Sunday, 30 January 2011

Sunday Quiz 19

Hope you enjoy the next 50......





1.In office since 2003,the ex-semi professional football player Recep Tayyip Erdogan,is the current Prime Minister of which European country?


Turkey


2.Which Italian football team were the last winners of the UEFA Cup Winners cup in 1999?


Lazio


3.With a population of 1.4 million and the largest city of Siberia,which is Russia's 3rd largest city,by population?


Novosibirsk


4.In 1998,David Hempleman-Adams became the first person in history to complete the 'Explorers' Grand Slam'.This involves reaching the North and South Poles and the highest summit on each of the seven continents.What nationality is he?


British


5.Taking their name from a French football team,which indie/dance act,formed in the early 1990s and fronted by Sarah Cracknell,have had the UK top 40 singles 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart','You're in a Bad Way' and 'He's On the Phone'?


Saint Etienne


6.OPEC currently has two members from South America. One is Venezuela,which is the other?


Ecuador


7.The main airport in Quebec and Canada's third busiest,is named after which of its former Prime Ministers?


Pierre-Elliott Trudeau


8.The Aardman Animations company,which have created films such as 'The Wrong Trousers' and 'Chicken Run',are primarily based in which English city?


Bristol


9.The tallest man-made monument in the United States is located in Missouri,designed by Eero Saarinen and Hannskarl Bandel and completed in 1947.What is its name?


Gateway Arch (St Louis)


10.Fort Christina was its first settlement and it was named after the country which first arrived there.What was the name of the colony along the Delaware River, on the Mid-Atlantic coast of North America, from 1638 to 1655,until seized by Peter Stuyvesant and eventually becoming part of New Amsterdam?


New Sweden


11.In the world of television,what links Olympians,Sharron Davies,Judy Simpson and Du'aine Ladejo?


All became TV 'Gladiators'


12.Bordered by Togo to the west and Nigeria in the east,which African nation was known as French Dahomey until 1960 ,but eventually settled with its current name in 1975?


Benin


13.Recently, the 2011 (83rd) Academy award nominations were released.Who was the only British woman to be nominated in either a best actress or supporting actress category?


Helena Bonham-Carter (The King's Speech)


14.Native to Madagascar,it is the world largest nocturnal primate.It is characterised by its method of finding food, by gnawing holes in trees and using its middle finger to pull it out.What is the name of this creature?


Aye-Aye


15.Part of the orchestral percussion section,it looks like an upright piano, sounds similar to a glockenspiel and is operated by a keyboard.Which instrument,invented in 1886 by the Parisian harmonium builder Auguste Mustel has been made most famous by Tchaikovsky?


Celesta


16.In Christianity,what,specifically,is the 'Pater Noster'?


The Lord's Prayer (Latin for Our father)


17.in which calendar would the Gregorian year 2010 read as 1431?


Islamic/Muslim


18.Who wrote the 1962 play,'Who's Afraid of Viginia Woolf?


Edward Albee


19.When would be the only time a person could suffer from the condition known as Pre-eclampsia?.


During Pregnancy


20.In 2007 the UK music retail chain,Virgin Megastores,was replaced by Zavvi,which bought out the company from Richard Branson.However Zavvi went into administration in late 2008 and many of the stores were subsequently bought out and renamed by which other entertainment chain?


HMV


21.What was the name of the ITV teletext information service,the equivalent of BBC's 'Ceefax' service,which ran between 1974 and 1992?


Oracle


22.Which chemical element is found in all living organisms?


Nitrogen


23.Prince Buster,Lee'Scratch' Perry and King Tubby are all legendary artists,associated with which genre of music?


Reggae


24.The second year in succession that the Costa Awards Book of the Year has been awarded to a book of poetry,which English woman and Forward Prize winning poet wrote the 2010 book 'Of Mutability',to collect the 2010 prize?


Jo Shapcott


25.The fifth President of the United States,who was also noted for his major role and eventual signing of the Louisiana purchase in 1803?


James Monroe


26.Which county in the Irish Munster province,is divided into North and South Riding and has Clonmel as its capital?


Tipperary


27.Which American chemical company is responsible for the invention and development of many polymers,including Teflon,Lycra and Neoprene?


DuPont


28.Which music artist was the first to perform at the new Wembley stadium in June 2007?


George Michael


29.The People's Alliance for Democracy is a protest and political movement against the Prime Minister in Thailand.What colour of shirt are they usually referred to?


Yellow


30.Messier 31 is an official name for which well known celestial object?


Andromeda Galaxy


31.From which French ship was the musket ball fired which killed Horatio Nelson?


Redoubtable


32.A code of honour,particularly in the Sicilian mafia,generally speaking,what is 'Omerta'?


Code of silence (refusing to give information to police or authorities etc)


33.In France,if you asked for a 'pamplemousse',what would you get?


A Grapefruit


34.What is the nmae of the canal that links the North Sea to the Baltic sea?


Kiel Canal


35.He was a 10th century Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey and Arch Bishop of Canterbury,who also shares the name of a British charity for blind, ex-service,military personnel.Which saint,according to English folklore,was said to have pulled the devil by the nose,with red hot tongs?


St Dunstan


36.Which 15th century French explorer was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence river,which he named 'The Country of Canadas'?


Jacques Cartier


37.Which act has had the most UK top 40 singles,(45 in total) without ever getting to number one?


Glee Cast
38.In the British military,what is the 'Glasshouse',which is located in Colchester,Essex?


Military prison (the only one in Britain)


39.Asti,Cuneo and Turin are three of the eight provinces that make up which Italian region?


Piedmont


40.In the 2010-11 Ashes ,which Australian took most wickets over the entire series?


Mitchell Johnson


41.What is the unit of weight in textiles,used to measure the fineness of yarns such as silk,rayon or nylon?


Denier


42.Which European manufacturer of sports cars,founded in 1963, has created the models,Miura,Countach and Diablo?


Lamborghini


43.How is the chaparral cock, a ground cuckoo native of Mexico, better known?


Roadrunner


44.As of May 2009,two inventors/engineers appear on the English £50 pound note.Name either?


James Watt and Matthew Boulton


45.Raymond Kroc,impressed by standards of a food stand,bought rights to run similiar stands in 1954.Which global restaurant chain is he famous for founding from these humble beginnings?


McDonalds


46. The name of which familiar cloth/ material derives from the French city of Nimes?


Denim


47.At the 2010 British comedy awards ceremony held in January 2011,which children's TV show won the prize for 'Best Sketch Show'?


Horrible Histories


48.What is the capital of and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais, located in the southeastern region of Brazil?


