Friday, 2 December 2022

First newsquiz of the month

The top solo scorers in last week’s newsquiz were Robert Rea and George Mann who both scored 22, ahead of Rob Lawrence on 20.5, Toby Brown on 20, Jayme Bryla on 19, Marguerite Turner on 18.5, and Stuart Bagnall and Damon Wake on 18. The top teams were the Le Touquet Light Brigade of Les, Nicky, Kevin, Mandy, Peter and Stacey and Maura and Phil Parsons who both scored 20, just ahead of Joe Everton, Sarah Cockerill and Our Peter on 19, Neil and Jo Benson on 18.5, Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe on 17 and Bruce and Sarah Hayward on 16. Here is this week's newsquiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and let me know your score.

A selection of today's front pages

1. What is the name of Prince William’s godmother, and former lady-in-waiting to the Queen, who resigned from the royal household after she was accused of racism?
2. Labour won the first by-election to be held since Boris Johnson left Downing Street, with an increased majority of nearly 11,000, in which constituency?
3. Speaking at a conference in London, Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukraine’s president, claimed Russia was using what as a weapon of war?
4. Which politician announced he was quitting his position, saying: 'After more than five years in the role, now is the right time for fresh leadership.’
5. Business and Energy Secretary Grant Shapps said the building of what would be allowed 'where communities are in favour of it’ ... effectively ending an eight-year ban?
6. Sajid Javid, who announced he was to stand down as an MP at the next General Election, held which two Cabinet positions in Boris Johnson’s Government? Half a point for each.
7. The BBC said it was 'extremely concerned' about the treatment of Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed and 'beaten and kicked by the police while working as an accredited journalist’. What was he covering?
8. Which bank said it would close 114 branches in the UK from April?
9. Former Scottish rugby international Doddie Weir, who died aged 52, raised millions of pounds after being diagnosed with which disease six years ago?
10. Belgium’s Roberto Martinez became the second manager to leave his job after his team failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup. Which country’s manager was the first?
11. For the first time in a census of England and Wales fewer than half of the population described themselves as what?
12. A vaccine programme was stepped up, and infected people in migrant processing centres were isolated, after a large increase in cases of which disease?
13. A powerful landslide tore across which Italian island killing at least one person with others missing?
14. The World Health Organisation announced a name change for which virus after complaints of racist and stigmatising language?
15. Who was banned from Twitter after sharing an image that showed a Nazi swastika inside a Star of David?
16. Fashion-house Balenciaga was criticised, leading its ambassador Kim Kardashian to make a statement, over a photoshoot showing child models posing with what?
17. A trailer for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix documentary was released, coinciding with a visit to America by the Prince and Princess of Wales who were promoting which environmental prize?
18. How did French woman Stephanie Frappart make history on Thursday?
19. Singer Irene Cara, who died aged 63, had two UK top ten hits including a No 1 in the early 1980s. Name them. Half a point for each.
20. Before she married Fleetwood Mac’s bassist, musician Christine McVie, who died aged 79, was in blues band Chicken Shack and was called what?
21. Which musician apologised for using a machine to autograph ‘hand-signed’ books blaming 'vertigo and the pandemic’?
22. What was named the word of 2022 by dictionary Merriam-Webster after a 1,740 per cent surge in searches for it on its website?
23. Who was the first headline performer announced for next year’s Glastonbury Festival, set to appear on the Pyramid stage on Sunday June 25?
24. Which artist had the UK's most-streamed song of 2022 according to Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer?
25. After coming fourth in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, Mike Tindall launched a range of what to raise money for Cure Parkinson's?

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Friday, 25 November 2022

Time to tackle the newsquiz

Last week’s newsquiz was clearly a tough one with scores well below usual. The top solo scorer was George Mann with 18, ahead of Marguerite Turner on 17, Jayme Bryla on 15 and Gavin Devine on 14. The top team was Three Legs drinkers Peter and Stacey with 19, ahead of Maura and Phil Parsons on 17, Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe and Bruce and Sarah Hayward on 16 and Lou, Joe and Sam on 15. Here is this week’s quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know your score. 

