Friday, 24 July 2015

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz

Well done to Janet Boyle who submitted a top score of 17 in last week's quiz. Damon Wake scored 14 and Alex Murphy 10. The Devon Demons (aka the Fleet family) scored 12, blaming a lack of beer and Prosecco and the Batstone collective, on the same score, blamed the distraction of cricket and golf. The McCulloch's (Ian and Gill) scored nine. Here's this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 points to be won. Let me know how you get on.  


The Mirror reports on the British Open (see Question 6)
1. According to a YouGov poll Jeremy Corbyn has a first round lead in the Labour leadership contests with 43 per cent of the votes. Who did the poll say was last with only 11 per cent? Bonus: Tony Blair said that people who say their heart is with Corbyn should get what? Bonus: At an LBC Radio hustings, Corbyn was revealed as the only leadership candidate not to have done what?
2. At least 15 people were killed when a party boat, hired for a couple's engagement, crashed into a cargo vessel on which river?
3. A bag carrying one million New Zealand dollars (£425,000) went missing after it fell from a trailer while being moved at which airport?
4. Why was Laura Kuenssberg in the headlines?
5. Nicki Minaj had a Twitter spat with Taylor Swift over nominations for MTV’s best video award. What was Minaj’s video (which wasn’t nominated) called? Bonus: Apart from Taylor Swift, name one other artist whose video was nominated.
6. America’s Zach Johnson won the British open after a three-man play off. Name one of the other golfers in the play-off. Bonus: The play off took place after all three tied on how many strokes under par?
7. Comedian Simon Brodkin, aka Lee Nelson, was charged after he interrupted a FIFA press conference and threw dollar bills over Sepp Blatter. In which city?
8. How was British holidaymaker Kleyo de Abreu killed in Spain?
9. A 20-year-old suicide bomber killed 32 youth activists in which country?
10. Who visited the US-Mexico border after suggesting Mexico was sending drug addicts and rapists to America and declaring  'I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I'll have Mexico pay for that wall.’
11. Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi was laid to rest in which city this week?
Bonus: What car number is being retired by Formula 1 in honour of  Bianchi? 
12. Which company issued a warning that its chests and dressers were not safe unless anchored to a wall after two children were killed?
13. Ray Flynn, 80, is able to see again after taking part in the world’s first trial of ‘bionic eye’ technology at a hospital in which city?
14. The president, vice-chairman and adviser of which company quit after it was revealed it had overstated its operating profits by around £780m over several years? 
15. Fragments dated as 1,370 years old which have been found at the University of Birmingham are believed to be from what manuscript?
16. Publishing group Pearson announced it is in 'advanced discussions' with an unnamed party over the sale of what?
17. Traffic disruption in Edinburgh was blamed on contractors cutting back 30ft leylandii hedges outside whose 17th-century mansion?
18. Courtney Stewart was branded a scumbag, questioned by police and assaulted on her doorstep after posting a picture of what on Facebook?
19. What did Nasa’s chief scientist, John Grunsfeld, call the newly discovered planet Kepler-452b?
20. What is the slogan used by cheating website Ashley Madison?

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Test yourself with this week's newsquiz

Congratulations to Sophie Jamieson who submitted the highest score, 16, in last week’s newsquiz. She was narrowly ahead of The Subeditor who scored 15 and Alex Murphy with a consistent 14. Others in double figures included Frankie Taggart with 11. The top team effort was by the Batstones (Adam and Lucy) on 14. Here’s this week’s quiz … as usual 25 points to be had. Let me know how you get on.   

Pluto up close on the front of The Guardian (Question 12)
1. A vote which was due to be held in Parliament on Wednesday was shelved at the last minute. What was the vote on?
2. Eurozone leaders agreed a bridging loan of how much on condition the Greek parliament passed reforms on taxation increases and pension curbs? Bonus: The Greek Parliament voted for the measures by 229 votes to 64 but how many of the Government’s MPs voted against?
3. Who said: 'It is incredibly inefficient to have a service that cranks up on a Monday morning [and] starts to wind down after lunch on a Friday’?
4. Why was Robin Lee arrested while travelling from Hackney to Camden?
5. Announcing he was determined to tackle the gender pay gap, David Cameron said that for every £1 a man earns in Britain a woman takes home how much?
6. Holly and Willow will be the last in what line?
7. How many Wimbledon singles titles has Serena Williams now won? Bonus: To which song did Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams perform their victory dance?
8. Nine police officers were injured and a car was lifted off an injured 16-year-old girl as protests broke out in which city?
9. Why was model Victoria Xipolitakis led away by security guards during the Pope’s visit to Paraguay?
10. Iran and six nations led by the United States agreed to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions. In which city was the deal agreed? Bonus: Who described the deal as a 'bad mistake of historic proportions’? 
11. The son of which rock star died after falling from a cliff in Brighton?
12. What was the name of the spacecraft that beamed back pictures of the surface of Pluto? Bonus: Pluto lost its ‘planet’ status in 2006 and was categorised as a _______ planet. What is the missing word?
13. What offence was actress Amber Heard charged with?
14. What sold more than 105,000 copies in its first day on sale in the UK?
15. Why was Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in the headlines?
16. Around 7.9 million people watched whose funeral this week?
17. Who was taken to hospital only days after renewing his wedding vows after 60 years of marriage?
18. Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Sir David Attenborough, JK Rowling and Gary Lineker were among 29 celebrities who signed a letter to David Cameron saying that  ‘a diminished _____would simply mean a diminished Britain’. What is the missing word?
19. The second test against Australia began on Thursday at which ground? Bonus: The British Open also began on Thursday. At which golf course?
20. Grimsby Town football supporter Kenneth Meech was found guilty of assaulting a match steward with what?

