Sunday, 28 November 2010

Sunday Quiz 10

A bit of a landmark quiz.

Here's to the next 10.Enjoy

1.Hero Honda Motors are the world's largest manufacturer of motorcycles.It is a joint venture -Honda from Japan, but from which country does Hero originate?


2.In radio transmission,for what do the initials AM stand?

Amplitude Modulation

3.Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. is the 1623 published collection of William Shakespeare's plays,prepared by Joihn Heminges and Henry Condell.Under what name is it commonly known by modern scholars?

First Folio

4.The Golan Heights form a rocky plateau, that serves both as an area of strategic importance and as a popular tourist attraction.In which country is this area situated?


5.Which Benjamin Britten opera is based on the poem 'The Borough',by George Crabbe?

Peter Grimes

6.Basse-Terre is the capital of which of the Leeward islands, a territory of a European state?


7.For which consituency is shadow Labour leader,Ed Milliband the MP?

Doncaster North

8.This book follows a retired country gentleman nearing 50 years of age,who becomes obsessed with books of chivalry and believes their every word to be true, despite the fact that many of the events in them are clearly impossible. He eventually appears to other people to have lost his mind through little sleep and too much reading.Which 17th Century piece of literature is this?

Don Quixote

9.Which American author insisted,in October 2010, readers stop reading his latest book, 'Freedom',due to the publishers using the wrong computer file,(that contained only a first draft) ?

Jonathan Frantzen

10.Which Irish political party was founded in 1905 by Arthur Griffith?

Sinn Fein

11.Elingvo is an association formed in Brno,Czech Republic. It campaigns for a universal language to be used across the European Union.Which language does it favour?


12.It is an 'app' designed by games company Rovio and available for Apple's i-phone. It involves catapulting a flock of birds that are trying to retrieve eggs stolen by evil pigs.What is the name of this game, that is already played by 10million users worldwide?

Angry Birds

13.In which US state was the execution method, the electric chair, first used,when it took place in Auburn prison in 1890?

New York

14.MiG fighter aircraft are manufactured in which country?


15.Which Ivy League university was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1751?

University of Pennsylvania

16.Which 18th Century painter,most renowned for his pictures of horses,created the work 'Whistlejacket'?

George Stubbs

17.The Tupi people were a native race belonging to which country in South America?


18.In terms of transport, what links Lords,the British Museum and the Tower of London?

Former London Underground Stations (now demolished)

19.In the UK, what is the only road sign to be on an inverted triangle?

Give Way

20.Established in 2002 and playing at the Reliant Stadium,which American Football franchise is the youngest in the NFL?

Houston Texans

21.Titiyo is an acclaimed Swedish R&B singer,winning four Swedish Grammys and having numerous hit albums and singles across mainland Europe,but never the UK. Her father was an acclaimed jazz saxophonist and her half brother had a number 2 UK hit in 1997. Who is her far more famous half sister, that had a string of UK hits in the late 1980s and won a BRIT award in 1990 for the album 'Raw Like Sushi'?

Neneh Cherry

22.George Michael spent most of his recent custodial sentence in Highpoint prison.In which English county is it found?


23.The Monument, is a London landmark found at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Hill Street.It was built to commemorate what event?

The Great Fire of London

24.Maglev is currently the system used by the World's fastest commercial train,the Shanghai Maglev.For which two words is Maglev an abbreviation`?

Magnetic Levitation

25.During the Falklands conflict of 1982,what purpose were Navy ships HMS Hecla,HMS Herald and HMS Hydra used?

Hospital Ships

26.Maribor,which lies on the river Drava,is the second largest city,by population,in which country?


27.Which physician and astrolger was born in Saint-Remy,France in 1503?


28.What was the name of Tony Blair's autobiography,released in September 2010?

A Journey

29.Only two players have played in every season of the football Premier League,since its inception in 1992.Ryan Giggs is one,who is the other?

Sol Campbell

30.In November 2010, a stampede occurred at the rainy season celebration,the Bon Om Thook festival, killing over 300 people.In which country did the festival take place?


31.Which English river is formed from three tributaries:- the River Etherow, the River Goyt, and the River Tame?

River Mersey

32.Celebrated on 19th September,it is a parodic holiday created by John Baur and Mark Summers in 1995 in the US.Since then it has become global and has been suported by Google,World of Warcaft and i-phone have created an App. Which day,celebrating a type of speech,is this?

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

33.In 1860,the UK's first recorded mosque was founded by Yemani sailors who sailed between Aden and which city's docks,located in the Cathays distrct?