Belo Horizonte


49.Beating Ken Norton for the WBC heavyweight boxing title,he held onto it for a further seven years,defeating Muhammed Ali in the process.Which boxer was known as the 'Easton Assassin'?


Larry Holmes


50.Which Russian author is most noted for his controversial 1955 book,'Loilita'?


Vladimir Nabakov

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Thursday Quiz 18

Next 20........




1.Which global web-site,that was started by three former paypal employees in 2005,was sold to Google in November 2006 for $1.65 billion?


You Tube


2.The Trojans are groups of asteroids that move in the same orbit as which planet?


Jupiter


3.In terms of revenue Las Vegas and Atlantic City,New Jersey are the top two casino locations in the US.Which city is next on the list,taking around $2 billion per year?


Chicago


4.The majority of the Kalahari desert is located in which African country?


Botswana


5.Since the office was created in 1994,Alexander Lukashenko has been the only President of which former Soviet state?


Belarus


6.Providing to global brands, including Pan Am,Mobil Oil,Chase Bank and National Geographic,what is it that New York-based business ,Chermayeff & Geismar ,specialise?


Company Logos


7.Fought and won under the command of the Duke of Marlborough,during which conflict did the 1706 Battle of Ramillies take place?


War of Spanish Succession


8.The location of the Crown Jewels of Bohemia,in which European capital city can the world's largest, coherent castle complex be found?


Prague


9.Which small Australian animal name derives from the aboriginal word meaning, 'drink nothing'?


Koala


10.Sliema Wanderers are, by far, the most successful football team in which European country?


Malta


11.Held every August to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII,on which of the British isles does the 'Battle of Flowers' carnival take place?


Jersey


12.Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar was an eleventh century Castilian nobleman, a military leader and diplomat who, after being exiled, conquered and governed the city of Valencia.By what name is he better known?


El Cid


13.At the time it was the capital of the Colony of Virginia.What was the name of the settlement where around 350 English settlers were infamously massacred by the native Powhatan Confederecy in 1622?


Jamestown


14.Quite apt as she was studying at Liverpool Hope University.In January 2011 Canadian singer Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy became the first person in the world, to graduate with a masters degree in which subject?


The Beatles


15.Her story is told in Virgil's 'Aeneid' ,which also tells of her relationship with Aeneas.What is the name of this daughter of King Tyre, who is best known for founding Carthage?


Dido


16.The character of Phoebe Buffay in in US TV sitcom 'Friends' is famously played by Lisa Kudrow,as is the character's twin sister Ursula Buffay.On which other US TV sitcom that aired between 1992 and 1999, did Ursula regularly appear?


Mad About You


17. Also found in Genesis,which alternative name is given to the White Dittany, deriving from the volatile oils produced by the plant, which can catch fire readily in hot weather?


Burning Bush


18.Although one of Hollywood's biggest names,who only received one 'best actor' Academy award nomination,for the 1966 film,'The Sand Pebbles'?


Steve McQueen


19.Sometimes known as the 'Lesser' or 'Little' Genesis and one of the Pseudepigraphia,what is the name of the book secretly given to Moses during his 40 days and 40 nights stay on Mount Sinai,in addition to the Torah?


Book of Jubilees


20.Known as a poet,critic,novelist and editor, his works included the journals 'The English Review' and 'The Transatlantic Review',with his most notable novel being 'The Good Soldier,written in 1915.Who is this English writer,whose similarly named grandfather father was a Pre-Raphaelite painter,for whom he wrote his biography?


Ford Madox Ford (His grandfather was Ford Madox Brown)

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Sunday Quiz 18

A little earlier than normal tonight.

50 more to have a go at.......



1.In the world of video gaming,the short lived games console the 'Dreamcast',was created by which company,in response to the next generation of games consoles such as the X-Box and Playstation 2?


Sega


2.To the nearest whole number,how many kilo-joules are equal to one food (or large or kilo) calorie?


4 ( four - approximately 4.184)


3.The Teide is the largest mountain on the Canary Islands.On which of the islands is it found?


Tenerife


4.He ruled around 732-723 BC, after King Pekah had been overthrown.Who was the last King of Israel ?


Hoshea


5.He is head of the film music division at Dreamworks Studios and has composed over 100 film scores.What is the name of this prolific German composer,who has written scores for film such as Gladiator,Inception,The Lion King and Frost/Nixon?


Hans Zimmer


6.What word links the outermost layers of the sun's atmosphere,a brand of Mexican beer and a model of Toyota car, made between 1957 and 2002?


Corona


7.Associated with the invention of the calendar and the re-creation of human life,what is the name of the feathered serpent god of Mayan and Aztec cultures,who is also seen as the Aztec high priest?


Quetzacoatl


8.Following a quarter of a century in self-imposed exile due to a popular uprising in 1986, former Haitian president,Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to Haiti in January 2011 only to be arrested on corruption charges.By what nickname is he referred,after succeeding his father as president,when just 19 years of age?


Baby Doc


9.With the largest parties in office being Kadima and Likud,the Knesset is the parliament and state legislature of which country?


Israel


10. Bordering Germany in the north and Italy and Switzerland in the south,which Austrian state is home to popular ski resort,Kitzbuhel and has Innsbruck as its capital?


Tyrol


11.In a game of 9-Ball pool,what colour is the number '1' ball?


Yellow


12.Which British actor and Academy award nominee is the narrator for the BBCs documentary series,'Human Planet'?


John Hurt


13.Which Thomas hardy novel ends with the line 'As soon as they had strength, they arose,joined hands again and went on'?


Tess of the d'Urbervilles


14.Which papal name was selected by the 20th century popes,Giuseppe Sarto,Achille Ratti and Eugenio Pacelli?


Pius (10,11 and 12 respectively)


15.What place name links the home of the Saxon Shore Way and the North Downs Way,the third largest of Tasmania's Kent Group Islands and the capital of Delaware?


Dover


16.In general,orchestras tune to a concert note 'A',that is played by which instrument?


Oboe


17.Which note is four times the length of a crochet?


Semi Breve


18.With scheduled flights to Australia and other Pacific islands,which island nation has 'Our Airline' as its flag carrying airline?


Nauru


19.As reflected by its chemical symbol abbreviation,Stannum is the Latin name,for which metal?


Tin


20.Born in 1975,this American actor has rose to prominence in the last 10 years. He starred as Will Tippin in US TV series Alias and also appeared in other series' Kitchen Confidential and Nip/Tuck.What is the name of this Hollywood actor,who has starred in box office hit films 'The Hangover' and 'The A Team'?


