Friday, 20 January 2017

What the papers made of Trump's inauguration

It's fair to say the papers aren't giving new President Donald Trump a ringing endorsement this morning. 



Here's an early glimpse of the New York Daily News which captures the anger on all sides. There can be no doubt where the News stand though ... yesterday's paper simply told its readers to 'hope for the best'.


The National went for a clever front - great example of the photo and headline working together.



The Daily Mirror thinks there is more to it than Trump merely turning his back on the world. We are at war!



The Guardian also skies a powerful picture with perfect symmetry. 'From this moment on it's going to be America first,' says the headline. 



The Times goes for a classic, and stylish wrap, and is putting its faith in God to see us through.


The Independent's plea to God is just a little more desperate. 


The Daily Mail chooses to play it pretty straight.


The Daily Express opts for a John Lennon lyric ... although I'm pretty sure a Donald Trump regime is not what the late Beatle had in mind.


Meanwhile the Daily Star, unaccustomed as it is to leading on political stories, wheels out the headline for all occasions ... It's D-Day. 

The Western Mail uses a quote that sums it all up. 


The Sun, as it often does, ploughs its own furrow and goes with a Tom Daley exclusive, using its quirky Trump tale in the top right slot. 




And as an aside, this is how yesterday's two New York tabloids previewed the inauguration. Two different editorial position ... but almost identical front pages.

Thanks as always to @hendopolis and Tomorrow's Papers Today 






Time for this week's newsquiz ...

Last week's top newsquiz scorers were Damon Wake and Liz Gerard, both with 17. The top team was the Penman Partnership with 18. Well done to them. Here's this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Let me know how you get on. If you are really keen there is an Australian newsquiz this week too.
The Mirror on Trump (Questions 3 to 8)

1. Foreign secretary Boris Johnson warned French president Francois Hollande not to 'administer  ______ _______ to anybody who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some World War Two movie.’ What are the two missing words?
2. Which company announced it was preparing to move 1,000 staff from London to Paris when the UK leaves the EU?

3. What role will Jackie Evancho have at Donald Trump’s inauguration?
4. Which media company was accused of inciting violence against Donald Trump after it said an Obama appointee would take over if the President-elect was killed at his inauguration?
5. Donald Trump has suggested Woody Johnson will be the ambassador to the UK. Johnson owns which American football team?
6. The Obamas moved out of the White House to the affluent neighbourhood of Kalorama to allow their youngest daughter to finish high school. What is the youngest daughter’s name?
7. American Vice President-elect Mike Pence criticised Barack Obama’s decision to commute whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence, saying: 'Private Manning is a traitor and should not have been turned into a _____’ What is the missing word?
8. The first UK interview with US President-elect Donald Trump was conducted by which Times journalist?
9. In which Australian City were four people killed and more than 20 injured by an erratic driver?
10. Why were the Waterloo and Westminster bridges closed?
11. Who will be the guest on Desert Island Disc’s 75th birthday anniversary?
12. According to the Advertising Standards Agency which company's television advert received the most complaints in 2016?
13. Whose brother appeared in court accused of pressing a gun to his girlfriend's head when drunk during a row at their home?
14. EasyJet sacked flight attendant Shannon Gleeson for eating what while on duty?
15. What happened to the Hotel Rigopiano?
16. The World Economic Forum is being held in Davos? In which country is it?
17. Eugene Cernan, who died aged 82, was the last man to do what?
18. Who did unknown wildcard Uzbeki Denis Istomin knock out of the Australian Open?
19. A 40-year old British man died while working on the Khalifa International Stadium in which country?
20. What is the latest rate of inflation in the UK … the highest for two-and-a-half years?
21. Yahya Jammeh refused to step down from power in which country?
22. Theresa May will appear in a spread in which magazine’s April edition?
23. Where is Cadbury’s Dairy Milk now produced?
24. She captained England between 1966 and 1978, was vice-president of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and was made a life peer in 2011. Who is she?
25. Robert Willis praised the work of sculptors for capturing his mother's joy in a newly-unveiled bronze statue? Who was his mother?

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Matilda wins the Aussie newsquiz

The Mail's trainees in Sydney office
The trainees have enjoyed another productive week at the Daily Mail Australia offices in Sydney. They had sessions with picture editor Yvette Kelly, showbiz editor Jade Watkins and trainee Lucy Gray who talked about her experiences in the managing editor’s office. They spent a lot of the week finding and pitching stories ... and two were published. Well done Matilda Rudd whose story on skeletal bears in an Indonesian zoo got 52,000 shares. 



