Friday, 30 October 2015

Telegraph Sam collects the newsquiz Champagne

Trainees Harry Yorke, Cristina Criddle, Tom Ough and Sam Dean at the Telegraph offices in London yesterday
I said goodbye to The Daily Telegraph trainees this week. Their final task was to work long and hard at their project on how the Telegraph would cover London’s Olympic legacy in the run in to Rio 2016. They did an amazing job, creating a new website, a mobile app, an iPad app and a tabloid supplement. There were interactive games, 'then and now' sliders showing the transformation of London, videos, graphics and some great stories including an interview with diver Tom Daley. It was all put together over three days and condensed into a 20-minute presentation which they delivered in the Telegraph’s London newsroom yesterday. Well done to Cristina Criddle, Sam Dean, Tom Ough and Harry Yorke on a first rate job. We finished with drinks and tapas - but before that they had to do their final newsquiz. They claimed that their project meant they had been too busy to read the papers (tsk, tsk) ... and so it proved. Harry won for the second week in a row. The scores weren’t as high as usual though. If you get into double figures, you will have beaten them. 

Quiz champion: Sam with the Champagne

Sam collected the Champagne for consistently good scores over the eight weeks. The four of them are off to their placements now and I wish them well. Watch out for their names ... they are destined for great things.


Trainees and trainers: The four trainees with Mike Watson (far left), Tony Johnston (second from right) and me
Last week’s best submitted scores were by Mike Lowe and @subedited with 15 and the Batstone Collective on 13 … so it must have been a toughie. The trainees reckon this week’s is tougher. Judge for yourselves … as usual 25 points is the target. Let me know how you get on.

1. How much was the Government seeking to save with its controversial tax credit cuts?
Bonus: The House of Lords voted by ____ votes to ____ to delay the cuts pending an independent analysis. Fill in the gaps (half point each).
Bonus: Which Lord, who has not voted in the House since 2013, flew in from New York to vote in favour of the Government?
2. According to the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer, just how many grams of processed meat a day increases the chance of developing bowel cancer by 18 per cent?
Bonus: Food analysts Clear Food Labs found what in 2 percent of hot dog samples?
3. In a candid interview with CNN, Tony Blair admitted mistakes were made during the Iraq war. What was the name of the documentary he was speaking on?
4. What was the name of the whale-watching boat that sank off Vancouver Island killing five people?
5. The premiere of Spectre, the new James Bond film, was attended by the cast and royalty at which London venue on Monday night?
Bonus: One of the guests was the Duchess of Cambridge who wore a semi-sheer blue gown designed by whom?
6. Which two songs did Katy Perry sing at Hillary Clinton’s election campaign rally in Iowa? (half point each).
7. A woman who sang 'loudly and badly' was ejected from a Nottingham theatre after she became aggressive to people who told her to shut up. What was the musical?
8. Peter Baldwin, who died aged 82, played the accident-prone husband of Mavis in Coronation Street. What was his character’s name?
9. Princess Diana's niece says she is pleased her younger brother will inherit the Althorp Estate as it means it will stay in the family name? What is her name?
10. Lewis Hamilton won the F1 World Championship for the third time. Only four drivers have won more than three Championships. Michael Schumacher is one, name one of the other three,
Bonus: What did second placed Nico Rosberg throw at Hamilton in frustration after the race in Austin on Sunday?
11. Why was Tara Hudson in the headlines?
12. Following the TalkTalk hacking, two other UK companies had log-in problems this week. Name them (half point for each).
13. Which company recorded the biggest annual profit  - $53.4billion (£35.5billion) - in corporate history?
14. According to Country Life who understands when to use an emoji, can prepare a one-match bonfire, undo a bra with one hand and avoids lilac socks?
15. What is the name of the mountain range in Afghanistan where a magnitude 7.5 earthquake killed more than 300 people?
16. Name the school where a 16-year-old pupil was stabbed to death.
17. The number of officers investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been reduced to four from how many?
18. Tickets for the first four months of the Harry Potter play sold out in hours. What is it called?

19. Which veteran singer says he is 'no longer officially retired'?
20. According to an AA charitable trust survey what are one in ten female drivers too nervous to do? 

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Friday, 23 October 2015

This week's newsquiz - Harry's 9 to beat

The Daily Telegraph trainees were pretty busy on their penultimate week in Howden - with a law exam, a project to prepare, a visit to the Liverpool Echo and sessions with Andy Drinkwater, Paul Francis and Martin Keene. So they were clearly distracted when it came to the newquiz - or maybe it’s just a tough one this week. Anyway the top scorer was Harry Yorke with 9 points. Well done to him (although the overall performances were by far and away the worst of their seven weeks so far). 
Last week’s top trainee Sam Dean fought off all scores submitted online and remained that weeks top scorer with 15.5. The closest online player was Mike Lowe with an impressive 15. Here are this week’s 20 questions (with five bonus points). Let me know how you get on - someone surely has to get better than Harry’s nine!