34.Who wrote the children`s book The Gruffalo?

Julia Donaldson

35.Which two international football teams were involved in a Euro 2012 qualifying match,that had to be abandoned after seven minutes,due to crowd trouble in November?

Italy and Serbia

36.Although he was commonly known as 'Franco',what was the actual first name of the Spanish military General and head of state?


37.Which impressionist painter created the works,'The Luncheon on the Grass','Olympia' and 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergere'?

Edouard Manet

38.Humphrey Bogart played Captain Queeg in which 1954 film, based on a Herman Wouk novel?

The Caine Mutiny

39.With many of the traditions and language preserved,the town of Gaiman located in the Chubut province in Argentina,was founded by settlers from which of the home nations?


40.An African empire , it was established in 1350 and finished in 1890, when it was taken over by the French. It's first ruler being N'dyadya N'dyaye and last Ali Buri N'dyaye.Name one of the two modern day countries that now covers the site of the Wolof (or Jolof) Empire?

The Gambia and Senegal

41.Between them, the six wives of Henry VIII were of three different nationalities. English, Spanish and which other?

German (Anne of Cleves)

42.Who created the teenage spy Alex Ryder?

Anthony Horowitz

43.Robin's Nest and George and Mildred were spin off from what 1970s UK sitcom?

Man About The House

44. As of 19th November 2010,which country are at the top of the FIFA Women's world rankings for football?


45.What is the name of the mine that collapsed in New Zealand, in November,that killed 29 miners?

Pike River

46.RL Osborne,Bob Haro and Rob Morales were figures, who considerably raised the profile, of which 'X-Games' sport/leisure activity in the 1980s?

BMX (Freestyle)

47.In which US city would one find the sights of the Coit Tower,Fisherman's Wharf and Lombard Street?

San Francisco

48.At which European film festival would the top award be the 'Golden Bear'?


49.Alphabetically, which element on the periodic table comes first?


50.Which Australian bowler completed a hatrick during the first day, of the first test,of the 2010/11 Ashes series?

Peter Siddle

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Thursday Quiz 9

Here's the next 20......

1.Columbus is the capital city of which US state?


2.With a capacity of 2368, what is the largest of London's West End theatres?

The Coliseum Theatre

3.Mrs Johnstone and her twins Mickey and Edward, are major characters in which long-running West End musical?

Blood Brothers

4.A fire at which London station, that killed 32 people in 1987,resulted in a total smoking ban on the London Underground?

Kings Cross

5.Jose Socrates is the Prime minister of which country?


6.Which Japanese emperor was succeeded by his son,Showa emperor Hirohito, upon his death in 1926?

Yoshihito (Taisho emperor)

7.The first neon light, at the iconic Piccadilly Circus advertising hoardings in London, was an advertisement for which food product?


8.Cymbidium,Vanda and Oncidium are all common varieties of which flower?


9.Which American author and 'Gonzo' journalist wrote the novel 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'?

Hunter S.Thompson

10.The Clee Hills are the highest point in which English shire county?


11.Julian Assange is the Australian internet activist,who is best known for the creation of which controversial,whistle-blowing website?


12.The first opera performed at Milan opera house La Scala, was 'Europa riconosciuta' in 1778.Which 18th Century composer wrote the opera?

Antonio Salieri

13.The 1349 'Ordinance of Labourers' was one of the first English labour laws.Which king of England brought in this statute?

Edward III

14.The oldest known civilisation in the Americas, the Norte Chico is found in which modern day country?


15.In the December 2010 edition of Record Collector magazine, it lists the 200 rarest records(vinyl).With the rarest fetching in excess of £150,000,which band, has the records at number one and two in the list?

The Quarreymen (not The Beatles)

16.Currently world ranked 23,which Great Britain international sports team is coached by Paul Thompson and captained by Jonathan Weaver?

Ice Hockey

17.In which French region,would one find the departments of Dordogne,Gironde and Landes?


18.Augustine of Hippo was one of the great Latin church fathers. He was killed after the Vandals laid seige to the Phoenician city of Hippo Regius.In which modern day country would you find the site of Hippo Regius?


19.In which 1917 film did Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy first appear together,although not as a double act?

The Lucky Dog

20.Sharing the award in 2007,which was the last organisation to win The Nobel Peace Prize?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Sunday Quiz 9

Hope you enjoy the next batch of 50:

1.An important campaign,the Siege of Vicksburg occurred in 1863 during the American Civil War.In which US state did this take place?


2.The Chugoku and Kanto Football leagues are two of the regional leagues that feed into which country's top football division?


