wellinghall: (Cook)
Remember this quiz? Well, here are the answers:

1. 55 BC: Julius Ceaser's first expedition to Britain
2. 54 BC: Julius Ceaser's second expedition to Britain
3. 43 AD: Claudius' invasion of Britain
4. 410: Roman legions leave Britain
5. 449: Saxons come to Britain
6. 597: Gregory the Great's mission to the English
7. 991: Battle of Maldon
8. 1066 (September): Battle of Stamford Bridge
9. 1066 (October): Battle of Hastings
10. 1346: Battle of Crecy
11. 1348: Black Death arrives
12. 1356: Battle of Poitiers
13. 1415: Battle of Agincourt
14. 1485: Battle of Bosworth Field
15. 1497: John Cabot goes off to discover Newfoundland

[livejournal.com profile] ladyofastolat wins, and gets chocolate; with an honourable mention to John David Colfield on Facebook.
wellinghall: (Al)
1. Who are breaking all the rules? Headmasters: Baggy Trousers, Madness
2. What goes from Milan to Yucatan? Every woman, every man; Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Ian Drury and the Blockheads
3. What is it wrong to wish on? Space hardware; New England, Kirstie MacColl
4. What do I realise as I am lying in my bed thinking of you? Nothing is new; Sign of the Times, Belle Stars
5. If a voice comes over clear, what is it saying? "Is Vic there?"; Is Vic There, Department S
6. If you want something a little sweet, who should you come to? You just come to me; Come on Down, Chris Difford
7. What am I no good at? Chatting up; In the kitchen at parties, Jonah Lewie
8. Even though you make me cry, what can't I do? Break away; Breakaway, Tracey Ullman
9. Who left the same time as Johnny? Judy; It's my party, Barbara Gaskin and Dave Stewart
10. Who don't I want to end up like? Bonnie and Clyde; The Israelites, Desmond Decker
11. (double points for this one) Connect these ten songs. They all came out on Stiff Records

This was the original quiz
wellinghall: (Badger)
Remember this?
"This is a quiz from this month's issue of The Actuary mgazine. For each of the pairs given below, which is larger - or are they roughly the same?
1. No of grains of rice in a 1kg bag v No of runners in the 2011 London Marathon
2. No of words in the Bible vs No of cars built in the UK in 2010
3. Diameter in inches of a golf hole v Max breadth in inches of a cricket bat
4. No of pints in an Olympic standard swimming pool v No of people in Tanzania
5. No of hairs on my head v No of employees on the Indian state railway"

Well, the answers are out!
"1. Roughly the same — around 35,000 of each, although this depends on the grain used.
2. Number of cars built in the UK — over 1.3 million in 2010, versus around 783,000 words in the Bible.
3. Exactly the same — four and a quarter inches for each.
4. People in Tanzania — approximately 38 million. Minimum volume of an Olympic swimming pool is 2.5m litres or around 4.4 million pints, so in practice would be less.
5. The Indian state railway has around 390,000 employees. Humans rarely have more than 140,000 hairs on their heads."
wellinghall: (Badger)
1. Who went to Greyfriars' School? Billy Bunter
2. And who went to Cliffe House? Bessie Bunter
3. Who was educated at Mr Bulstrode's establishment? Viscount St George
4. And who was educated at Miss Bulstrode's school? Princess Shaista ("Cat Among the Pigeons")
5. Who went to Lowood school? Jane Eyre
6. Who took a degree at Shrewsbury college? Harriet Vane
7. Who taught at Brookfield? Mr Chips
8. And who was taught by Mr Marks and Mr French? William Brown
wellinghall: (Badger)
1. How many full member nations of the UN are there? 193 since South Sudan joined earlier this year.
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wellinghall: (Badger)
1. Where would you go to buy Trevor Francis tracksuits? From a mush in Shepherds Bush (Only Fools and Horses).
2. Who could be so good for you? "I" could. Dennis Waterman as Terry McCann (Minder).
3. If your mansion house needs haunting, who should you call? Rentaghost.
4. Who lives at the Wonderland Zoo? The Hair Bear Bunch.
5. Who is the indisputable leader of the gang? Top Cat / Boss Cat.
6. What are you if you beat them all? A record breaker.
7. What can happen in the next half hour? Anything (Stingray).
8. What tells the time steadily? The clock in Trumpton.
9. Who is a sort of wondermouse? Fingermouse.
10. Who lived in Bedrock? The Flintstones.
wellinghall: (Badger)
Remember this quiz?

