Yoicks … !
Would you believe it, I’m actually going into hospital, today … ?
And, much as I’d like to go into dram queen mode … ?
I’m not actually going to.
I’m basically just have a cyst removed from me neck.
Under local anæsthetic.
But at least it’d look slightly less unsightly.
Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?
Yes, lets … !
Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Trevor and Mr Strict putting in their answers: with Mr S bagging 5 out of 6, and Trevor getting 6, it also saw Mr S showing us the classic Eraserhead poster, and Trevor quoting Tracey Ullman.
Lets see how they — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we … ?
Q1) 31st December, 1964, saw who break the World Water Speed Record … ?Q2) More to the point, what was the name of the boat … ?Q3) 31st December, 1862, saw President Lincoln sign legislation that admitted which breakaway state to the USA?Q4) 31st December, 1994, saw the death of which Australian-born, London-based, club promoter … ?Q5) 31st December, 1992, saw the formal dissolving of Czechoslovakia: name either of the two successor states.Q6) And finally … 31st December, 2004, saw the opening, in Taiwan, of what — at the time — was the world’s tallest building: what was its name?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 30th December, 1922, saw the establishment of which communist country … ?A1) The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: or USSR.Q2) 30th December, 1927, saw the opening of the first underground railway in Asia: but in which city was this … ?Q2) Tokyo.Q3) More to the point, what was that tube line’s name … ?A3) The Ginza line.Q4) 30th December, 1946, saw the birth of American singer/songwriter, Patti Smith: what was her biggest solo UK hit … ?A4) Because The Night.Q5) 30th December, 1916, saw the coronation of the last king of which East European country … ?A5) Hungary.Q6) 30th December, 1996, saw the death of actor, Jack Nance: in which film did he play vacationing printer, Henry Spencer?A6) Eraserhead.
And here — covered by the usual License and starting with some questions about 2010 — is the 60-question-set …
ROUND ONE. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.Q1) The 2010 BBC Sports personality of the Year award went to A. P. McCoy: is he a jockey, wrestler, or rugby player?A1) Jockey.Q2) The United Nations officially designated 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, and the International Year of … what … ?Q2) Youth.Q3) 2010 was also the year in which the UK came last at the Eurovision Song Contest: who wrote that song … ?A3) Pete Waterman and Mike Stock.Q4) Two British TV shows ended in August of 2010: name either.A4) Last of the Summer Wine and The Bill.Q5) Who won the 2010 Football World Cup … ?A5) Spain.Q6) 2010 saw one of the world’s largest oil-spills take place: in which gulf … ?A6) The Gulf of Mexico.Q7) 2010 saw Stella English win which tv show … ?A7) The Apprentice.Q8) 2010 saw which member’s of the royal family announce their wedding for next year … ?A8) Prince William to his long term fiancee, Kate Middleton, and Zara Phillips — Princess Anne’s only daughter — to rugby player, Mike Tindall.Q9) As a result of the UK’s 2010 General Election, who was named as Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister … ?A9) Lib-Dem leader, Nick Clegg.Q10) As a final 2010 question: an episode of which show was the most downloaded TV programme, this year, on the BBC’s iPlayer … ?A10) Dr WhoROUND TWO. HOBBIES AND LEISURE.Q11) What does a twitcher look for?A11) Birds.Q12) Which game features Reverend Green, Mrs White, & Miss Plum?A12) Cluedo.Q13) What’s the name of the Japanese art of paper folding?A13) Origami.Q14) How many pieces does each player start with a game of draughts?A14) 12.Q15) What type of dancing, originally only performed by men, is done all in white, with bells & garlands of