Today's front pages

1. At the beginning of his pre-World Cup press conference speech which one of these did Fifa president Gianni Infantino not say? a) Today I feel Qatari b) Today I feel African c) Today I feel woman d) Today I feel gay e) Today I feel disabled.
2. What did Iran’s footballers decline to do before their World Cup game against England?
3. Germany's players covered their mouths ahead of their World Cup match against Japan and the German Football Association said it was taking Fifa to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as a protest over what?
4. Portugal footballer Cristiano Ronaldo scored against Ghana making him the first player to have done what?
5. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visited Ukraine for the first time since becoming Prime Minister and promised how many millions of pounds to bolster Ukrainian air defence?
6. After the Supreme Court ruled that Holyrood did not have the power to hold Indyref2 without Westminster’s consent, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told an Edinburgh rally: ‘Today our independence movement also becomes Scotland’s ___ movement.’ What is the missing word?
7. What guidance by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority was described by Labour's Jess Phillips as 'really irresponsible’, by the SNP's Stewart McDonald as ‘absurd' and by senior Tory backbencher David Davis as ‘bonkers’?
8. The Office for National Statistics reported that what had reached a record level of 504,000?
9. RMT boss Mick Lynch, announcing four 48-hour strikes in December and January, said 'I'm not the ___, I'm a trade union official and I'm determined to get a deal.’ What is the missing word?
10. Leaked documents suggest that an offshore trust linked to which Tory peer received £29million from PPE deals she had promoted through the Government’s VIP lane?
11. Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to strike for which two dates next month in their biggest walkout in the NHS's history? Half a point for each date.
12. Jamie Barrow, 31, appeared at which city’s magistrates’ court charged with the murder of a mother and two children who died after a house fire?
13. A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck a mountainous region of which island killing almost 300 people?
14. What was the name of the LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs where a gunman killed five people?
15. Six people were killed in what establishment in Virginia after a manager opened fire?
16. Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury and the Blockheads guitarist Wilko Johnson, who died aged 75, appeared as royal executioner Ser Ilyn Payne in which television series?
17. Who tweeted: 'The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei’?
18. Whose lawyers argued, at a Special Immigration Appeals Commission, that their client was trafficked for sexual exploitation when a minor and that removing her UK citizenship was unlawful?
19. Former paralympics athlete John McFall and astrophysicist Rosemary Coogan were selected to train as what?
20. A furnace - an industrial landmark since the 1970s that stood 365ft high and produced 3.6million tons of iron a year - was demolished, changing the skyline of which English town?
21. What is the name of the former rugby league player who raised £1.8million for motor neurone disease by completing seven ultra marathons in seven days?
22. Apple, David Beckham, Ineos founder Jim Ratcliffe and Spanish fashion billionaire Amancio Ortega were all reported to be interested in buying what?
23. Camilla, the Queen Consort, rehomed a selection of what, that had been left in tribute to the late Queen, to a London nursery?
24. US President Joe Biden pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys with what names at the White House? Half a point for each.
25. Who was the first campmate to be voted off this year’s I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here?

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Friday, 18 November 2022

Have a crack at the newsquiz

The top solo scorer in last week’s newsquiz was Jayme Bryla with 23, ahead of Marguerite Turner on 21.5. Also on the leaderboard were George Mann and Rob Lawrence with 21, Janet Boyle with 20.5, Stuart Bagnall and Robert Rea 20, Gavin Devine, Giles Borg and Toby Brown 19 and Phil Lambell 17. Three Legs drinkers Peter, Stacey, Nicki, Les, Simon and Jim were the top team with 22.5, narrowly ahead of Simon, Sue and Will Cole with 22. Maura and Phil Parsons scored 20.5, Neil and Jo Benson 19, Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe 18 and Bruce and Sarah Hayward 17. Here is this week's newsquiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know your score.