Bradley Cooper


21.A perennial South African flower,its flowers are tubular at a downward angle and turn from red to orange to yellow with age.Its Latin name is Kniphofia uvaria and grows to 2 metres high.What is the three word name of this flower, which gets its name from the sharp, spiky stems and the name could also be associated with Edward II?


Red Hot Poker


22.In May 2010,who became the first British female, Muslim member of the cabinet?


Sayeeda Hussain Warsi (Baroness Warsi)


23.Located on Honshu,in terms of population,which is Japan's second largest city?


Yokohama


24.In which country has the 2011 AFC Asian Cup,the continent's top international football tournament,been held?


Qatar


25.Regarded as one of the 'big seven',which country's national ice hockey team,named after the emblem on the national shirt, is known as the Tre Kenor?


Sweden (Tre Kenor translates to Three Crowns)


26.A member of the Christian Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, he announced plans to conduct book burnings of the Qur'an on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, which he dubbed International Burn a Koran Day. What is the name of this controversial pastor,who has since cancelled the event?


Terry Jones


27.Which geological era of time,include the Triassic,Jurassic and Cretaceous periods?


Mesozoic


28.In terms of population,which is the largest US state capital?


Phoenix (Arizona)


29.Used most frequently for the treatment of acute allergy, or to treat the onset of anaphylactic shock,an epinephrine autoinjector is a medical device, usually known by what brand name?


Epi-Pen


30.Which global pharmaceutical company,has settled over 10,000 lawsuits in 2010,after the anti-diabetic drug,Avandia,was considered to increase the risk of heart attacks?


GlaxoSmithKline


31.Founded in 2001 by front man,Win Butler and based in Montreal,which Canadian rock band has released the albums 'Funeral','Neon Bible' and 2010's 'The Suburbs'?


Arcade Fire


32.Among the rulers who participated in this battle,which led to the annexation of Lombardy by Sardinia-Piedmont,were Emperor Franz Josef and Napoleon.What was the last battle of the Second War of Italian Independence, whose bloodshed inspired Henri Dunant to form the International Red Cross?


Battle of Solferino


33.The martial art of Taekwondo,originated from which country?


(South) Korea


34.The Haber process isused in the production of which gas?


Ammonia


35.When VAT was introduced in 1973 ,in the United Kingdom,at which percentage was the standard rate set?


10 percent


36.According to Greek mythology,what was the name of the rocks at the Bosphorus,the entrance to the Black Sea, that clashed together randomly and were defeated by Jason and the Argonauts?


Symplegades (accept Cyanean Rocks)


37.If it was a country ,it would be the world's sixth largest,by population.With its capital at Lucknow,what is the largest state,by population, in India?


Uttar Pradesh


38.Taking its name from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning 'good word',which 1970 musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak,first opened off-Broadway in 1971 and was later adapted into a 1973 film?


Godspell


39.Set in the fictional country of Ruritania,which adventure novel by Anthony Hope,was first published in 1894 and has since been adapted,on numerous occasions,for the big screen?


The Prisoner of Zenda


40.Its highest peaks are Bation and Nelion and located in East Africa.What is the second highest mountain in Africa?


Mount Kenya


41.Widely regarded as the 'godmother' of English ballet,she danced professionally with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.What is the name of the Irish born British dancer, teacher and choreographer,most notable for establishing The Royal Ballet in London and Birmingham?


Ninette de Valois


42.Although the attempt failed,in which country was the 'Great Leap Forward' movement established in 1958,in order to accelerate industrial and agricultural progress,by creating a true collective system?


China


43.In Ice hockey,in addition to scoring a goal and recording an assist,what would a player need to do to complete a 'Geordie Howe' hat-trick during a game?


Get into a fight


44.In 2005 Vladimir Arutyunian attempted to assassinate two world presidents in Freedom Square,after throwing a hand grenade,which subsequently,failed to detonate.Name either president?


George W Bush and Mikheil Saakashvili (President of Georgia)


45.it was invented by naval engineer Richard James in the 1940s and first shown in Gimbel's department stores in Philedelphia.It has been used by NASA for experiments in zero-gravity and by John Cage in his 1959 'Sounds of Venice'.What is the name of this toy,which may be familiar to fans of the 'Toy Story' films?


Slinky (spring)


46.A global show,but in the UK it was set in around a lighthouse,(in Germany an inventor's workshop and France, a bakery).With characters such as Gobo,Wembley and Red,what was the name of the Jim Henson produced,worldwide hit TV show,that appeared on UK screens between 1983 and 1987?


Fraggle Rock


47.Best known for its production of Action Man,Care Bears,Star Wars and Tiny Tears,which popular British toy company founded,originally, in 1909, as Cascelloid, sold its moulds and copyrights to Hasbro,after closing business in 1984?


Palitoy


48.At the time,it was one of the tallest sculptures in the UK.It was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and located next to the City of Manchester stadium,until 2009 where it was dismantled due to structural problems.Taking its name from a quotation by sprinter Linford Christie when talking about his race starts,what was the name of this sculpture?


B of the Bang


49.Straddling the Pilbara and southern Kimberley regions,The Great Sandy Desert is located in the North West of which Australian state?


Western Australia


50.Sable is the correct heraldic term for which colour?


Black

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Thursday Quiz 17

That time again.Have fun!





1.William Mathias was a 20th century Welsh composer who wrote operas,concertos the opera 'The Servants' in 1980.For which important event of the 1980s did Mathias compose the anthem, 'Let the people praise Thee, O God'?


Wedding of Prince and Princess of Wales (Charles and Diana)


2.A branch of biology,for what particular subject is mycology concerned?


Fungi


3.The Demas,Bastien and Guettard are all mountain ranges, lying in which continent?


Antarctica


4.Best known for playing Willie Scott,the love interest in 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom',which actress is the wife of Steven Spielberg?


Kate Capshaw


5.In terms of the football World Cup Finals,what was 'Tricolore' in 1998,'Fevernova' in 2002,'Teamgeist' in 2006 and 'Jabulani' in 2010?


The official match balls


6.Araucaria araucana is the hardiest species of evergreen conifer.It is native to Argentina and to Chile,where it is the national tree.By what English name is it better known, as it was remarked, that it would be a difficult tree to climb ?


Monkey Puzzle Tree


7.Montpelier is the capital of which US state?


Vermont


8.With an atomic number of 19,which alkali metal was also known by its Latin name,Kalium?


Potassium


9.Which 18th/19th century,classical composer, known as the 'Father of the Symphony' ,was responsible for writing the melody used in the German National anthem?


Franz Haydn


10.With a name that could be associated to chocolate lovers,what was the name of the 18th century,English club,with strong political and literary associations, which was committed to the furtherance of Whig objectives?


