Friday, 26 June 2015

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz

Well done to Michael Brown who scored a very impressive 20 in last week's newsquiz. Other double figure scores included Alex Murphy and James Restall with 17, Charlie Taverner, 15, and Matt Cornish 13. A special mention to US journalist Kelly McLaughlin who got into double figures (10) for the first time since she returned to America in January. Here's this week's quiz. As usual, a possible 25 points to be won. Let me know how you get on.

The Daily Mail reports on the chaos in Calais (Question 1)
1. A strike by 100 workers of which company forced the suspension of services through the Channel Tunnel on Tuesday? Bonus: In a separate incident, cabbies overturned cars and blocked the Paris ring road with burning tyres in a protest over which company? Bonus: Who tweeted from the protests: 'They've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. they're beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I'm safer in Baghdad.'?
2.  Which gift from President Joachim Gauck failed to impress the Queen on her state visit to Germany?
3. What has been removed for sale by Amazon, EBay and WalMart?
4. There was a car bomb attack and a raid by six gunmen on which country's parliament this week?
5. What number has Andy Murray been seeded for Wimbledon? Bonus: Who is the top woman seed?
6. Taylor Swift persuaded Apple to change its payment policy to artists after she refused to allow the company to stream her album? What is the album called?
7. Why did Tom Osborne cause a stir on the Northern Line?
8. A 35-year-old woman in Australia was found with damage to the muscles and nerves in her lower legs so severe it took four days on a drip to recover. What caused the damage?
9. Gardener Nathan Greenway died on a Hampshire estate after handling a poisonous plant. What is the plant’s common name?
10. Who said of his job: ‘I am paid to challenge mediocrity, failure and complacency’?
11. Pilot Romain Jantot found a stowaway clinging to the wing of his light plane during a flight in French Guiana. What was it?
12. Why was Nicholas Salvador in the headlines?
13. Composer James Horner, who died in a plane crash in California, won an Oscar in 1997 for the best original song in a film. Name the song. Bonus: Patrick MacNee also died this week. He was most famous for playing John Steed in which television series?
14. Partick Thistle's new football mascot caused a negative reaction on social media for being 'too scary'. What is the mascot called?
15. Headmistress Anne Lakey was jailed for how many years after being found guilty of indecent assault on two pupils? 
16. Two public schoolboys from Perse School in Cambridge were fined for stealing relics from where?
17. Who is to replace Mark Austin as the main presenter of ITV’s News At Ten?
18. Where would you find e-cigarette, twerking, meh and FLOTUS?
Bonus: What does FLOTUS stand for?
19. Which creature which 'posed a very real threat to the public’ went on the run in Nottingham after escaping from its enclosure near Worksop?
20. The Dalai Lama will be making his debut at which event this weekend?

Answers here

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