3.He won two consecutive Best Supporting Actor awards at the 1977 and 1978 Oscars. The films being All The Presidents Men and Julia respectively. Who is this actor?

Jason Robards

4.Yerevan is the capital city of which former Soviet Republic?


5.During which conflict,was the Victoria Cross medal for valour ,first awarded?

The Crimean War

6.Taken from the Greek meaning 'Hour study'.What is the name given to the study of the measurement of time?


7.Which French Impressionist painter and one-time friend of Emile Zola painted 'The Card Players' and 'Boy in a Red Vest' as well as several self
portraits amongst his works?

Paul Cezanne

8.Avianca is the flag carrying airline for which South American country?


9.In the Harry Potter novels, what name is given to a wizard who has no magical ability?

A Squib

10.The sovereignty of the South Kuril Islands is an on going dispute between Russia and which other country?


11.In which village did the New Testament miracle of the Loaves and Fishes take place?


12.This is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and was based upon the novel Rosalynde by Thomas Lodge.It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and eventually love in the Forest of Arden. Simply, give the name of the play?

As You Like It

13.President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is the leader of which Asian country?


14.It is a team contact sport that originated in South Asia, as a form of recreational combat training.It involves two teams occupying opposite halves of a field and take turns sending a "raider" into the other half.Teams win points by tagging or wrestling members of the opposing team.What is the name of this sport,the National game of Bangladesh?


15.Who was the third man to walk on the moon?

Charles 'Pete' Conrad

16.Duroliponte is the Roman name for which English city?


17.Who had their first and only UK hit single (No.7) in 1969 with 'Harlem Shuffle'?

Bob and Earl

18.What generic name was given to several historic and modern populations of Berber, Black African and Arab (Northern African descent), some of whom came to conquer and occupy the Iberian Peninsula for nearly 800 years?


19.Who wrote the original books on which the TV costume drama 'The Forsyte Saga was based?

John Galsworthy

20.How many US states begin with the letter M?

Eight (8) (Maine, Maryland, Montana, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan)

21.Which city hosted November's G20 summit, the first from a non-G8 country to host a G20 leaders summit?


22.An English extreme heavy metal band from Birmingham, the band was formed in May 1981 by Nicholas Bullen and Miles Ratledge.They are included in the Guinness Book of World Records as writers of the shortest recorded song -'You Suffer' from their first album 'Scum'. Who are this group, listed by Nielsen Soundscan as the seventh best-selling death metal band in the United States?

Napalm Death

23.Home to the United States Naval Academy, which city is the capital of Maryland?


24.It is a landmark 47-storey residential skyscraper in Manchester city centre, England. Built in 2007, it is named after the developers, was designed by Ian Simpson.What is the name of this building,the tallest in the UK, outside of London

The Beetham Tower

25.Italian Renaissance painter Tiziano Vecelli is more famously known by what name?


26.In Egyptian mythology, who was the God of embalming who also watched over the dead?


27.His professional musical career involved working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Formynx and Aphrodite's Child.In the 1970s, he formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes. He is best known for composing the film scores for Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire .What name is this Greek artist,more commonly known as ,after being born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou in 1943?

(Jon) Vangelis

28. Which of the world's ancient wonders, had it lasted to today, would be in Iraq ?

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

29. On which London thoroughfare do the Royal Courts of Justice stand ?

The Strand

30.Which soul singer and writer, best known for the song 'Everybody Needs Somebody to Love' (as used in the 1980 Blues Brothers film),died in October 2010 whilst on an aeroplane at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport?

Solomon Burke

31. Whose portrait appeared on the last paper ,UK one pound note?

Isaac Newton

32.Which is the only country that hosts the Maccabiah Games, a multi sport event for worldwide, Jewish athletes?


33.Its best known brands are the 'teacake' and the 'caramel wafer', to which the makers claim 'over 5,000,000 made and sold every week.What is the name of this UK baking company,based in Uddingston,Scotland?


34. An American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball ,it is based on the ''The Southern Vampire Mysteries' series of novels by Charlaine Harris. The series centers on Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress at a bar, who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).Give the name of this US drama,now filming for its third season?

True Blood

35. Which two colours are usually employed on semaphore flags ?

Red and Yellow

36. Which sporting cup was known as the One Hundred Guinea Cup in its first year in 1851,but was renamed in honour of the winner and has been known by that name ever since?

The Americas Cup

37.Earlier known as the Knights of the Cross,what name was given to the order of German Knights,who served as a crusading military order,during the Middle Ages?