Kit Cat Club


11.It's name literally means 'pickled paw',Syltelabb is usually eaten around and before Christmas time, made from boiled, salt-cured pig's trotter? In which country is it a traditional dish?


Norway


12.Commanded by Prince Charles in 1976,the HMS Bronington was one of the last wooden-hulled warships.What was the primary purpose of the ship? A

Minesweeper
13.What naame links a donkey from George Orwell's 'Animal Farm',one of the sons of the biblical figure Jacob and a slang term for an American hundred dollar bill?


Benjamin


14.The 'Munros' are a group of mountains in Scotland that are over 3000 feet in height.Scottish mountains that are between 2500-3000 feet are named after a Bristol based climber and found,amongst others, on the Isles of Arran,Jura and Harris.With a name in common with a famous puppeteer,what name is given to this second sized, tier of mountains?


Corbetts


15.Which British TV soap opera/serial drama is set in the fictional town of Letherbridge?


Doctors
16.Surrounded by the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait,in which Asian country do the Sinhalese people make up approximately three quarters of the population?


Sri Lanka


17.Physeter macrocephalus, is a marine mammal species, order Cetacea.It is known for having the largest brain of any animal and is also the largest toothed animal. Named because of the milky-white waxy substance surrounding the head,by what specific name is the 'cachalot' also referred?


Sperm Whale


18.In Greek mythology,which sculptor created the labyrinth for King Minos,to hold the minotaur?


Daedalus


19.Born in 1872,he wrote many volumes of caricatures and parodying essays,but was best known for his novel on Oxford undergraduate life,'Zuleika Dobson'.Who was this writer,who had the nickname 'The Incomparable Max'?


Sir (Henry) Maximillian Beerbohm


20.A popular sport in Scandinavia, it is played on an amateur level and as part of the PE curriculum in schools.It's name translates to hitball and is closely related to baseball or rounders.What is the name of this sport,where the World Championship is held every year in Umea,Sweden?


Brannboll (accept Slaboll,Brennboll or Rundbold)

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Sunday Quiz 17

Another 50 for you to try.

Enjoy!

1.Named after the American scientist who discovered it,what name is given to the SI unit of inductance?


Henry


2.Sharing a name with a fictional valley in a James hilton novel of 1933,by what name was US Presidential retreat,'Camp David',previously known as?


Shangri-La


3.A global American pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer packaged goods manufacturer,it was founded in 1886 and is listed in the Fortune 500.Brands belonging it include, 'Benecol', 'Benedryl', 'Neutrogena' and 'Nicorette'.What is the name of this very well known company?


Johnson & Johnson


4.What is the name of the bell used at the institution, 'Lloyds of London'?


Lutine Bell


5. Which former British Labour MP was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment,in January 2011, for fraudulently claiming more than £20,000 in expenses?


David Chaytor


6.Bordered only by land locked countries,Liechtenstein and which other country,are the only countries to be 'doubly land locked'?


Uzebekistan


7.An American comedy-drama television series that premiered in 2005 and in its sixth season.Each episode focuses on an FBI case, concerning the mystery behind human remains, brought by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (played by David Boreanaz) to the forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (played by Emily Deschanel).Getting its title from Dr Brennan's nickname,what is the one-word name of this show?



Bones


8.John Williams and Julian Bream are both Grammy-Award winning classical artists.What instrument are they both,best known,for playing?


Guitar


9.Which British comedian,of Nigerian origin released the 2010 stand-up DVD 'The Feel Good Factor'?


Stephen K Amos


10.A music club located in Manhatten,New York,it was founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973 to promote some of the traditional styles of American music. However it soon became a leading forum for 'new wave' and 'punk' bands including Television,Blondie,Talking Heads and the Ramones.Taking it's name from its original use,what is the name of this infamous club,which closed in 2006,when Patti Smith performed the final concert?


CBGB (Country,Blue Grass,Blues)


11.Including special carraiges for women only,which is the only African nation to run a fully fledged,undergound railway/metro system?


Egypt (Cairo)


12.Appointed Minister of Labour in 1929 under Ramsay MacDonald,who became Britain's first female cabinet minister?


Margaret Bondfield


13.A chemical compound with the formula C2H2, it is a hydrocarbon and the simplest alkyne.What is the nmae of this colourless gas, widely used as a fuel and a chemical building block?


Acetylene


14.It is thought to have derived from a description by James Waldegrave in 1713.Which branch of applied mathematics, attempts to mathematically capture behavior in strategic situations, in which an individual's success in making choices depends on the choices of others ?


Game Theory


15.Its name comes from the Guarani for 'master of the grasses'.Having slightly webbed feet, no tail and weighing up to 66 kilograms,what is the largest living rodent?


Capybara


16.The fifth largest university in the UK ,in terms of students,it has campuses in Malaysia and China and has also won two nobel prizes this century.With alumni including DH Lawrence,Hugh Gaitskell and Sir John Sawers,which university is this?


Nottingham


17.The Boleg Brothers are animators,who have a popular website and also make short films,most notably,parodies of BBC's Apprentice TV series.From what material are all of their characters made?


Lego


18.Which is the only surname, that has been shared by both a British Prime Minister and a US President?


Wilson (Harold and Woodrow)


19.Featured in some news and magazine articles in early 2011,what make of car,reaching speeds of 160 miles per hour, is the fastest police car in current use?


Lotus (Evora)


20.What unit of measurement,is equivalent to one tenth of a nautical mile?


Cable


21.Known in the UK and other countries as 'Black Friars',because of the black cloak worn over the white habit,which Catholic religious order, formerly known as the Order of Preachers, is headed by Master of the Order,Bruno Cadore?


Dominican Order


22.What two-word term links a 1997 film starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino,a lawyer once used in the Roman Catholic Church ,appointed to argue against the canonization or beatification of a person and a 1990s Channel Four current affairs TV programme,fronted by Darcus Howe?


Devil's Advocate


23.The 'Symphonie Fantastique',is one the most important works of the Romantic era.Who was its French composer?


Hector Berlioz


24.Winnipeg is the capital and largest city in which Canadian province?


Manitoba


25.Although not a traditional derby game,the rivalry between which two Scottish Premier league football teams is known as the 'New firm'?


Aberdeen and Dundee Utd


26.Its Latin name is Pandion haliaetus and its diet is almost exclusively fish.Reaching 60 centimetres in length with a 2 metre wingspan,which diurnal bird of prey is sometimes known as the sea hawk or fish eagle?


