Monday, January 01, 2007

Answers to the Xmas Quiz

ON Christmas Eve we had the first of two quizzes for the holiday period,
Hope you found the questions an amusing diversion, and not too obscure.
Here are the answers to that first quiz, and some references if you want to follow up or refresh your memories:


1) Tele-evangelist Pat Robertson. .

2) Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey, since 1983 and unsuccessful contender for Liberal Democrat leadership. Peter Tatchell, defeated Labour candidate in Bermondsey after anti-gay witch hunt, said "let bygones be bygones".

3) Comedian Linda Smith, who died in February 2006.

4) US vice-President Dick Cheney.

5) John Reid, MP, became Home Secretary in May 2006.

6) The British National Party.

7) Dana Olmert was recognised among young people demonstrating outside the army commander's home over the killing of civilians in Gaza.

8) Birmingham MP Lynne Jones was held up with a womens 'delegation by an official who boasted he was called "the devil". The women had wanted to visit Ramallah, and deliver children's books including "Teddy's House" and "A Martian Comes to Stay".

9) Mel Gibson, is said to be inspired by the Society of Saint Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and has therefore been dubbed a "PXie" (Pronounced pixie)

10) Tommy Sheridan, MSP, formerly of the Scottish Socialist Party.

11) David Duke, former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan attended the Holocaust revision conference in Tehran.

12) The post of director general, MI5.

True or False? Relatively speaking

1) True. George Lansbury and fellow-councillors in the London borough of Poplar were jailed in 1921, for witholding funds from the Metropolitan police rather than benefits from the borough's poor and unemployed. "Poplarism" became a term for councils resisting central government to serve their working-class electors.

2) True

3) False. Elsa Lanchester was born Elsa Sullivan in London. The brothers Fred and George Lanchester founded a car company in Birmingham, and gave their name to the Polytechnic in Coventry, but AFAIK were no relation to the film star.

4) False. Albert Finney's dad was a Salford bookie.

5) False. But Michael Manley's father Norman was the cousin of Alexander Bustamente.

Who lived there?

Which famous people once lived at these addresses?
1) Benjamin Disraeli. .
2) Baron Mayer Amschel de Rothschild, and later Lord Rosebery. In 1970 Mentmore was taken over by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for his Transcendental Meditation movement and became its seat of World Government.
3) Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists.
4) George Bernard Shaw.
5) Peter and Helen Kroger (Morris and Lorna Cohen), Soviet spies, arrested in January 1961.
6) Anthony Aloysius Hancock, in the comedy series Hancock's Half Hour.

What do they make at...?

1) Pork pies.
2) Furniture, particularly chairs.
3) Locks.
4) Blankets.
5) Carpets.
6) Pencils.
7) Liquorice sweets, hence Pontefract Cakes.
8) Lace.

Out of the Ground

1) Jet.
2) China Clay, or kaolin..
3) Slate.
4) Blue John, or fluorite, used for ornaments and jewellery..
5) Iron ore, Haematite.
6) Gypsum.
7) Portland stone (limestone)
8) Oil
9) Silver


(1948) Rev WV Awdry, creator of the Railway Series of children's books featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends.

(1956) Sir Anthony Eden, British PM who launched Suez war.

(1957) Nye Bevan, Labour shadow foreign secretary, opposing party conference resolution renouncing nuclear weapons.

(1979) Lord Louis Mountbatten

(no date, but born 1966) Eric Cantona

Yuletide knowledge

1) Bohemia (Czech Republic). Hence Wenceslas Square in Prague.
2) Southern coast of Turkey, but probably of Greek family.
3) Reindeer and Caribou are the same species.
4) Native American Indians.
5) Los Tres Reyes, the Three Kings. The tradition of celebrating the Epiphany, the visit of the Three Kings(or Magi, Wise Men) has spread through Hispanic cultures, e.g. Puerto Ricans.

Answers to our second Quiz at the weekend.
Hope all blog readers had a good holiday, and have a Happy New Year.



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