Thursday, 27 February 2014

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1.(Pictured) Founded in 1925,it is a company that designs and manufactures audio products, television sets and telephones. Its first significant product was a radio that worked with alternating current, when most radios were run from batteries.The company is,perhaps,best known for its  loudspeakers,such as the 'BeoLab5',(the company's flagship speaker)  and has produced sound systems for high-end cars such as Aston Martin,BMW and Audi.What is the name of this Danish company,named after its two founders?

Bang and Olufsen

2.Led by poets such as Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, and W. D. Snodgras, it was a style of poetry that emerged in the US during the 1950s and 1960s,described as poetry 'of the personal'. The content was usually autobiographical and explored taboo subjects,(at the time), such as mental illness, sexuality, and suicide. By what name was this style known,which was said to be the anthesis of the New York School of Poetry?


3.The idea had been suggested for many centuries,by figures such as the ancient Indian philospher Sanjaya Belatthaputta and the ancient Greek philosopher Protagoras.According to the philosopher William L. Rowe,it is someone who 'neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of a deity or deities'. However,the term 'agnostic' (or agnosticism),is believed to have been first coined by which 19th century English biologist,in order to sum up his thoughts,on the contemporary views of the 'unconditional' and the 'unknowable'?

Thomas Huxley

4.In 1936 ,Ingrid Bergman,starred alongside Gosta Ekman in a Swedish film,about a concert violinist falling in love with his daughter's piano teacher.Three years later,Bergman made her Hollywood debut,by appearing in the English language remake of the film,but this time,Leslie Howard was her co-star.What was the (same) title of both films?


5.(Pictured) Prominent politicians and celebrities such as Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker gave their endorsements to his campaign. His profile was also raised when he was arrested, while protesting at the closing of Long Island College Hospital,in July 2013. What is the name of this man,who took over from Michael Bloomberg as the Mayor of New York City,in January 2014 and in doing so, became the first Democratic New York Mayor since 1993?

Bill de Blasio

6.Several African nations pass through the Equator,but which country,with a population of around 12 million,is the most northerly country in Africa,that is entirely below the Equator?


7.It is a dicarboxylic acid,which was first isolated from apple juice by Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1785. Antoine Lavoisier later proposed the name,derived from the Latin word for apple.Responsible for the strong flavour in Rhubard,as well as the sour taste of fruits,what is the name of this acid,which is also used as a food additive?

Malic Acid

8.With a capacity of around 250,000, it is the largest stadium in the world, and the second largest sports facility worldwide after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Opened in 1926,it originally served as a venue for displays of synchronised gymnastics on a massive scale and during the 1960s,was used for motor racing.Today the stadium does not stage sports events,but does continue to host pop concerts Also accessible by a funicular railway,in which modern day country is the Great Strahov Stadium located?

Czech Republic

9.It was part of the Maryland Campaign and the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. It featured General George McClellan's Army of the Potomac making a series of assaults on the Confederates of General Robert E Lee .The result was a tactical victory for McLennan, as Lee had to withdraw back to Virginia.What is the name of this 1862 battle,named after a nearby Creek and is regarded as the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a combined tally of dead, wounded, and missing of over 22,000?

Battle of Antietam

10.(Pictured) She released her debut album,'Careful Confessions', in 2004 on an independent label,before being signed to Epic Records a  year later. Her follow-up album,'Little Voice' was well received globally,making the top 10 in the US and UK. She is probably best known for her 2007 single,'Love Song',which made the top 10 in many countries around the world.She was also a celebrity judge on the US reality talent show,'The Sing-Off'.What is the name of this American singer/songwriter,who has sold over four million singles in the United States alone and has been nominated for a Grammy Award on five occasions?

Sara Bareilles

11.Active between 1966 and 1982, it was a political organisation founded by by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.They were famous for their various social programs,such as the  'Free Breakfast for Children Program',but were overshadowed by clashes against the police. What is the name of this organisation,which FBI Director,J Edgar Hoover,described as 'the greatest threat to the internal security of the country'?

Black Panthers

12.(Pictured) It is a small spotted and striped cat native to the west Andean slope in central and northern Chile.It is similar in size and appearance to the Pantanal cat and Pampas cat,and 'thicker-set' than a domesticated cat. Part of the leopardus genus,what is the name of this wild cat,which shares its name which Chile's most successful football team?