Teutonic Knights

38. Who was made First Minister after the first elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly ?

David Trimble

39. Which word, familiar to generations of British soldier, derives from a Hindustani word for home ?


40.In which country is Bundeberg rum produced?


41.What name links a Welsh snooker world champion,the actor who played Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films and the Member of Parliament for the Ceredigion constituency

Mark Williams

42.Which island in the Bristol Channel is named after the norse for'puffin island'?


43.Why were there no historical details recorded in the UK for eleven days in September 1752?

Switch from Julian to Gregorian calendar

44. Which European capital city stands at the confluence of the Alzette and Petrusse rivers ?

Luxembourg (City)

45.To date, which group has had the most UK number one singles, for an all girl group?

Spice Girls

46.Which architect is most noted for his London designs of Regents Park,Regent Street and Marble Arch?

John Nash

47.What is the name of the German mathematician and astronomer, who is best known for his sixteenth century eponymous laws of planetary motion?

Johannes Kepler

48.Which Asian country has Dili as its capital city?

East Timor

49.England played many of its early football international games at cricket grounds,but which was the first football stadium to host an England international (a stadium still in use today)?

Bramall Lane (Home to Sheffield United)

50.The surfing hot-spot of Teahupo'o is one of the most dangerous surf breaks in the world. Off the coast of which pacific island state,is it found?


Thursday, 18 November 2010

Thursday Quiz 8

A little late, but got there in the end.

Here's Thursday's 20

1.What is the name of the British,nuclear-powered,submarine that ran aground just off the Isle of Skye in October 2010?

HMS Astute

2.In science,what does the abbreviation SI stand for (as in an SI unit)?

Systeme Internationale

3.What is measured by the formula : weight(kg) divided by the height(m) squared?

Body Mass Index (BMI)

4.Native to Africa and from the same species as a Bushshrike,what type of animals are the Northern Puffback and Pringle's Puffback ?

A bird

5.Which actress was the object of desire for Kevin Spacey in the 1999 film American Beauty?

Mena Suvari

6.The world's only boxer to have won titles at eight different weights, what is the nationality of Manny Pacquiao ?


7.With which section of an orchestra would you associate a 'luthier'?

Strings (a luthier is someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments)

8.It is claimed it led to the collapse of the Hindu Kingdom of Mataram in 1006,Mount Merapi is an active volcano, which last erupted in October 2010. In which country is it found?


9.Which Dickens work was his last and unfinished novel?

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

10.Featuring characters Peachum,Polly and MacHeath, which eighteenth century opera was wriiten by John Gay and Christoph Pepusch?

The Beggars Opera

11. MacKenzie Ross was an acclaimed architect, specialising in what particular sporting features?

Golf Courses

12.What links physicians Gerhard Hansen,Richard Bright and Arnold Pick?

They have all had diseases named after them

13.Which self-proclaimed extremist was decisively defeated by Lyndon B.Johnson,(the biggest majority to date) at the 1964 US presidential election?

Barry Goldwater

14.What is currently the highest grossing,worldwide film of 2010?

Toy Story 3

15.In 1944 he had two nominations in the best original screenplay category,which legendary American screenwriter, was the first person ever, to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his 1941 work 'The Great McGinty'?

Preston Sturges

16.Majuro (the capital) ,Kwajalen and Kili ,are three of the atolls that make up which Micronesian state and island group?

Marshall Islands

17.Founded by brothers Louis,Marcel and Fernand, the first model in 1898 was the 'voiturette'. Since then models such as the Fregate and Dauphine have proved popular.What is the name of this French automobile manufacturer?


18'Morag' is probably the second most famous Loch Monster behind 'Nessie', but in which Highland Loch is found?

Loch Morar

19.On 1 September 2009, action was taken because Commodore Frank Bainimarama refused to hold elections by 2010, following a 2006 coup.Which country became only the second country to be suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations?


20. The Chinese capital during the early Ming era, which city meaning 'southern capital' , was known in the fourteenth century, as the largest city in the world and also shares the name of the treaty, that ended the First Opium War?


Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sunday Quiz 8

Good Evening,

For those of you who were at Derby this weekend, I hope you had a good time.

Here's the next 50:

1.Which British holiday company,founded in 1946 went into administration last week?


2.Which pacific state was named 'The Friendly Islands' because of the friendly reception received by Captain James Cook on his arrival in 1773?


3.What was the name of the ship Shackleton used on his final (and fatal) expedition to the Antarctic?


4.The ANZ Championship is the premier Australasian league in which sport?