Down the pub: The Telegraph's front page shows David Cameron enjoying a pint with President Xi - but which pub? (Q1)

1. David Cameron took Chinese President Xi for fish and chips and a pint at a Buckinghamshire pub where he once left his daughter. Name the pub.
Bonus: Name the daughter?
2. In which constituency will there be a by-election following the death of veteran Labour MP Michael Meacher?
3. Bank of England governor Mark Carney made an important speech on the UK’s place in the EU this week. In which city was he speaking?
Bonus: What nationality is Mr Carney?
4. John Kennedy dos Santos Gurjao died on board an Aer Lingus flight that was scheduled to travel between which two cities? (half a point for each)
Bonus: A post-mortem reportedly found Gurjao had ingested 0.8kg of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of £40,000 in how many pellets?
5. Former BBC journalist Jacky Sutton was found dead at which airport (airport name and city required)?
6. Why was Craig Joubert in the headlines?
7. Mollie Muetzel and Kathleen Lowndes, both 89, thought they boarded a train at King’s Cross that would take them home to Knebworth near Stevenage. Where did they end up?
8. Which famous politician was a dinner guest in Sunday’s blood-spattered episode of Downton Abbey?
9. The shadow business minister says Britain’s steel makers are unable to operate on a level playing field. Name him.
10. Coral the bookmakers have cut the odds of something happening this year to even money. What is it?
11. According to Public Health England (PHE) the consumption of sugary foods and drinks are costing the NHS how much a year?
Bonus: Who welcomed the PHE report, saying: 'Let’s tackle this like parents not politicians.’?
12. Why has Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger consulted his lawyers?
13. Which town is holding a 'Christmas in October' for a terminally-ill seven-year-old Evan Leversage?
14. Which golf club has asked members for a £100,000 debenture?
15. Former England footballer Gary Neville has paid for showers, toilets and hot meals for homeless squatters living in a building he owns with Ryan Giggs. What is the name of the building?
Bonus: The activists group that Neville is supporting go by the name of the Manchester _____. What is the missing word?
16. What was the name of the town in Sweden where a man stabbed teachers and pupils with a Samurai sword?
17. One of Britain's biggest communications companies suffered a 'significant and sustained cyber attack' in which the bank details and credit card information of customers may have been accessed. Name the company.
18. What do hoverboards, flying cars and self-tying laces have in common?
19. More than 100 refugees arrived at which RAF base in Cyprus?
20. The new film SPECTRE features Monica Bellucci as the oldest actress to be cast as a 'Bond girl’. How old is she? 


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Friday, 16 October 2015

This week's newsquiz: Sam's 15.5 to beat

I have been in Howden with The Daily Telegraph trainees this week. They are six weeks into their course and had a good few days with the head of PA’s diploma course, Paul Jones, Telegraph lawyer Adam Cannon and my colleague Mike Watson. Drinks were taken in the Tailor's Chalk, a new, tiny and first rate addition to Howden's long list of pubs. We finished the week, as usual, with the newsquiz. Top scorer was Sam Dean with an impressive 15.5 points out of 25. Here are this week’s questions, see if you can do better … and let me know how you get on.  

The Telegraph's front page picture shows the reconstruction of flight MH17 (Page 16) 
1. 258 MPs voted against the Government’s Charter for Fiscal Responsibility but how many voted in favour?
Bonus: How much Corporation Tax did Facebook pay in 2014?
Bonus: The number of jobless people in the UK fell by 79,000 in the three months from May to August. How many people are now officially unemployed?
2. What were Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohill given the go-ahead to do?
3. The official watchdog has rated three-quarters of NHS hospitals as unsafe. What is the body called? 
4. Stephen Fry announced he is to stand down as presenter of TV programme QI. Who is to succeed him?
5. In which hospital is nurse Pauline Cafferkey being treated?
6. What is the name of the virus which cyber attackers have used to steal £20m from British bank accounts?
7. Permission was given to build a new 450-pupil grammar school, the first in the UK in 25 years, in which town?
8. What was Boris Johnson playing when he knocked over ten-year-old Toki Sekiguchi
9. Who took over from Nick Hewer in the Apprentice?
10. Which record did England cricketer Adil Rashid achieve?
Bonus: New Zealand are favourites to win the Rugby World Cup but who are the outsiders with odds as long as 100/1?
11. Two male veteran broadcasters died this week. Name them (half point for each).
12. Where was Lamar Odom, the ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, found unconscious? 
13. Why did senior Labour MP Helen Goodman apologise?
14. According to the Metropolitan Police, how much has it cost in total to guard Julian Assagne at the Ecuadorian embassy?
15. The early arrival of a Siberian swan has been taken as a sign of a hard winter ahead. What kind of swan was it? 
16. What is the name of the Russian-made missile that Dutch authorities claim hit flight MH17?
17. What did Marlon James win?
18. What was the name of the cafe said to be a fertile recruiting ground for Islamists in the Turkish city of Adiyaman where hundreds, including the Ankara bombers, are said to have joined Isis?
Bonus: The Fatah movement and Hamas declared a day of what across the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem?
Bonus: British mother Shukee Begum, who has left Isis in Syria said the 'gangster mentality' among the women was not her __ __ __ . What are the missing words?
19. In which river has the wreck of one of Henry V's warships been found?
20. What record did 977 people set in Spitalfields, London? 