13.Directed by Gabriel Axel,(who died in February 2014),the film tells the story of two aging sisters that run a Christian sect in a remote village in Denmark and take on the services of a cook.The film was shown as part of the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival and also became the first Danish film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.Starring Stephane Audran in the title role,what is the name of this film?

Babette's Feast

14.Active between 1440 and 1897,the Kingdom of Benin was a pre-colonial state,that was founded by Oba Ewuare the Great,who gained control,after a violent coup against his brother Uwaifiokun.He then expanded the city-state of Benin City into an Empire.In which modern day country,was the site of this Empire?


15.It is a form of arthritis named after a German physician who described  the condition of a soldier he treated during World War I. It is classified as an autoimmune condition that develops in response to an infection in another part of the body.There are usually a triad of symptoms consisting of  inflammatory arthritis of large joints, inflammation of the eyes  and urethritis in men or cervicitis in women. What is the name of this condition,usually described as a 'syndrome'?

Reiter's Syndrome (or arthritis)

16.Lying 240 kilometres east of the Horn of Africa,it is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean.The largest of these islands also shares its name with the archipelago. It is known for its rich biodiversity and has over 700 endemic species of flora and fauna,found nowhere else on earth. Announced as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008 ,what is the name of this archipelago that is considered a part of Yemen?


17.They have appeared in 16 Summer Olympics games,but have yet to win a medal.However,they have been much more successful at the Winter Olympics,winning 9 medals in 18 Games. What is the name of this country,which has won all of its Olympic Medals in Alpine Skiing?


18.(Pictured) He was a prophet  in the northern kingdom of Israel during the 9th Century BC reign of King Ahab.According to the Biblical Books of Kings,he defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the Canaanite god Baal.It is also written that he he raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and was taken up in a whirlwind.What is the name of this important prophet,who appears alongside Jesus Christ and Moses in a 16th Raphael painting entitled,'The Transfiguration'?


19.When William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781,he proposed that it be named after King George III. However,which German astronomer,who also correctly predicted the orbit of the planet,(as well as Ceres),was eventually credited with giving Uranus its name?

Johann Bode

20.The most popular forms of this genre include monster movies like the Godzilla and Gamera series ,and TV serials such as the Kamen Rider.In English,it literally translates as 'special filming'.What is this Japanese term,that is used to describe any live action film or television drama that features considerable use of special effects?


21.The Carlton Centre is a 223 metre high skyscraper,that is linked to the Carlton Hotel by a below ground shopping centre with over 180 shops as well as an ice skating rink.It was officially opened in 1973 and has been home to the government-owned transport company,Transnet',since 1999.In which city is this building located,which is most notable,as it is Africa's tallest?


22.(Pictured) Born in 1909,he joined the touring dance company of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova in 1926.It was here that Pavlov suggested he changed his name slightly,to avoid his name having 13 letters.The highpoint of his dancing career came in a 1949 US Tour with the Sadler's Wells Ballet,where he and Margot Fonteyn  danced the leading roles in 'The Sleeping Beauty'. He also appeared in films and is most noted for his role as the 'child-catcher' in the 1968 film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. What is the name of this acclaimed Australian actor and dancer,who died in 1986?

Robert Helpmann (born Robert Helpman)

23.Paganini first met Hector Berlioz in 1833 following one of Berlioz's concerts. Paganini had just acquired a Stradivarius viola and is believed to have said to Berlioz -'I have no suitable music. Would you like to write a solo for viola? You are the only one I can trust for this task'. Once the piece was finished,Paganini was unhappy that there was not enough parts for the viola and they parted company. Inspired by a poem by Lord Byron,what was the title of this viola solo piece?

Harold en Italie

24.It is used as a semi-conductor in transistors,but is also mainly used in fiber-optic systems and infrared optics.Dmitri Mendeleev predicted its existence in 1869 and called it 'ekasilicon'.It wasn't until 1886,that the element was actually discovered,when Clemens Winkler found the new element along with silver and sulphur, in a rare mineral called argyrodite.What is the 'geographical' name of this chemical element,that has the atomic number of 32?


25. He was a tennis director at Dorado Beach Hotel in Puerto Rico during the 1970s,before becoming an instructor at  the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in Florida. This led him to open his own tennis academy,which has since been regarded as one of the most successful in the world. Since the early 1980s,he has worked with various top players such as Andre Agassi,Jim Courier,Monica Seles,Maria Sharapova and Martina Hingis.What is the name of this very successful American tennis coach,who is from Italian descent?

Nick Bollettieri