You can read it hereWell done too to April Glover who found and wrote this story about a woman hitting back at trolls after she fell off her motobility scooter. I am confident more stories will follow next week. 




As usual we finished with the newsquiz. Matilda topped a good week by winning a scratchcard for being top scorer with 13. She just beat Kirby Spencer on 12. Kirby also won a scratchcard for the best headline of the week. Here's this week's quiz. There are 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and let me know your score.


1. American Vice President-elect Mike Pence criticised Barack Obama’s decision to commute whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence, saying: 'Private Manning is a traitor and should not have been turned into a _____’ What is the missing word?
2. Which media company was accused of inciting violence against Donald Trump after it said an Obama appointee would take over if the President-elect was killed at his inauguration?
3. Donald Trump has suggested Woody Johnson will be the ambassador to the UK. Johnson owns which American football team?
4. The Obamas moved out of the White House to the affluent neighbourhood of Kalorama to allow their youngest daughter to finish high school. What is the youngest daughter’s name?
5. Several people were killed and at least 20 were injured after a car ploughed into a Bourke Street Mall. The driver was earlier videoed doing burnouts in front of which Melbourne station?
6. Eugene Cernan, who died aged 82, was the last man to do what?
7. Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios was booed by fans at the Australian Open after losing to who?
8. ESPN's Doug Adler was accused of racism after comparing Venus Williams to what?
9. Whose brother appeared in court accused of pressing a gun to his girlfriend's head when drunk during a row at their home?
10. Why was Josh Cartwright in the headlines?
11. Michael Chamberlain's defence lawyer said there were two things on the 72-year-old's mind the day before he died of leukaemia. One was an apology from the Government. What was the other?
12. What was the name of the Adelaide strip club where Shannon Noll was arrested?
13. NSW Premier Mike Baird, who resigned this week, banned what sport before the government overruled the idea?
14. Mike Baird's resignation has prompted a by-election for which seat? 
15. More than $100,000 has been raised in a crowdfunding campaign in Australia to have what returned? 
16. What has Bega Cheese promised to bring back to Australia?
17. Pauli Pauli was injured in a seven-car crash north of Sydney. Which rugby league team does he play for?
18. EasyJet sacked flight attendant Shannon Gleeson for eating what while on duty?

19. Sydney lawyer Carl Harrap appeared in court in Manly accused of what offence?
20. What happened to the Hotel Rigopiano?
21. Which actor was fined $1,000 by Melbourne Magistrates Court for possessing the drug ice?
22. Australian mummy blogger Sophie Cachia, also known as the Young Mummy, live streamed the birth of her second baby but then said she had doubts about the name she had chosen. What was the baby's name?
23. A 47-year-old man was killed by a crocodile after attempting to walk over which flooded river crossing?
24. The World Economic Forum is being held in Davos? In which country is it?
25. Two tattooed streakers are facing a hefty $5,500 fine after being charged for invading what event?

Answers here







Friday, 13 January 2017

Time to tackle the newsquiz

The top solo scorer in last week’s quiz was Damon Wake with 17. The Penmans were the top team, also with 17. Here’s this week’s quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Give them a go and let me know your score.

Farewell to Graham Taylor: The Mail's back page (Question 12)
1. Name the ex-MI6 man who is in hiding over the Trump sex tape scandal
2. On what date will Donald Trump be sworn in as US president?
3. Who was named as the unpaid senior advisor to the President-elect?
4. What did President-elect Donald Trump call 'a failing pile of garbage’ during his news conference?
5. Michelle Obama was left teary-eyed after who serenaded her with a medley of his greatest hits, singing You'll Always Be First Lady In Our Minds?
6. Which honour did Barack Obama award his vice president Joe Biden?
7. The Environment Agency warned that coastal communities in four counties should be prepared for large waves and possible flooding. Name the counties. Half a point for three, one point for all four.
8. Mother Sarah Bryan says she has been subjected to ‘death threats’ and hate messages and is too frightened to leave her house after appearing on TV this week. What did she do to provoke such a reaction?
9. Home Secretary Amber Rudd had an embarrassing arrival at 10 Downing Street and had to be helped by an aide. What happened to her?
10. Who quit the Celebrity Big Brother house after one week?
11. Who resigned over the handling of a Renewable Heat Incentive scheme?
12. Former England football manager Graham Taylor, died age 72. He started his managerial career at Lincoln City and was then boss of two other teams before joining England. Name those teams. Half a point each.
13. What was the name of the US airport where a gunman shot dead five people?
14. Old Omar, Marceau the Gypsy and Broken Nose were all questioned about what?
15. What change did Fifa announce for the World Cup in 2026?
16. Why was tour guide Ethan Rond said to be a hero?
17. Which movie won the Best Motion Picture (Drama) at this year’s Golden Globes awards?
18. In her Golden Globes' acceptance speech, Meryl Steep took the opportunity to criticise Donald Trump. Which award did she receive?
19. Why was Hayden Cross in the headlines?
20. How many goals has Wayne Rooney scored for Manchester United to equal Sir Bobby Charlton’s record
21. What did Paris Jackson say made her want to vomit?
22. Peter Sarstedt, who died aged 75, had a number one hit with Where Do You Go To My Lovely in which year?
23. James Corden described Pierce Brosnan as a ‘bit f***ing rude’ after the famous actor pushed him at a concert by which band?
24. Former shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt quit to become director of what?
25. Prince William played a game of Who Am I while visiting Centrepoint. Who was the famous person he had to name?