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Have I got rude news for you

I have posted many times on the need for subs to have dirty minds and good taste ... so that they keep all things dodgy out of the paper and off the website. 





It's advice that should have been heeded by the Bismarck Tribune's caption writer last week. If you can't read it, this is what it says: Waterfowl hunters, from left Darrel Spencer, Alex Spencer and Auston Crist, all of Duluth, keep an eye out for fucks during a hunt in Grand rapids, Minn., on Sept 30. Oops! At least hunt was spelled correctly. Thanks to Wills Robinson for that. 




There was also a dodgy bill poster doing the rounds on Twitter this week. But my friends at the The Courier in Dundee assure me it's a fake. Apparently some wag with a pair of scissors switched the words 'jobs' and 'blow' on a bill outside a newsagent in the city.




This is the original bill ... and the Courier has posted a piece online to say 'while we welcome, and indeed champion, creativity, we just wanted to let you know – it wisnae us.' Good to know.

Ben wins the newsquiz Champagne


The Mail's trainee subs outside the Press Association's Howden HQ
The Daily Mail’s trainee sub-editors and designers had their final training at the Press Association's Howden offices with Mike Watson and me this week. Some are now off to placements at the Manchester Evening News, the Liverpool Echo, Metro and the Standard while others are off to work for the Mail in Glasgow. They had a good final week producing some excellent work. The sports subs had a session with production editor Jon Dolan on Tuesday. And on Thursday assistant chief sub Jenny Ryan, aided by former trainee Lauren Davis, put them all through their paces. We all had drinks in the Greyhound in the evening. We finished as always with the newsquiz. They clearly found it tough with Tom Belcher getting the top score of 11.5. He narrowly beat Ben Jackson and Justin Guthrie on 11. It meant Ben won the Champagne for top score over the four weeks, finishing a clear ten points ahead of his nearest rival Nick Martin. Well done to Ben and good luck to them all on the next stage of their training.

Quiz winner Ben Jackson with his Champagne prize
My trip to Howden also meant I met The Daily Telegraph trainees for the first time. They were visited by Telegraph executives, Ben Clissitt, Gordon Rayner and Malcolm Coles and had sessions with Chris Gregory and former Journal deputy editor Graham Pratt (who I hadn’t seen for 20 years). Yesterday the trainees went to court in Newcastle with Garry Willey and took a shorthand exam. The visit by the Telegraph execs clearly galvanised the trainees in their quiz rivalry with the Mail. Cristina Criddle took on the mantle of Leonadis and trounced everyone with a top score of 15. She also collected £8 on her winning scratch card.

Here is this week’s quiz. As usual there are 20 questions with five bonuses ... so 25 points up for grabs. See if you can do better than Cristina’s 15 and let me know how you get on.

1. According to Boris Johnson in his conference speech what has gone up by between 18 and 19 months since his tenure as Mayor of London began?
Bonus: Johnson described anti-austerity protesters as an assorted mob of ………… What? 
Bonus: Michael Gove promised a ‘reforming zeal in the dark corners'. What Cabinet position does Gove hold?
Bonus: Charlotte Church attended a Manchester protest carrying a placard which said: ‘A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth’. Who is the quotation attributed to? 
2. Britain's most senior policeman has been urged to apologise over the Leon Brittan affair. Who is he? 
Bonus: Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has also been asked to apologise. Which constituency does he represent? 
3. How long did it take for all official Glastonbury tickets to sell out?
4. Shops must charge 5p for plastic bags unless they have fewer than how many employees?
Bonus: 4p collected for every plastic bag sold will go to charity. Where does the other 1p go?
5. Why was 77-year-old former mayor Kallash Chander in the headlines?
6. American Airlines Pilot Captain Michael Johnston died on a flight from where to where? (Half point for each place)
7. How many viewers watched the final of the Great British Bake off? 
8. Spencer Stone, who thwarted a terrorist attack on a French train in the summer, was stabbed multiple times. In which city?
9. Why was Peter Ball jailed?
10. More than a 100 protesters demonstrated at the premiere of Suffragette in Leicester Square. Which group did the activists represent?
11. Footballer Mame Biram Diouf's mother died in the Hajj crush. Which team does he play for?
12. Why was Jade Hatt in the headlines?
13. British tourist Zoe Woolmer died while posing for a photograph at which Australian tourist spot? 
14. Who described himself as ‘The Normal One’?
15. What was the name of the hospital where Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was allowed to walk around without handcuffs?
16. Which Yorkshire village has a 10,000-tonne pile of stinking waste? 
17. A car once driven by Stirling Moss was involved in an expensive shunt in a race with a Jaguar XK 120 and an Austin Healey 100. What was the make of car? 
18. He called his memoirs The Time of My Life, referred to his rivals as Silly Billies and was beach master at the World War 2 amphibious landings at Anzio? Who is he?
19. Nineteen people died in floods when a river in the French Riviera burst its banks. Which river? 
20. Pulse nightclub in Letterkenny cancelled a party night after complaints it was racist. What was the evening called?

