Friday, 23 September 2016

Daniel wins this week's newsquiz

The Mail trainees subs and some of their layout work
The Daily Mail’s reporting trainees started their placements this week but the subbing and sports journalists had another week in Kensington. The subs spent the first three days with Mike Brough doing InDesign, Photoshop and layout. The sports lads spent the time on the sportdesk and racked up an impressive collection of bylines. They all spent yesterday and today doing long-form editing with Fiona Webster. We finished the week, as always, with the newsquiz. This week’s winner was Daniel Matthews who scored 17, second were Will Jeanes and Glen Williams who scored 15 each, narrowly beating Jessie Honnor on 14. It is now tight in the running totals - so all to play for next week. Who will win the Champagne?
The highest online solo score in last week’s quiz was 14.5 by Mike Lowe  and the best team effort was 16 by Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe. Unusually,  the online players couldn't match the 17.5 by last week's winning trainee Jonathan Bucks.
Here is this week’s quiz. As usual 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

Brangelina was one of the main stories of the week (Questions 1 and 2)
1. Who issued a statement on Instagram denying any involvement in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s break-up, saying her husband was 'my love, my best friend, the only one that I need.’?
2. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s children are the subject of custody discussions. The couple have three adopted children - name them? Half a point for two names, one points for all three.
3. How did Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry sign off her statement announcing she was staying with the BBC out of loyalty?
4. How old are GBBO judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood? Half a point for each correct answer.
5. Paul Hollywood, declaring he would stay with the GBBO when it moves to Channel 4, said: 'I just couldn’t turn my back on all that – the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget the ___________.' What is the missing word?
6. Who said this week: 'A bomb is a bomb, what’s the difference between different kinds of bombs? All bombs are to kill, but it’s about how to use it’?
7. Ammar al Selmo, the head of the civil defence rescue service in east Aleppo, said after heavy overnight attacks this week: 'What’s happening now is ________'. What is the missing word?
8. Labour MP Ruth Smeeth revealed she will be taking what to the Labour conference in Liverpool this weekend?
9. A 43-year-old man, Keith Lamont Scott, was shot dead by police in which U.S. city?
10. Alistair Brownlee helped his brother Jonathan over the finishing line after he collapsed in the finale of what event?
11. An outbreak of avian malaria killed 25 of which species at Longleat Safari Park?
12. Sophie Wessex is taking part in a 450-mile cycle ride to support what?
13. Which supermodel was grabbed by a man as she left a Milan fashion show?
14. Why was Joseph Connagh, aka CJ de Mooi, in the headlines?
15. Yahoo! said the details of at least 500 million users may have been stolen by a 'state-sponsored ______.’ What is the missing word?
16. Home Secretary Amber Rudd's business career came under scrutiny after it emerged she used to be a director of companies based in which country?
17. Who said: 'If you want to become French, you speak French, you live like the French.’?
18. Undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood, the 'Fake Sheikh’, is on trial at the Old Bailey charged with which offence?
19. Which controversial sportsman said this week: 'Someone with my character is a borderline kamikaze pilot.’?
20. Donald Trump Junior caused controversy by comparing Syrian refugees to what?
21. Authors Peter Marra and Chris Santella caused a stir by saying which animal should be kept indoors, neutered, re-homed or euthanised?
22. What item with the serial AA01 was selling for up to £200 on eBay?
23. Two men were cleared of charges over the death of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling in 2008. The case was held in which state?
24. In a new book, journalist Rob Beasley claims Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wanted to find Arsene Wenger 'outside a football pitch and break his face'. What is the book called?
25. According to screenwriter Andrew Davies, why did Colin Firth almost miss out on the role of Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice?

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Jonathan wins the newsquiz Champagne

The Mail's reporting, subbing and sports online trainees at Northcliffe House today. Quiz winner Jonathan Bucks, with the Champagne, is in the centre 
I had another fascinating week with the Mail’s trainees in Kensington. They had sessions with the legal team of Tim Ross, Julian Darrall, Kirsty Howarth and former Mail on Sunday editor Peter Wright who talked about the Editor's Code. They enjoyed talks by Mail journalists Neil Darbyshire, Christian Gysin, Simon Murphy, Tom Witherow, Charles Garside and Katherine Faulkner. Sketch writer Quentin Letts also entertained them on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday night the reporters covered the Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture and Victoria Ibitoye’s article and pictures were published on the Mail’s internal hub. Today the sub-editors had a practical session with assistant chief sub Jenny Ryan, sub-editor Lizzie Palmer and trainer Mike Watson. Sports trainees Rob Cottingham and Glen Williams both came up with Champions League story ideas that made the banner on the MailOnline sports pages. You can see them here and here. Last night we had farewell drinks at the Greyhound. The reporting trainees now go back to the newsroom or off on placement. Good luck to them. The subs and sports journalists have another two weeks training in London. We did the newsquiz at lunchtime. The top trainee this week was Jonathan Bucks with 17.5 points, just ahead of George Clarke on 15.5. The result meant Jonathan was the top scoring reporter over the two weeks training, finishing ahead of second-placed Ellie Hayward. Jonathan was presented with a bottle of Champagne.
The top online scorer in last week's newsquiz was Janet Boyle with a resounding 19 points. The top team was Adam Batstone and his hacks past and present with 17, narrowly beating Lydia Willgress and James Dunn on 16. Here's this week's quiz. As usual, 25 questions about the week. Let me know how you get on. 