Osprey


27.Alligators are native to just two countries.One is the USA,but in which country can they also found,albeit extremely endangered?


China


28.Beginning in 1997,the 'Grand Theft Auto' series of video games,is one of the most successful games franchises.Also producing the Max Payne and Manhunt franchises,which New York based publisher produces these games?


Rockstar Games


29.Named after Stella Liebeck who, in 1992, spilled a cup of McDonalds' coffee onto her lap, causing third degree burns,for what action(s) are the,tongue-in-cheek 'Stella Awards' given?


Lawsuits (outrageous or frivilous)


30.In 1996,The British theatre company 'Exiled Theatre', extensively toured with their production 'Edmund,Son of Gloucester'.It was written as a prequel,to which of Shakespeare's plays'?


King Lear


31.The event, organised by Improv Everywhere, involves participants who strip down to their underwear as they go about their normal routine.On which city's underground railway sytem did the 10th Annual 'No Pants subway ride' occur in January 2011?


New York


32.Which British author,who died in 2009,was well known for his short stories,but probably most notable for his semi-autobiographical work,'Empire of The Sun',which was later made into a Hollywood film?


JG Ballard


33.Reginald FitzUrse, Hugh de Morville, William de Tracy, and Richard le Breton,were the assassins of which 12th century figure?


Thomas (a) Beckett


34.Which 'Goon show' member was once quoted as saying,'My advice if you insist on slimming, is eat as much as you like - just don't swallow it'?


Harry Secombe


35.Traditionally this two word term refers to a fight involving three or more combatants, that is fought until only one fighter remains standing.it is used in combat sports,but the term has a specific meaning, depending on the sports being discussed.It was also used in the title of a cult 2000 film by Kinji Fukasaku.Which term?


Battle Royal(e)


36.St Anne is the capital and chief town of which of the Bristish Isles?


Alderney


37.It was originally designed in the 16th century by Giorgio Vasari,as an office building for magistrates, under Catherine de Medici,but is now one of the oldest art museums in the Western world.By what name is it more commonly known today?


Uffizi


38.Marie-Curie was credited with the discovery of which two,radio-active,chemical elements.


Radium and Polonium


39.He was later involved in politics,which 17th/18th century ,English playwright was most noted for his plays,'Love For Love','The Mourning Bride' and 'The Way of the World'?


William Congreve


40.Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1991 for the Jordan-Ford racing team.Driving car number 32, he was a replacement, for which fellow driver, who was imprisoned for 2 months,for spraying CS gas at a London taxi driver?


Bertrand Gachot


41.The archipelago known as the Loyalty Islands,in the Pacific Ocean,are a part of which French Territory,that has Noumea as its capital?


New Caledonia


42.The UK branch of this supermarket was bought by Asda Wal-Mart in 2010.Which Danish based,global supermarket chain has the tagline 'Scandinavian for value'?


Netto


43.The Glastobury Thorn is a form of common hawthorn,which is reputed to have been planted,according to legend, by which Christian figure


Joseph of Arimathea


44.Which Nobel Prize winning humanitarian organisation, was created in 1971, in the aftermath of the Nigerian civil war, who believed that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation?


Medecins Sans Frontieres


45.Located on the Vakhsh river,the Nurek dam is,currently, the world's highest.In which Asian country can it be found?


Tajikistan


46.In the 2010, Coen brothers, remake of True Grit,which actor reprised the character,Marshal Reuben J.'Rooster' Coburn,previously made famous by John Wayne, in 1969?


Jeff Bridges


47.Best known for its monastery and getting its name from the Viking meaning 'cold island',which island in the Bristol Channel,that lies south of Tenby?


Caldey Island


48.Which female,Russian tennis player,was runner in both the Wimbledon and US Open singles tournaments in 2010?


Vera Zvonareva


49.'Benga', 'Skream' and 'Artwork' are leading British dubstep producers,who have formed an electronic music project ,with critical and commercial success in 2010.By what two word name do they go by?


Magnetic Man


50.Fought between 470 Vortrekkers and over 10,000 Zulus in 1838,on which river did the so called 'Battle of Blood River' occur?



Ncome River

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Thursday Quiz 16

Here's some more questions..........


1.In which US state was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, recently shot and critically injured,after a man opened fire at a supermarket,killing five people?


Arizona (Tucson)


2.In January 2011,TV presenter Miriam O'Reilly,won a court case on grounds of age discriminiation,after being sacked from which BBC,'magazine' show?


Countryfile


3.Named after its founder,the Fokker aircraft manufacturer,was one of the most successful civil aircraft makers during the 1920s and 1930s,as well as contributing successful aircraft during World War I.Founded in 1912 and declared bankrupt in 1996,in which country was Fokker was primarily based?


Netherlands


4.Designed by the architect,George Bergstrom and completed in 1943,it is the world's largest office space by floor area. Containing over twenty fast food outlets, a train station and six zip codes,which building is this?


The Penatagon


5.Prior to Pearl Harbour,the Penobscot Expedition was the worst naval disaster in American history.During which war did this occur?


American War of independence (American Revolutionary War)


6.The words 'blogish','dringle','nonversation' and 'nudenda' ,amongst others,have what connection?


All 'non-words' that have been rejected by the Oxford English Dictioanry


7.Home to 'hotmail','messenger' and 'windows live',the website 'MSN.com' is one of the most frequented internet sites.For what do the initials 'MSN' stand?


Microsoft Network


8.What is the name of the flying island in Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels'?


Laputa


9.Meaning 'heavenly' or 'divine'her greek equivalent is Artemis.Who was the Roman goddess of the hunt and twin sister of Apollo?


Diana


10.The estate of the late author Adrian Jacobs tried and failed to sue American book company Scholastic in January 2011.It is claimed that Jacobs' story,'The Adventures of Willy the Wizard' had been plagiarised by JK Rowling in which of her books,in the Harry Potter series?


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


11.In the aftermath of the notable uprisings occurring in Jayuya and Utuado, Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to assassinate which political figure on November 1st 1950?


Harry S Truman


12.With its best known concertos written by Mozart,Copland and Weber,the creation of which woodwind instrument is attributed to Johann Denner,who adapted the earlier chalumeau at the turn of the 18th century?


Clarinet


13.Which veteran Swiss skier,who made his debut in 1993,has won three of the last four world cup downhill titles?


Didier Cuche


14.Its explosions are believed to be the origin of long-duration gamma ray bursts.Which astronomical term refers to an exceptionally large star that collapses at the end of its lifespan,specifically to an explosion with an energy of over 100 supernovae?


Hypernova


15.With the largest Christian community in the Middle East,the 'Copts' are native Christians of which country?


