Friday, 26 August 2016

Isolde wins the quiz Champagne

The MailOnline trainees had a good week with Adam Tinworth in London and are now heading off on their regional newspaper placements. As usual they finished the week with the newsquiz. Congratulations to Isolde Walters who collected the Champagne for top scorer over the four-week course - consistently high scoring.

Isolde collects the quiz Champagne
She just beat Luke Barnes into second place. This week's winner was Joe Sheppard with 15.5 points, narrowly beating Giulia Crouch on 15. Last week's quiz was a tough one with the top scores coming in below average. Well done to Blaise Tapp and Liz Gerard who both scored 12 and the Batstone Collective who were the top team scorers with 14. Here is this week's quiz. As usual 25 questions. Let me know how you get on. 

Devastation in Italy (Questions 5, 6 and 7)
1. How many medals did Team GB win in total?
2. Who carried the Union Flag at the closing ceremony?
3. The British Airways plane that brought home 320 athletes and support staff from Rio had stickers in the side that said #GreattobeBAck and which other word?
4. Jamaican sprinter Usian Bolt celebrated his 30th birthday at which London nightclub?
5. What was the magnitude of the earthquake that struck central Italy this week?
6. The earthquake happened in a shallow fault in which mountain range?
7. At least three British holidaymakers – including a 14-year-old boy from London – were killed in the Italian earthquake. What was the name of the town where they were staying?
8. Nigel Farage told a Donald Trump rally: 'I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me. In fact, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me.’ In which city was the rally?
9. What two names did Jamie Oliver and wife Jools give to their baby son? Half a point for each name.

10. Jeremy Corbyn was filmed sitting on the floor of a Virgin train while he was travelling from London to which city?
11. At a Labour leadership debate in Glasgow candidate Owen Smith accused his rival Jeremy Corbyn of being 'complacent and passive' about what?
12. What is the name of the Sussex beach where five men drowned on Wednesday?
13. Reporter and writer Sir Antony Jay, who died aged 86, co-wrote which television series?
14. What was the name of the part plane, part airship, that nosedived at Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire?
15. Who clashed with Mark Wright’s friends at V Festival?

16. Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy described what as a 'provocative and militant’ act?
17. Selasi Gbormittah made a big impression on Great British Bake Off 2016. Where was he born? 
18. Which Premier League striker has apologised for homophobic rants on his Twitter feed? 
19. Women who take what are nearly three times as likely to get breast cancer, according to the Institute of Cancer Research in London?
20. What fell by 2.1 percentage points to 66.9 per cent because of a 'complex national picture’?
21. Where will you see Greg Rutherford, Lesley Joseph and Robert Rinder next weekend?

22. Why was Gaziantep in the headlines?
23. How was British journalist Tom Jackson injured?
24. Police launched Operation Bigfoot to find a young child who was reportedly 'forced into a van and abducted' during rush hour in which town?

25. A gag by Masai Graham was named funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The joke was: 'My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he's a man _____ ______ ______ _______.’ What are the four missing words?

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Isolde wins this week's newsquiz

The online trainees at Northcliffe House 
I said goodbye to the MailOnline trainees in London this week. Most of them will spend next week with digital guru Adam Tinworth before heading off to their regional placements. Roisin Potter and Matt Lucas will miss Adam’s week though as they fly out to work at the Mail's New York office tomorrow. Good luck to them. The trainees had sessions on video with Tom Mavro-Michaelis, dealing with complaints with Tal Gottesman, science and technology with Ellie Zolfagharifard, Freedom of Information with Simon Murphy and grammar and geography with Mike Watson. Amy Marley also talked them through the global coverage. We had a few farewell drinks in the Greyhound in Kensington last night.

We finished the week, as always, with the newsquiz. This week’s winner was Isolde Walters with 11 points, narrowly beating Luke Barnes and Jess Walford who both scored 10.5.  Last week’s online top scorer was Lydia Willgress with 14.5, who was just ahead of Sian Brewis on 14. It must have been a tough week. Here’s this week quiz - as usual 25 questions. Let me know how you get on. 