1 is, as [livejournal.com profile] colinbj said, the diameter in centimetres of lead shot of weight n balls per lb.. It is therefore of use in determining shotgun gauges.

2 is William Henry "Dusty" Hare, with 7,337 points.

3 is, as [livejournal.com profile] wemyss and [livejournal.com profile] camillofan said, Kapil Dev.

The answer to 4 is that no prizes are awarded in the Badwater Ultramarathon, "the world's toughest foot race", covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in temperatures up to 130F (55c).

5 is a ring of diameter 10 inches at 1,000 yards.

6 is John Rae, the Orkney-born Canadian explorer, for his feat in walking 1,200 miles in two months in winter.

7 is, as [livejournal.com profile] philmophlegm said, a little over 102 feet.
wellinghall: (The Inn)
1. There were 58.9m people living in the UK in April 2001. How many of those were women?
30.2m women and 28.7m men. For every 100 men in the UK, there are just over 105 women.

2. How many babies were born in the UK in 2008?
794,000 babies. That's a birth rate of 12.9 per 1,000 population.

3. How many people died in the UK in 2008?
580,000. That's a death rate of 9.4 per 1,000 population.

4. How many deaths were from external causes? (accidents etc)
20,700, or 3.6% of all deaths.

5. How many cases of measles were reported in the UK in 2008?
5,351. That's up from 2,865 just eight years previously.

6. And how many cases of malaria?
403, down from 1,166 eight years before.

7. How many marriages took place in the UK in 2007?
274,000 marriages.

8. And how many divorces?
144,000 divorces.

9. How many legal migrants were there into the UK in 2008?
149,000. Of these, 11,600 came from the Americas.

10. Which was the only baby boy name to be in the top 10 in both 1934 and 2008?
James was no 9 in 2008, and no 6 in 1934. I had previously missed William, which was no 10 in 2008 and no 3 in 1934.
No girl's name was in the top ten in both years.
wellinghall: (Al)
1. Just like a rollin' stone, I'm outside lookin' in
I'm Mandy, Fly Me; 10cc

2. Meet me at the station underneath the clock, Carry an umbrella, no need to talk
Night Train to Munich; Al Stewart

3. In the year of '39, A simple year, the volunteers
'39; Queen; [livejournal.com profile] emperor

4. I see a dark sail on the horizon set under a black cloud that hides the sun
Broadsword; Jethro Tull

5. I’ve travelled the land, With a guitar in my hand
Run For Home; Lindisfarne

6. Love don't give no compensation, Love don't pay no bills
Love Kills; Freddie Mercury; [livejournal.com profile] beckyc

7. I don't want my freedom, There's no reason for living with a broken heart
It's a Hard Life; Queen; [livejournal.com profile] emperor

8. There is nothing that is wrong, In wanting you to stay here with me
Lay Down Sally; Eric Clapton

9. Warning lights are flashing down at quality control, Somebody threw a spanner and they threw him in the hole
Industrial Disease; Dire Straits; [livejournal.com profile] philmophlegm

10. Been beat up and battered around, Been sent up and I've been shot down
Handle With Care; Travelling Wilburys; [livejournal.com profile] white_hart
wellinghall: (Grace)
You know the rules ...

1. He looked exactly the same when he was alive, only he was vertical.
The Trouble with Harry

2. I don't often try to apologize 'cause I seldom make any mistakes.
Follow The Fleet

3. A: Ah Ms. B, you're a vision of lovliness. May I offer you a cocktail? Or champagne?
B: Oh champagne, I've never had enough.
A: You will ... tonight.
Philadelphia Story

4. A: Where is the nearest recruiting office?
B: Oh, running off to war like a coward.
I Married a Witch

5. How could there have been witnesses? It was so dark. We were running, and I fell and B went to help me up, and this thing came from nowhere. I don't know what they're talking about.
An American Werewolf in London

6. A: It's all right, that's in every contract. That's what they call a sanity clause.
B: You can't fool me! There ain't no Sanity Claus!
A Night at the Opera

7. A: This is a very strange love affair.
B: Why?
A: Maybe the fact that you don't love me.

8. Now there's a bitter pill. Our own damned rifles!

9. A: Have you ever tried to persuade him that he wasn't Teddy Roosevelt?
B: Oh, no.
C: Oh, he's so happy being Teddy Roosevelt.
B: Oh... Do you remember, C, once, a long time ago, we thought if he'd be George Washington, it might be a change for him, and we suggested it.
C: And do you know what happened? He just stayed under his bed for days and wouldn't be anybody.