Answers here

Try your hand at the Aussie newsquiz

I have had a good week with seven Daily Mail Australia trainees and four young UK MailOnline journalists in Sydney. They have enjoyed sessions by editor Luke McIlveen, news-editor Barclay Crawford, Femail editor Katherine Davison and Josh Hanrahan who was on the training scheme last year. On Wednesday night the trainees had drinks with the senior staff. This weekend they are finding stories to pitch to the newsdesk and Femail. As usual we finished the week with the newsquiz. Well done to Jacob Polychronis who scored 14.5, narrowly beating Kirby Spencer on 13. Here is the newsquiz -  25 questions about the week’s events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.


Daily Mail Australia on Amber Sherlock's 'diva' moment
 (Question 25)


1. On what date will Donald Trump be sworn in as US president?
2. Who was named as the unpaid senior advisor to the President-elect?

3. What did President-elect Donald Trump call 'a failing pile of garbage’ during his news conference?
4. Michelle Obama was left teary-eyed after who serenaded her with a medley of his greatest hits, singing You'll Always Be First Lady In Our Minds?
5. Which honour did Barack Obama award to his vice president Joe Biden?

6. Why has there been an online backlash against Target stores?
7. Mother Sarah Bryan says she has been subjected to ‘death threats’ and hate messages and is too frightened to leave her house after appearing on UK TV this week. What did she do to provoke such a reaction? 
8. The lawyer for celebrity accountant Anthony Bell said his wife Kelly Landry was suffering from ‘celebrity_______’ What is the missing word?
9. What was the name of the Gold Coast Movie World rollercoaster on which 20 people were stranded?

10. Which former cricketer agreed to a 12-month apprehended domestic violence order taken out by police for his girlfriend Julie Singleton?
11. Sussan Ley, accused of billing taxpayers more than $13,000 to pilot two private flights, temporarily stepped down from which position?
12. Which airline cancelled all flights to and from Bali due to changes to Indonesian flight requirements?
13. Who sold her luxury Hunters Hill home for a reported sum of $20 million?
14. What did Fifa announce will change in the World Cup of 2026?
15. What was the name of the US airport where a gunman shot dead five people?
16. What did Paris Jackson say made her want to vomit?
17. Which movie won the Best Motion Picture (Drama) at this year’s Golden Globe awards?
18. In her Golden Globes' acceptance speech Meryl Steep took the opportunity to criticise Donald Trump. Which award did she receive?
19. Which famous mother-of-four said she was hoping to have another child, even though she is approaching her 50th birthday?

20. Why was tour guide Ethan Rond said to be a hero?
21. Robert Xie was found guilty of murdering five members of his wife’s family. When did the murders take place?
22. Who described AFL officials as 'thugs and 'bullies' with no 'moral compass’?
23. Old Omar, Marceau the Gypsy and Broken Nose were all questioned about what?
24. Why was 29-year-old mother of two Jess Lee Donker in the headlines?
25. Channel 9 News presenter Amber Sherlock had a disagreement with a reporter over the fact both were wearing white outfits. Name the reporter.

Answers here

Friday, 6 January 2017

Have a crack at the newsquiz

Last week’s top newsquiz solo scorers were Janet Boyle and Mike Lowe with 18. The top team was The Penmans with 18.5. Nick Martin with 17 also deserves an honourable mention. Here’s this week’s quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Let me know how you get on. 

