Friday, 17 January 2014

The Friday Question Set — 17-1-2014

You know, much as I’d not mind — possibly — being a parent, and certainly LOVE being an uncle … ?

There’s times I’d not be either.

 Especially when you consider the news in Scotland, at the moment: about the so-far missing Mikaeel Kular.

By the sounds of the press conference now being screened on BBC News?   Scottish police are still looking for the boy, and have not been able to find him.

In the words of the policeman who’s currently speaking … ?   The investigating team feel he may have been the ‘… subject of a criminal act’.

I’d hate to be in that kids parents’ shoes.   In spite of the help and support shown by the local community, I don’t know if I’d be reassured … 

Either way, I can only hope that community, police and parents* find a child.

Not a body.


At ANY rate, let’s move on to something a touch more cheerful, shall we?

Well … cheerful-ish.

Today is Friday: which means, of course, it’s time for the Friday Question Set.   Here’s this week’s set, covered by the Creative Commons License† …
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Q1) What job links Christopher Dean, Geoff Capes and Dave Dee?
A1) Policeman.
Q2) Through which part of their bodies do butterflies taste?
Q2) Feet.
Q3) Which colour Smartie replaced the light brown in 1989?
A3) Blue.
Q4) Which star of Happy Days has become a successful film director?
A4) Ron Howard.
Q5) The Open University awarded its first degrees, Roger Moore made his first appearance as James Bond, Noel Coward died in Jamaica and Yugoslavia hosted the European cup final?
A5) 1973.
Q6) Which animal produces 200 times more wind than the average human?
A6) Cow.
Q7) Which family drive around in a car called The Cavemobile?
A7) The Flintstones
Q8) If an Australian hands you a Pavarotti, what has he given you … ?
A8) A $10 bill.
Q9) In Dad’s Army what was Private Frazer's day time job?
A9) Undertaker.
Q10) How many different letters are used in Roman numerals?
A10) 7.
Q11) Which Norfolk born actor’s movies include My Best Friend’s Wedding, & The Madness of King George?
A11) Rupert Everett.
Q12) Who, in October 2000, was Woody Allen’s mother in law?
A12) Ex-wife, Mia Farrow.   (Accept just Ex-wife.)
Q13) How tall is Melanie Griffith, 5’2”, 5’9”, or 6’1”?
A13) 5’9”.
Q14) Which star of Batman Returns, The Deer Hunter, & A View to a Kill appeared in the video for Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice?
A14) Christopher Walken.
Q15) Who played the title role in the film, Miss Congeniality?
A15) Sandra Bullock.
Q16) In which London district did Charlie Chaplin spend the early part of his life?
A16) Lambeth.
Q17) Which Burnley born star of Lord of the Rings provided the voice of Zeebedee, in the 2005 film version of The Magic Roundabout?
A17) Sir Ian McKellan.
Q18) The original version was set in Turin, the remake in LA.   What movie job are we talking about?
A18) The Italian Job.
Q19) Talbot Rothwell wrote most of the scripts for which classic English comedy series?
A19) The Carry On’s.
Q20) Which tough guy star was of Casablanca married Lauren Bacall?
A20) Humphrey Bogart.
Q21) Where does a kangaroo keep its young?
A21) In its pouch.
Q22) China’s bamboo forest’s are home to which rare species?
A22) The Giant Panda.
Q23) On what continent do koalas live?
A23) Australia.
Q24) How many legs does an adult insect have?
A24) Six.
Q25) What animal is also known as the  “…ship of the desert”?
A25) The camel.
Q26) Which breed of dog shares its name with a king?
A26) The King Charles spaniel.
Q27) What’s noticeable about a Guinea Pig’s tail?
A27) It doesn’t have one.
Q28) What sort of sea creature is a Portugese Man O’War?
A28) A jelly fish.
Q29) What is a female sheep called?
A29) A ewe.
Q30) What do carnivorous animal live on?
A30) Meat.
Q31) What’s the main ingredient of an omelette?
A31) Eggs.
Q32) Venison comes from which animal?
A32) Deer.
Q33) According to the old proverb, “He who sup’s with the Devil, should use a long…” what?
A33) Spoon.
Q34) What cocktail would you find in a toolbox?
A34) A screwdriver.
Q35) Name any of the alcoholic ingredients of a zombie.   (2 points for 2, 3 for all 3.)
A35) White rum, dark rum and overproof rum.   (The rest is pineapple and grapefruit juice)
Q36) Rollmops are traditionally made from which fish?
A36) Herring.
Q37) If something is cooked au gratin, what must it contain?
A37) Cheese.
Q38) Petits Pois are a small breed of which vegetable?
A38) Peas.
Q39) Peroni Beer comes from which European country?
A39) Italy.
Q40) There are seven working distilleries on which Scottish island?
A40) Islay.
Q41) Who created the character, Miss Marple?
A41) Agatha Christie.
Q42) Which Emily wrote about Wuthering Heights?
A42) Emily Brontë.
Q43) Which novellist created Jeeves and Wooster?
A43) P. G. Wodehouse.
Q44) Whose Secret Diary was published when he was 13 and ¾?
A44) Adrian Mole’s.
Q45) What was James Herriot’s job?
A45) A vet.
Q46) What was the surname of romantic novelist, Dame Barbara?
A46) Cartland.
Q47) Which London barrister was created by John Mortimer?
A47) Rumpole of the Bailey.
Q48) Whose Lover was the subject of a book by D. H. Lawrence?
A48) Lady Chatterley’s.
Q49) Which sport usually features in the works of Dick Francis?
A49) Horse racing.
Q50) Commander Vimes, Lady Sybil, & Nobby Nobbs feature in the works of which writer?
A50) Terry Pratchett.
Q51) Choo Choo, Benny the Ball and Brain are characters in which vintage cartoon?
A51) Top Cat.
Q52) What’s the maximum number of clubs a Golfer can use in a tournament?
A52) 14.
Q53) What was Elvis Presley’s first UK number 1?
A53) All Shook Up.
Q54) Hadephobia is the phobia of what?
A54) Hell.
Q55) With which physical handicap was Dudley Moore born?
A55) Club Foot.
Q56) Who cut off the tails of the Three Blind Mice?
A56) The Farmers Wife.
Q57) What is the name of an otter's home?
A57) Holt.
Q58) Who shaved his head for the film Twelve Monkeys?
A58) Bruce Willis.
Q59) In which year of the 1990s was Channel 5 first broadcast?
A59) 1997.   (On March 31st, to be exact.)
Q60) Where would you find together a verso and a recto?
A60) In a book (They’re the left and right pages, respectively.)
Enjoy those … 

*        It’s just hit me: in ALL of the talk about the search for Mikaeel Kular … no-one’s mentioned the father.   Or if the father was at home, with the mother.   I’m suspicious: and want to ask if the parents are separated.   If they ARE … ?   Has the child been kidnapped by the father?   I HOPE so: that, I think, means there’s a good possibility the child is alive.   (What ALSO attracted my attention was that the police in the conference, talked about the mother and the family.   But not ‘the parents and the family’.)

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