Friday, 25 October 2013

The Friday Question Set — 25-10-2013

You know, a thought has just occurred to me: that I thought I’d share, as I’m here.

Remember, a few months ago, Labour leader Ed Milliband pledging Labour support to a freeze in energy prices?

I do: and have to admit, I like the idea, even though I realise it’s an idea unlikely to see any realisation,

I even highlighted it to my local councillor, Karen Chilvers, as an example of some sort positive thing liberal-democrats could or should be doing.

She stuck to agreeing with her party’s line: that a freeze like that would — as it had in the US state of California, a while back — led to black outs, as energy companies (seemingly) ran out of fuel.

Now, I have to admit to a certain amount of scepticism, there.   After all, I’m certain counter-examples — highlighting where energy price freezes worked, and the associated companies didn’t turn out the lights — could be found, even if I couldn’t find them.

There’s ALSO the suggestion from PM, David Cameron, about changing suppliers: something I feel would help some, but not all of us.   (I know I can’t change companies, for various reasons.)

Either way, I’ve felt SOMETHING needs to be done, by whoever’s in government, to persuade companies to slow down price hikes.

Something’s just occurred to me, though.   Regulation.


Could the government regulate things?   I believe they could: and should.

Now, I don’t know if an energy price cap would work: I really don’t.

But what about a time regulation … ?   After all, what annoys people, I think, is the fact that the energy companies raise prices in winter time: JUST at the time people are starting to turn up the heating and use more electricity.

I think government regulation, directing energy companies only increase their retail prices between — say — March and September, and thus giving people a chance to acclimatise to higher prices, is an idea worth exploring.


At ANY rate, me gibbering on about energy prices is neither here nor there, from where you’re sitting: is it … ?

No, you’re her for the reason a LOT of pub quiz masters are here.

This week’s Friday Question Set.