Celebrating the cyclists (Questions 1, 2 and 7)  
1. How many cycling medals in total did Team GB win?
2. Who described Laura Trott as a ‘pain the  a***’? Name please
3. From which country has the first Olympic athlete been stripped of their bronze medal after a positive drugs test?
4. TV sports presenter Charlie Webster is seriously ill in a Brazilian hospital after cycling from London’s Olympic Stadium to Rio. For which charity was she fund raising?
5. Jade Jones retained her gold medal in taekwondo. What is her nickname?
6. Great Britain’s women’s hockey team meet the Netherlands in the Olympic final today. Who did Team GB beat 3-0 in the semi-final?
7. Laura Trott and Jason Kenny share a £500,000 three-bedroom cottage in picturesque Chelford. In which county is it?
8. Sellers and makers of which style of knife, which was used by killer Joanna Dennehy, could go to jail after the knives were banned by the UK government this week?
9. High street glasses chain Specsavers has applied to trademark which word in a bid to protect its advertising slogan?
10. Leigh-on-Sea has been named as the happiest town to live in the UK, which town did it knock off the top spot?
11. Estate agent George Low was stabbed to death in which resort?
12. Prosecuting solicitor John McDermott said: ‘They’d fancied themselves as Batman and Robin for years – but on the wrong side of the law’. Name the pair he was referring to. Half point each.
13. Who is taking over from the Met Office to supply the BBC weather service?
14. Why has five-year-old Omran Daqneesh been in the news?
15. Dalian Atkinson died after he was tasered by police outside his father’s home in Telford. Name any two of the English football teams he played for?
16. Successful PR guru Lynne Franks was criticised by her son for being an ‘absolutely awful’ mother who was ‘too selfish to raise children’. Franks was the inspiration for which TV character?
17. The newly-opened Adelphi pub in Dublin used what to decorate the back of its urinals?
18. What will be shown on all ITV channels between 9.30am and 10.30am on August 27 to promote I Am Team GB?
19. Why was Lorraine Chew in the news this week?
20. Who was charged under section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000, only the second time such a case has been brought?
21. Which supermarket blamed the falling price of food as it recorded a 7.5 per cent drop in sales … its eighth consecutive quarter of decline?
22. Where did Simon S die?
23. Who said he would open 21 pop up shops around the world, (with the locations announced 24 hours before) so fans can buy merchandise?
24. Victoria Derbyshire showed Jeremy Corbyn a photograph of which television presenters that he failed to recognised
25. In the Labour leadership debate Owen Smith said 'I’m very good at singing along at ________ at Karaoke.' What was the song?

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Friday, 12 August 2016

Phoebe and Rod win the newsquiz

The MailOnline trainees have been on the second week of their course in London. They have had video training with Tom Mavro-Michaelis and Lisa Snell, systems training with Nick Enoch and a session on social media with Tara Brady. The rest of the time they have been with me, finding stories and learning about headlines and style. Giulia Crouch had a story published on the website ... a heartbreaking interview with the parents of a nine-year-old boy, who appeared on Children in Need, and whose funeral was today. Read it here. 

As usual we finished the week with the newsquiz. This week's winners were Phoebe Weston and Rod Ardehali with 14.5 each, narrowly beating Isolde Walters and Jess Walford with 14. Last week's quiz was clearly a tough one with the best online score by Sophie Jamieson with 14.5 narrowly beating Janet Boyle with 14. Here's this week's quiz. As usual 25 questions about the week's events. Let me know how you get on.

Judge drops the QC-bomb (Questions 7 and 8)
1. The first gold medal of the Olympics went to 19-year-old Virginia Thrasher of the US in which sport?
2. Who gained a gold by beating his own World Record time of  57.13?
3. Joe Clarke won a medal in which sport?
4. American swimmer Michael Phelps collected his 26th Olympic medal by winning the 200 metres freestyle medley in Rio on Friday morning (BST). How many of those 26 medals are gold?
5. Michael Phelps celebrated one of his gold medals by kissing his baby son. What is his son's name?
6. Who tweeted about a front page of The Daily Telegraph, saying: ‘I am very surprised by this picture? Is it for real?’
7. What was the name of the judge who told defendant John Hennigan: ‘You’re a bit of a c*** yourself’.
8. At which court was the judge in Question 7 presiding?
9. Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor died this week. How was he better known?
10. Tennis player Gabriella Taylor, who claims to have been poisoned at Wimbledon, was diagnosed as having Leptospirosis, a disease caused by bacterium that is transmitted via what?
11. A ten-year-old boy died on the world’s biggest waterslide in Kansas. What is the name of the slide?
12. Professor Alexis Jay is to be the new chairman for the inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales. Which high profile inquiry did she previously oversee?
13. Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said: 'There are _____ that have come back to the party and they certainly don’t have the best interests of the Labour Party at heart.' What is the missing word?
14. What kind of people did Donald Trump suggest may be able to thwart Hillary Clinton?
15. Antonio Horta-Osario is the chief executive of which company?
16. Police were called to a family fun day in Orsett, Essex, after parents complained about attractions including a castle made of crisp boxes. What was the event called?
17. Nadiya Hussain and Allegra McEvedyare are to be the new judges of what?
18. Father Edward Daly, who died this week, became famous when he was photographed doing what during Bloody Sunday in 1972?
19. Manchester United paid a world record transfer fee of how much for Juventus footballer Paul Pogba?
20. Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, who lost his fight to remain in Broadmoor, now calls himself by which surname?
21. Name the resort town in Thailand where four bombs exploded killing two people.
22. Who was the first contestant to be announced for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing?
23. Three Foxtons estate agents have been sacked after fighting with Class War activists outside whose home?
24. Members of RMT and the TSSA will go on weekend strikes in August, planning to disrupt Eurostar services. What does RMT and TSSA stand for? Half point for each.
25. Jamie Oliver described the weight of his new born baby son as the same as 16 packs of what?

