Friday, 22 June 2012

The Friday Question Set — 22-06-2012

OK, OK, I’ll admit it … !

I’ve got some vintage Dr Who on in the background, while I’m writing this.

The William Hartnell story, The Sensorites, just so you know.

Definitely a bit vintage, let’s put it that way … !

But me telling you about that, isn’t why you’re here, obviously … 

After all, today is Friday.


And, of course, Friday — if you’ve been following me for a while — means you’ll have worked out that today’s the day for the free question set I’ve been calling the Friday Question Set for some years.

Here they are, along with the Creative Commons License
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Q1) Who presented the travel series, Himalaya, and wrote the accompanying book?
A1) Michæl Palin.
Q2) What is the first name of TV cook, Ms Dimbleby?
Q2) Joscelyn.
Q3) ‘Gaggle’ is the collective name for which bird?
A3) Geese.
Q4) Which British band recorded the album, Be Here Now?
A4) Oasis.
Q5) Which veteran cricket commentator retired, after the 2005 Ashes series?
A5) Ritchie Benaud.
Q6) Which Scottish university did Prince William graduate from, in 2005?
A6) Saint Andrews.
Q7) How many minutes are there, in four and ¾ hours?
A7) 285.
Q8) According to the Old Testament of the Bible, what is the name of the first garden?
A8) The Garden of Eden.
Q9) Who, on children’s TV shows, was “… smarter than the average bear”?   (Bonus point for naming the character’s side–kick)
A9) Yogi Bear.   (Boo–Boo.)
Q10) What can dogs do, that wolves can’t?
A10) Bark.
Q11) Sir Francis Chicester sailed around the world in a yacht called what?
A11) Gypsy Moth 4.
Q12) What name is given by Muslims to the once–in–a–lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca?
A12) The Hajj.   (Accept Hajjra)
Q13) In which ship did Britain’s first Afro-Carribbean immigrants first arrive, in 1948?
A13) The Empire Windrush.
Q14) Name either of the two Italian cities linked by the Appian Way?   (Two points for both.)
A14) Rome and Brindisi.
Q15) True or false: The road trip from Glasgow to Exeter is longer than Southampton to Stranrær.
A15) False.
Q16) Who, in 1991, became the first British traveller in space?
A16) Helen Sharman.
Q17) What make of car became capable of time travel, in the Back to the Future films?
A17) A DeLorean.
Q18) In the 1966 film, Fantastic Voyage what’s the mini-submarine travelling through?
A18) A human body.
Q19) In what popular musical do the performers travel about on roller skates?
A19) Starlight Express.
Q20) Who — according to the Roman Catholic Church — is the patron saint of travellers?
A20) Saint Christopher.
Q21) In the film, Casablanca, to which actress did Humphrey Bogart’s character say “Here’s looking at you, kid”?
A21) Ingrid Bergman.
Q22) What was the name of the first Carry On film: Carry On Up the Khyber, Carry On Sargent or Carry On Screaming?
A22) Carry On Sargent.
Q23) Who starred as Beatrix Potter, in the 2006 film, Miss Potter?
A23) Renée Zellweger.
Q24) Barry Lyndon, Spartacus and Full Metal Jacket were directed by whom?   (Bonus point for naming the last film he completed.)
A24) Stanley Kubrick.   (Eyes Wide Shut.)
Q25) In which 1979 film did Gregory Peck play notorious villain, Josef Mengele?
A25) Boys From Brazil.
Q26) Who directed the 1959 comedy, Some Like It Hot?
A26) Billy Wilder.
Q27) Which 1979 Marlon Brando film was inspired by Joseph Conrad novel, Heart of Darkness?
A27) Apocalypse Now.
Q28) What was the name of Michæl Caines character, in The Ipcress File?
A28) Harry Palmer.
Q29) In which film does David Essex play a fairground worker become a pop star?
A29) That’ll Be The Day.
Q30) In which 1956 film does Charlton Heston play Moses?
A30) The Ten Commandments.
Q31) Robert Bell is better known how?
A31) Kool, of Kool and the Gang.
Q32) In pop, who exactly was the King of the Wild Frontier?
A32) Adam Ant.
Q33) Who recorded the 2002 album, Come With Us?
A33) The Chemical Brothers.
Q34) Which Doors song was given the disco treatment by Amii Stewart?
A34) Light My Fire.
Q35) Reverend Stanley Burrell is better known as which rapper? 
A35) MC Hammer.
Q36) Which duet released Heartache, in 1987?   (Bonus point for telling us who they’d been backing singers for.)
A36) Pepsi & Shirley.   (Wham!)
Q37) Which cartoon band had a 2001 hit, with Clint Eastwood?
A37) Gorillaz.
Q38) How many group members did 80’s band, The Thompson Twins have?
A38) Three.
Q39) Which American singer–songwriter wrote and recorded The Times They Are A’Changin’?
A39) Bob Dylan.
Q40) Angela Trimble is the real name of which 70’s star?
A40) Debbie Harry.
Q41) Which best selling series of novels centre’s around Hogwart’s School?
A41) Harry Potter.
Q42) Name either of Terry Pratchett’s collaborator’s, on the Science of Discworld series of spin–off books?   (Two points for both.)
A42) Jack Cohen, or Ian Stewart.
Q43) Who created the character of Miss Marple?
A43) Agatha Christie.
Q44) Which Brontë wrote Wuthering Heights?
A44) Emily Brontë.
Q45) Who created Jeeves and Wooster?
A45) P. G. Wodehouse.
Q46) Whose secret diary was first written, when he was 13¾?
A46) Adrian Mole’s.
Q47) What was the profession of James Herriot?
A47) Vetinary Surgeon.   (Accept just vet.)
Q48) What was the surname of romantic novelist, Dame Barbara?
A48) Cartland.
Q49) Which barrister was created by writer John Mortimer?
A49) Rumpole of the Bailey.
Q50) Whose Lover was written about by D. H. Lawrence?
A50) Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Q51) What sport do the Barmy Army follow?
A51) Cricket.
Q52) How many farthings were there, in a shilling?
A52) 48.
Q53) Which 2000 film told of a working class boys ambition to be a ballet dancer?
A53) Billy Elliot.
Q54) Which modern delicacy made its first appearance in Scotland, during the mid–1990’s?
A54) The deep–fried, battered Mars Bar.
Q55) Which car company manufactures the Boxster and the Carrera?
A55) Porshe.
Q56) What’s the Scottish equivalent of a Judge?
A56) A Sheriff.
Q57) Pearl is a nickname for women called what?
A57) Margaret.
Q58) In which century did the human population pass One Billion?
A58) The 19th century.
Q59) Who is usually remembered as the inventor of the pneumatic tyre?
A59) John Dunlop.
Q60) The Britannia Shield is a major trophy, in which sport?
A60) Speedway.
Enjoy those.

I’ll catch you later.

After I’ve got geeky and left you with this … 

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