Here it is: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Online 225
Q1) Who was the fourth Emperor of Rome?
A1) Claudius.
Q2) What’s the current minimum age of criminal responsibility, in the UK?
Q2) 10.
Q3) Name any the hosts of The Generation Game.   (Two points for two, three points for all three.)
A3) Bruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson and Jim Davidson.
Q4) How were Athos, Porthos and Aramis better known?
A4) The Three Musketeers.
Q5) What star sign covers the months of December & January?
A5) Capricorn.
Q6) Elton John’s original version of Candle in the Wind was recorded as a tribute to which late Hollywood star?
A6) Marilyn Monroe.
Q7) In the book version of The Wizard of Oz, what’s the name of Dorothy’s pet dog?
A7) Toto.
Q8) In which European country does the Danube reach the sea?
A8) Romania.
Q9) How is an alligator Pear better known?
A9) An avocado.
Q10) Is Gazpacho soup a starter, or a main course?
A10) A starter.
Round 2. The Written Word.
Q11) FF8787 wrote Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less.   How is he better known?
A11) Jeffrey Archer. (Do not accept Geoffrey Archer, he’s a different writer.)
Q12) Which Victor wrote Les Miserable?
A12) Victor Hugo.
Q13) Which fictional barrister referred to his wife as “She who must be obeyed”?
A13) Rumpole of the Bailey. (Accept Rumpole.)
Q14) What gender was Richmal Compton, author of the Just William books?
A14) Female.
Q15) What was the name of the boy, in The Jungle Book?
A15) Mowgli.
Q16) Who wrote Rebecca?
A16) Daphne Du Maurier.
Q17) Stephen King is a native of which country?
A17) The USA.
Q18) Who wrote The Female Eunuch?
A18) Germaine Greer.
Q19) Which author also writes as Barbara Vine?
A19) Ruth Rendell.
Q20) Mario Puzo wrote a crime novel that later became a famous movie, starring Marlon Brando. What was it called?
A20) The Godfather.
Round 3. Science and Technology.
Q21) Which dangerous substance is also known as woolly rock?
A21) Asbestos.
Q22) What part of a car may be either drum, or disc?
A22) The brakes.
Q23) On a standard UK computer keyboard, which letter is furthest left … ?
A23) Q.
Q24) Ted Turner is a well known name, in which industry?
A24) Broadcasting: he’s the owner of CNN.
Q25) William Morris, Lord Nuffield, was the 1st man in the UK to make mass produced what?
A25) Cars.
Q26) Which metal is used in thermometers and dental fillings?
A26) Mercury.
Q27) What, during WW2, did the Manhattan Project develop?
A27) The atomic bomb.
Q28) What — as of 2013— is the world’s largest pharmaceutical company … ?
A28) Pfizer.
Q29) What does a Geiger counter measure?
A29) Radiation.
Q30) What is the name of a computer that links one network, to another?
A30) Router.
Round 4. Sporting Chances.
Q31) On what surface is curling played?
A31) Ice.
Q32) After which horny animal is the Leeds Rugby Super League team named?
A32) Rhinos.
Q33) Is professional Badminton played indoors, outdoors, or both?
A33) Indoors.
Q34) In which Sheffield theatre is the World Snooker Championships held?
A34) The Crucible.
Q35) When Judo was added to the Olympic programme, in which country was it being held?
A35) Japan.
Q36) Which Men’s Wimbledon Champion was born on Billie Jean King’s 23rd birthday?
A36) Boris Becker.
Q37) From which part of New York do the Globetrotters come from?
A37) Harlem.
Q38) How many disciplines are there, in a triathlon?
A38) Three.
Q39) What is the usual surface of the lane, in ten pin bowling?
A39) Wood.
Q40) Peter O’Sullivan commentated on which sport?
A40) Horse racing.
Round 5. Music and Lights.
Q41) Roy Chubby Brown charted with which group, back in 1995?
A41) Smokey.
Q42) Level 42 claimed to have got part of their name from which Douglas Adams novel?
A42) The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy.
Q43) Red, Red Wine was the first number 1 for which group?
A43) UB40.
Q44) Who recorded a version of Crying with Roy Orbison, back in 1992?
A44) kd lang.
Q45) Which of his early hits did Cliff Richard rerecord, with the Young Ones?
A45) Living Doll.
Q46) Song for Whoever was the first hit for which band?
A46) The Beautiful South.
Q47) In which decade were pop music charts first compiled in the UK?
A47) The 1950s.
Q48) What was ‘skipped’, in the lyrics of A Whiter Shade Of Pale?
A48) The Light Fandango.
Q49) Which band had a number 1 hit, with Keep On Running?
A49) The Spencer Davis Band.
Q50) Who had a hit with 54321?
A50) Manfred Mann. (Accept Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.)
Q51) Who was the sixth actor to play Doctor Who on TV?
A51) Colin Baker.
Q52) Who were Yosemite Sam, & Elmer Fudd constantly trying to shoot?
A52) Bugs Bunny.
Q53) Which world War Two band leader was the first official winner of a Gold Disc?
A53) Glenn Miller.   (For Chattanooga Choo Choo)
Q54) Which creatures name means ‘Wild Man of the Woods’: the Orang Utan, the Chimpanzee or the Gorilla?
A54) The Orang Utan.
Q55) Who invented the Bouncing Bomb?
A55) Barnes Wallis.
Q56) True or False: the Mandrill is the world’s largest species of Monkey.
A56) True.
Q57) If your native language is Magyar, what Eastern European country are you from?
A57) Hungary.
Q58) What two letter word is put in front of the word ‘CAPABLE’ to turn it into it’s opposite?
A58) IN’.
Q59) What’s the largest stringed instrument in a standard orchestra, the ’Cello, the Viola, or the Double Bass?
A59) The Double Bass.
Q60) What famous American was assassinated in Memphis, in 1968?
A60) Dr Martin Luther King.
Enjoy those, folks: I hope they help

Oh, and enjoy the tune …

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