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Friday, 5 August 2016

Mary collects the quiz Champagne

MailOnline's US and UK trainees at Northcliffe House

I spent this week with 16 UK MailOnline trainees on their first week of training - and 14 trainees who were on their fifth week. They had sessions with managing editor Rhiannon Macdonald, trainer Mike Watson, page editor Ben Bailey, system trainer Nick Enoch, Femail editor Carol Driver, picture editor Paul Ashton and former trainee Ekin Karasin. They also had sessions with the legal team of Tim Ross, Julian Darrall, Kirsty Howarth, Lindsay Warwick and former Mail on Sunday editor Peter Wright who talked about the Editor's Code. The US trainees are now off on their regional placements. Good luck to them. I look forward to seeing their names in lights. As always we finished with the newsquiz. The top American trainees this week were Ann Schmidt and Mary Kekatos. Mary  collected the Champagne for best overall score over the five weeks. Well done to her. The top UK trainees this week were Isolde Walters and Luke Barnes with 13 each.
Last week's top score online was Janet Boyle with 18. Here's this week's quiz. As usual, 25 questions about the week. Let me know how you get on. 

Dave on the beach (Questions 5 and 6)
1. The Bank of England cut interest rates to stave off the threat of a recession in the wake of Brexit. What is the new rate?
2. George Osborne was placed at the top of David Cameron's list with a rare and prestigious award, the Companion of Honour, which can be be held by only how many people?
3. What did oil tycoon Ian Taylor say he did not want ‘at this time’?
4. What was the name of the retired teacher, from Florida, who was stabbed to death in Russell Square, London?
5. Where was former Prime Minister David Cameron and his family photographed on holiday?
6. Cameron's swimming trunks, from Notting Hill design shop Orlebar Brown, cost how much?
7. Naked pictures emerged of Donald Trump’s wife from a two-day photo shoot in New York in 1995, when she was 25 and used the name Melania K. What did the K stand for?
8. How many minutes late were Steven Woolfe’s nomination papers received, due to a technical issue, which caused him to miss out on being eligible for the UKIP leadership race? 
9. become the first UK airline to do what?
10. Why was 53-year-old Sonia Davies in the headlines? 
11. The world's thinnest tall building has been opened in Brighton. What is it called?
12. Former Everton football manager Roberto Martinez is the new head coach of which team?
13. What has been been introduced on Fridays between 8.30pm - 9.30pm at a Luton venue?
14. Edward Tenniswood was jailed for 30 years for the murder and 12 years for the rape of India Chipchase at which court?
15. Faizah Shaheen was detained at which airport when returning from a break in Turkey after being spotted reading the book Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline on the outbound flight? 
16. How many people were killed when a hot air balloon crashed in Texas?
17. Nine children were injured in Swanage when what broke away from its mooring?
18. Actor Clint Eastwood, in an interview with Esquire magazine, said Donald Trump’s rise coincided with unease over free speech, adding ‘we’re really in a _______ generation’. What is the missing word?
19.  What is the name of Cara Delevingne’s character in the new film Suicide Squad? 
20. The Metropolitan Police’s new elite armed officers are called CTSFOs. What does the acronym stand for?
21. On being told that he was to be the flag bearer for Team GB at the Olympic games, Andy Murray said: 'I was just getting into bed at about 11.15 - I was in my _____’ . What is the missing word?
22. The Siddiqui family from the TV programme Gogglebox apologised for what?
23.  In which British city did four Black Lives Matter activists chain themselves together on a tram track?
24. Jorge Eurico da Silva Faria, who was arrested for kidnapping Bernie Ecclestone’s mother-in-law, used to work for the F1 tycoon as what?
25. During which TV programme was the word ‘eleemosynary’ used?

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