Egypt


16.An event similar to golf's Ryder Cup,it involves a Europe versus USA match played once every two years.Named after its sponsor,Warren Buffet,the Buffet Cup is awarded in which game?


(Contract) Bridge


17.Part of the Maladeta massif,Aneto is the highest peak in which range of mountains?


Pyrenees


18.During the 15th century ,Vlad III or Vlad 'The Impaler',was a three time ruler of Wallachia,where he was eventually killed.In which modern day country is Wallachia?


Romania


19.Magnesium Sulphate is the chemical name for which substance,that gets its name, from a place in Surrey?


Epsom Salts


20.The last Brazilian film to have won an Academy Award was in 1985,when William Hurt won the award for Best actor. The film was also nominated in the Best Picture,Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.Directed by Hector Babenco and based on the 1976 novel by Manuel Puig,what is the English title of this film,set in a Brazilian prison?


Kiss of the Spider Woman

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Sunday Quiz 16

Next 50 for your enjoyment..........



1.Ireland joined the European Union (or EEC) with Great Britain in 1973,but which other nation also joined in the same year?


Denmark


2.Which snooker player,who won the 2008 and 2010 Masters title at Wembley,is known as 'the jester from Leicester'?


Mark Selby


3.Which American succeeded Tony Hayward as the new CEO of BP, after the recent controversies over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill crisis?


Bob Dudley


4.After 179 years of presence and commemorated by 'Freedom Day',in which decade did the last British soldier leave the Maltese Islands?


1970s (1979)


5.The Bessemer process patented in 1855, was a process used for the mass production of which commodity?


Steel


6.Since the English Premier League started,144 players have won a League winners medal.50 are from England and 20 are from France. Next on the list are players from two countries,which have 9 winners each.Name either?


Netherlands and Nigeria


7.Until 2011,Elvis Presley was the only solo act to achieve a UK number one single in five consecutive years.Which Barbadian-born, female singer, has now equalled that record?


Rihanna


8.Which US President first coined the term 'the domino effect', when describing the spread of communism in Indo-China, at a news conference during the Cold War?


Dwight D Eisenhower


9.In 1995,the TSB merged with Lloyds bank, forming Lloyds TSB.For what do the initials TSB stand?


Trustee Savings Bank


10.The Schmidt Pain Index was established in 1984 and has a scale between 1.0 and 4.0. 1.0 being described as - 'Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm' and 4.0 , - 'Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel'. With which common,but particular type of pain is the Index used to measure.



Hymenopteran stings (ie Bee/Wasp/Ant stings)


11.Inclusive of dependent territories,which country has the most time zones?



France (with 12)


12.The 1929 St Valentines Day Massacre,orchestrated by Al Capone,took place in which US city?


Chicago


13.Robert G.Edwards is world renowned in his field of work.He is British and made a Nobel laureate in 2010. In which category did he win his award?


Physiology or medicine


14.In which Italian city is Da Vinci's fresco painting ,'The Last Supper',to be found?


Milan


15.Admitted in 1912,which US state is the 48th and last of the contiguous states?


Arizona


16.Considered the first genocide of the 20th century it took place in South West Africa,after the Battle of Waterberg, in 1904.By preventing the Herrero people from returning from the Namib desert,many tens of thousands perished.Which country's colonial rule forced this genocide?


Germany


17.In 2010 there was an outbreak in Nepal and Nicaragua.It is thought that Leptospirosis wiped out most of the native American population on the coast of Massachusetts,before the pilgrims arrived in the 17th century. It's primary hosts are rats,mice and moles and is named after it's discoverer who described it as an 'acute infectious disease with enlargement of spleen, jaundice and nephritis'.By what name is this disease best known?


Weil's disease


18.Involving a Wright Model B airplane at Venice Beach,California,what 'first' did Grant Morton achieve?


Parachute jump


19.In the nine Quentin Tarantino films to date, which actor has appeared in four,the most collaborated of any actor, with Tarantino?


Samuel L Jackson


20.In which country did dictator Idi Amin spend most of his time in exile and was also the location of his death?


Saudi Arabia


21.The Index Translationum is the UNESCO database of individual book translations. It is calculated by adding together the number of translations per book,per author.It counts Disney Productions,(as a single writer), the most translated, but which fiction writer born in 1890, is rated second highest?


Agatha Christie


22.It has it's own parliament and can draw comparisons with the Isle of Man,in terms of governance.The Aland Islands,in the Baltic Sea, is ultimately under which country's sovereignty?


Finland


23.Originating from China,what fruit is obtained from the tree,'Prunus persica'?


Peach


24.Known as the father of American music,he wrote familiar songs such as 'Oh Susanna!' and'Camptown Races'. Which songwriter was portrayed in the 1952 film 'I Dream of Jeanie'?


Stephen Foster


25.In addition to Earth,wind,fire and water,what did Aristotle,as a 'non-atomist', propose as the fifth element?


Ether (Aether)


26.Winning the Academy award for best picture,in which 1932 film does Greta Garbo quote the famous line 'I want to be alone'?


Grand Hotel


27.Eventually rescued by and married to Perseus,in Greek mythology,who was chained to a rock, as a sacrifice to a sea monster, after her mother ,Cassiopeia ,declared her more beautiful than the sea nymphs?


Andromeda


28.Beginning in 1997, the Northumbrian Water,University Boat Race is an annual race,held on the river Tyne.It is a contest between boat clubs of which two universities?


Newcastle and Durham


29.Who's self-titled TV show started life in 1983 as 'AM Chicago ' ,as part of morning talk show WLS-TV?


Oprah Winfrey


30.A word well known to visitors of Athens,which word means 'highest city' in Greek and also translates to 'citadel' in English?


Acropolis


31.Which famous world leader was once quoted as saying, 'History will be kind to me,for I intend to write it'?


Winston Churchill


32.Who became British Prime Minister between 1801-1804 and was both preceeded and succeeded by his childhood friend,William Pitt The Younger?


Henry Addington (1st Viscount Sidmouth)


33.The name is familiar in the world of mobile phones,what is the SI derived unit of electrical conductance?


Siemens


34.Big Green is the nickname of which Ivy League university,founded in 1769 in Hanover,New Hampshire?


Dartmouth College


35.In the US Major League Soccer competition,it is known as the 'Super Clasico'. It involves Los Angeles Galaxy playing their great rivals,with whom they share their stadium.Translating to 'goats' in Spanish,what is the name of this rival team?


(Club Deportivo) Chivas


36.Which scientific law states, that the current through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the potential difference or voltage across the two points, and inversely proportional to the resistance between them?


