Have you heard? Pamela Anderson
has got married to Kid Rock. Shocking, her taste in rubbish rockheads. The rapping idiot in the porkpie hat with that mascot dwarf. Next she'll be marrying a Russian circus. Or maybe not.
Anyway, before I depart to Paris and wander about frazzled by the Sun and dazed by vin, here is one hundred of the not quite best, but fine by me questions.
As for Answers and Errors file, I will be sending out the file to everyone who has completed it once I get back on Thursday night. Sorry I couldn't do it sooner, but I've been snowed under with whatsits and jobbies. Not literally, in the latter case. That would be disgusting. I ain't no gong farmer you know.
1 Famed for its Konig pilsener and its regional brands Licher Pilsner and Lubzer Pils, which brewery was founded in Hamburg's Altona district in 1879 and produces 12.9 hectolitres of beer per year?
2 Which 24-year-old Australian motorcycle racer rides a Suzuki GSX-R1000 and is the reigning World Superbikes champion?
3 Which pair, one the MP for Dewsbury, the other MP for Tooting, were the first British-born Muslims to be elected to the House of Commons
4 In the 1989 Tour de France which French cyclist and Tour winner in 1983 and 1984, did Greg Lemond beat by just eight seconds to win the competition?
5 In which sport is the Swatch-FIVB World Tour a competition?
6 Which Ethiopian tribe in the remote corner of country known as the Omo Valley is famed for its unique rituals, including its coming-of-age ceremony, which sees young men of the village jumping over cattle while their female relatives are whipped? One spelling of its name is shared with a Norwegian town.
7 What "workshop of potential literature" was founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais?
8 Which native Iranian dynasty from Azerbaijan ruled from 1501 to 1736 and established Shia Islam as Iran's official religion and its provinces under a single Iranian sovereignty, thereby reigniting the Persian identity and acting as a bridge to modern Iran?
9 All that remains of the only cinematic version, made in 1899, of which Shakespeare play starring Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree is a two-minute death scene?
10 Directed by Jacques Duvivier, which 1937 movie was based on a novel by a former French cop writing under the pseudonym Detective Ashelle and starred Jean Gabin as the eponymous French criminal living in Algiers' Casbah?
11 Directed by Gillian Armstrong and based on a 1901 Miles Franklin novel, what became Australia's first film in competition at Cannes in 1979 and starred Judy Davis as the heroine Sybylla and Sam Neill as Harry?
12 Which geography teacher from Cirencester famously interrogated Margaret Thatcher on the TV show Nationwide about the sinking of the General Belgrano?
13 Who took the photograph of Patti Smith that became the cover of her classic album Horses
14 What is the capital of the Pays de la Loire region and the prefecture of the Loire-Atlantique departement, as well as being the most important city of Brittany?
15 Which socialist leader has been tipped to become the first female President of France?
16 In which film did the recently deceased actor Paul Gleason say: "Back off! Or I'll rip out your eyes and piss on your brain"
17 Which American politician said in 1962: "Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role"
18 The 1966 British-Italian film Blow-Up was loosely based on which Argentinian writer's short story Las babas del diablo
19 Which man created the Vespa scooter in 1966 when he arrived at Florence's patent office and posted a trademark for "a motorcycle with a rational arrangement of organs ... and with covers concealing all mechanical parts"?
20 Which actress is married to sculptor Robert Graham Jr.?
21 One of its company's exclusive bottlings, which Hennessy cognac is currently on sale for £3250 at Harrods?
22 Apart from cognac, what are the ingredients of a Sidecar cocktail?
23 Mr McGarry was the legendary bartender of which London establishment during the early 20th century?
24 The name for which specific type of yellow sheep's milk is used to refer to all yellow cheeses in Bulgaria and Macedonia and on English-language menus in the former country is always translated as "yellow cheese"?
25 Traditionally produced in the Brazilian state that gives it its name, which cheese comes in three varieties: Frescal (fresh cheese), Meia-cura (slightly matured cheese) and Curado (matured cheese)?
26 Which fashion company makes the popular Roxanne and Emmy bags?
27 Known as the Helen of the West
, what Caribbean island in the Windward group is home to the landmark known as the Pitons, which rises to 2000ft above sea level?
28 Which founder of the Zen school of Buddhism was also known as the Tripitaka Dharma Master
29 Which Hangzhou poet (733-804AD) is famed for his contribution to Chinese tea culture and is best known for his book The Classic of Tea
, the definitive work on cultivating, making and drinking tea which he wrote between 760 and 780?