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Friday, 10 July 2015

Test your news knowledge with this week's quiz

The top scorer in last week’s newsquiz was Michael Brown with a record-breaking 21. Too much time sitting in the sun reading newspapers he reckoned. Others in double figures were Alex Murphy and Damon Wake both with 14. Chris Lennon scored 12, pretty good considering he had been in Mexico all week. The top team score was by my mates in the pub with 19. Well done to them, especially on-fire Bryan Booth. The Batstone collective (Adam and Lucy) scored 17 amid a discussion that Wimbledon's #blackbragate story happened last year. Here are this week’s questions. As usual 25 points up for grabs. Good luck - and let me know how you get on.



Montage by Jim Roberts @nycjim
How the newspapers reported the 7/7 bombings ten years ago
(See Question 10)
1. Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Budget that the minimum wage for workers over 25 is to rise to how much from next April? Bonus: Who punched the air when the Living Wage was announced and later denied on radio that it was because he had taken viagra? Bonus: Two per cent of the UK’s national income is to be spent on what? Bonus: What is to be raised from £325,000 to £500,000 from April 2017?
2. Who scored a hat-trick in America’s Women’s World Cup victory over Japan? Bonus: What was the score in England’s third place match against Germany?
3. Euclid Tsakalotos replaced Yanis Varoufakis as what? Bonus: What is the Greek word for No?
4. Nick Robinson announced he is standing down as the BBC’s Political Editor. What is to be his new job?
5. Who has been accused of stealing water for his home by raiding a public hydrant?
6. Princess Charlotte was Christened at the church of St Mary Magdalene in which village?
7. Why was the M25 closed in both directions near Cobham Services in Surrey on Thursday afternoon?
8. What was delayed between the Belgian cities of Anvers and Huy?
9. Nineteen people were hurt when two double-decker buses crashed in which city?
10. Emma Craig, a survivor of the 7/7 bombings, told a memorial service in Hyde Park that: 'It may not have broken London but it did break ___ ___ ___.' What are the missing three words?
11. The men’s top three seeds all reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon along with the player seeded no 21. Name him.  
12. Three public schoolboys from Victoria College have been arrested on the suspicion of the murder of a fellow pupil. Where?
13. Fox TV presenter Lisa Kennedy Montgomery was unrepentant after calling golfer Rory McIlroy what?
14. The BBC is to cover the costs of television licences for all British citizens over what age?
15. MP Simon Danczuk and his wife Karen went through a very public marriage breakdown. Which constituency does Mr Danczuk represent?
16. Dragons' Den's Peter Jones advised entrepreneurs not to do what?
17. How many runs did Joe Root score in England’s first innings against Australia in the opening Test at Cardiff?
18. According to Transport for London what rose from 16,000 to 30,000 during this week’s Tube strike?
19. Why were X Factor auditions in Manchester and London cancelled?
20. Who was carried off stage by security men after refusing to stop playing at the end of a five-hour set in Denmark?
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Monday, 6 July 2015

Mail extends deadline for artist applications

The Scottish Daily Mail has extended the deadline for applications for a trainee graphic artist. The paper is looking for a trainee to join its art desk in Glasgow. The successful applicant will create page layouts, information graphics and logos for the paper. It is likely they will have a recognised qualification in graphics and be skilled in InDesign and Photoshop. The deadline has now been extended to July 15. To apply send your CV and six examples of you work to sue.ryan@dailymail.co.uk and Louise.Jooma@dailymail.co.uk. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Try your hand at this week's newsquiz

Well done Damon Wake who scored 18 on his own in last week's quiz. Michael Brown also clocked up 18 but with the help of Claire and James Schofield in a sunny beer garden in Norfolk. The Batstones (Adam and Lucy) scored 18 too. Here is this week's quiz. As usual there are 20 questions with five bonuses. Let me know how you get on.


Dustin Brown dominates today's back pages (Question  5)
1. What was the name of the hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, where 38 people were killed? Bonus: A family of 12, who went missing on a trip to Bangladesh, have contacted relatives to say they are in Syria? Which British town are they from? 
2. Name one of the three villages where homes would be demolished if the Heathrow expansion goes ahead. Bonus: When asked about the third runway at Heathrow, who said: ‘As it happens, I don't think my services as a bulldozer blocker will be required for decades, if ever.'?
3. Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes was found in a storm drain after going missing for ten hours near his home on which island?
4. Eighty people were stranded on a monorail when two trains broke down. Where?