5.In which German state are the headquarters of Opel,Merck and Deutsche Bank?

Hesse (or Hessia)

6.In terms of population which is the largest London Borough?


7.Who was the British Prime Minister at the time of the abdication of Edward VIII?

Stanley Baldwin

8.Within the victims bodies, what are destroyed by Hemotoxins, a toxin employed by venomous animals?

Red Blood Cells

9.A thirty year civil war was finally ended in May 2009, after the defeat of the LTTE.Known also as the Eelam War in which country was this war fought?

Sri Lanka (defeat of Tamil Tigers)

10.Sponsored by baby product company Bounty, who was named Celebrity Mum of The Year 2010 in November beating amongst others,Danii Minogue and Colleen Rooney?

Holly Willoughby

11.What fruit was the subject of UK top 20 singles for The Stranglers,Prince and Presidents of The United States of America?


12.The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and granted a patent to be called 'Russia's third capital city',which Russian city,found at the confluence of the Volga and namesake rivers is the sixth largest by population?


13.Named after a famous Englishman, what is the name of the Universuty located in Uxbridge,West London?


14.Masai,Rothschild and Kordofan are all types of which animal?


15.What military group and later an elite fighting unit ,was established by King Louis Philippe I in 1831?

French Foreign Legion

16.What type of musical instrument is the 'Dube', which has been recently invented by former football player Dion Dublin?

Drum (Cube shaped)

17.Under a new law,brought in last week in Taiwan,what are women now allowed to do in public,resulting in a hefty fine for those trying to stop them?


18.It is situated in the south west and is the fifth largest city in Finland? Together with Tallin,which city has been designated European Capital of Culture for 2011?


19.Winning nine Academy Awards in 1987, which was the first film, ever to be given permission to film in Beijing's Forbidden City?

The Last Emperor

20.Who is the only FIFA World player of the year that has never played at a World Cup Finals?

George Weah

21.Known globally as a founder of the universal suffrage movement,what is the name of this successful campaigner,who is to be found on the reverse of a New Zealand ten dollar note?

Kate Sheppard

22.A noted English public school, it was founded in its namesake village in Derbyshire in 1557. What is the name of this school, which has a sporting tradition and has amongst its Alumni as Roald Dahl,CB Fry and Basil Rathbone?

Repton School

23.What is the name of the Christian denomination founded in Switzerland in 1693 by Jakob Ammann?


24.Which historical character did Richard O'Sullivan portray in a late 70s early/ 80s TV series, ably assisted by his sidekick Swiftnick, played by Michael Deeks?

Dick Turpin

25.What is the sub-title of the new 'Call of Duty' video game franchise,released in November 2010?

Black Ops

26.Which British biscuit manufacturer make the brands, Wagon Wheels,Viscount and Maryland Cookies?


27.If somebody suffered from Ageusia,what would they be unable to do?


28.Dazbog,Perun and Veles are all major gods belonging to which mythology?


29.What was the name of the cartoon strip created by Norman Pett for the Daily Mirror between 1932 and 1959?


30.Including the songs Let Me Finish,Sheldon Bloom and Take That Look Off Your Face, which Lloyd-Webber musical tells the story of a woman from Muswell Hill,who travels to New York in search of love?

Tell Me On A Sunday

31.An extemely popular game in the United States ,is typically played in elementary school, but has emerged as a popular middle school, high school and college sport as well.The main objective of each team is to eliminate all members of the opposing team by hitting them with thrown balls, catching a ball thrown by a member of the opposing team, or forcing them to move outside the court boundaries when a ball is thrown at them.What is the name of this game made famous in a film starring Vince Vaughan and Ben Stiller?


32. Who was the composer of the 1945 opera 'War and Peace'?

Sergei Prokofiev

33.Which supermarket chain has a range of no frills'products called 'essential...'.? The tagline for the range being 'quality you'd expect at prices you wouldn't'


34.What name links the second largest city in Argentina by population, a department of Colombia and a province of Spain, as part of Andalusia?


35.Which Gloucestershire village is home to the Britain's first Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre,founded by Sir Peter Scott in 1946?


36.What award links Iain Hollingshead's 'Twenty Something', Norman Mailer's 'The Castle in The Forest' and in 2010 Jonathan Littell's 'The Kindly Ones'?

All winners of Literary Review's 'Bad Sex in Fiction' Award

37.Later known as Tractarians,what was the name of the movement of High Church Anglicans,formed in the nineteenth century and associated with a namesake university, to follow traditions of the Catholic church?

