Thursday, 30 December 2010

Thursday Quiz 14

Last one of the year!

Back to General Knowledge..

1.In December 2010,Zara Phillips got engaged to which England international, rugby union player?

Mike Tindall

2.With an atomic number of 76,it is twice as dense as lead.Which element,a part of the platinum family,is the densest natural element?


3.The Soviet Olympian Larissa Latynina won eighteen Olympic medals between 1956 and 1964, a record that is still held today. In which sport did she achieve this feat?


4.The Flying Shuttle,was a huge weaving innovation in the textile industry.Created in the Eighteenth Century,who was its Lancastrian inventor?

John Kay

5.With subsidiaries including Omega and Tissot,which European company ,founded in 1983, after a merger,has become the world's largest manufacturer of wrist watches?

Swatch (Group)

6.Which former Member of the Scottish Parliament was convicted of perjury in December 2010,after being found to have lied in his successful defation case agaianst The News of the World in 2006?

Tommy Sheridan

7.It is a condition that varies from person to person and resembles symptoms of 'flu,carbon monoxide poisioning or hangover. There are many warning signs of this condition at ski resorts around the world.By what name is the medical condition hypobaropathy better known?

Altitude Sickness (or acute mountain sickness)

8.A tomb discovered in the ninth century in Santiago de Compostela,Spain,attracts Christian pilgrims from around the world.It is believed to be the burial place of which of the Apostles?

James (the Greater)

9.Samuel James Seymour who died in April 1956, was the last surviving witness, to which historical event in American history?

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

10.In which mountain range will host many of the 2014 Socchi Winter Olympic skiing events?


11.Libreville is the Capital city of which African nation?


12.Although Dr Julius No utters the line 'Shaken Not Stirred' when offering James Bond a drink in the 1962 film Dr No, in which 1964 film does James Bond himself,played by Sean Connery say these famous words?


13.The Pali Canon or Tripitaka,is a collection of sacred texts followed by which religion?


14.After being declared a kingdom in 1881,it was a short lived monarchy, beginning under Carol I and finishing in 1947 with Michael I (in his second term). In which European country did this monarchy eventually fall, as communism took over, and has been a Republic ever since?


15.Despite the legitimacy of his presidency,Laurent Koudou Gbagbo is currently the President of which West African nation?

Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

16.Auguste Escoffier created four foodsassociated with Dame Nelly Melba.Perhaps the least familiar of these,involves stuffing tomatoes with with chicken, mushrooms and truffles.By what name is it known?

Melba Garniture

17.A prolific British animation studio, it was founded and eponymously named in 1976 by two television producers. At its peak,it produced popular children's shows including Cockleshell Bay,Dangermouse and Wind In The Willows .What is the name of this studio,that was wound up in 2009 after ITV decided to no longer invest?

Cosgrove Hall

18.On which French river between Dinard and Saint- Malo, is the location for the world's first and largest tidal power station?


19.Running for an incredible 42 years consecutively between 1960 and 2002,this musical was written by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones.It's story concerns two neighbouring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. Although well received around the globe, it has never quite caught on in Britain.What is the name of this record breaking musical,who's songs include 'Try to Remember' and 'Soon It's Gonna Rain'?


20.Created in the sixteenth century for King Francis I of France,it is one of the most important and valuable works of Gold sculpture. Currently held in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna,what is the name of this piece of work by Benvenuto Cellini?

Salt Cellar (or Saliera)

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Boxing Day Quiz (Sunday Quiz 14)

Happy Christmas and thanks again for looking up the site this year.

I've put together a 50 question Christmas themed quiz.

Back to GK on Thursday,Hope you enjoy!

1.The Hotelling-Faustmann model is a standard used by many countries,when deciding the price of which Christmas commodity?

Christmas Trees

2.The Christmas mountains,which have peaks including North Pole Mountain,Mount Prancer and Mount St Nicholas,can be found in which mountain range?


3.Sometimes called Christmas disease,after the first person described with the condition,it is caused by a mutation of the factor IX gene. A lot rarer than its 'A' form, what condition is this?

Haemophilia B

4.The Christmas carol 'In The Bleak Midwinter' was written by Christina Rossetti as a poem,which was published posthumously in 1904.Which British composer added the music two years later?

Gustav Holst

5.In which two of New Testament Gospels is the story of the nativity told?

Matthew and Luke

6.Held every Christmas morning in Hyde Park's serpentine lake,what is the name of the cup awarded, to the winner of the annual swimming club race?

The Peter Pan Cup

7.For the first time since 1981,a non-celebrity turned on the Oxford Street Christmas lights.Which charity gave the chance for disadvantaged children to take the honour?

Kids Company

8.The 'Pasterka' is the midnight mass service in which European country,which also uses Christmas Eve day as a period of fasting?


9.Operation Christmas Drop,is an American Air Force training tradition,whereby members of the Andersen Air Force base and the residents of which of America's territories, drop gifts to remote islands throughout Micronesia?


