Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — --

Hmmm … 

Bless HIM! 

It look’s like Neville — ever genial editor of Brentwood’s Gazette — has had to leave me out of this week’s Gazette!

I’m upset … 

But understanding(ish) enough to know he’s got a job and a half on his hands!

At ANY rate … ?

Just in case you’re missing them, here’s this week’s questions* …
Q1) Christmas is coming, and — according to the old song — the goose is getting … what … ?
Q2) More to the point, what WERE you supposed to put in the old man’s hat … ?
Q3) You’d ALSO find that object in which bit of Christmas cuisine … ?
Q4) Refocusing, slightly … the 2011 ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special was called ‘The Doctor, The Widow and the … ’ … what … ?
Q5) More to the point … what CS Lewis children’s story did that episode take its name from … ?
Q6) Changing direction, again … Many Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas Day on December 25th, in the Julian Calendar.   When’s this, in the Gregorian Calendar that we use in the West … ?
Q7) In which year is the earliest reference to Christmas Day being on December 25th: 354 AD, 364 AD or 374 AD
Q8) Of course, the Twelve Days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day: when is the Twelfth Night … ?
Q9) More to the point, what, traditionally, did my true love give to me, on that Twelfth Day … ?
Q10) And finally … ‘Sleepless In Peckham’ was the last Christmas episode of which much loved comedy show … ?
And last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 12th December, 1901, saw Guglielmo Marconi make his first transatlantic radio transatlantic radio broadcast.   Which Canadian province received that signal: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland & Labrador … ?
Q2) More to the point, which English county received that signal … ?
Q3) More to the point, in which Essex town did Marconi set up his famed Marconi Company … ?
Q4) Equally to the point: which ship famously carried two of Marconi’s employees, as wireless operators … ?
Q5) Radio Caroline, Laser 558 and Dread Broadcasting Corporation were all what … ?
Q6) In which year did the BBC start broadcasting radio: 1921, 1922 or 1923 … ?
Q7) Who had a 1978 hit with ‘Radio, Radio’: Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Elvis Costello and the Attractions or Jonah Lewis … ?
Q8) Which member of Queen, wrote their hit, ‘Radio Gaga’ … ?
Q9) Set in the 1960s ‘The Boat That Rocked’ was a 2009 film about a pirate radio station in the North Sea.   Who play’s ‘The Count’, the station’s rather loud resident American DJ … ?
Q10) And FINALLY … !   What’s the name of the 2009 film about a small Canadian radio station, besieged by zombie like attackers … ?
A1) Newfoundland & Labrador: On what’s called Signal Hill, in the town of Saint John’s.
A2) Cornwall.
A3) Chelmsford.
A4) The RMS Titanic.
A5) Pirate radio stations.
A6) 1922.
A7) Elvis Costello and the Attractions.
A8) Roger Taylor.   (Seemingly, the name comes from a phrase his toddler son, used: ‘Radio ca ca … ’)
A9) Phillip Seymour Hoffman.   (I have to admit, that’s a fantastic little film, well worth a watch … )
A10) Pontypool.   (Which is ANOTHER cracker … !)
Enjoy those … !

*        They’re ALSO on the Gazette’s own site: here … 

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