Tuesday, 31 March 2009
I’ve got admit, the past few weeks I’ve not written about much that isn’t related to the controversial cinema, but I think I was put out by something I’ve seen, today. As people who’ve been following my blog know, I and my friends are as broad a collection of movie fans as one can find. And, as we were planning to watch one tonight, I nipped out to get some popcorn, to go with the film.
Coming back home from the local grocers, I happened to noticed a couple of … well … lads is the word that springs to mind, here. Who were doing a drugs buy.
I know that may sound a little overdramatic, but, having been around the block a few times, and worked in one or two of Brentwood’s rougher pubs, I’m not entirely blind to these things.
And, while I’m usually fairly tolerant of most lifestyle choices, I’d rather not have this sort of thing thrust in my face. Or going on at the end of my street. And in broad daylight, at that.
Now, I know that Brentwood’s police are a hard working, under staffed bunch, but isn’t stopping this sort of thing what we pay our council tax for?
Just a thought …
Q1) The 30th March, 1820, saw the birth of Anna Sewell; – which children’s book did she famously write?
A1) “Black Beauty”.
Q2) On this day in 2006, Marcos Pontes become the first astronaut from which country, to enter space?
Q3) 1981 saw an assassination attempt on which American politician?
A3) Ronald Reagan.*
Q4) Back in 1893, Thomas F. Bayard is appointed as the first US ambassador to which country?
A4) The UK.
Q5) And finally, back in 1533, Thomas Cranmer was appointed as the Archbishop of where?
Q1) The Warsaw Pact formally came to an end, on the 31st of March; – in which year of the nineties?
Q2) In 1966, the Luna 10 module became the first probe to orbit the Moon; which country launched it?
Q3) Which French tourist attraction opened on this day?
Q4) The CND’s march to where started on the 31st of March, 1972?
Q5) Commodore Matthew Perry signed the Treaty of Kanagawa on this day; – but in which year of the 1850’s?
ROUND ONE: – GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.
Q1) Which European language does the word kitsch come from?
Q2) What is the state capital of Massachusetts?
Q3) Which Dickens character famously asked for more?
A3) Oliver Twist
Q4) What did Old Mother Hubbard keep in her cupboard?
Q5) What comes after red, orange and yellow in the rainbow’s colours?
Q6) Dad, kayak and rotavator are examples of what type of words?
Q7) A bob was the popular name of which old English coin?
A7) A shilling
Q8) What is the name for the Mexican cloak with a slit for the head?
A8) A poncho
Q9) Which of the Wonders of the World was at Babylon?
A9) The Hanging Gardens
Q10) Snow crystals have – on average – how many sides?
ROUND 2; – THE FINAL FRONTIER.
Q11) Which planet has a satellite called Europa?
Q12) Which space station has a name that translates into English as “peace”; Mir, Salyut, or Soyuz?
Q13) The Ranger and Surveyor probes preceded the exploration of where?
A13) The Moon.
Q14) What name is given to a site for astronomical observation?
A14) An observatory.
Q15) What is an Oort cloud made of?
Q16) What satellite was the 1stto transmit live TV pictures?
Q17) One of the mythical children of Uranus & Gaia had which type of rocket named after them; Titan, Saturn, or Gemini?
Q18) Phobos & Deimos are moons of which planet?
Q19) What constellation is known as “The Hunter?”
Q20) Which planet is bigger, Jupiter, or Saturn?
ROUND 3. TV DINNERS.
Q21) Which actor connects “I, Claudius”, “Cadfæl”, and “Doctor Who”?
A21) Derek Jacobi.
Q22) Which sitcom told the story of revolutionaries, in Tooting?
A22) “Citizen Smith.”
Q23) What was the surname of Morticia, & Gomez?
A23) Addams. (The Addams Family.)
Q24) Which science fiction series first started the day after President Kennedy was shot?
A24) “Doctor Who.”
Q25) Name the Scottish undertaker, in “Dad’s Army.”
A25) Private Fraser
Q26) Who had a long running TV show, before starring in “Mary Poppins”, and “Diagnosis Murder”
A26) Dick Van Dyke.
Q27) What was the 2nd area of Britain to receive TV transmissions?
A27) The Midlands.
Q28) In “Dallas,” which character became Mrs Clayton Farlow?
A28) Miss Ellie.
Q29) Which “Carry On” regular was the star of “Bless This House”?
A29) Sid James.
Q30) Who was the main character on “The Phil Silvers Show”?
A30) Master Sergeant Bilko.
ROUND 4. AROUND BRITAIN.
Q31) Which holiday resort had the motto “It’s So Bracing”; Skegness, Brighton, or Blackpool?
Q32) Who created the Angel of the North?
A32) Anthony Gormley.
Q33) What did the National Trust on its land, in 1997?
A33) Deer Hunting.
Q34) Alfred Waterhouse designed which of London’s most visited buildings, in the 19th century; the Natural History Museum, The House of Parliament, or Buckingham Palace
A34) The Natural History Museum.
Q35) In which county is Alton Towers?
Q36) Edward Maddrell was the last nativespeaker of which British language?
Q37) In which British city is the worlds oldest passenger station?
Q38) What’s the 2nd highest mountain in the UK?
A38) Ben Macdhui.
Q39) In which county is the UK’s longest cave system?
A39) North Yorkshire. (Gaping Gill)
Q40) In which English city are you, if you’re in the East Midlands Gas Museum?
ROUND 5. FOOD & DRINK.
Q41) What type of fish is gravlax?
Q42) Kirsch is also known as what type of fruit brandy?
A42) Cherry Brandy
Q43) Pimms No. 1 is based on what spirit; gin, rum, or vodka?
Q44) Aspartame is an alternative to which basic ingredient?
Q45) In which month does Beaujolais Nouveau usually arrive in Britain?
Q46) How many standard sized bottles make up a Nebuchadnezzar?
Q47) Which 50’s pop star’s name is rhyming slang for ‘mild?’
A47) Marty Wilde.
Q48) Isabella Mary Mayson is better known as which cook?
A48) Mrs Beeton.
Q49) What sort foodstuff is a macademia?
A49) A nut.
Q50) What drink did Sir Bob Geldof advertise; – milk, tea, or Guinness?
ROUND SIX: – GENERAL KNOWLE IGNORANCE.
Q51) Petrology is the study of what?
A51) Rocks. (As opposed to Geology, which is the study of the Earth)
Q52) In which country did the voting to determine the site of the 2012 Olympics take place?
Q53) Where would a Spanish woman wear her mantilla?
A53) On her head.
Q54) Ellison’s Orange is a variety of which fruit?
A54) An apple.
Q55) Some people feel embarrassed by their Lentigines; - what are they?
Q56) Ronnie Kray shot George Cornell in which East End pub?
A56) The Blind Beggar
Q57) In which European country was Europe’s oldest university founded?
A57) Italy. In Salerno, to be precise
Q58) Michæl Hordern provided the voice for which tv bear?
Q59) Dr John Pemberton invented which world famous fizzy drink?
A59) Coca Cola.
Q60) Which sport did Marco Van Basten play?