30 Popularised by Benjamin Ginsberg, which "Mountain Tea" was found in the Wilderness Mountains and discovered on the South African cape and is the only vitalising caffeine-free tea?
31 What Irish nationalist secret society was founded by John O'Mahony in the US in 1858?
32 What simple cocktail is also known by the name Mimosa?
33 In Irish mythology, what name was given to the warrior-hunters who served the High King of Ireland in the 3rd century AD and whose last leader was Fionn mac Cumhail?
34 An anglicisation of the Irish word for a judge, what statutes were written in the Old Irish period (c.600-900AD) governed everyday life and politics in Ireland until the Norman invasion of 1171?
35 Who was the first British Miss World in 1961?
36 Which Nobel Laureate (1903) published the first of his peasant novels, Synnove Solbakken
in 1857, followed by Arne
in 1858 and En glad Gut
/A Happy Boy
in 1860, but is probably best known for writing the words to the National Anthem Ja, vi elsker dette landet
/Yes, We Love This Land For Ever
37 Which 19th century French composer wrote the national anthem of the Vatican City?
38 Which English company wrote a national anthem for Newfoundland?
39 Vande Mataram is the national song and Jana Gana Mana the national anthem of which country?
40 Who was assassinated by a "disappointed office seeker"
41 Part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD), what was the secret police force of the Russian Empire in the late 1800s and had a name meaning "Security Section" or "Security Station"?
42 Deriving its name from the ancient Greek meaning "artisan" or "craftsman", what term was used metaphorically of a creator of the laws or the heaven or even the World in Plato and refers in some belief systems to a deity responsible for the creation of the physical universe and the physical aspect of humanity?
43 In which religious tradition does the term Sophia
refer to the final and lowest emanation of God?
44 The letters of which word, found engraved on certain antique stones make up the number 365 in the Greek notation and was also the name given to an Archon, which had the head of a rooster, the body of a man and legs like serpents?
45 Who turned James Bond into the bored housewife Jane Fleming in his novel All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye
46 What is seen as Ireland's equivalent of Aintree because it hosts the Champion Stayer's Hurdle?
47 Situated at the foot of the mountain massif Vitosha, which capital city is home to the Banya Bashi Mosque, the 10th century Boyana Church and the gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the world's largest Orthodox churches?
48 Released in 2004, what was the last ever hand-drawn Disney feature film?
49 Which General raised the newly created Argentine flag on the shores of the Parana for the first time on February 27, 1812?
50 The Argentinian newspaper, La Capital
, which was founded in 1867 and is the country's oldest still-published newspaper is based in which city?
51 The first electromagnetic/optical planetarium projectors were designed and built by which man in Germany in 1924 on a suggestion by the German astronomer Wolf? He founded an eponymous manufacturer of optical systems in Jena in 1846.
52 In which Cuban city is Che Guevara's Monument and Mausoleum?
53 What sport was once called plankgliding in the late 19th century?
54 Which artist painted Dog Walking at Night Disturbs Roosting Owls
and produced the ceramics known as the Wall of the Moon
and Wall of the Sun
at the UNESCO building in Paris?
55 Which French Fauve painter was known for his stenographic technique in which he used light washes of colour put on by swift brush strokes, and in 1938 completed one of the largest ever paintings, a huge epic to electricity, the fresco La Fee Electicite
for the Exposition Internationale in Paris?
56 By what familiar name do we know a complex mix of chlorohexide gluconate, glucona delta lactone, glycerin, glycerin hydroethylcellulose and methylparaben in a solution of water and sodium hydroxide?
57 Based in San Francisco, which string quarter was founded by violinist David Harrington in 1973?
58 Which peripatetic Argentinian composer made his opera debut with Ainadamar
(meaning "Fountain of Tears" in Arabic), which was premiered in August 2003 and tells the story of playwright Federico Garcia Lorca and his lover Margarita Xirgu?
59 Which American minimalist composer is best known for his 1964 aleatoric work In C
and was known during the Sixties for his "All-Night Concerts" during which he performed mostly improvised music from evening until sunrise, using an old organ harmonium "with a vacuum cleaner motor blower blowing into the ballasts" and tape-delayed saxophone?
