Thursday, 29 January 2015

Next Quiz

Here is another quiz for you to enjoy.

Tricky at times, but should keep you busy......................

1.Derived from the Greek word meaning 'bright', what name was given to the figure in Greek mythology, that was the daughter of King Minos and Pasiphae, the sister of Ariadne and the wife of Theseus?

2. (Pictured) This actor's most famous recent films have included 'Grand Budapest Hotel' (2014) and 'Saving Mr Banks' (2013) and he also co-wrote and starred in the 2007 film 'The Darjeeling Limited'. What is the name of this talented actor, the son of Talia Shire and (therefore) part of the famous Copolla family?   
Jason Schwartzmann

3. Taken from the Greek meaning 'flesh poverty', what medical name is given to the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality and strength associated with aging? 

4. (Pictured) In a list of the tallest 12 hotels in the world, Asia is home to 11 of them. Named the Trump Ocean Club and located in the capital city, which country of the Americas is home to the other one?     

5. Adapted into a 1999 film starring Michael Caine, which author wrote the 1985 novel ,'The Cider House Rules'?
John Irving

6. He discovered spontaneous fission in 1940 with Konstantin Petrzhak and was influential in the formation of the Soviet atomic bomb project during the 1940s. What is the name of this Russian scientist, who gives his name to the chemical element with the atomic number 114? 
Georgy Flyorov

7. To date she has won 7 Major Championships and over 20 tour events. She also holds the record as the oldest player to appear in the Solheim Cup and has made the most appearances for the USA in the event. What is the name of this American golfing legend, still playing today?
Juli Inkster (not Julie)

8. Who became the prime minister of the Gold Coast in 1952 and declared independence from Britain in 1957, renaming the country Ghana?
Kwame Nkrumah

9. Their writings were found on pieces of ox bone (or turtle shell) that were heated to produce a pattern of cracks that supposedly foretold the future. Attested from written records which is regarded as the first Chinese dynasty? 

10.Born around 545BC,what is the name of the Chinese military general and philosopher, credited as the author of 'The Art of War', considered  to be the definitive work on military strategy and tactics of its time?
Sun Tzu

11.In Greek mythology which King, the son of Lycaethus was killed  by Medea after he gave Jason permission to marry his daughter Glauce? 

12.(Pictured) A singer and multi-instrumentalist, he is one of the founders of the American rock group, Queens Of The Stone Age. He is also known for playing with side projects, Eagles of Death Metal and supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures. He is also the husband of Distillers front-woman Brody Dalle. What is the name of this talented musician, who has also been known under aliases such as Carlo Von Sexron, Baby Duck and J.Ho? 
Josh Homme

13. (Work pictured) He was born in 1900 at the Ministry of Naval Affairs on Place de la Concorde in Paris. He was a prominent member of the surrealist movement and his famous works include 'Mama,Papa Is Wounded' (1927), 'The Furniture of Time' (1939) and 'Indefinite Divisibilty' (1942). What is the name of this artist, who was married to fellow painter Kay Sage from 1940 until his death in 1955?
Yves Tanguy

14. The husband of Avril Lavigne, Deryck Whibley is the lead singer of which Canadian punk rock band, who released the global hit album in 2001, entitled 'All Killer,No Filler'?
Sum 41

15. Located on the other side of the rock spectrum from the felsic rock, which adjective is used to describe a silicate mineral or rock that is rich in magnesium and iron? 

16.(Picture) The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification was founded in South Korea in 1954.It is a new religious movement that uses the textbook, the 'Divine Principle'. It has since spread across Eastern Asia and is currently led by Hak Ja Han. Named after its founder, by what name are followers of this movement usually known?

17. Founded in 1861,it was named after the Empress consort of Alexander II of Russia. Which town is the capital of the autonomous Aland Islands, officially a region of Finland?

18. The official opening was made by Sultan Ibrahim Ismail in 2012.Which country became the first Asian country (and sixth in the world) to become home to a Legoland theme park?

19. (Picture) Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning. Its impressive tower-like structures rise out of the cliff and have given the city the nickname of ‘the Manhattan of the desert’. Announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982,in which Middle Eastern country is this town located?

20. Time magazine named it one of the 'Best Inventions of 2010' and 'Best Website of 2011'. Founded by Perry Chen in 2009, which website and global crowd-funding platform has received over $1 billion in pledges from nearly 6 million donors to fund over 100,000 projects to date?  

21.Jared Leto won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 2014 for his role in the film 'The Dallas Buyer's Club'. He is also very successful as the lead singer of which American rock band that achieved worldwide fame with the release of their second album' A Beautiful Lie' in 2005? 
30 Seconds To Mars

22. In 1988 tennis returned to the Olympic programme after a 64 year absence. Steffi Graf won the women's singles,(as part of her Golden Grand Slam), but which Czech player and two-time Grand Slam finalist won the men's singles event?
Miloslav Mecir

23. (Picture) She is known today as 'Rogue' in the X-Men film franchise and Sookie Stackhouse in the TV series 'True Blood'. Which Canadian actress found fame in her first film 'The Piano' in 1994,where she later picked up the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, aged only 11 years old?             
Anna Paquin

24.With a total length of 1,500 km, which mountain range forms much of the border between Iran and Iraq?
Zagros Mountains

25. (Picture) According to some accounts, the name comes from either the animal's cries or its appearance. It is a small nocturnal primate which has large eyes, long tail and acute hearing. In South Africa they are known as nagapies, but they are officially known elsewhere as Galagos. However, by  more friendly what two-word name are they commonly referred?
Bush Baby

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Just When You Think I've Gone Away

Hello Everyone

It's been a while admittedly, so I hope these will keep you busy for a minute or two.