flowers?A15) Morris.Q16) If you’re practising Calligraphy, what are you doing an artistic version of?A16) Handwriting.Q17) Similarly, if you’re firing, throwing and glazing, what are you doing?A17) Pottery.Q18) Which board game has Cards & wedges?A18) Trivial Pursuit.Q19) The Turkey Trot and Bunny Hug are forms of which type of dancing?A19) Ballroom Dancing.Q20) How many people can you normally fit in a Go-Kart?A20) One.ROUND THREE. HISTORY.Q21) Who was British monarch during World War 2?A21) George 6th.Q22) Which US president was assassinated whilst on a trip to his local theatre?A22) Abraham Lincoln.Q23) Which Roman leader was murdered in Rome, in 44BC?A23) Julius Cæsar.Q24) More to the point, what was his first name?A24) Gaius.Q25) Who was Queen Elizabeth 1st’s husband.A25) No-one. She never married.Q26) Who led the British forces at the Battle of Waterloo?A26) The Duke of Wellington.Q27) What was the name of The Nine Day Queen?A27) Lady Jane Grey.Q28) What monarch was forced to sign the Magna Carta?A28) King John.Q29) Which teenager led French forces against the English, during the 15th century?A29) Joan of Arc. (Accept Jean D’Arc.)Q30) Who was the first Tsar of all the Russias?A30) Ivan the Terrible.ROUND FOUR. TV DINNERS.Q31) During the 80’s, which Clive chaired Who’s line is It, Anyway?A31) Clive Anderson.Q32) Which 80’s drama centred on the life of Yosser Hughes?A32) Boys from the Black Stuff.Q33) In Neighbours, Erinsborough is a suburb of which Australian city?A33) Melbourne.Q34) David Walliams and Matt Lucas are the two stars or which sketch show?A34) Little Britain.Q35) Which actress played Alexis Carrington, in Dynasty?A35) Joan Collins.Q36) Which BBC reporter gained prestige for her coverage of Tianamen Square, in China?A36) Kate Adie.Q37) Which show is the TV version of Radio 4’s News Quiz?A37) Have I Got News For You.Q38) Which TV war reporter became MP for Tatton, in 1997?A38) Martin Bell. (‘The Man In The White Suit’.)Q39) The drama series, Bleak House, was based on a book by which author?A39) Charles Dickens.Q40) According to the title of the Melvin Bragg series, how many books have changed the world?A40) Twelve. (12.)ROUND FIVE. CELEBRITIES.Q41) Whose engagement to Jude Law was an on–again, off–again affair during 2005?A41) Sienna Miller.Q42) Which super–model was Pete Doherty involved with, during that same year?A42) Kate Moss.Q43) What’s Ulrika Jonsson’s native language?A43) Swedish.Q44) Who’s the daughter of veteran broadcaster, Clive Roslin?A44) Gaby Roslin.Q45) Prince Albert, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, are from which small principality?A45) Monaco.Q46) How is Katie Price better known?A46) Jordan.Q47) Which Britt married Peter Sellers?A47) Britt Eklund.Q48) Faria Alam’s Unfair Dismissal case involved which Association’s HQ?A48) The Football Association.Q49) Which footballer married Sheryl Failes?A49) Paul Gascoigne. (Accept Gazza.)Q50) Which Ellen became the UK’s youngest ever Dame, 2005?A50) Ellen McArthur.ROUND SIX. GENERAL IGNORANCE.Q51) Who’s the captain of the Trinidad & Tobago football team, at this year’s World Cup?A51) Dwight Yorke.Q52) During WW2, the Andates (an-DAR-tez) were which European countries resistance?A52) Greece.Q53) Who was the first Black artist to have a video played on MTV?A53) Herbie Hancock.Q54) How many square feet in a square yard?A54) Nine.Q55) What word can go after ‘Free’ and before ‘Corporal’?A55) Lance.Q56) In 1974, parts of Yorkshire, and Lincolnshire were turned into which county?A56) Humberside.Q57) He is the chemical symbol for which gas?A57) Helium.Q58) Who wrote the novel, Dead Cert?A58) Dick Francis.Q59) Moving clockwise on a dartboard, what number is next to 15?A59) 2.Q60) Which cosmetics company had ad’s featuring a distinctive doorbell?A60) Avon.
Enjoy those, everyone.
And before I forget … ?
Happy New Year. Remember, don’t overdo the Burns …