Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 18-3-2015: The Tolpuddle Martyrs

I think I — like many of us in Europe and the Developed world — have a mobile phone.

An old Nokia that’s done well for me over the past, oooh, DECADE or so.

And that I’d probably keep hole of for the NEXT ten years.

If it wasn’t for the fact my carriers — O2, so you know — have stopped letting me send Tweets, via SMS message.


Thankfully … ?

THANKFULLY, I’ve managed to have a look in the local O2 shop: they seem to have a couple of cheap Android phones.

Although, yes, you’re right: and know me, well enough, by now to realise one thing.

Frankly, I’d rather have an iPhone!


But let’s move on, shall we?

After all: it’s now officially Wednesday.

Which mean’s it’s times for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s questions: covered by the Creative Commons License* … 
Q1) 18th March saw the Tolpuddle Martyrs sentenced: in which year of the 1830s?
Q2) The Martyrs were sentenced to transportation.   To where: Australia, British India or Canada?
Q3) The Martyrs were from Tolpuddle.   In which county is Tolpuddle: Cumbria, Dorset or Essex?
Q4) What type of labourers were the Martyrs: agricultural, factory or building?
Q5) The Martyrs were sentenced and charged with trying to form a what society: friendly, religious or academic?
Q6) The society they formed was considered an early what: trade union, credit union or commune?
Q7) Those latter organizations were legalized in the UK, in which year: 1869, 1871 or 1873?
Q8) Which such organization has been nicknamed the ‘Wobblies’? 
Q9) The modern groups the Martyrs could’ve join belong to the TUC.   What is the TUC?
Q10) Finally … The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival is an annual festival to mark their memory.   It’s usually held in the third week of which month?
Q1) 11th March saw the first publication of England’s first daily newspaper.   It was the Daily what: Courant, Currant or Corvid?
Q2) Its original publisher was Elizabeth whom: Mallet, Hammer or Mace?
Q3) In which year of the 18th century was the paper published: 1701, 1702 or 1703?
Q4) According to various sources, the paper was printed in rooms over what pub: The White Hart, The King’s Arms or The Dolphin?
Q5) The paper we’re discussing was bought by Samuel Buckley.   Buckley also published what: ‘The Spectator’, ‘Tribune’ or ‘Hello!’?
Q6) The paper was published on Fleet Bridge, on Fleet Street.   Fleet Street was built over the remains of which river?
Q7) The London offices of D. C. Thompson are on Fleet Street.   Famously, the company is the publisher of what: ‘The Beano,’ ‘2000AD’ or ‘Whizzer and Chips’?
Q8) While we’re talking about daily papers?   ‘The Times,’ ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Daily Telegraph’ were all what size?
Q9) Technically, a newspaper that’s 16.9 by 11 inches is what: a compact, a tabloid or a Berliner?
Q10) Finally … at the time of writing, what’s the UK’s most read daily newspaper: ‘The Sun,’ ‘The Daily Mail’ or ‘The Daily Mirror’?
A1) The ‘Daily Courant’.
A2) Elizabeth Mallet.
A3) 1702.
A4) All three.  The Wikipedia entry on the Courant says it was published at the King’s Arms: then moved to the Dolphin.   The entry on Fleet Street tells us it was at The White Hart: the Fleet Street White Hart, not the pub that’s now Brentwood’s very own Sugar Hut.
A5) The Spectator’.
A6) The River Fleet.
A7) The Beano’.
A8) Broadsheet.
A9) A Tabloid.
A10) The Sun’.
Enjoy those: I hope they help …

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