Anyway I have 25 new questions for you to look at.

These ones are low-brow/trash, so are entertainment/sport based.

I hope you enjoy this lot...................

1. Amongst many other prestigious awards and nominations, which Austrian-born American filmmaker won two Best Director Academy Awards with the 1945 film 'The Lost Weekend' and  the 'The Apartment' in 1960? 
Billy Wilder

2. Apart from the protagonist, Walter White, which is the only other character (played by Aaron Paul), to have appeared in every episode of the US TV series ' Breaking Bad'?
 Jesse Pinkman

3. Taken from the album 'Music Of The Sun', which globally successful female singer released her first single in 2005 with the Bajan-Creole song 'Pon de Replay'? 

4.(Pictured) In October 2014,which British-Lebanese lawyer and activist became the second wife of George Clooney?
Amal  Alamuddin

5.(Picture) The product was first manufactured in Cincinnati during the 1930s as a wallpaper cleaner and  is composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid and mineral oil. Today it used as a modelling compound and is far more popular with pre-school children. Owned by Hasbro,by what name is this product usually known?

6. Which actress,who later married the NCIS actor Mark Harmon,played the character of 'Mindy', opposite Robin Williams, in the 1970s/80s US sitcom 'Mork & Mindy'?
Pam Dawber


7. (Picture) Playing the role of Kimberley Drummond in the 1970s/1980s TV sitcom 'Diff'rent Strokes',which actress,(who shares her surname with a Greek philosopher), later struggled to find acting work,leading to to her tragically early death in 1999,aged 34?

 Dana Plato

8.A major competitor with Motown,its most famous acts included Booker T and the MGs,The Staple Singers and Isaac Hayes.Which famous American record label,originally named Satellite Records,was founded by Jim Stewart in Memphis in 1957?

9.The 1984 film 'Amadeus',won the Academy award for 'Best Picture' and saw F.Murray Abraham pick up the 'Best Actor' award for playing Antonio Salieri. Which actor,also nominated, played the title role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?
Tom Hulce

10.Led by Stephen Malkmus, which American Alternative rock band,active between 1989 and 1999,released critically acclaimed albums such as 'Slanted and Enchanted' (1992) and 'Crooked Rain' (1994)?

11. FedExField was built to replace the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.Which US football team plays its home games there? 
Washington Redskins

12.Played by Lindsay Wagner in the 1970s and Michelle Ryan in the 2000s,by what titular name is the television character Jaime Sommers better known?
 The Bionic Woman

13. Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl are the most famous members of the band Nirvana and are recognisable around the globe. What was the name of the third member of Nirvana,the bassist, who went on the form the bands Sweet 75 and Eyes Adrift? 
Krist Novoselic

14. Based on the real life story of Ron Woodroof,what was the name of the 2013 film that provided Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto the male acting Academy Awards at the 2014 ceremony?
Dallas Buyers Club

15. Which French fashion house was founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion? 

16.Harold Abrahams,as famously portrayed in the 1981 film 'Chariots of Fire',won the mens 100 metre Gold medal at the 1924 Summer Olympics. In which event,did he also win a silver medal at the same Games? 
4x100 metres

17. Which Academy Award-winning actress played the role of Lauren Pearson in the the US TV  series 'The Bill Engvall Show',between 2007 and 2009?
Jennifer Lawrence

18. (Picture) One of the richest men in the world,Larry Ellison is the CEO and co-founder of which computer technology company? (The company has also sponsored two America's Cup-winning yachts) 
Oracle (Corporation)

19. (Picture) One of five men in history to achieve both the WWE and WCW Triple Crown Championship, he is also the most decorated wrestler in WCW history.Now semi-retired,by what ring name is this man known - a name shared with a influential 1960s organ player?
Booker T

20. The 1980s World Heavyweight boxing champions Tony Tucker and Tony Tubbs,both had which 'explosive' nickname?

 21.Beating Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Monsters Inc, which 2000 animated film became the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature,when awarded at the 2001 ceremony?

 22.He received an ice hockey silver medal at the 1948 Olympics representing Czechoslovakia and later went on to win the 1954 Wimbledon mens tennis singles title representing Egypt. What is the name of this remarkable sportsman,who shares both his first name and surname with a current (2014) Czech international goalkeeper?
Jaroslav Drobny

23.(Picture)Between 1966 and 1967,Bruce Lee played the protagonist's sidekick,'Kato',in which 'comic book' TV series
The Green Hornet

24.  Which actor famous for playing the role of Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street horror films?
Robert Englund

25.(Picture) Also finishing as runner-up in the 2013 Tour de France,which Colombian cyclist won the 2014 Giro d'Italia?
Nairo Quintana