.
ROUND FOUR.   SIGNS AND SYMBOLS.   
Q31) Which mathematical symbol describes the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter?   
A31) Pi.   (Or π, if you’re Greek enough …)
Q32) In which hand does the Statue of Liberty hold her flaming torch?   
A32) Her right hand.
Q33) Which animal features on the club crests of both Coventry and Dumbarton football clubs?  
A33) An elephant.
Q34) What is the sign of the zodiac for Capricorn?   
A34) A goat.
Q35) What first appeared on roads in Slough in 1956?   A35) Yellow lines.
Q36) Which city has a silver hallmark comprising a harp and crown?   A36) Dublin.
Q37) What animal is the symbol of the Democratic Party in the USA?   A37) A donkey.
Q38) Cars from which country are represented by the letters IRL?   A38) Ireland
.Q39) Which sign of the zodiac is represented by a pair of scales?   A39) Libra.
Q40) In Morse code, which letter is represented by a single dot?   
A40) E.
ROUND FIVE.   LIVING WORLD.   
Q41) Many kinds of shark will drown if they stop swimming: true or false?   
A41) True
Q42) Gorillas have the loudest snore in the animal kingdom: true or false?   
A42) False (they never snore).
Q43) In Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, exactly WHAT fish does the old man catch?   
A43) A marlin.
Q44) The chough belongs to which family of birds?   
A44) The crows.   (And on my home town’s coat of arms.)
Q45) Pandas are not bears: true or false?   
A45) True (they are closer to raccoons).
Q46) A ‘spat’ is a baby what?   
A46) A baby oyster.
Q47) What does the Ancient Mariner kill in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?   
A47) An albatross.
Q48) Which insects do you have in your pants if you are restless or jittery?   
A48) Ants.
Q49) Is the bongo a species of snake, lizard or antelope?   
A49) Antelope.
Q50) What is the offspring of a male ass and a mare called?   
A50) A mule.
ROUND SIX.   GENERAL IGNORANCE.   
Q51) There are 2 Cleopatra’s Needles outside Egypt: one in London, and the other … where?   
A51) New York.
Q52) How many wives did Henry 8th divorce?   
A52) Two.
Q53) True or False: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the first fictional detective.   
A53) False: it was actually Edgar Allen Poe, in The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Q54) Which European country holds the record for consumption of alcohol?   
A54) Russia.
Q55) Canterbury Cathedral is in which English county?   
A55) Kent.
Q56) How much sugar does the average Briton eat, each month?   
A56) 7lb.   (3.2 kgs)
Q57) What modern–day pub game was imported into the US, by the Pilgrim Fathers?   
A57) Darts.
Q58) If you studied Apiology, what would you be studying?   
A58) Honey Bees.
Q59) Which Friends star was born with the surname, Anistonopoulos?   
A59) Jennifer Aniston.
Q60) Who was the first news-reader in the UK to be knighted?   
A60) Sir Alistair Burnet.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with a  tune from the late Robert Palmer … 






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º        With thanks to David Bodycombe and Partha Sg of the FB QuizMasters group: gentlemen, thank you, you’ve inspired the rewritten question!