5. Dustin Brown, who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon, had what world  ranking at the start of the tournament? Bonus: Eugenie Bouchard escaped punishment despite apparently breaching Wimbledon's dress code. What did she do? Bonus: What did All England Lawn Tennis Club chairman Philip Brook give to the Duchess of Cornwall … who almost immediately gave him it back?
6. It was the hottest July in the UK since records began. The highest temperature was recorded at Heathrow airport. What was it?  
7. Which company has agreed to pay £12 billion in damages - the largest paid by a single company in US history?
8. Who died at the age of 88 after, according to his daughter, his batteries just run out?
9. ATMs in Greece were restricted to pay out how much per day? Bonus: The Greek referendum on the bailout will be held on what day?
10. The first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and who also won a record five King George VI Chases, was put down after a fall. Name him.
11. Why was Laura Bassett in the headlines?
12. How many seconds were there in the last minute of June? 
13. Which production was heckled and booed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, for incorporating a scene in which a woman is stripped naked and molested by army officers?
14. The son and grandson of which shop's founder drowned after jumping into the sea to save a woman swept away by a wave in Ireland?
15. Which organisation announced it is cutting 1,000 jobs because of a shortfall of £150 million?
16. Sonia Manzano, who has played Maria for 44 years, is retiring from which TV show?
17. Sir Nicholas Winton, who died this week, famously organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps in 1939 from which city?
18. Headmistress Dr Rowena Blencowe has banned what from Trentham High School in Stoke?
19. What was the name given to a major counter-terror exercise in London on Tuesday?
20. What trapped eight people inside Alconbury Sports and Social Club in Cambridgeshire?

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Daily Mail looking for trainee artists



Here are a couple of good opportunities at the Daily Mail for trainee artists. One job is on the sportsdesk in London, the other is in Glasgow. Be quick though, applications close on Thursday.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz

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


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

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Friday, 19 June 2015

Give this week's newsquiz a go

Last week’s individual top scorer was newsquiz veteran Lydia Willgress with 15 points. Chris Lennon and Alex Murphy were joint second with 13. The top collective score was 14 by my mates in the Plough on Friday night - well done Nicky, Les, Kevin and Amanda. The Batstones scored 11 but as Lucy was away, that should really count as 11 to Adam. Here’s this week’s quiz. As usual there are 25 points to be won. Let me know how you get on.
The Guardian's front page on the Greek crisis (Question 19)
1. How was Talha Asmal killed? Bonus: Islamic convert Abdul Hakim from High Wycombe was killed in Kenya. What was his name before he converted? Bonus: Three missing sisters trying to get to Syria with their nine children are from which British city?
2. Police are investigating reports that a gang dressed as waiters tried to snatch British children from a hotel at which Cyprus resort?
3. Labour's leadership hopefuls Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall and Jeremy Corbyn went head to head in the first live television debate of the contest. Where was the debate held? Bonus: What did Burnham say was the 'biggest change' that the party needed to make?
4. Republican Jeb Bush announced he is standing as a candidate for the US Presidency. What relation is he to ex-president George W Bush?
5. Tigers, lions, bears, wolves and a hippopotamus were among the wild animals roaming which city after floods destroyed its zoo?
6. Wayne Rooney scored the winner against Slovenia in England’s 3-2 victory in the European Championships but who scored the other two English goals? Bonus: England have now played six games in their qualifying group. How many have they won?
7. Mel B and Louis Walsh are being replaced by which two new judges on the X Factor? Half a point for each.
8. Why was the Sussex v Surrey T20 cricket game at Arundel abandoned?
9. What happened to Stannis Baratheon, Queen Selyse and Jon Snow this week?
10. How many extra balls will be introduced to the National Lottery from October?
11. Which newspaper apologised for its story about a balcony collapse in California that left five Irish students dead?
12. What was the rate of inflation in the UK in May?
13. Researchers at Aberdeen University claimed that eating what every day lowered the risk of dying from heart disease by 25 per cent and suffering a stroke by 23 per cent?
14. Why was Alberto Salazar in the headlines?
15. How did Matthew Dick propose to his girlfriend?
16. Nine people were shot dead in a church in which city? Bonus: What was the name of the 21-year-old man arrested in connection with the shootings?
17. How were Jodie Kidd, Guy Martin, Suzie Perry, Philip Glenister and Demot O'Leary linked this week?
18. Why did Rachel Dolezal step down as head of a chapter of the African-American civil rights organisation NAACP?
19. Greece has less than two weeks to strike a deal with its creditors or face defaulting on its existing loan repayment to the IMF. How much is the debt?
20. The Foo Fighters cancelled their slot as the Friday headline act at this year’s Glastonbury after Dave Grohl fell of a stage in Sweden and broke his leg. Who has been booked to replace them?

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