10.What name is given to the date in the Christian calendar when Mary was visited by the Angel Gabriel?

The Annunciation

11.Who is the only British monarch,to be crowned at Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day?

William I (the conqueror)

12.Which actress born on Christmas Day 1949,has been nominated for six Academy Awards,winning Best Actress in 1980 for her part in 'The Coal Miner's Daughter?

Sissy Spacek

13.Elvis Presley had only one UK Christmas number one single in 1962,with which song?

Return To Sender

14.A collection of letters written and illustrated between 1920 and 1942 for his children, from 'Father Christmas'. They tell of the adventures and misadventures of Father Christmas and his helpers, including the North Polar Bear and his two sidekick cubs, Paksu and Valkotukka.Eventually published in 1976 and 2004,who was the well-known author?

JRR Tolkein

15.Which artist has appeared on the most UK Christmas Number One Singles?

Paul McCartney with seven. (4 with the Beatles,once with Wings,Band Aid and band Aid 20)

16.Its name meaning nativity in Portuguese,which large South American city was founded on Christmas Day 1599?

Natal (Brazil)

17.In the traditional song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas',how many animals are mentioned?

23 (Twenty Three)

18.He played Prince Humperdinck in the film 'The Princess Bride' and was also nominated for an Academy Award for his part in 'Dog Day Afternoon',which actor performed the part of main character,Jack Skellington,in Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas

Chris Sarandon

19.Which artist painted an 1894 nativity scene with a Tahitian scene,titled 'Be Be'?

Paul Gaugin

20.Based on the nativity,who wrote his first play in 1940 'Bariona, ou le fils du tonnerre ',which was written and performed during his time as a prisoner of war in a German stalag?

John Paul Sartre

21.The Australian Indian Ocean Territories consist of two island groups.Christmas Island is one,which is the other?

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

22.Cattleya Maxima is also known as Christmas flower.To which species of flower does it belong?


23.As a tribute the the Wet Wet Wet hit 'Love is All Around',which actor recorded 'Christmas Is All Around' ,taken from the 2003 film 'Love Actually'?

Bill Nighy

24.The Belavezha Accords held in 1991,prompted the resignation of which President on Christmas Day of the same year?

Mikhail Gorbachev

25.Which type of Christmas decoration was founded in Lauscha,Germany in the nineteenth century and became globally popularised, when FW Woolworth began selling them in his shops?


26.The big Boxing Day Horse race in the UK is the King George VI stakes,held at Kempton Park.However in 2005,Kempton was closed for redevelopment,so where was it held in that year?

Sandown Park

27.Which TV programme won the Christmas Day 2010 ratings war with a total of 11.7 million viewers?


28.The son of Pepin the Short,which Holy Roman Emperor was crowned on Christmas Day 800AD.He is also known as Charles I of Germany?


29.During the Boxing day 2004 tsunami,many Asian countries were hit,but which nation had the largest death toll, of the African nations hit?


30.So called,because of their abundance at Christmas time,what type of insect,native to Australia,is from the genus Anoplognathus?


31.Which Christmas character has been played on screen by Judy Cornwell in 1985,Elizabeth Mitchell in 2006 and Miranda Richardson in 2007?

Mrs Claus

32.According to tradition,this item was introduced in 1847 by Thomas Smith.Its original name was the 'Cosaque',but over time it gained its onomatopoeic name by which we know today.What Christmas item is this?


33.Which explorer discovered Christmas Island in 1777?

Captain James Cook

34.Carlos Andres Perez died on Christmas Day 2010.He served two seperate terms as President and was eventually impeached in 1993.In which South American country did he hold office?


35.Killing an estimated 681 people in 1940,in which English City did the 'Christmas Blitz' occur?


36.In which country is the traditional Christmas dessert Risalamande,where the finder of the almond in the centre is entitled to an extra present?


37.Shunned by The Times,The Guardian and the BBC in many of their guides,what word,according to Millicent Fenwick's 1948 'Vogue Book of Etiquette' should never be used in Christmas greetings cards?


38.Matt Cardle had the 2010 UK Christmas number one single,but which act had the Christmas number one album?

Take That (Progress)

39.In 2009,which Scottish city sparked protests,renaming Christmas as the 'Winter Night Light Festival'?


40.An American football competition,the final is played between the top two high schools from two regions,Kanto and Kansai.In which country is the annual Christmas Bowl played?


41.Although he served in Turkey,what nationality was St Nicholas of Myra, from whom Santa Claus is said to have derived?


42.Haplochromis phytophagus or 'Christmas fulu' is native to Kenya,Uganda and Tanzania.Which type of animal is it?


43.Written in six parts,the Christmas Oratorio is a 1734 work by which composer who also wrote the Ascension Oratorio and Easter Oratorio, around the same time?

Johann Sebastian Bach

44.In most parts of China, Christmas is not a public holiday, but in which two administrative areas of China is the public holiday observed?

Hong Kong and Macau

45.Which Saints Day is shared by Boxing Day?