A selection of today's front pages

1. In his Autumn Statement Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said the Office for Budget Responsibility had judged 'that the UK, like other countries, is now ___ ___.' What are the two missing words?
2. In his Autumn Statement Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced that in England, the NHS budget would increase by how much a year for the next two years?
3. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt told the Commons that he was raising the national living wage from £9.50 per hour to what amount?
4. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt also announced that what would no longer be exempt from duty from April 2025?
5. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, challenged by Labour deputy Angela Rayner at PMQs over bullying complaints, denied throwing what at staff?
6. Under a new agreement, signed by Home Secretary Suella Braverman in Paris, the UK will pay France how much a year in an attempt to stop people crossing the English Channel in small boats?
7. A Dutch court found three men guilty of murder for shooting down a passenger jet with which flight number over Ukraine in 2014 killing 298 people?
8. President Volodymyr Zelensky disagreed with Nato and US President Joe Biden and said he had 'no doubts' that Ukraine was not to blame for what?
9. The G20 meeting, attended by world leaders, was held on which island?
10. A coroner said that two-year-old Awaab Ishak died from a respiratory condition caused by what in the flat where he lived with his parents in Rochdale?
11. A woman was arrested after six people were killed and 81 wounded in an explosion in which city?
12. Why was former American television host Jay Leno in the headlines?
13. Asda said it was limiting what to two boxes for each customer because of supply disruptions?
14. Wimbledon relaxed which rule to relieve a 'potential source of anxiety’ for female tennis players?
15. What was Budweiser responding to when it tweeted: 'This is awkward’?
16. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos promised to give away his $124billion fortune during his lifetime and gave $100mlllion to who to donate to charities of her choice?
17. England beat Pakistan to win the men's T20 cricket World Cup with who being named player of the tournament?
18. Comedian Joe Lycett said he would do what if David Beckham did not end his multimillion pound deal with Qatar to promote the World Cup?
19. England’s World Cup team flew to Qatar on a Virgin chartered plane called what, in an apparent act of defiance?
20. In his controversial interview with Piers Morgan, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo referred to former colleague Wayne Rooney and others as what animals who were going to criticise him?
21. Australian soap Neighbours, which stopped broadcasting in July, is to be resurrected by which company?
22. Former rugby player, and the Princess Royal’s son-in-law Mike Tindall, was accused of breaking Royal Protocol by calling who 'f***ers' on I’m A Celebrity?
23. Who quit due to injury saying: 'Roly polys are for six-year-olds, not fifty-year-olds!’?
24. Who raised more than £1million for Children In Need by completing a 24-hour treadmill challenge?
25. Syabira triumphed over Sandro and Abdul to win what?

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Friday, 11 November 2022

It's newsquiz time

The top solo scorer in last week’s newsquiz was Rob Lawrence with an impressive 24 - a personal best.  Marguerite Turner scored 22 and Marion Fountayne on 21. Janet Boyle, Stuart Bagnall, George Mann and Nick Turner all scored 20, Robert Rea and Jo Wadsworth scored 19, Toby Brown, Phil Lambell, Gavin Devine and Tony Smith all got 18 and Jayme Bryla 16. The top team was The Thee Legs drinkers of Peter, Stacey, Kevin, Mandy, Les and Ian with 21, ahead of Maura and Phil Parsons and Neil and Jo Benson on 20. Jess Devonport and Nicholas Collins scored 19 and Adam Batstone, Lucy Thorpe, Ben and Bella 18. Here is this week’s newsquiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week’s events. Give it a go and let me know your score.

A selection of today's front pages

1. A senior civil servant told the Guardian that Sir Gavin Williamson, during his time in Cabinet, told staff to 'slit your throat’ and, on another occasion, to do what?
2. Sir Gavin Williamson, who resigned from the Government, had previously been sacked by both Boris Johnson and Theresa May from which Cabinet positions? Half a point for each.
3. At Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer challenged Rishi Sunak over his decision to promote Sir Gavin Williamson, describing him as a cartoon bully with a pet what?
4. Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s entry into the I’m a Celebrity camp prompted who to say that, if his mother had died of Covid: 'I wouldn't be here now. I would have gone if he had walked in’?
5. Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock sang a song by which artist to his I’m A Celebrity campmate Seann Walsh?
6. Nurses voted for their first ever national strike, with Health Secretary Steve Barclay saying demands for a pay rise of what per cent were 'out of step' with the economic circumstances?
7. Who said he had warned former Prime Minister Liz Truss about going at a 'breakneck speed' with economic measures telling her ‘you will have two months if you carry on like this’?
8. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced an additional bank holiday on Monday, May 8, next year to mark what event?
9. UN Secretary General António Guterres opened the COP27 climate summit by saying that the world was on 'the ___ ___ ___ ___ with our foot still on the accelerator’. What are the missing four words?
10. Chief Constable Chris Noble told the National Police Chiefs’ Council conference that 'we're not going to arrest our way out of' what?
11. Russia's defence ministry said it had completed the withdrawal of troops from which Ukrainian city after saying it was not possible to continue supplies?
12. Which 34-year-old singer, a child prodigy who had two UK top ten hits when he was ten, was found dead at his Californian home?
13. Why was 23-year-old Patrick Thelwell arrested in York?
14. Former England rugby player Levi Davis, 24, who was reported missing, was last seen on CCTV leaving The Old Irish Pub in which city?
15. A Tanzanian passenger plane crashed into which lake, as it attempted to land, killing at least 19 people? 
16. The Red Roses will meet the Black Ferns at which event at Eden Park, Auckland, tomorrow (Saturday)?
17. Actor Leslie Phillips, who died aged 98, was well-known for appearing in the Carry On film series and as the voice of what in the Harry Potter movies?
18. What was the name of the actor, who played Arthur Fowler in the BBC soap EastEnders for 11 years, who died age 92?
19. Qatar World Cup ambassador Khalid Salman was accused of 'harmful and unacceptable' comments after saying that what was 'damage in the mind’?
20. The court sheriff in Edinburgh ruled that a man claiming to be Arthur Knight, who was arrested on a Covid ward, was actually Nicholas Rossi who was wanted in the US for what crime?
21. Which one of these football clubs does not have three or more players in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad? a) Arsenal b) Liverpool c) Manchester United d) Newcastle United
22. England cricketers beat India in the Men's T20 World Cup by scoring 170 without loss to set up a final against which team on Sunday?
23. Who apologised for ‘disrespectful behaviour’ including referring to a woman as a 'slightly boring girl you meet in the pub who thinks you want to have sex with her’?
24. Wreaths of purple poppies were among those laid at memorials as part of the Armistice Day services. What does the purple poppy commemorate?
25. Who made a TV advert, showing him delivering a rolled up carpet, to announce his first tour in 12 years?