The i reports on the Turkish nightclub killings (Question 2)

1. Who replaced Sir Ivan Rogers as ambassador to the European Union?
2. What was the name of the Istanbul nightclub where 39 people were shot dead?
3. Two young cousins died in a hit and run incident in which town?
4. Who is to close six restaurants after tough trading and the 'pressures and unknowns' following the Brexit vote?
5. Carole Vorderman is spearheading a campaign for a knighthood to be awarded to 95-year-old George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, who is the last surviving member of what?
6. Average rail fares went up by what per cent at the beginning of January?
7. Northern Ireland’s first minister Arlene Foster reacted to calls for her to stand down by saying: ‘A lot of it is personal, a lot of it, sadly, is __________’. What is the missing word?
8. Who Tweeted: 'Jeremy Corbyn continues to have my full support, he's a genuine, decent man fighting for a fairer Britain - media headlines distort facts!
9. Alleged drug dealer Mohammed Yassey Yaqub was shot dead by police on which motorway?
10. Which was the first Premier League club to part company with its manager in 2017?
11. Who said she was ‘mortified' by a distastrous televised performance on New Year’s Eve?
12. The strongest earthquake to hit the UK in more than a decade, measuring 3.9 on the Richter Scale, led to a flurry of social media jokes about which town?
13. Who gave birth to a boy called Eissa?
14. Hawes parish council in North Yorkshire said it had discussed a ‘dreadfully rude and offensive' shop five times since 2013 and had received more than 20 complaints in the last year. What type of shop is it?
15. Ebbsfleet Academy in Kent sent 20 girls home because their skirt hems were more than how many centrimetres above the knee?
16. What did pranksters do to the famous Hollywood sign in LA?
17. Why was non-league footballer Alfie Barker sacked?
18. Nye Frankie Newman, 17, was killed where?
19. Why was Rebecca Deferia in the headlines?
20. Four supporters of which football club were given suspended prison sentences after being found guilty of pushing a black man off a Paris Metro train and chanting a racist song?
21. Which company’s share price fell by 15 per cent after announcing a 3.5 percent slump in high street pre-Christmas sales? 
22. The Bank of England admitted its dire warning of a downturn in the wake of the Brexit vote was a '____ ____ moment'. What are the two missing words?
23. According to Canadian research, what increases the chance of Alzheimer’s by 12 percent?
24. Mr Whoppitt returned to Lake Coniston to mark the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell’s death while trying to break the water-speed record in his boat Bluebird. What is Mr Whoppitt?
25. The best selling debut album of 2016, with 111,650 copies sold, was by which artist?

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Friday, 30 December 2016

It's time for a break ... and this week's newsquiz

Last week's highest solo scorer in the newsquiz was Liz Gerard with 15 and the top team score was 17.5 by The Penmans. Well done to both. As usual at Christmas, it has been a scrappy old newsweek but there is certainly plenty going on. I appreciate many of you will have not had the news agenda as your priority in the last few days but give this week's quiz a go and let me know how you get on. Happy New Year to you all ... let's hope 2017 is just as newsy without being quite so grim. 


Mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher who both died this week (Question 3)
1. What was announced by Russia and confirmed by Turkey?
2. The US expelled how many Russian diplomats as punishment for alleged interference into the presidential elections, giving them 72 hours to leave?
3. Debbie Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher posted an illustration depicting characters from two famous movies. Name the movies. 
4. BBC Four announced a schedule shake-up so that it could dedicate a whole night on Friday (tonight) to whom?
5. Jeremy Corbyn said Theresa May was behaving like which monarch over her refusal to commit to giving Parliament a say on Brexit?
6. According to Cabinet papers from the 1980s released this week Margaret Thatcher tried to ban which events - saying: 'If this is a new 'fashion' we must be prepared for it and preferably prevent such things from starting’?
7. Who turned down an OBE saying, among other things, that he could not accept an honour tied in name to the 'British Empire’?
8. Lawyers for 36 children launched a legal challenge claiming the British Government has reneged on the Dubs Amendment. Where did the children previously live?
9. A suspected killer who attempted to emulate the Berlin lorry attack went on the run after allegedly beheading a woman and her daughter in which country?
10. Which act topped the Forbes list of the highest paid European celebrities in 2016, bringing in £89.9million over 12 months?
11. Transport minister Andrew Jones said allowing learner drivers to do what would help make roads in Britain safer?
12. Who was taken to hospital with a broken skull and needed 11 stitches after being kicked down a staircase during a drunken row at a London hotel?
13. Kevin Crehan, 35, who was jailed for putting bacon on the doors of a mosque, was found dead in which prison?
14. Bradley Wiggins posted a statement on his Instagram page announcing his retirement saying: ‘Kids from ____ don't win Olympic Golds and Tour de Frances! They do now.’ What is the missing word?
15. He once admitted spending £1,000 a week on cocaine, another £500 on vodka and said that the drowning of his two-year-old daughter led to the breakdown of his first marriage. Who is he?
16. The Professional Footballers’ Association has called on the game’s authorities to consider banning children under ten from doing what?
17. Hundreds of drivers were give £30 parking tickets after an app wrongly told motorists they could park for free on Tuesday in which city?
18. A Government-commissioned review recommended that child criminals should be given what?
19. Alexis Ohanian, whose engagement to tennis star Serena Williams was announced this week, is co-founder of what?
20. Seventeen people were hurt when a coach veered off which motorway slip road and overturned in heavy fog?
21. What did the Queen not do on Christmas Day for the ‘first time in many years’?
22. What happened to Liverpool footballer Roberto Firmino in the early hours of Christmas Eve?
23. A report by Public Health England and Oxford University academics found that what percentage of people aged 40 to 60 are overweight, inactive or drink too much?
24. He was born in Newbury in 1920 and worked as a civil servant until age 52 when he suddenly became famous for publishing a story he told to keep his children entertained on long car journeys. Who is he?
25. The World Wildlife Fund announced which animal had been moved off the 'endangered’ list?