St Stephen

46.In the novel 'A Christmas Carol' which character says 'God bless us, every one!' whilst eating Christmas dinner,a line Dickens repeats at the end of the story?

Tiny Tim

47.To the nearest 5 degrees south,what is the latitude of Christmas Island (Australian Territory)?

10 (ten) degrees and 30 minutes South

48.'Julemanden',literally 'The Yule Man ,is the Santa Claus equivalent in which Scandinavian country?


49.Well known for his thriller novels,which American author wrote the Time Bestselling, comedy novel 'Skipping Christmas' in 2001,which was the basis of the 2004 film 'Christmas With The Kranks'?

John Grisham

50.Thought by many to be the worst construction of its kind and involving deaths during its testing,the Christmas Bullet,designed by Dr William Christmas, was what mode of transport?

Aircraft (fighter bi-plane)

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Thursday Quiz 13

Last one before Christmas,but I'll be back on Boxing Day.

Good spot by Dave Jones to notice the perils of Copy and Paste. I've now amended answer 43 on Sunday quiz 13.(Apologies)

Enjoy these....

1.Inspired by the names of the Indian and US film industries,what name is commonly given to the Richard Attenborough chaired, Dragon International Film Studios in Llanilid,Wales?


2.In the worst of its kind in terms of lives lost and indutry impact,what was the name of the drilling platform in the North Sea that,in 1988, was destroyed by explosions and fires, killing 165 oil workers and 2 rescue mariners?

Piper Alpha

3.What type of insect is known as a 'Mourning Cloak' in America and a 'Camberwell Beauty' in Britain?


4.Yeonpyeong Island is a group of islands in the Yellow Sea.They belong to which Asian country?

South Korea

5.Which country won the 2010 Men's Field Hockey World Cup in New Delhi?


6.Which British national newspaper was previously known as the 'Daily Universal Register'?

The Times

7.Who is the only US President to win the Nobel Peace prize,after they left office?

Jimmy Carter

8.Mining in the Andes,which country is,currently,the world's largest producer of copper?


9.It was the first time an element had been discovered on an extra-terrestrial body rather than earth.Pierre Janssen and Joseph Lockyer are both (independently) credited with discovering which chemical element?


10.The first woman in space,what was the name of the vehicle Valentina Tereshkova piloted in 1963?

Vostok 6 (six)

11.Designed by Norman Foster and Michel Virlogeux,it is located across the river Tarn in Southern France.Opened in 2004,which is the World's tallest bridge?

Millau Viaduct

12.Which Central American country is bordered by Mexico,Belize,Honduras and El Salvador?


13.What name links the journalist who pioneered the 'Gonzo' style of writing,Harold MacMillan and an English North-Eastern town with a famous railway?

Stockton - (Hunter S(tockton) Thompson,Earl of Stockton,Stockton and Darlington Railway)

14.In which decade did the island of Surtsey appear,car manufacturer Lamborghini founded and Paul VI becomes Pope?


15.Alert is the most furthest North,permanently inhabited town in the world.In which Canadian province is it located?


16.One of the finalists listed in the 'New Seven Wonders of the World',the Masurian Lake District is famed for its 2000 lakes. In which European country is it found?


17.Which country became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908,under Tsar Ferdinand I?


18.Named after a Dutch-American astronomer who discovered the moons Miranda and Nereid,what name is given to the edge of the solar system, that contains at least three dwarf planets?

Kuiper Belt

19.Which TV programme was,according to BARB,was the most watched in 2010 (up to 22nd December)?

The X Factor (Final)

20.According to the Times Higher Education, World University Rankings,published in 2010, the US and United Kingdom filled 18 of the top 20 places.Name one of the countries that were also represented in the Top 20?

Switzerland (Swiss Federal University of Technology ,Zurich) and
Canada (University of Toronto)

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Sunday Quiz 13

Now I'm the proud recipient of a LAMMY (thanks Dave), I hope you continue to enjoy these quizzes...

Next 50 below

1.Its name in Sanskrit means 'full of food'.Which series of peaks in the Himalayas include the 10th highest mountain peak in the world, as well as the highest fatality to summit ratio, at 40 percent


2.Captain Edward L.Beach became the first to circumnavigate the globe using what mode of transport?


3.Under the 15th Amendment of the American constitution, what was significant about the vote of Thomas Mundy Peterson in 1870?

The first African-American to vote

4.Aluminium ore is mainly extracted from which rock,named after the French village,where its properties were first recognised,by Pierre Berthier in 1821?


5.Jiyai Shin of South Korea is currently the world number one in which sport?

Golf (ladies)

6.By what name are the British comedy trio Greg Davies,Steve Hall and Marek Larwood better known?

We Are Klang

7.From which country,did Chad gain its independence in 1960?


8.Found almost exclusively in Australia,what sort of marine animal is the 'snubfin'?


9.Often referred to as the 'Father of Geometry',which Greek mathematician wrote his influential work 'Elements' in circa 300BC


10.The innermost gulf on the Yellow Sea,which sea,due to it's close proximity to Beijing, is one of the most busy seaways in the world?