Arsenic and Old Lace; [livejournal.com profile] helflaed

10. All astronomers are amateurs. When it comes to the heavens, there's only one professional.
The Wolf Man
wellinghall: (Purdeys)
1. Who was the father of Stephanie Flanders (of the BBC)? Michael Flanders (of Flanders and Swann) - [livejournal.com profile] camillofan

2. And who was the father of Sarah Smith (of Channel 4)? John Smith (Labour party) - [livejournal.com profile] parrot_knight

3. Where did the Duke of Dunstable live? Wiltshire (PG Wodehouse) - [livejournal.com profile] segh

4. And which gentlemen's club was on Dover Street? Drones (PG Wodehouse) - [livejournal.com profile] camillofan

5. Which major military action resulted in the greatest loss of life for the British Army, as a proportion of those starting out? The Retreat from Kabul (aka The Massacre of Elphinstone's Army); 4,500 soldiers and 12,000 camp followers set out; one man made it back - [livejournal.com profile] the_marquis

6. And which was the bloodiest battle on British soil? The Battle of Towton (during the Wars of the Roses); about 28,000 dead; around 78,000 took part; roughly 1% of the population of England was killed in the battle - [livejournal.com profile] gurthaew

7. In which year was eBay set up? 1995 - [livejournal.com profile] apadamek

8. Which street in London would you go to for a bespoke suit? Saville Row - [livejournal.com profile] gramarye1971

9. And for a handmade shirt? Jermyn Street - [livejournal.com profile] gramarye1971

10. Which country threatened to invade British Honduras in 1972? Guatamela (as told in the book Phoenix Squadron) - [livejournal.com profile] parrot_knight
wellinghall: (Cary)
The rules

+ Pick ten (originally twenty, but I'm running out of time) of your favorite movies.
+ Go to imdb.com and find a quote from each movie.
+ Post them here for everyone to guess.
+ Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
+ Let's not cheat, ladies and gents.

The quotes

1. Oh, simple. I was nursing a director of General Motors. Kidney ailment, they said. Nerves, I said. And I asked myself, "What's General Motors got to be nervous about?" Overproduction, I says; collapse. When General Motors has to go to the bathroom ten times a day, the whole country's ready to let go. Rear Window - [livejournal.com profile] kargicq

2. Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed. North by Northwest - [livejournal.com profile] bookwormsarah

3. Germaine has very sensitive hands and an exceedingly light touch. She strangled a German general - without a sound.

4. Well, if you insist on this socialistic nonsense, yes. You're losing a friend, but gaining a second-in-command.

5. Now don't you forget this! Why I should stick my neck out for you is far beyond my capacity! Star Wars - [livejournal.com profile] louisedennis

6. Major, right now you got me about as confused as I ever hope to be. Where Eagles Dare - [livejournal.com profile] inzilbeth_3319

7. Death waits you! You have made a covenant with death, and with Hell you are in agreement. You're all going to die! Don't you realize? Can't you see? You're all going to die! Death awaits you all!

8. 'Come ahead. stop. Stop being a sap. stop. You can even bring Alberto. stop. My husband is stopping at your hotel. stop. when do you start. stop.' I cannot understand who wrote this. Top Hat - [livejournal.com profile] segh

9. I'm a New York City girl. It's a little too quiet around here for me. Flash Gordon - [livejournal.com profile] louisedennis

10. Oh, they're nice as pie until they've had their way with you. But once the bloom is gone... oh, the beast comes out.
wellinghall: (Jaguar)
1. The eyes behind the wide black rubber goggles were cold as flint. From a View to a Kill; my copy is in the collection Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories; Ian Fleming

2. My suffering left me sad and gloomy. Life of Pi; Yann Martel

3. The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn. The Portrait of Dorian Grey; Oscar Wilde [livejournal.com profile] wemyss

4. The blessed and ever glorious Virgin Mary, sprung from the royal race and family of David, was born in the city of Nazareth, and educated at Jerusalem, in the temple of the Lord. The Gospel of the Birth of Mary; my copy is in The Lost Books of the Bible

5. The great bell of Beaulieu was ringing. The White Company; Arthur Conan Doyle [livejournal.com profile] wemyss

6. Imagine that you have to break someone's arm. The Gun Seller; Hugh Laurie [livejournal.com profile] tree_and_leaf

7. The architecture of ancient Egypt has much to commend it - size, dignity and durability - but nevertheless it must be admitted that it is a trifle monotonous. Pillar to Post; Osbert Lancaster