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Spencer wins the newsquiz Champagne

The online trainees with senior journalists David Krantz and Katie Davies

The MailOnline trainees finished their formal training in Kensington this week and now head off to start their regional placements. They had a good final week with sessions by picture editor Paul Ashton, head of video Lisa Snell, science and technology editor Rachel Reilly, health editor Anna Hodgekiss, Marianna Partasides from the newsdesk and last night enjoyed a few farewell drinks in the Greyhound. During their three weeks of training, they had plenty of stories published on the website ... the first of many bylines.  
Goodbye and good luck to them for the next stage and special thanks to senior journalists Katie Davies and David Krantz for their excellent assistance. Next week I am joining the Daily Mail subs and designers at the Press Association's HQ in Howden.


The subs putting their pages on display in Howden
The subs spent their week with Pat Hagan, Fiona Webster and Mike Brough and the sports subs did live European football shifts for PA on Tuesday, Wednesday and last night.  


Spencer Brown - runaway quiz winner - with his Champagne prize
As always we finished with the newsquiz. Well done to Spencer Brown who was top scorer again with 16 - and collected the Champagne. The Mail subs top scorer was Ben Jackson with 14 and the top Daily Telegraph trainee was Sam Dean with 15. Online trainee Olivia Waring pulled a fast one and also set a quiz for the trainers. I am delighted to say I was joint top (although not so happy with the actual score!) and won the chocolates. My excuse is I was red-penning their copy all week. Here is this week's newquiz. See if you can beat Spencer's 16 ... and let me know how you get on.

1. Jeremy Corbyn used the words of an ‘obscure blogger’ as part of his first conference speech. Name the blogger?
Bonus: Sir Paul Kenny said of Corbyn’s position on Trident that 'maybe somebody else should be given the (nuclear) button.’ Kenny is general secretary of which union?
Bonus: What did Lord Sugar advise everyone to do if Corbyn became Prime Minister?
2. Vladimir Putin signed a decree that will see how many conscripts called up into the Russian military?
Bonus: Who tweeted: 'Just found out from an article that David Cameron has put me on a UN Sanctions list as i lol @England for giving me a travel ban :)’?
3. Which town had its steel plant mothballed?
4. VW made a statement saying how many vehicles in the UK were affected by the emissions scandal?
5. Why was Marie Black in the headlines?
6. What was the name of the cafe in Brick Lane, London, that was firebombed by anarchist group Class War?
7. What has journalist Mazher Mahmood  been charged with?
Bonus: BBC Economics Editor, Robert Peston, is understood to have been offered which role at ITN's News at Ten?
8. What did the students union at the University of East Anglia ban during freshers' week saying it was racist?
9. What happened on the A6201 between Upton and Hemsworth?
10. Moorfields hospital in London performed a pioneering operation that could lead to a cure for what?
11. In which town was an RAF sergeant asked to move out of an A&E waiting area because his uniform might offend other patients?
12. Which TV cartoon is expected to double worldwide retail sales following a £140m buyout?
13. It’s been a bad week for English sports teams … England play Australia in their crucial World Cup Group A game at Twickenham tomorrow. Who will their final group game be against next Saturday?
Bonus: British football teams fell short in Europe this week with only the two Manchester teams winning. Name their opponents (half point for each)
14. A scheme run by St Ninians school in Stirling, Scotland, may be adopted by all UK schools. What is the scheme?
15. What was the name of the fountain in Rome where six British architects took a naked dip?
16. Who signed off a Tweet with: 'I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest.’?
17. Jaywick, near Clacton-on-Sea, topped a Government list for what?
18. What was the name of the Oregon college where a 26-year-old gunman shot 16 students?
19. Who went viral after asking: ‘Do you know who I am?’
20. Why was Sebastiano Magnanini in the headlines? 


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