Bohai Sea

11.What three word title can be applied to a Communist Party of China leaders arrested after Mao Zedong's death,an English post-punk band who released the album 'Entertainment!' in 1979 and the name given to the founding members of the English Social Democratic Party in 1981?

Gang Of Four

12.The only overseas branch of Harrod's department store can be found in which South American country?


13.Starring Steve Carrell as Gru,which 2010 animated film tells the story of a super-villain, who gets his pride wounded when someone steals an Egyptian pyramid,so he plans to pull the biggest heist of the century, by stealing the Moon.

Despicable Me

14.What is the capital of the disputed North African territory, Western Sahara?

Laayoune (or El Aaiun)

15.In January 2010,Rupert Humer became the first British journalist to be killed in the Afghanistan war zone.For which Sunday newspaper, was he working?

Sunday Mirror

16.Which low cost airline, is the largest scheduled airline and also a hub, at Wales' largest airport, at Cardiff?


17.Which city in western France, located on the Loire River,is situated 50 kilometres from the Atlantic coast and is the 6th largest city in France?


18.Located next to St Paul's cathedral what 200 year old London institution has been housed at Paternoster Square since 2004?

London Stock Exchange

19.Set in Bideford,North Devon,at the time of the Spanish Armada,what is the title of the 1855 Charles Kingsley novel,which shares its name with a nearby seaside resort?

Westward Ho!

20.Element 112 was previously known as ununbium until February 2010,when it was renamed after which scientist,on the 537th anniversary of his birth?

Nicolaus Copernicus (Copernicium)

21.The King Baudouin stadium in Brussels,Belgium was modernised in 1995.It was known by what name linked to a 1985 event?

Heysel Stadium

22.Alleged to have given one such item to Naomi Campbell,what is the name of the former Liberian President, who went on trial in 2010, for his part in the production of blood diamonds?

Charles Taylor

23.Used to treat a variety of ilnesses,it is produced by the adrenal gland.It is released in response to stress and its primary functions are to increase blood sugar, suppress the immune system, and aid in fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism.Name this steroid hormone?


24.In the world of video-gaming,who or what are Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde?

The ghosts in the Pac-man game

25.Euskadi Ta Askatasuna are a nationalist and terroist group who were founded in 1959 and declared a ceasefire in 2010.In which country do they originate and operate from?

Spain (more commonly known as ETA)

26.Situated in the town of Ossining,in which US city is the notorious Sing Sing prison?

New York

27.In 2007,entertainer Bob Monkhouse made a posthumous TV advert promoting the awareness of which particular illness/disease,which included the line 'What killed me kills one man per hour in Britain. That's even more than my wife's cooking!'?

Prostate Cancer

28.What name was given to the conspiracy to murder all the British cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Lord Liverpool in 1820?

Cato Street Conspiracy

29.What is the highest value prime number, that one can finish in a game of darts,using all three darts?

167 (One hundred and sixty seven)

30.The Riksdag is the national parliament of which European country?


31.In line with Belfast and Newcastle Upon Tyne,which is the only European capital city is situated at 54 degress latitude?


32.Its influence extended primarily to the art work,especially among the Pre-Raphaelites.Who wrote the 1810 book 'Theory of Colours',showing phenomena such as coloured shadows and refraction?

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

33.It was a monarchy centered in Afghanistan and included northeastern Iran, the modern state of Pakistan as well as the Punjab region of India. It was established at Kandahar in 1747 an Afghan military commander under Nader Shah of Persia and ended in 1826,where it was later won by the British.What is the name of this short-lived,but important Empire?

The Durrani Empire

34.From which Western Cape prison was Nelson Mandela released after serving 27 years in 1990?

Victor Verster Prison

35.Alan Garcia is the current President of which South American country?


36.Composing around 75 operas, which Italian composer's most famous work is Lucia di Lammermoor,with the aria 'Una furtiva lagrima' from L'elisir d'amore,perhaps his most recognisable piece?

Gaetano Donizetti

37.Resulting in a British defeat,during which conflict ,did the 20th century Battle of Spion occur?

Second Boer War

38.C20 H25 N3 O is the chemical formula for which narcotic,synthesised in 1938 by Albert Hofmann?

LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide)

39.Similar in appearance to the xylophone, marimba, and glockenspiel ,it can be played with a different number of mallets and includes a sustain pedal.Which orchestral and jazz percussion instrument was first marketed in 1921?


40.Based in Kazhakstan,it is the world's largest and also first space launch facility.It was where Sputnik 1 and Luna 1 launched and also saw Gagarin in Vostok 1 become the first man in space. What is the name of this facility, originally called Leninsk?

Baikonur Cosmodrome

41.With the main campuses at Camperdown and Darlington and a whole host of influential alumni,which is the oldest and second largest university in Australia?

University of Sydney

42.The rock musical,'Spiderman:Turn Off The Lights',is due for release in early 2011 on Broadway.Members of which rock band have wrote the music and lyrics for the production?