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Friday, 4 November 2022

It's newsquiz time ...

The top solo scorer in last week’s newsquiz was Stuart Bagnall with 21, just ahead of Marguerite Turner, Gavin Devine, George Mann and Nick Turner who all scored 20 and Toby Brown on 19. The top teams were Neil and Jo Benson and Bruce and Sarah Hayward on 22, ahead of Joe and Lou Hart on 20 and Adam Batstone, Lucy Thorpe and Meg on 19. Here is this week’s newsquiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week’s events. Give it a go and let me know your score. 

A selection of today's front pages

1. The Bank of England warned that the UK is facing its longest recession since records began, as it raised interest rates by the highest amount in 33 years to what per cent?
2. Home Secretary Suella Braverman was accused of using inflammatory language by refugee charities and opposition parties for saying that southern England was facing what?
3. The Home Office was facing a judicial review after reports of severe overcrowding at which immigration ‘processing’ centre, which is meant to hold 1,600 people but had been housing about 4,000?
4. Home Secretary Suella Braverman travelled from Dover to the immigration 'processing' centre using which type of transport?
5. Why was Andrew Leak, 66, from High Wycombe, in the headlines?
6. Explaining his decision to become a contestant on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here, former Health Secretary Matt Hancock told The Sun: 'The truth is, I haven't lost my marbles or had one too many ___ ___.’ What are the two missing words?
7. I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here was not the only reality TV show that ex-Health Secretary Matt Hancock signed up for? Which other programme will he be appearing on?
8. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reversed a decision and told the Commons that he would attend the COP27 climate summit in which country next week?
9. According to a new biography, Out of the Blue, former Prime Minister Liz Truss made a list of requests to embassies before her visits, including a warning there should be 'absolutely no ___ on anything, ever’. What is the missing word?
10. Sir John Saunders, chairman of the inquiry into the Manchester Arena bomb, said how many of the 22 people who died 'did have a chance’ of survival but that the performance of the emergency services 'was far below the standard it should have been’?
11. Which company is facing a lawsuit from former employees who claimed they were not given enough notice that they had lost their jobs, only finding out when they were locked out of their work accounts?
12. A stampede in which city left more than 150 people dead and hundreds more injured on a narrow street during Halloween festivities?
13. Which company announced profits of £7.1billion ($8.2billion) between July and September, more than double its profit for the same period last year?
14. Rock ’n’ roller Jerry Lee Lewis, who died aged 87, had a number 1 hit in the UK in 1957 with which song?
15. Who was shot in the leg during a gun attack on his convoy while holding a protest against his country’s government?
16. A sewage leak made the sea brown and turned which Cornish coastal village into a public health hazard on Sunday?
17. FA Cup legend Ronnie Radford, who died aged 79, was known for an iconic goal for non-league Hereford United against which top flight side in 1972?
18. A 42-year-old man appeared in court in San Francisco accused of a hammer attack on whose husband?
19. 
Kirsnick Khari Ball, better known as hip hop singer Takeoff, who was killed by a stray bullet at a shooting at a bowling alley in Houston, Texas, was a member of which Grammy-nominated rap trio?
20. Communications regulator Ofcom said it was looking at changes to telecoms rules that could bring about the end of which office equipment?
21. What word, describing the feeling of living through a period of war, inflation and political instability, was chosen as Collins Dictionary's word of the year?
22. Comedian James Corden admitted ‘inadvertently' using a joke on The Late Late Show about guitar lessons which had originally been told by which other comedian?
23. Mars announced it was to trial a tub of Celebrations this Christmas with which chocolate bar missing?
24. Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp said he was humbled to become only the second foreign national to be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool? Who, in 1994, was the first?
25. Who became the first artist to have every spot in the US Top Ten singles chart and tweeted '10 out of 10 of the Hot 100??? On my 10th album??? I am in shambles’?