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Friday, 23 December 2016

Here's your Christmas challenge - the newsquiz



Massacre at the Christmas market in Berlin (Questions 1-4)
Last week's newsquiz certainly proved to be a challenge. Quiz scores of more than 20 have regularly been submitted in recent weeks but last week's highest was Gavin Devine with 14, narrowly beating Mike Lowe on 13. Toby Brown scored 12.5 while usual high scorers Janet Boyle, Liz Gerard and Ian Watt mustered only 12 each. Damon Wake, who two weeks ago was running around the office doing a Shearer salute after scoring 21, scored 7.5. All credit to him for posting though. Lots of regular news-quizzers tend to 'disappear' when their scores are low. The Penman Partnership and the Batstone Collective - so often the top teams - both scored 11. I am not sure it is any easier this week. I was going to make it light and festive but the news, I'm afraid, has been as grim as ever. Anyway, here it is. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. And whether you are working or playing I hope you have a cracking, and safe, Christmas. 


Shooting in Turkey (Question 5)
1. What was the name of the Christmas market in Berlin where a terrorist truck killed 12 people?
2. What was the name of the Polish driver who was found dead in the cab of the truck?
3. After the attack at the Berlin market Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders tweeted a provocative photo of Angela Merkel with what?
4. Berlin terror suspect Anis Amri was shot dead in which city?
5. How old was Mevlut Mert Altıntas who shot dead the Russian ambassador in a Turkish art gallery?
6. A man who shot and wounded three people at an Islamic centre was later found dead in which city?
7. All flights in and out of which country were cancelled after a hijacked plane landed at its airport?
8. Andy Murray became the first person to win Sports Personality of the Year three times … but who came second and third in this year's awards? Half point for each name. 
9. The prosecutor’s office in the German City of Offenburg said 'an unknown person' had taken photographs and was offering them for 'high amounts of money’. What did the pictures show?
10. Matthew Gordon and Peter Wood were found guilty of manslaughter for causing the death of four people. How did the four die?
11. Why was property developer Peter Morgan in the headlines?
12. Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen will step down as patron of how many national organisations at the end of this year?
13. The Lord Chief Justice refused to grant bail to Alexander Blackman, who is serving life for the murder of an Afghan fighter, ahead of an appeal against his conviction. How was Blackman referred to in initial hearings?
14. Dick Van Dyke says he will appear in a sequel to a 1964 film in which he co-starred with Julie Andrews. What is the name of the sequel?
15. Who suffered knife wounds to her left hand after an intruder broke into her home?
16. The European Court of Justice ruled that  the ‘general and _________ retention' of emails and electronic communications by governments is illegal. What is the missing word?
17. Who said: 'This past election was challenging for me as a citizen to watch and experience. It was painful.’
18. At least 35 people were killed in an explosion that ripped through a large fireworks market in which country?
19. He had a slot on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for Today for nearly 30 years, was awarded the OBE for services to broadcasting and was described as 'God's best PR man in Britain’. Name him?
20. London mayor Sadiq Khan called on the Government to give him emergency control of what?
21. Why did Fifa fine all four home nation football teams? 
22. Where did Alana Spencer beat Courtney Wood?
23. Which union suspended planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day?
24. Zsa Zsa Gabor, who died this week, famously said: 'I don’t believe in living in sin, so I always got married’. How many weddings did she have?
25. The Met Office issued severe weather warnings as two storms threatened some parts of Britain over Christmas. What are the storms called? Half a point for each name.

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