U2 (Bono and The Edge)

43.Held in Henham Park,Suffolk,it began in 2006,it is renowned for its comedy,music,literature and also its Radio 4 tent.What is the name of this festival,held in July each year?

The Latitude Festival

44.Which US chat show host's long running TV series, will be replaced by Piers Morgan in 2011,with the show 'Piers Morgan Tonight'?

Larry King

45.What attraction in Belfast opened in 2007,but closed in April 2010,primarily because it blocked a memorial to the Titanic victims ?

The Belfast Wheel

46.In terms of aviation,Ellen Church,a registered nurse,became the first
woman employed in what role in 1930?

Air Stewardess (known as stewardess at the time,but accept hostess flight attendant etc)

47.The Cook Islands announced in December 2010 the first case of which illness to be found on the Islands?


48.Which ninteenth century author was the founder and owner of british weekly literary magazine 'All the Year Round'?

Charles Dickens

49.In 1937,director Tex Avery introduced a new animated character in the cartoon short 'Egghead Rides Again'.Into what more recognisable character is Egghead known today?

Elmer Fudd

50. At the General Election televised debates,David Dimbleby moderated the Birmngham show for the BBC and Adam Boulton did the same for BSkyB in Bristol.Who moderated the first debate, in Manchester for ITV?

Alastair Stewart

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Thursday Quiz 12

Another 20.............

1.Played by Richard Attenborough in the 1947 film adaptation,Pinkie Brown is a teenage sociopath in which Graeme Greene novel?

Brighton Rock

2.What is the capital city of the Canadian province Saskatchewan?


3.Hasim Thaci is the prime minister of which former Yugoslav state?


4.TP Mazembe ,became the first African football club to reach the final of the world club championship in 2010.From which country,are they from?

Democratic Republic of Congo

5.Produced in column stills as opposed to pot stills,what is the name of the type of brandy produced in Gascony,in the South West of France?


6.What two word phrase links a chain of clothing stores owned by Gap Inc, a single by the post-punk group The Boomtown Rats and a term used for a politically unstable country dependent upon limited agriculture?

Banana Republic

7.Which rap star and producer put himself up as a candidate in the 2010 Haitian presidential election,but was later found to be ineligible?

Wyclef Jean

8.Shem,Ham and Japheth were the sons of which Old Testament figure?


9.Which large and successful European football club, ended its 111 year refusal of commercial shirt sponsorship, by signing a deal with the Qatar Foundation in December 2010?

FC Barcelona

10.Translated as 'knowledge in its original Sanskrit,what name is given to the large body of Hindu texts,which are seperated into four classes or Samhitas?


11.Ward cunningham, who is the developer for Wiki software , (as in Wikipedia etc), claims Wiki to be a Hawaiian word.What does it translate to in English?


12.Who narrated and co-wrote the popular 1970s/80s science programme, 'Cosmos:A Personal Voyage'?

Carl Sagan

13.The 'Leaf' is the first mass-produced electric car for sale from a major manufacture.It is a compact five-door hatchback electric car manufactured by which company,that was introduced in Japan and the U.S. in December 2010?


14.The Qing dynasty was the last ruling dynasty in China.In what decade did it cease to exist,being replaced by becoming a Republic?


15.In terms of population,what is the second largest city in Bangladesh ,after the capital,Dhaka?


16.Of the five recognised dwarf planets, which is the largest ,both in terms of size and mass?


17.Containing the capital,Paris,what is the largest region in France,in terms of population?


18.Born in Munchenbuchsee,Switzerland,which expressionist and surrealist painter's works include Rose Garden,Head of Man and Castle and Sun?

Paul Klee

19.The central Asian 'Kobyz' and the Mongolian 'Morin huur' are thought to be ancient forms of which orchestral,musical instrument?


20.Having written a number of Star Trek books,what is the name of the American author who is best known for the 'Young Wizards' series of fantasy books,aimed primarily at young adults?

Diane Duane

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Sunday Quiz 12

Back to 50 this week


1.Founded in 1912 and closing in 1935,this 'slapstick' film studio, produced silent pictures that started the careers of Harold Lloyd,Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle ,amongst others.It also produced a namesake act.What is the name of these studios,based in Edendale,California?

Keystone Studios

2.The Vaganova method and the Cecchetti method are techniques used in which of the arts?


3.During a Californian award ceremony in December 2010,which British actress criticsed the Hollywood film industry by saying it 'continues to worship at the altar of the 18- to 25-year-old male and his penis'?

Helen Mirren

4.Which American photographer was noted for his black and white depictions of the American West including the work 'Moon and Half Dome' and was also the pioneer of the Zone System photography technique?

Ansel Adams

5.Which alcoholic drink is commonly referred to in historical literature as 'la fee vert' or the 'Green Fairy'?


6.Within the Kingdom of the Netherlands,there are four four self-governed territories,which are classed as constiuent countries.Netherlands and Curacao are two,name one of the others?