Oxford Movement

38.This Puerto Rican percussion instrument consists of an open-ended, hollow gourd, with parallel notches cut in one side. It is played by rubbing a wooden stick (a 'pua') along the notches to produce a ratchet-like sound. Popular in latin America,what is its name?


39.In Spanish it is a 'cerdo', in Sweden a 'gris' and in Italian a 'maiale'. What farmyard animal does this translate to in English?


40.What is the name of the cable-stayed bridge, that crosses the Thames, as part of the Dartford crossing in Kent?

Queen Elizabeth II Bridge

41.To what UK dress size does the US size zero compare?

UK size 4 (four)

42.Produced by Italian brandy producer Arturo Vaccari, which yellow liquer named after a war hero, is a blend of herbs and fruits such as star anise and juniper?


43.Who is the highest scoring non-European international player in Champions League football history?

Didier Drogba (currently 8th overall)

44.Counting Australia as a continent,which is the world's largest independent state island?


45. Which multi-nominated academy award actress (and 1977 winner),was the director, for the video to Belinda Carlisle's 1987 global hit, 'Heaven is a Place on Earth'?

Diane Keaton

46.Who was the last US President to hold slaves while in office and also the first to die in office?

Zachary Taylor

47.Which city is the capital of the former Soviet Reublic Tajikistan?


48.How was the 20th century modern artist Emmanuel Radnitzky better known?

Man Ray

49.Which wonder of the world was located around fifty kilometres south of the modern city port Izmir,in Turkey?

Temple of Artemis

50.Which unit of weight is equal to 1/7000th of a pound?

A Grain

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Thursday Quiz 7

Hope you enjoy this next batch

Also to those attending the EQC in Derby this weekend, have a good one!

1.Who became re-elected as the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) this week?

Nigel Farage

2.Which star constellation is known in Latin America as 'Three Marys' and in some parts of Western Europe as 'Three Kings' ?

Orion's Belt

3.Abdominoplasty is the medical term for which more commonly known, cosmetic surgery procedure?

Tummy Tuck

4.Which fashion designer has recently been commissioned to design the 2011 BRIT award?

Vivienne Westwood

5.In the 70s it was Abba and the 80s Madonna.It was shared in the 90s, but who was it in the 2000s?

Westlife (most UK Number One singles for that decade)

6.The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are territories owned by which country?


7.In which Dickens novel would you find the characters John Harmon,Bella Wilfer and Mortimer Lightwood?

Our Mutual Friend

8.What links the capital of Nova Scotia,The Shay Stadium and the 19th Century British Army officer Lord Stirling?

Halifax (The Shay Stadium is in Halifax N.Yorks and Lord Stirling's family name was Halifax

9.Who was the last Englishman to win the London Marathon?

Eamonn Martin (1993)

10.The Mapuche are the indigenous people to which continent?

South America

11.Who was the last British recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Doris Lessing (2007)

12.The Ivy League institution,Brown University, is located in which US State,one of the thirteen original colonies?

Rhode Island

13.The counties of Galway,Sligo and Roscommon are all part of which Irish province?


14.The Thai movie director,actor and stuntman Tony Jaa is a well respected figure in which particular genre of film?

Kung Fu (martial arts)

15.Under a new law,brought in last week in Taiwan,what are women now allowed to do in public,resulting in a hefty fine for those trying to stop them?


16.Fought in the 20th Century,the Malvinas War is better known by what name?

Falkland Islands

17.The first Englisman to make a powered flight, Alliot Verdon Roe went on to become a founder of which aircraft manufacturer,particularly prominent during World War II?


18.The Taichung Power Plant in Taiwan is the largest power station in the world,that is fuelled by what substance?


19.The Battle of Ahmed Khel was fought in 1880. It was victorious for British and Indian Troops ,under the leadership of General Donald Stewart and resulted in a defeat for 15000 tribal warriors. In which country was this battle fought?


20.JSE Limited is the 16th largest stock exchange in the world.In which country is it located?

South Africa (The largest stock exchange in Africa)

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Sunday Quiz 7

I thought I might ask on the off chance. If anyone needs an extra body for the Oxford Buzzer Quiz at the end of the month, I'm interested in playing. (I have also noted my interest on the Facebook event link).

More for you to have a go at.

I hope you like them.

1.In which of the British Armed Forces would you find a 'Sapper'?

British Army

2.Considered a delicacy in Mexico,'escamoles' are the larvae of which insect?


3.The aunt of Nicholas Cage, which actress is most noted for playing Connie Corleone in all three Godfather films and Adrian Pennino in all six Rocky films?