Ohm's Law


37.In the 1999 and 2000, editions of monopoly were created for Wales.Which building was given the equivalent value, as Mayfair would in the London standard variation of the game?


Caernarvon Castle


38.Which of Shakespeare's plays opens with the line, 'Hence! Home,you idle creatures,get you home'?


Julius Caesar


39.Completed in 1722,which French building is located at 55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris?


Elysee Palace


40.Based on New Zealand's South Island, Otago is the country's second largest region and home to New Zealand's leading 'Pinot Noir' production. What is the name of its principal city,the country's seventh largest by population?


Dunedin


41.Following in the footsteps of Mika,Little Boots and Ellie Goulding,who was named as the 2011 winner of the BBC's 'Sound Of' poll,which aims to find new British talent?


Jessie J


42.According to the New Testament,on which body of water did Jesus perform the 'Walking on water' miracle?


Sea of Galilee


43.Which World War II event began simultaneously with the Battle of Wake Island?


Attack on Pearl Harbour


44.Lasting for two series in 2003 and 2004,what was the name of the short-lived BBC sitcom,set in a Liverpool bingo hall,starring Paul O'Grady,Sheridan Smith and Neil Fitzmaurice?


Eyes Down


45.Located in the Musee D'Orsay in Paris,which French Impressionist created the 1869 works 'The Balcony','The Reading' and 'Moonlight Over The Port of Boulogne'?


Edouard Manet


46.Also the second highest in its continent,Mount Logan is the highest peak in which country?


Canada


47.Which country,consisting of nine atolls in the Pacific Ocean,was formerly known as the Ellice islands?


Tuvalu


48.In Ken Russell's 1975 film version of the rock-opera 'Tommy',which American female singer played the Acid Queen?


Tina Turner


49.A hendecagon has internal angles of 147.27 degrees.It is a polygon,with how many side?


11 (Eleven)


50. What three word title links a 1984 film starring Rachel Ward and Jeff Bridges,the second album by British rap group N-Dubz and an American retail clothing chain?


Against All Odds

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Thursday Quiz 15

Another batch for you.........




1.Which actor,well known for his role in the 'Blade Trinity' series of films,was sentenced to a 3 year custodial term,last year, for tax evasion of several million dollars?


Wesley Snipes


2.Dilma Rousseff,became in 2010,the first female Prime Minister of which South American country?


Brazil


3.First appearing in a comic strip in 1950, it has since been portrayed on movies and TV.Voiced by Bill Meléndez,what is the name of this cartoon dog,which was loosely based on the family basset hound 'Spike'?


Snoopy


4.The 'SN' postcode prefix is used to signify which English town?


Swindon


5.Mr Big,Little Marvel and Kelvedon Wonder are all types of which garden vegetable?


Pea


6.Used in typography and printing,what unit of measurement, equal to 0.3528mm in desktop publishing,is a sub division of the larger 'pica' unit?


Point


7.Although it competes in football's Europa League,which is the only UEFA affliated country that does not compete in any round of the Champions League?


Liechtenstein


8.Releasing albums including 'Trout Mask Replica' and 'Lick My Decals Off,Baby',the experimental musician,Don van Vliet,who died in December 2010,was backed by the 'Magic Band' between 1965 and 1982.By what stage name did he appear and record?


Captain Beefheart


9.Published in 'Grahame's' magazine in 1841,it is said to be the first detective story and features C.Auguste Dupin. Who was the well known author of this story?


Edgar Allan Poe


10.An Austrian Symbolist painter and member of the Vienna Secession movement ,he was noted for his primary subjects being that of the female body.His famous works include 'The Three Ages of Woman','The Friends' and 'The Kiss'.Who is this painter who died in 1918?


Gustav Klimt


11.Which insect is responsible for the infecting humans with the disease,Dengue Fever?


Mosquito


12.A low-cost airline,it runs domestic flights in Japan, as well as international chartered flights to Seoul and Guam.Its hub based at Tokyo International (Haneda) airport,what is the name of this airline which started operating in 1998?


Skymark Airlines


13.In the news over the past few years,the Sedlabanki Islands,are the central bank in which European country?


Iceland


14.The previous record was held in Bolivia.Completed in November 2010 in the town of Swiebodzin,Poland,the tallest statue, of which historical figure, has now been created?


Jesus Christ


15.Originally launched under the name Dosidate in 1997, this niche dating agency now trades under the name, Frumster.Quite specific with its membership,for which religion is it aimed?


Judaism (Orthodox Jews)


16.Noted for a number of works,he discovered Saturn's rings,the pendulum clock and wave theory, amongst others.Who is this 17th century Dutch scientist?


Christain Huygens


17.In Germany it is 'de',France it's 'fr' and Spain is 'es'.What is the two letter internet domain code suffix,used to denote Serbia?


rs


18.A prestigous prize in France,in which field is the Prix Goncourt an award?


Literature


19.It's name is thought to have derived from the ancient Greek name for St John's Island in the Red Sea.It is a mineral,which is colourless in its pure form and has the chemical formula Al2 SiO4 (F,OH)2.Found in various locations around the world,what is the name of this mineral,which is number eight on the mohs scale and the birthstone for November?


Topaz


20.The third largest island of Japan,it is most south westerly of the main four islands.What is the name of the home to Japan's most active volcano,Mt Aso and also home to Mt Unzen,which in 1792,erupted and killed around 15,000 people in Japan's worst volcanic disaster?



Kyushu

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Sunday Quiz 15

Here's the first one of 2011.

Hope you all enjoy a good year of quizzing




1.Awarded between 1926 and 2007,in what field was the Harmon trophy attributed?


Aviation


2.Seen as a coveted trophy,what item of jewellery is given to any winner of a World Series of Poker event


Bracelet


3.Taken from Robert Greene's pastoral romance 'Pandostoin', which of Shakespeare's plays are the main characters Leontes,Hermione,Perdita and Polixenes to be found?


The Winter's Tale


4.Opened in 1880, it is the second-oldest prison in the state of California and was the first in the country to have electricity.It was one of the first maximum security prisons, and as such witnessed the execution of 92 condemned prisoners over a 42-year period. What is the name of this prison, best-known in popular culture for two concerts performed at the facility by musician Johnny Cash in the late 1960's?


Folsom State


5. Playing small parts in BBC's 'My Family' and 'Green Green Grass',she has gone on to be a surprise hit with her Channel Four,eponymous show.Playing characters such as Gilbert,Fearne Cotton and Boris Johnson,what is the name of this comedy actress,whose show first aired in November 2010?


Morgana Robinson


6.In which calendar is the festival of Pesach celebrated, during Nisan,the first month of the year?