Aruba and Sint-Maarten

7.Selling for a world record £7.3million ,what was the subject of John Audubin's book sold at Sotherby's auction house this year?

Birds (Birds of America)

8.First opened in 1979 in Brighton,more have been created in Studland Bay,Dorset ,St Osyth and Holkham Beach in Norfolk,amongst others.What niche 'attraction' can be found at these locations?

Nudist Beach

9.Mount Narodnaya and mount Karpinsky are the highest peaks in which range of mountains?

The Urals

10.What name is given to a geometric solid in three dimensions with flat faces and straight edges?


11.With only one Top 40 hit single in the UK,but over 20 in the US,spanning five decades,which singer/songwriter is backed by the Silver Bullet Band?

Bob Seger

12.The Carnation Revolution of 1974,which overthrew dictatorship in favour of democracy occured in which European country?


13.Which country won the 2010 Davis Cup for the first time in their history?


14.The Karen (or Kayin) people are a group of ethnic peoples residing primarily in which country?

Myanmar (Thailand have a smaller population of Karen)

15.First used in the 1960s police drama 'Softly Softly', which fictional constabulary is also used in the Casualty and Holby series of programmes?


16.In which London Borough can Canary Wharf be found?

Tower Hamlets

17.John Lennon and Yoko Ono had a famous 'bed-in' in the Queen Elizabeth II hotel. In which city did this take place?


18.What is the capital city of Burundi?


19.Zipporah was the wife of which Old Testament leader and prophet?


20.Nyasaland was renamed in 1964 after becoming a repubic.What is it known as today?


21.It is a department store that first opened as a small drapery shop in Glasgow in 1879.It now boasts over 1200 stores across the UK and Ireland and has acquired and rebranded companies such as Army &Navy and Dickins & Jones.With John King as its CEO,which well known store is this?

House of Fraser

22.U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giuntas was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the ongoing War in Afghanistan.He is the first living recipient to be so honored since which conflict?

The Vietnam War

23.An actress on her own right,she is married to Casey Affleck,she is also the youngest of the successsful acting siblings River,Rain,Joaquin and Liberty Phoenix.Appearing in the films The Faculty,Committed and Suzie Gold what is her first name?

Summer (Phoenix)

24.Who was the US President at the time Hawaii became accepted as the 50th state?

Dwight D Eisenhower

25.In terms of area,which of New York's boroughs is the largest?


26.A Christian religious festival,it represents the end of the Ephiany season. It is also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin.What is the name of this festival,which shares its feast day with America's Groundhog Day?


27.Which team won the last ever East German football league title in 1991?

FC Hansa Rostock

28.Ralph,Jack Merridew and Roger are all characters appearing in which classic 1950s novel?

Lord of the Flies

29.In which British prison has Wikileaks journalist Julian Assange being held,whilst awaiting possible extradition?


30.'Little Boy' was the codename of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.What codename was given to the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, in the same year?

The Fat Man

31.Serving nine years in the role,which politician succeeded Nelson Mandela as the second President of post-apartheid South Africa?

Thabo Mbeki

32.The Battle of Inkerman and the Battle of Chernaya River occured during which conflict?

The Crimean War

33.Which word refers to the formless or void state preceding the creation of the universe or cosmos in the Greek creation myths and more specifically the initial gap created by the original separation of heaven and earth?


34.The Pont Saint-Michel crosses which of the French rivers?

The Seine

35.Transylvania County is located in which eastern US state?

North Carolina

36.The Windmill,Caterpillar and Crazy Legs are movements in which type of dance?

Breakdance (accept Street dance)

37.Instrumental in retaining the right of Scottish banks to issue their own notes in 1826,who appears on every Scottish bank note?

Sir Walter Scott

38.Which classic novel published in 1940, tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades, that is attached to a republican guerilla unit during the Spanish Civil War?

For Whom The Bell Tolls

39.Originating from Wales,who was the runner up in the BBC's 'Sound Of 2010' ,that gained success in their own right with the Top five album 'The Family Jewels'?

Marina and the Diamonds

40.The astonomer Fred Hoyle, noted primarily for his contribution to the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis,first coined which two-word astronomical phrase during an edition of the BBC's Third Programme in 1949?

Big Bang

41.Founded in 1954 in Ontario,Canada it had models such as PET,Amiga and Vic20.Which,one time world leading home computer company folded in 1994?

Commodore (International)

42.What is the name of the inland sea, that connects the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea, thus separating Turkey's Asian and European parts?

Sea of Marmara

43.The River Bure is found in which English county?


44.Smokey Bear is a well known mascot in the United States.It's posters are based on Lord Kitchener's 'Your Country Needs You' style and for many years had the words 'Only You Can Prevent......' ,what (2 words)?

Forest Fires(updated to wildfires in 2001)

45.The Rembrandt,Goethe and Beethoven are a few impact craters on which planet?


46.Taken by Voyager 1 in 1990, the 'Pale Blue Dot',shows a planet against the vastness of space. Which planet?


47.The Felicia,Fabia and Superb are all models made by which European car manufacturer?