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Friday, 28 October 2022

Time to tackle the newsquiz

There were some very high scores posted in last week’s newsquiz. The top solo scorer was Sylvia Warne with an impressive maximum of 25. Marion Fountayne scored 22, Janet Boyle, Toby Brown and Gavin Devine all scored 21, Robert Rea and Stuart Bagnall 19, Marguerite Turner and Tony Brannon 18 and Tom Scotson 17. The top team was Bruce and Sarah Hayward with 24, just ahead of Lou, Joe, Sam and Dan, Maura and Phil Parsons and Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe all on 23. Neil and Jo Benson and Andrew Everton and Matthew Jeffrey scored  21 and Our Peter, Sarah and Joe 19. Here is this week’s newsquiz on yet another busy news week. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know your score.

Today's front pages

1. In her final statement as Prime Minister, Liz Truss ended by saying she knew that what kind of days lay ahead?
2. Rishi Sunak became the youngest UK Prime Minister since 1812. How old is he?
3. In his first speech as Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak paid tribute to his predecessor Liz Truss but added ' Some ___ were made. Not borne of ill will or bad intentions. Quite the opposite, in fact. But ___ nonetheless.’ What is the missing word?
4. New Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been an MP for which constituency since 2015?
5. In Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet which one of these was not appointed to a previously held position? a) Simon Hart (chief whip) b) Ben Wallace (defence) c) James Cleverly (foreign), d) Suella Braverman (home).
6. Who is the new Education Secretary?
7. The Government’s fiscal plan, due to be delivered next Monday, will now be a full autumn statement by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt on what date?
8. At his first Prime Minister’s Questions Rishi Sunak confirmed to Green Party leader Caroline Lucas that he would honour a manifesto commitment by 'reversing the green light' that Liz Truss had given to what?
9. Whose Cabinet appointment was described by Labour leader Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions as 'a grubby deal’?
10. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly advised LGBT people attending what to show 'a little bit of flex and compromise’ and 'respect the culture’ of the country?
11. Russia delivered a letter to the United Nations claiming that Ukraine was preparing to detonate what kind of bomb?
12. Around 15,000 protesters marched from Park Lane to Parliament Square in London on Saturday to demand what?
13. Who posted a video of himself carrying a sink and later tweeted ’the bird is freed’?
14. Two Just Stop Oil protesters smeared cake on what, saying: 'The demand is simple, just stop new oil and gas, it's a piece of cake’?
15. 
The Home Affairs Committee was told that around 10,000 men from which country had arrived in the UK on small boats this year?
16. Pope Francis warned against the dangers of what, saying it was a vice among some priests and nuns?
17. Which car, that has been in production for 46 years - including 12 as the best seller - will no longer be made from June next year?
18. Which company, known for its fashionable homeware, announced it was no longer taking orders from customers after an attempt to secure an 11th-hour rescue collapsed?
19. Where was a 'Jenga tower' replaced by a more 'solid and stable' if slightly smaller model?
20. Who was reported to be in danger of losing his billionaire status after being dropped by Adidas over an anti-Semitic rant?
21. Arsenal defender Pablo Marí was taken to hospital after being stabbed with five other people in a supermarket in which city?
22. The first coins featuring King Charles III, which will be in circulation from December, will be of what value?
23. Publisher Penguin Random House announced that the Duke of Sussex's memoir, which will be published on January 10, will be called what?
24. King Charles appeared in a one-off episode of which TV programme this week? 
25. The full line-up of ITV's I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here was announced with who, at 61, being the oldest contestant?