Talia Shire

4. Still trying to seek independance,what is the name of the exclave and province of Angola, that is seperated from the rest of Angola, by a narrow strip belonging to the Democratic Republic of Congo?


5.What specific mode of transport is used by competitors, in the annual global endurance race, The Gordon Bennett Cup?

Gas Balloon (not hot air balloon)

6.In terms of population,what is the largest town in Devon?


7.Which political leader wrote 'The Green Book' in 1975 outlining his views on democracy and political philosophy?

(Colonel) Muammar al- Gaddafi

8.Although Terry Hollands gained a credible third place in 2007, who in 1993,was the last British 'athlete' to win the World's Stongest Man contest?

Gary Taylor

9.Liu Xiaobo was the recipient of what award, in October 2010, whilst serving time in prison?

Nobel Peace Prize

10.Valentine and Proteus are better known by what literary title?

Two Gentlemen of Verona

11.The largest mud-brick building in the world,the Great Mosque of Djenne can be found in which African country?


12.Once a rival to Currys,Dixons and Comet, what electrical high street chain,owned by Fred Dawes,had the 1990s advert tagline 'Don't you pay any more Mrs Moore'?


13.In which city will the 2016 summer Olympic Games be held?

Rio de Janeiro

14.A painter of the Pop Art movement,he was a contemporary of David Hockney and studied at Chelsea School of Art. His works include 'Still Life With Dagger', 'Sweet Bowl' and 'After Lunch'. What is the name of this artist, who won the Turner Prize in 1987 and died in 1995?

Patrick Caulfield

15.Eighteen year old Alexandria Mills has recently won the 60th Miss World contest. Which country did she represent?


16.Built by John Ericsson and John Braithwaite, what was the name of the locomotive that was the last to drop out before Stephenson's Rocket eventually won at the 1829 Rainhill Trials?


17.The Trial of the Pyx is the procedure to ensure what everyday objects are made to the correct specifications and standards?

(British) Coins

18.One of the largest toy manufacturers in the world, it was founded by Henry and Helal Hassenfeld in 1923. What is the name of this company ,whose products include Mr Potato Head , GI Joe and My Little Pony ,amongst others?


19.Cited as one of the most important pieces of Anglo-Saxon literature, what work is contained in the Nowell Codex manuscript?


20. He got his first TV break after being discovered by Davina McCall,he progressed to present channel 4's Popworld under the guise of Barry Gibson. Since then, his more notable characters, Avid Merrion and Keith Lemmon, have been regulars to our TV screens. What is the name of the comedy actor who has brought these characters to life and who seldom reveals his real identity?

Leigh Francis

21.Given a state funeral and three days mourning, which former Argentine President died in October 2010?

Nestor Kirchner

22.Specifically,what position did American statesman Jefferson Davis hold between 1861 and 1865?

President of the Confederate States of America

23.What imperial measurement is equal to 1/20 of a pint?

One Fluid Ounce

24.Since 1900 who is the only politician to have held the posts of Prime Minister,Chancellor of the Exchequer,Foreign Secretary,Home Secretary and Leader of the Opposition?

James Callaghan

25.Only one male golfer in the current world's top ten rankings, is not American or British, What is his name?

Martin Kaymer

26.His most 'famous' work is The Origin of the Knights of Bath,he became poet laureate when he was 30 years, the youngest ever. Which 18th century poet gained this distinction?

Laurence Eusden

27.His conquests have included the Golden Gate Bridge,The Eiffel Tower and the Petronas Towers. What is the name of the renowned French climber, nicknamed 'Spiderman' for his reputation of climbing without ropes and who also suffers from vertigo?

Alain Robert

28.Until recently, thanks to Dustin Hoffman, it was regarded as the safest airline in the world.Which airline had to ground its fleet of A380 aircraft last week,after an engine failed?


29.What is the capital city of Kosovo?


30.Which American author, noted for his complex works, wrote the notable novels Gravity's Rainbow and The Crying Lot of 49?

Thomas Pynchon

31.Christiana (or Kristiana) was the former name for which European Capital city?


32.Its name is derived from the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing the language in 1887. It's goal was to create an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding.It has had continuous usage by a community estimated at between 100,000 and 2 million speakers for over a century,but no country has adopted the language officially.What language?


33.Which playwright was killed after being struck with a hammer by Kenneth Halliwell in 1967?

Joe Orton

34.Which 15th Century sculptor, who is buried next to Cosimo de Medici in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, is credited with the works 'Prophet Habacuc','David' and 'Magdalene Penitent', all of which are housed in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence?