48.The CaC 40 is the benchmark stock market index in which European country?


49.Which European was voted in 1999,Time magazines 'Man of the Century'?

Albert Einstein

50.What was the name of the national tabloid newspaper, set up in 1988 by Eddie Shah,only to cease production five weeks later?

The Post

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Thursday Quiz 11

Have fun with these.......

1.What is the name of the quarterly published magazine,set up by Wendy Grossman,that aims to disprove paranormal activities by examining science and critical thinking ?

The Skeptic

2.Noted for one particularly famous novel,which late 18th and early 19th century author also wrote The Shoulder of Shasta,Lady Athlyne and Miss Betty?

Bram Stoker

3.Founded by Joe Greenstein and Saran Chari in 2007,this social network movie site, allows users to share movie ratings, discover new movies and meet others with similar movie tastes.It has since released a number of 'Apps' on i-phone,Android and Facebook. What is the name of this popular site ,based in San Francisco?


4.The Mecsek and Villany mountains can be found in which European country?


5.Which country announced in December 2010,that it was to return to the Eurovision Song Contest,13 years after it decided to pull out of the competition, due to a lack of interest?


6.Which band from London,won the 2010 Mercury Music Prize with their eponymous debut album?

The XX

7.Which of the British Overseas Territories,currently, has the largest population?


8.Experimental Canadian poet Christian Bok wrote the poem 'And Sometimes'. It is experimental, because it does not contain, what?

Any vowels

9.Under which monarch were the 'Acts of Union' passed,thus joining England and Scotland to form Great Britain?


10.Which European Capital city sits on the banks of the Dambovita river and is served by the Henri Coanda airport?


11.Who wrote the 1990 Whitbread Award winning book 'The Buddah of Surburbia',later turned into a BBC drama?

Hanif Kureishi

12.From who,did John Sentamu take over,as Archbishop of York in 2005?

David Hope

13.The Kivu conflict occured between 2004 and 2009, with the main belligerents being the Rwandan Hutu group,Laurent Nkunda's Tutsi forces and the FARDC.In which country did this occur?

Democratic Republic of Congo

14.Replacing the Kroon,which is the latest country to join the Euro,to take effect from January 2011?


15.A British TV series written by Barry Took and Marty Feldman,what was the name of the spin-off series to the 1950s sitcom 'The Army Game'?

Bootsie and Snudge

16.During which decade, did McDonalds open their first restaurant in the UK?

1970s (1974)

17.In terms of continuous length of service,who holds the record for most time served as a female Member of the UK Parliament?

Gwyneth Dunwoody (nee Phillips)

18.Regarded as a terrorist organisation by the Peruvian government,what is the name of the Maoist guerilla group,whose leader Abimael Guzman was imprisoned in

Shining Path

19.Which Canadian Prime Minister served in office on three separate occasions, (with a cumulative total of over twenty years)?

William Lyon MacKenzie King

20.One of Australia's top divers she came to prominence at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where she won bronze in the 10m Synchronized platform dive.This was followed up in the solo event at the 2004 Athens Games. She was more successful at the Commonwealth Games of 2002 and 2006 as she was crowned champion ,again, in the 10m platform event. What is the name of this diver who was born in Israel and of Palestinian background ,who moved to Australia at an early age, and who also shares her surname with a current UK cyclist that has won 6 Olympic medals?

Loudy Wiggins (nee Tourky)

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Sunday Quiz 11

Here's some more.Quite a late one,as I've had a busy sort of week

I'd like to say thank-you for the feedback received at the weekend, I'm pleased you are enjoying the blog.I certainly enjoy writing it.

There are 25 questions instead of 50 ,but everything back to normal, so expect the usual 50 next week. (and the usual 20 on Thursday)

Have fun!

1.In the 2000's,the 'Clearstream banking affair' made accusations of tax evasion and money laundering,implicating some leading european politicians. Clearstream bank is a division of Deutsche Borse,but which country is it based?


2.The 1980s TV series,The Youg Ones,started the careers for many actors and comedians, but only one has won an Academy award since.Which actor or actress?

Emma Thompson (Howards End 1992 -Best Actress appeared in the episode 'Bambi')

3.What is Canada's 4th largest province and has Edmonton as its capital?


4.Who is the only Horse Racing Trainer to train 3 successive winners in the Grand National in the 20th century?(They came between 1953-55)

Vincent O'Brien

5.In which Book of the Old Testament are the stories of Rahab and The Spies and also The Fall of Jericho?


6.'Gordo' was the first of which type of animal to enter space in 1958?

A Monkey

7.She has appeared in the BBC shows,'Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps','The Royle Family' and 'Gavin and Stacey'.Now she is making her mark in the title role of the West End production 'Legally Blonde',for which she has been nominated for the Natasha Richardson award.What is her name?

Sheridan Smith

8.Most notable for architecture, but important in other areas of Art and Design It was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar and operated from 1919 to 1933. Literally meaning 'building school' ,what name is given to this school of art, a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts?