8. Not since the Lord himself showed his stuff to Ezekial in the valley of dry bones had anyone shown such grace and skill in the reconstruction of animals from disarticulated skeletons. Wonderful Life; Stephen Jay Gould

9. After having been twice driven back by heavy south-western gales, Her Majesty's ship XXX, a ten-gun brig, under the command of Captain Fitz Roy, R.N., sailed from Devonport on the 27th of December, 1831. The Voyage of the Beagle; Charles Darwin Several people got the idea, although no-one actually gave the title and author

10. On a bright autumn day, as long ago as the year 943, there was a great bustle in the Castle of Bayeux in Normandy. The Little Duke; Charlotte M Yonge [livejournal.com profile] jason_finch
wellinghall: (Grace)
The quotes themselves are here.

1. Rope (1948) - first guessed by [livejournal.com profile] segh
2. The Dam Busters (1955) - [livejournal.com profile] chris_maslen
3. The Eagle Has Landed (1976) - [livejournal.com profile] overconvergent
4. Where Eagles Dare (1968) - [livejournal.com profile] beckyc
5. Pale Rider (1985) - [livejournal.com profile] chris_maslen
6. One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) - no-one got this
7. The Hobbit (1977) - [livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit
8. Duck Soup (1933) - [livejournal.com profile] phoebesmum
9. Follow The Fleet (1936) - no-one got this either
10. Harvey (1950) - [livejournal.com profile] inamac

Apart from the two noted above, [livejournal.com profile] chris_maslen got five other answers, and gets a bonus point for this.
wellinghall: (Default)
1. "Put down that wrench!" Robert A Heinlein, Blowups Happen
2. The deck of the French ship was slippery with blood, heaving in the choppy sea; a stroke might as easily bring down the man making it as the intended target. Naomi Novik, Temeraire
3. My attention was drawn to the spots on my chest when I was in my bath, singing, if I remember rightly, the Toreador song from the opera Carmen. PG Wodehouse, Aunts Aren't Gentlemen
4. As a teenager, I was a great fan of science fiction and fantasy. Colin Bruce, Schrodinger's Rabbits
5. The tall and dour non-com wore Imperial dress greens and carried his communications panel like a field-marshall's baton. Lois McMaster Bujold, The Warrior's Apprentice
6. It was January in northern New York State, sixty-five years ago. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farmer Boy
7. A January gale was bearing up the Channel, blustering loudly, and bearing in its bosom rain squalls whose big drops rattled loudly on the tarpaulin clothing of those among the officers and med whose duty kept them on deck. CS Forester, Mr Midshipman Hornblower
8. It all began with William's aunt, who was in a good temper that morning and gave him a shilling for posting a letter for her and carrying her parcels from the grocer's. Richmal Compton, Just William
9. Slowly, deliberately, Starr crushed out the butt of his cigarette. Alistair Maclean, HMS Ulysses
10. "But if he thought the woman was being murdered - " Dorothy L Sayers, Unnatural Death
11. Watson had been watching his companion intently ever since he had sat down to the breakfast table. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Watson Learns The Trick
12. One high horn shriled and ceased. Ursula K le Guin, The Tombs of Atuan
13. There was a village once, not very long ago for those with long memories, nor very far away for those with long legs. JRR Tolkien, Smith of Wootton Major
14. Down by the corner of the street, AA Milne, When We Were Very Young
15. There was a king called Fornjot who ruled over Finland and Kvenland, the countries stretching to the east of what we call the Gulf of Bothnia, which lies opposite the White Sea. The Orkneyinga Saga
wellinghall: (Default)
1. On a morning from a Bogart movie, in a country where they turned back time: Al Stewart, Year of the Cat
2. Is this the real life, is this just fantasy: Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
3. You get a shiver in the dark, its been raining in the park but meantime: Dire Straits, Tunnel of Love
4. A lovestruck Romeo, sings a streetsuss serenade: Dire Straits, Romeo and Juliet
5. Now I'm a little shy, I like to stay home: BA Robertson, To Be Or Not To Be
6. Now is the solstice of the year, winter is the glad song that you hear: Jethro Tull, Solstice Bells
7. Hey Mr Dreamseller, where have you been: Lindisfarne, Meet Me On The Corner
8. Well I've been waiting, waiting here so long: Genesis, Invisible Touch
9. The silicon chip inside her head gets switched to overload: Boomtown Rats, Don't Like Mondays
10. Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit lonely and you're never coming round: Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse of the Heart


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