Cameron quits Parliament, Bake Off quits BBC  (Questions 1, 2, 4 and 5)

1. David Cameron quit as MP for Witney this week. For how many years did he hold the seat?
2. The Witney by-election will take place on October 20, the same day as a by-election in which other constituency?
3. What did former Conservative chancellor and ex-energy secretary Lord Lawson of Blaby describe as a 'thoroughly lousy deal’?
4. The Great British Bake Off is switching from the BBC to Channel 4 for a deal said to be worth how much a year?
5. Which company makes the Great British Bake Off?
6. Labour MP Emily Thornberry criticised Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan for 'pub-quizzing' after he asked her to do what?
7. Hillary Clinton reappeared after her health scare by walking on stage in Greensboro, North Carolina, to the sound of which song?
8. Donald Trump released his medical report. What was his blood pressure?
9. Who was taken to hospital from Stafford prison suffering from sepsis?
10. Professional footballer Pape Souare was airlifted to hospital after a car accident. Which club does he play for?
11. Which town has been named as the worst place to be a girl in England and Wales?
12. Who is featured on the new plastic £5 note?
13. Why did accountant Alex Jerrett cause outrage?
14. A parachutist died after crashing into a housing estate when a 15,000ft leap went wrong. In which county was the accident?
15. Major James Coleby was filmed allegedly snorting a line of white powder off a ceremonial sword while on duty. Which regiment is he in?
16. In which town was an interfaith marriage in a Sikh temple disrupted?
17. Paralympian Kadeena Cox became the first Briton in 32 years to do what?
18. Greta Friedman died aged 92. Why was she famous?
19. Which journalist used the c-word on Radio 4 this week?
20. What is the name used by Russian cyber-criminals who leaked information after hacking into the World Anti-Doping Agency's systems?
21. Four drunken women were thrown off a Monarch flight travelling from Manchester to where?
22. Grime artist Skepta won the Mercury Music prize for which album?
23. Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono took the blue carpet in Leicester Square to promote which film? Full name please.
24. Leicester City made their first appearance in the Champions League. Who did they beat?
25. What do yolo, gender-fluid and clicktivism have in common?


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Friday, 9 September 2016

Alex wins the newsquiz - can you do better?

I have been with 20 Daily Mail trainees in Kensington this week. They are a very bright and mixed bunch - some are subs, some reporters and some sports online journalists. They had sessions with former trainees Mark Duell, Tom Belcher and Mail managing editor Alex Bannister. They also had fascinating safety training today with Charlie McGrath.
The rest of the time they have been learning Mail style and writing stories and headlines. It was a particularly good week for Daniel Matthews who was the first trainee on the course to be published. You can read his story here.


MailOnline exclusive by trainee Daniel Matthews
As usual we finished with the newsquiz, just to make sure they are reading the paper and the website. Well done to Alex Tyndall who was this week’s winner with 17 points, beating Eleanor Hayward who scored 14.
Last week’s top online quiz scorer was Nigel Pauley with a very impressive 18. The top team score was by Lydia Willgress and James Dunn with 17, narrowly beating the Batstone Collective with 16.
Here’s this week’s quiz … as usual 25 questions about the week’s events. Let me know how you get on. 

How the Sunday Mirror broke the Vaz story (Questions 1 to 3)
1. According to the Sunday Mirror revelations, what did Keith Vaz tell two European male prostitutes his job was?
2. What is Keith Vaz’s parliamentary constituency?
3. Following the revelations, Keith Vaz stood down as chairman of which committee?  
4. Julia Quenzler, a leading court artist, is supplying drawings for a fictional trial on which programme?  
5. Why was Nicholas Chamberlain in the headlines?
6. How long was the prison sentence given to radical preacher Anjem Choudary?
7. Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said: 'The cat is out of the bag: Behind closed doors the Tories are planning a return to the bad old days of _____’. What is the missing word?