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Friday, 21 October 2022

Another busy newsweek - so try the newsquiz

The top solo scorer in last week's newsquiz was Stuart Bagnall with 22, just ahead of Robert Rea on 21. Gavin Devine and Marguerite Turner both scored 19 and Marion Fountayne and Jayme Bryla 18. The top team was Neil and Jo Benson with 22, ahead of Lou, Joe and Dan on 20. The Spain Golfers (Adam Batstone, David Kohn and Julian Diamond), Bruce and Sarah Hayward and Maura and Phil Parsons all scored 19. This week has been another busy one in the newsroom. Here is this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and let me know your score.

A selection of today's front pages

1. Announcing her resignation as Prime Minister outside 10 Downing Street, Liz Truss said: 'I recognise, though, given the situation I cannot deliver the ___ on which I was elected by the Conservative Party.’ What is the missing word?
2. Liz Truss will be the shortest serving Prime Minister in UK history after resigning how many days after winning the Tory leadership election?
3. Chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady said that the new Prime Minister would be announced by what date at the latest?
4. What celebrated Liz Truss’s departure as Prime Minister in a blonde wig, wearing googly-eye stickers, with disco lights, a Greggs snack with an audience of more than 20,000 people on livestream?
5. Which potential Tory leader candidate ruled himself out of the contest by tweeting this morning (Friday): 'As the Party starts the process of looking for a new leader, I would like to put on the record that I will not be letting my name go forward as a candidate'?
6. Before the Prime Minister’s resignation, the Leader of the house Penny Mordaunt said, in a response to a question from Labour MP Stella Creasy, that Liz Truss was not where?
7. Which one of these measures in the mini-budget did new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt not reverse? a) 1p cut in income tax b) VAT-free shopping for international tourists c) scrapping of the National Insurance rise d) cuts to dividend tax rate.
8. Which broadcaster was taken off-air for a week after he was overheard calling Northern Ireland minister Steve Baker a c**t following an interview?
9. Before her resignation as Home Secretary, Suella Braverman defended the Government's controversial Public Order Bill and blamed the 'Guardian-reading wokerati’ who eat what for disruption on Britain’s roads?
10. Who replaced Suella Braverman as Home Secretary?
11. Who used the f-word about Chancellor Jeremy Hunt on Radio 4’s Today programme and was told: 'Oh, no, no, no, you mustn’t say that. No, you can’t say that! We’ll have to have you out of the studio now’?
12. Actor Robbie Coltrane, who died aged 72, played a character called Fitz in which television series?
13. Civil engineer Morgan Trowland, 39, and musician Marcus Decker, 33, appeared at Southend magistrates court charged with committing a public nuisance by doing what? 
14. What led to Charlotte Charles saying: 'I think that's the overwhelming feeling… just sheer relief that we could look up and say Harry, we've done it mate. We've done what we promised’?
15. King Charles was reported to be planning to sell 12 what, that belonged to the Queen, to 'scale back royal tradition’?
16. Which rugby team made 167 players and staff redundant after becoming the Premiership's second club to go into administration in 21 days?
17. A pro-democracy protester claimed to have been beaten up by men from which country’s consulate in Manchester?
18. Who was released on bail following a private hearing at Manchester Crown Court after having been remanded in custody by magistrates on Monday on charges including attempted rape?
19. Talk show host Graham Norton deleted his Twitter account after facing a backlash for saying that what phrase should be changed to ‘accountability’?
20. Who did the manager of New York restaurant Balthazar briefly ban for abusive behaviour describing him as a 'hugely gifted comedian' but a 'tiny cretin of a man’?
21. Aston Villa parted ways with manager Steven Gerrard after losing 3-0 to which team on Thursday?
22. What did Dame Judi Dench say blurred 'the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism’?
23. North Macedonia, Montenegro and which other country said they would not take part in next year's Eurovision Song Contest because of the increased entry fee?
24. David Thorp, 42, was revealed as what and said he was ‘not spoiling anyone's enjoyment' but 'providing a service’?
25. Who won the Mercury Prize, for the best British or Irish album of the last 12 months?

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Thursday, 20 October 2022

Recruitment and retention in the newsroom

Recruitment is one of the most important things we do. Like a football coach, you are only as good as the people around you. Here is my take on recruitment and retention in the post-pandemic newsroom in InPublishing magazine.