9.Two South American countries,currently ,have the Communist party participating in their governments as part of a coalition.Name either one?

Brazil and Uruguay

10.Catherine Morland is the heroine in which Jane Austen novel. It also features the families- the Thorpes and the Tilneys?

Northanger Abbey

11.What is the fictional name given to the group of superheroes working as a'superteam', in DC comics, that include Superman,Wonder Woman and Batman amongst others?

The Justice League

12.King Albert II is the current head of state in which country?


13.Set up by the country's communications minister,as of July 2010,what did Finland make a legal right for its population

Internet Access (at home)

14.Which contemporary Bristolian artist, scored a 'D' grade at A-Level Art, but went on to win the 1995 Turner prize?

Damien Hirst

15.Although it is technically illegal,as the local authority thought it too dangerous,which 'sport' is held annually at Coopers Hill,Gloucestershire?

Cheese Rolling

16.In 1995,Seth McFarlane created the cartoon series 'Larry and Steve',about a man's relationship with his dog. Since then,the cartoon has added several more characters and changed its name to which globally known series,produced by 20th Century Fox?

Family Guy

17.In which town would you find the UK's largest shopping centre,by area?

Gateshead (The MetroCentre)

18.Literally meaning 'Throat of Fire', the volcano Tungurahua has recently erupted causing an evacuation of the area.In which country can it be found?


19.In which country would you find the Sea of Galilee?


20.In which English county would you find Tattershall Castle?


21.Which major literary prize was won by Elizabeth Stout for the novel 'Olive Kitteridge' in 2009?

Pulitzer Prize

22.In Roman times,primarily for the period 4th-5th century BC, what were 'triens','semis' and 'sextans'?


23.It's source at Barania Góra in the south of Poland, 1220 meters above sea level in the Silesian Beskids. It then continues to flow over the vast Polish plains, passing several large Polish cities along its way, including Kraków, Sandomierz, Warszawa, Płock and Gdansk. It empties into the Gdańsk Bay of the Baltic Sea with a delta and several branches.What is the longest and one of the most important rivers in Poland?


24.The film is an adaptation of a novel by Athol Fugard. The soundtrack features Kwaito music performed by popular South African artist Zola.Set in a Soweto slum, near Johannesburg, South Africa, the film tells the story of a young street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat.Directed by Gavin Hood ,what is the name of the film that won the Best Foreign Language film at the 2005 Academy Awards?


25. At which football club did Harry Redknapp make his managerial debut in 1983? It was also where son Jamie made his senior playing debut

AFC Bournemouth

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Thursday Quiz 10

Another 20.

Maybe see some of you in Stafford, if the snow holds out!

1.Which peer and Conservative politician,resigned in November 2010, having told the Daily Telegraph that,'For the vast majority of people in the country today, they have never had it so good'

Lord David Young (or Baron Young of Graffham)

2.In which European city, is the CERN laboratory found,home to the Large Hadron Collider.


3.Which golfer won the 2010 European Tour Order of merit,the first of his nationality since 1984?

Martin Kaymer

4.What is the name of the 2010 film,which highlighted the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and his creation of Facebook?

The Social Network

5.Bishkek is the capital city of which former Soviet republic?


6.Who plays the character Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films?

Matthew Lewis

7.The US space probe MESSENGER,launched in 2004,has been specifically sent, to find the chemical composition of which planet?


8.Upon his abdication in 1918,King Frederick Augustus III was the last monarch of which Kingdom?

Kingdom of Saxony

9.One of the principal shareholders at L'Oreal and recently involved in allegations, of giving illegal campaign donations to Nicolas Sarkozy, who,according to Forbes,is currently the richest woman in Europe?

Liliane Bettencourt

10.Which future US President served George Washington,for over three years,as the first,permanent US Secretary of State?

Thomas Jefferson

11.With 450 members,known as 'deputies',the Verkhovna Rada is the national parliament of which European country?


12.Feleti Sevele became which which country's first, ever,democratically voted Prime Minister in November 2010?


13.A region in northern Spain, it was once ruled by King Louis XVI,under French rule.What is the name of this region,which has a basque speaking area and has Pamplona as its capital?


14.Which British author won this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction, for his book 'The Finkler Question'

Howard Jacobsen

15.Gil Gerard found fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s, playing the role of which comic book hero in an NBC television series?

Buck Rogers

16.Sinology is the study of which country's culture and philosophy?


17.Nominated for this years Mercury Music Prize for the album Total Life Forever,Yannis Philippakis is the lead singer and guitarist of which Oxford band?


18.The Plymouth Titans, Exeter Centurions and Devon Sharks are the leading Devonian teams, in which sport?

Rugby League

19.Gwyneth Lewis,Gwyn Thomas and (currently) Gillian Clarke have all held which important ,cultural post in Wales,since its inception in 2005?

National Poet

20.Of the fifty US states, forty nine have state governors who are either Republican or Democrat .Charlie Crist is the only Independent governor.Which Eastern state does he represent?