35. Tartu,Narva and Kohtla-Jarve are three of the largest cities, by population, in which country?


36.Which baseball team has recently won the 2010 World Series?

San Francisco Giants

37.Which indigenous people defeated the British forces at the Battle of Ohaeawai in 1845?


38.What makes the monotreme order of mammals, different to all other mammals?

They lay eggs

39.Which 3 countries in South America have only 2 borders?

Ecuador,French Guiana,Uruguay

40.Andrew Lloyd Webber has won an Oscar for best original song in Evita (1996) . Name of the other two musicals for which he has also received an Academy Award nomination?

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) Phantom of The Opera (2004)

41.This city served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911 and once the centre of modern education, industry, science, culture and politics .By the early 19th century, it was split into two distinct areas—one British (known as the White Town), the other Indian (known as Black Town). What is the name of one the most densely populated cities in the world?

Kolkata (previously Calcutta)

42.Who wrote the classic 16th Century piece of literature 'Utopia' ?

Thomas More

43.Which is the only company to have sponsored both the English FA and League cups?


44.Taken from the Greek language,what does the suffix 'naut' mean - as in astronaut or argonaut,for example?


45.Which 1990s US sitcom was set in Bayside High School,which followed the fortunes of characters Zachary Morris,Kelly Kapowski, Lisa Marie Turtle and probably, the more memorable Samuel 'Screech' Powers?

Saved By The Bell

46.Following Heathrow, which is the second busiest airport,in terms of passenger traffic,in Europe?

Paris Charles De Gaulle

47. In mathematics, what is the British name of the fraction wherby the numerator is larger than the denominator?

Improper fraction

48.Viktor Chernomyrdin, the longest-serving Prime Minister of Russia was one of its founders.What is the name of the Russian company, that is the largest extractor of natural gas in the world


49.Who is the current First Minister for Wales(leader of the Welsh Assembly)?

Carwyn Jones

50.Which chemical element is represented on the periodic table by the letter 'V'?


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Thursday Quiz 6

Good Evening,

I've got my next batch for you to have a go at.

More Sunday . . . . . .

1.The largest bell in Great Britain is housed in which cathedral, (from which the bell takes its name)?

St Pauls (Great Paul)

2.In terms of population, what is the largest city in Australia?


3.Which greek mathematician devised the formula for calculating the volume of a


4.Falcon,Boardman and Dawes are all British makes of what mode of transport?


5.What was the name of the actor who played Dan Williams in the US detective series Hawaii Five O and who died this week?

James MacArthur

6.Which Australian born , Irish international Rugby League winger, won the 2010 Man of Steel award and was also Super League top scorer in the same year?

Pat Richards

7.From what, are hedgehog spines made?


8.On which river would you find the Kariba Dam?


9.In terms of passengers, the railway station in which country is recorded as the busiest in the world?

Japan (Shinjuku station)

10.What is the second largest island in the Philippines?


11.What device was built in 1978 by audio-division engineer Nobutoshi Kihara for Sony co-chairman Akio Morita, who wanted to be able to listen to operas during his frequent trans-Pacific plane trips?

(Sony) Walkman

12.Which 20th Century American painter is best known for his work 'The Nighthawks'?

Edward Hopper

13.Which Man Booker prize winner had the novel 'Beatrice and Virgil' published this year?

Yann Martel

14.What is the name of the 2179 mile hiking route that runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia, to Mount Katahdin in Maine,USA?

The Appalachian Trail

15. Who was the US President at the time of Queen Victoria's succession to the British throne?

Martin Van Buren

16.Which band, having first charted in 1981, hold the record of most UK Top 40 chart releases , without ever having a number one single?

Depeche Mode

17.Equal to one thousandth of a nanosecond, what is the unit of time equal to one trillionth of a second?


18.After Conservative,Labour and Liberal Democrats, which political party holds the fourth highest amount of seats, within the House of Commons?

Democratic Unionist

19.Which are the only two tube stations which have all five vowels in their name?

Mansion House , South Ealing

20.His TV works spanned a 20-year period during which he created 'The Patty Duke Show', 'I Dream of Jeannie' and 'Hart to Hart' . Amongst others ,he wrote the screenplays for the films 'Anything Goes' and 'Annie Get Your Gun' .It was not until after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling novels such as Master of the Game (1982), The Other Side of Midnight (1973) and Rage of Angels (1980) that he became most famous.Born in 1917, who was this renowned American writer who died in 2008?

Sidney Sheldon