8. Nine people were charged after a Black Lives Matter demo at London City airport. How did they reach the airport? 
9. Theresa May, while at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, said the UK’s relations with China are 'about more than _____’ What is the missing word?
10. Isabelle Dinoire, 49, died in France this week. Why was she famous?
11. Which airline’s magazine has apologised after warning its readers to take precautions when visiting parts of London mainly populated by 'Indians, Pakistanis and black people’?
12. Who carried the flag for team GB at the opening of the Paralympics Games?
13. Dame Sarah Storey became Britain's most successful female Paralympian of all time by winning her 12th gold medal on the opening day in Rio. How many Olympic medals does she have in total?
14. Sports Direct’s chairman’s offer to resign was rejected by the company. Name him.
15. Name the entertainment and communications group which is buying Formula One.
16. Why was schoolgirl Beau Jessup in the news this week? 
17. A French family of ten have turned down a five-bedroom council house, saying it is too small. In which town do they live? 
18. The founder of the Barmy Army has urged fans not to make non-refundable travel arrangements to which country?
19. Headteacher Matthew Tate sent 50 pupils home for wearing the wrong clothes. Name the school.
20. Why was Cheshire florist Stephen Leyland featured in Rumiyah magazine?
21. Whose daughter married sand sculptor Andrew Robertson in Kent?
22. According to Hillary Clinton which organisation is praying that Donald Trump wins the presidency?
23. More than 100 people were trapped in cable cars above which mountain?
24. What colour was the beret stolen from Eddie Izzard at the pro Europe rally in London?
25. Which word scored 176 points to help Brett Smitheram become Scrabble World Champion?

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Test your knowledge with this week's newsquiz

Well done to Cotswold Life editor Mike Lowe who was last week's top individual scorer in the newsquiz with an impressive 18. The top team score was by Lydia Willgress and James Dunn with 19. Here's this week's quiz. As usual 25 questions about the week's events. Let me know how you get on. 


MailOnline reports on the rocket launch explosion at Cape Canaveral (Q7)

1. Who are planning not to go to work from September 12-16, October 5-11 (excluding the weekend), November 14-18 and December 5-9?
2. BHS closed the last of its stores on Sunday. How many?
3. Which former Cabinet Secretary caused a stir by saying that Britain might not really leave the EU?
4. Claire Hatch was injured after a rope wrapped around her neck on the Gravity Swing while visiting which attraction?
5. Who died, surrounded by his family, while listening to Somewhere over the Rainbow by Ella Fitzgerald? 
6. Which company will provide security at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool?
7. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on a Cape Canaveral launch pad and destroyed which company's $200million Amos-6 satellite?
8. In which country has the main rebel group Farc declared a ceasefire after 52 years of conflict? 
9. On which motorway did a footbridge collapse after a lorry hit it? 
10. What did Mary Berry say was so dangerous that no British home should have?
11. On which island did Richard Branson have a high-speed bike accident?
12. Optometrist Honey Rose was given a suspended prison sentence after failing to spot symptoms of a life-threatening brain condition in an eight-year-old boy. Who was she working for? 
13. Two pilots suspected of being over the alcohol limit were arrested at Glasgow airport. Which airline do they work for?
14. Jeremy Paxman criticised Mature Times, a magazine for the over 50s, saying: 'Who wants to be called ‘mature’, like an old cheese? We all know that ‘mature’ means on the verge of incontinence, idiocy and peevish __________.' What is the missing word?
15. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics revealed the most popular baby names in England and Wales in 2015. What are they? Half a point for the girl's and half a point for the boy's?
16. England’s cricketers ran up a world record score in a one-day international against Pakistan. What was their total? 
17. Donald Trump met Enrique Peña Nieto this week. Who is he? 
18. The 1990s game show The Crystal Maze is to have a one-off revival as part of Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer charity fundraising campaign in October. Who will present it?
19.  Eamonn Holmes is to step down as anchor of Sky News’s breakfast show, Sunrise. How many years has he been in that role?
20. Lily Allen announced her intention to quit Twitter after she was pictured collapsing after a hard-drinking session on Sunday. What event was she attending?
21. Why did Irish prime minister Enda Kenny order his ministers back from their summer holidays?
22. What did Sam Wayne do that saw him hit the headlines? 
23. Isabelle Graham, 28, was banned from teaching after a disciplinary hearing ruled that she spent three hours alone with a 17-year-old pupil at a Travelodge hotel in which city?
24. The Mayor of Dover refused to stand down after being filmed snorting white powder off a toilet cistern with a £20 note saying: 'It could have been _______ for all I know.’ What is the missing word?
25. Who left North London for an £80,000-a-week job on the south coast of England after an Italian job didn’t materialise?

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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 DailyMail.com 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. Jet2.com 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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