Hebrew (Jewish)


7.Producing a hugely popular 1970s TV serial drama, who wrote the book 'Roots:The Saga of an American Family' in 1976?


Alex Haley


8.Cheryl Baker of Bucks Fizz fame, appeared in a different ensemble at the
Eurovision Song Contest in 1978 with the song 'The Bad Old Days.What was the name of this group,which at the time was the worst showing of any British entry?


Co-Co


9.In which English city is the setting for the Chatsworth Estate Channel Four's 'Shameless' series?


Manchester


10.Since making his television debut in 2006,he has reached the final of seven major finals,without ever winning.What is the name of the consistent PDC darts player nicknamed 'The Bull'?


Terry Jenkins


11.A right-angled triangle,with edge lengths in geometric progression and linked to the golden ratio,is named after which 16th/17th century mathematician?


Johannes Kepler


12.The baseball franchise known as the 'Braves' have won the World Series 3 times. In 1914 as the Boston Braves and in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves,but which city became their 3rd winning home for the 1995 title?


Atlanta


13.As of January 1st 2011, which country has taken the presidency of the European Union?


Hungary


14.The winner of the 1981 and 1984 best Original Song Oscar was performed by the same artist. In the UK she got to Number 1 and Number 2 in respective years with these songs , but failed to chart since. Who is this American singer/actress?


Irene Cara


15.What was the name of the French astronomer,most notable for his catalogue of one hundred and ten stars,that was first published in 1774 and still in use today?


Charles Messier


16.Which TV Gameshow is also known as 'El Familion Nestle' in Panama and 'À prendre ou à laisser' in France?


Deal or No Deal


17.Who was the last British Prime Minister to be in office,whilst representing a seat in Wales?


James Callaghan (Cardiff South)


18. Winning in its first year in the annual FHM men's magazine top 100 sexiest women,who is the only supermodel to have won the accolade,since its inception in 1995?


Claudia Schiffer


19.Named after its Canadian business woman founder,who was once one of the richest women in the world,which cosmetics company has produced perfumes for celebrities such as Britney Spears and Hillary Duff?


Elizabeth Arden


20.It is a term that is used by anthropologists to describe groups of people who are under the height of 150cm. The better known groups include the Aka,Efe and Mbuti groups of Central Africa.What is this name, also used to describe members of the shrew,hippoptamus and marmoset families,amongst others?


Pygmy


21.The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are both based in which capital city?


Washington DC


22.Part of the Sibo-Tibetan language family,Dzongkha is the official language of which Asian country?


Bhutan


23.Becoming extinct in 1883,it was native to the plains of South Africa.The only picture recorded of this animal is at London Zoo in 1870.What type of animal was the quagga,whose Latin name is Equus quagga quagga?


Zebra


24.Which 1848 novel begins at Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies and has the leading male characters Captain Osborne and Rawdon Crawley?


Vanity Fair


25.Following on from Spencer Silver's 1979 invention,which company produces the trade-marked office necessity,the 'Post-It' Note ?


3M


26.Leon Czolgosz is one of the lesser known assassins,but which important
political figure did he murder with a pistol shot?


William McKinley


27.In one of the worst maritime British shipping incidents,which company owned the ferry 'The Herald of Free Enterprise' which capsized outside the port of Zeebrugge in 1987?


Townsend Thoresen


28.The occurence happened in December 2010,which 2002 British film featuring Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Myers,was the first western film to be aired on North Korean state television ?


Bend It Like Beckham


29.Married to Victoria Wood, before their seperation in 2002,by what stage name was magician Geoffrey Durham known?


The Great Soprendo


30.The bodily fluid, aqueous humour can be found in which part of the body?


The Eye


31.With 'Warfarin' being its most notable ,Vitamin K antagonists, (such as coumarins), are primarily used as what type of drug?


Anticoagulants


32.Which 20th century Dutch artist created the lithographic works,'Drawing hands','Convex and Concave' and more famously,'Relativity'?


MC Escher


33.With an atomic number of 87,this highly radioactive alkali metal element is named after its place of discovery.What is the name of the second rarest naturally occuring element?


Francium


34.The Stanford-Binet Scale is used to measure which human attribute?


Intelligence


35.With the figure above fifty,which African country, currently, has the highest percentage of female members of any world parliament?


Rwanda


36.Transnistria is a breakaway,but unrecognised territory in Eastern Europe.With Tiraspol as its capital,which country is it still, legally, a part of?


Moldova


37.Located in South Africa,what is the world's second highest waterfall?


Tegela Falls


38.Which US rock band,with their 'Circle Tour' had the world's highest grossing concert tour of 2010,taking over 146 million US dollars?


Bon Jovi


39.In which Egyptian resort,were there a series of shark attacks in December 2010,resulting in one fatality?


Sharm el-Sheikh


40.Located at just 4.3 kilometres (or 2.7 miles) south,which country comes closest to the Equator without actually touching it?


Peru


41.At the 2012 Olympic Games,Wembley Stadium is due stage football.Wembley Arena is due to stage two sports - Name either one?


Badminton or Rhytmic Gymnastics


42.With around 14000 stores in 35 countries,which Dutch company is the largest food retailer in the world?


Spar


43.During which conflict did the 1973 naval Battle of Latakia occur?


Yom Kippur War


44.The Venetian renaissance painter Jacopo Comin (or Robusti) was a 16th century artist noted for his paintings of Saint Mark.By what name is he better known?


Tintoretto


45.What word links the common name for insects of the order Siphonaptera,bass guitarist Michael Peter Balzary and a fairy tale by Giambattista Basile?


Flea


46.Only one actor has appeared in 6 Oscar 'Best Picture' films. They were: The Life of Emile Zola (1937), The Lost Weekend (1945), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), All About Eve (1950), The Greatest Show On Earth (1952), Around the World in Eighty Days (1956). Who was he?


Franklyn Farnum


47.Which contemporary of Shakespeare and Jonson,who spent several years in prison,wrote the works 'Lust's Dominion' and 'The Witch of Edmonton'?


Thomas Dekker


48.Incorporating seven rivers,which is England's smallest National Park, in terms of area,but England's largest wetland?


The (Norfolk) Broads


49.For what does the musical instruction 'adagio' signify


Play slowly


50.He was an Elizabethan English bookseller and printer . He allegedly compared his attempts to reform the English printing trade to Martin Luther's efforts at reforming Christianity.He had a disdain for Elizabethan patent printing and was jailed twice also having his printing materials seized.This transformed him into an ardent defender of printing privileges and by 1593, he was appointed Printer to the City of London. Who is he?


John Wolfe