Friday, 15 August 2014

The Friday Question Set — 15-8-2014

Did I tell you I’m jobhunting, don’t you … ?

I’m jobhunting.

So you know.

And like ANY of us that’s on the hunt for a post, we can be vulnerable to all sorts of things.

Unexpected shortages of money, for one thing.

Attacks of melancholia.

Or  ‘The blues’, if you’d like me to be less poncey … !

And most recently … ?

Good ol’ fashioned scams.

We get warned about these things: of course we do.

Speaking personally, I’d always taken note of warnings I’d had: and made a mental note to be VERY careful if I ever cam across something iffy.

THAT happened, this morning: a call from a very nice Indian woman, supposedly from TotalJobs Recruitment — if I heard her correctly — who had seen my CV online.   Who wanted to know what sort of work I was after.

And who THEN told me she had just the thing for me … and that I’d need to phone them, to do the interview … 

Which is what got me thinking the call was odd.

Usually … ?   Usually, if someone want’s to do a phone interview with me … They’d be phoning me, to tell me they wanted to interview me … and ask when the best time to phone me to do the thing would be.

I told the young lady I’d know credit on my phone: and wouldn’t for a week, at least.   And could see email me her number?   I’d be able to contact her, as and when, she had.

That was at 9•24, this morning, going by my mobile’s log.   They’ve not been in touch, since.

Personally … ?   I think I’ve managed to avoid a premium rate rat.

(JUST as a last word … ?   The University of Manchester have written up a very good ‘How To’, if you get what you think is a dodgy offer: here … )

At any rate … ?

At any rate, it’s a Friday: which means that you’re not here to listen to me ramble on.


You’re here because it’s Friday: and therefore, time for the Friday Question Set.

Here’s this weeks: covered by the usual Creative Commons License*
Q1) Which European country is a car from, if it has the international registration letter, P?
A1) Portugal.
Q2) Which Ben played the part of Fagin, in the Roman Polanski version of Oliver Twist?
Q3) What sort of mammal is a flying fox?
A3) A bat.
Q4) What type of canoe is a palindrome?
A4) A kayak.   (It’s spelt the same backwards, as forwards.)
Q5) Eight kilometers is (roughly) how many miles: five, ten or twenty?
A5) 5 miles.
Q6) Which US rockers recorded the album, America’s Least Wanted, back in the 90s?
A6) Ugly Kid Joe.   (Which featured I Hate Everything About You.)
Q7) Part of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset are noted for their ponies.   Which part?
A7) The New Forest.
Q8) Who co-wrote The Communist Manifesto?   (1 point for one answer, two for both.)
A8) Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
Q9) What did a fletcher traditionally make?
A9) Arrows.
Q10) What — chemically — is the opposite of a base?
A10) Acid.
Q11) Snow usually forms at which temperature: -1º to 1º C,  1º to 3º C, or  3º to 5º C?
A11) 1º to 3º.
Q12) True or false: candles can’t burn in Zero gravity.
A12) False.
Q13) Can a lightening strike switch on a cd player?
A13) Yes.  (Most, though will fry them.)
Q14) What’s the name of the grooves in the barrel of a gun?
A14) Rifling.   (It spins the bullet to increase its range, and accuracy.)
Q15) Igor Sikorsky invented which type of aircraft?
A15) The Helicopter.
Q16) Which spinning invention was named after it’s inventor’s daughter?
A16) The Spinning Jenny.
Q17) William Harvey was the man responsible for discovering the circulation of what?
A17) Blood.
Q18) Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby, was how old this year?
A18) 29.
Q19) The Leakey family made major discoveries about human evolution: on which continent?
A19) Africa.
Q20) Which scientist famously said “Yet it moves”?
A20) Galileo Gallilei.
Q21) Which Whitney spent the most weeks in the UK charts, in 1993?
A21) Whitney Houston.
Q22) During the 90’s, who had a number one with Things Can Only Get Better?
A22) D:Ream.
Q23) Which American singer had hits with What Are You Waiting For and Rich Girl?
A23) Gwen Stefani.
Q24) The Sugababes hit, Too Lost In You came from the soundtrack of which 2003 film?
A24) Love, Actually.
Q25) Living in America was an 80s hit for the Godfather of Soul: who was he?
A25) James Brown.
Q26) Which of the Spice Girls comes from Leeds?
A26) Mel B.   (Scary Spice.)
Q27) Bobby, Mike, Cheryl and Jay were better known how?
A27) Bucks Fizz.
Q28) Who did Marc Almond duet with, on his first number 1, Something’s Got a Hold of My Heart?
A28) Gene Pitney.
Q29) Who wrote Private Dancer, for Tina Turner?
A29) Mark Knoepfler.
Q30) Opera singer, Jõse Carreras, was born in which decade?
A30) 1940s.
Q31) Which soap was advertised as ‘…sun, sea, and sangria’?
A31) The now long since gone, Eldorado.
Q32) In Dynasty, what was the name of the Joan Collins character?
A32) Alexis Carrington.
Q33) Who was fired as the presenter of Have I Got News For You, after allegations about his private life?
A33) Angus Deayton.
Q34) In which police series did Robbie Coltrane play Fitz?
A34) Cracker.
Q35) In the 1993 tv version of Lady Chatterly’s Lover, who played Mellors the Gardener?
A35) Sean Bean.
Q36) Jeux Sans Frontières was called It’s a … what, on the BBC?
A36) It’s A Knockout.
Q37) Which Prime Minister’s father in law was in ’Til Death do Us Part?
A37) Tony Blair’s.   (Cherie’s dad, Tony Booth.)
Q38) Complete the name, Monty Python’s Flying…what?
A38) Circus.
Q39) In EastEnders, which Jim married Dot?
A39) Jim Branning.
Q40) Which Australian sop is set in the fictional suburb of Erinsborough?
A40) Neighbours.
Q41) What drink was advertised by a young Michael Portillo?
A41) Ribena.
Q42) What is Chenin Blanc wine known as, in South Africa?
A42) Steen.
Q43) Cajun, is a shortened version of which word?
A43) Arcadian.
Q44) What ingredients are used in  a red biddy?
A44) Red wine and methylated spirits.
Q45) The flesh of an avocado is a pale version of what colour?
A45) Green.
Q46) What drink would you make in a cafetiere?
A46) Coffee.
Q47) In which country did Balti cuisine originate, the UK, India, or Ceylon?
A47) The UK.
Q48) Saffron tinges food which colour?
A48) Yellow.
Q49) What is Quorn: a fungus, a steak or a type of pepper?
A49) A fungus.
Q50) Sirloin steak is a cut of which meat?
A50) Beef.
Q51) Orly Airport is in which European city?
A51) Paris.
Q52) Prior to the introduction of the Euro, what was the currency of Spain?
A52) The Peseta.
Q53) The musical, Scrooge was based on which Charles Dickens short story?
Q54) A cuboid has how many sides?
A54) Six.
Q55) What do the initials COD mean?
Q56) Slivovitz is made from which fruit?
A56) Plums.
Q57) What was held in London, in 1908, 1948 and 2012?
A57) The Olympic Games.
Q58) What is Elizabeth Fry mainly remember for: prison reform, chocolate making or inventing vegetable oil?
Q59) In which of these games would you use dice: ludo, whist, hopscotch or Snakes and Ladders?
A59) Ludo and Snakes and Ladders.
Q60) In which month is Michælmas Day?
A60) September.   (The 29th, to be exact.)
Enjoy those: I hope they help.

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