60 Known in his native country of Argentina as "El Gran Astor"
, who is considered the most important tango composer of the latter 20th century for creating the nuevo tango style and composing the tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires
61 Which Portuguese singer and actress (1920-1999) was known as the "Queen of Fado"
and produced recordbreaking records like the 1968 single Vou Dar de Beber a Dor
and the 1970 album Come que Voz
62 Which French actress and hugely popular chanson singer had a voice that "encompasses millions of poems" and published her autobiography Jujube
in 1982, sang Je suis comme je suis
(1951) and Les Dames de la poste
(1952) and appeared in the films Everyman's Feast
(2002) and Lily, Love Me
63 Who was called "The Butcher of the Cabana" for overseeing the execution of many dissidents in the eponymous prison?
64 Sometimes adopting Vernon Sullivan as a pseudonym, which controversial and oft-banned French poet, Raymond Chandler translator, singer and jazz musician wrote L'Ecume des Jours
, of which there has been three translations, Stanley Chapman's Froth on the Daydream
being the most highly regarded, and collaborated with Darius Milhaud on the 1958 opera Fiesta
, while his most famous song was Le deserteur
, a pacficist song written during the Indochina War?
65 The son of parents from Guadeloupe, which French singer made his name with comedic songs, for example, Mais non, mais non
(1969) inspired Jim Henson to write the Muppets' song Mahna Mahna
66 Which four US states come together at The Four Corners, an intersection in the middle of a large Navajo reservation?
67 Which festival, now in its 37th edition, is curated by veteran French photographer Raymond Depardon and takes place in a city in the south of France in the Bouches-du-Rhones departement?
68 What Daniel Woodrell novel was made into the Ang Lee film Ride with the Devil
69 Superman's employer The Daily Planet is said to have been modelled on which Canadian newspaper?
70 Said to be France's most successful living artist, who won the Hugo Boss award in 2002 for his exhibition Celebration Park
and was inspired to make the two-channel video The Third Memory
(1999) by the film Dog Day Afternoon and also liberated a cute Manga character called Annlee by buying her rights?
71 What is the biggest UK jail with 1456 beds?
72 Who produced the jazz-funk R&B album Head Hunters
in 1973 and the ten years later the top ten UK hit Rockit
73 In French film parlance, what is "un navet"?
74 From the Pashto for "council" or "meeting", what is a Afghan tribal assembly of elders which takes decisions by consensus called?
75 Wife of the Serbian mobster Arkan, Ceca is considered the biggest star of what musical genre, which mixes Europop and traditional Balkan music?
76 What did Man Ray call "the red badge of courage"
77 Classified by content into such song categories as hamd
, what devotional music of the Sufis was originally performed mainly at Sufi shrines throughout what is now India and Pakistan and can trace its roots back to 8th century Persia, with the form of music we known today being essentially created by Amir Khusrau in late 13th century India?
78 What name is given to the caste of musicians and storytellers of the Maninke Empire of which the Mande of West Africa are descendants?
79 Huayno is the folk music of which country?
80 Played by such musicians as Oumou Sangare "The Songbird of ....
", what genre of West African popular music is named after a region of Mali near the border with Guinea and is performed mostly by women, who use lyrics that address such female problems as childbearing and fertility, and who play such instruments as the (fiddle-like) soku, djembe drum and six-stringed (harp-like) kamelengoni?
81 Which north Italian harp-building firm started the first harp-exclusive museum in 2005?
82 The Biblical "harp" was actually what type of lyre with ten strings?
83 Which Austro-Hungarian won the first ever Grand Prix, the Grand Prix de l'ACF, in 1906 driving a Renault on a course 60 miles east of Le Mans for 769 miles over two days?
84 In which sport do you have to compile quadruple peels, quintuple piles or sextuple piles and finish with scoreline like -2qp+25sxp+26qnp-26sxp+1?
85 The 1945 Yalta Conference was held at which cliffside palace, constructed to be a summer residence of the last Russian Tsar
86 What was the Yalta Conference codenamed?
87 What is the most widely known name of Lukumi
(meaning "friends") or Regla de Ocha
, the set of related religious systems that fuse Catholic beliefs with traditional Yoruba ones?
88 Which critic coined the name Les Six in 1920 to describe a group of composers working in Montparnasse?
89 Which French Resistance fighter is possibly the least remembered member of Les Six and wrote his only opera L'Occasion
while working at his home in St Tropez?
90 Which Les Six member wrote the 18 short works Petit livre de harpe de Madame Tardieu
for the Paris Conservatory's Assistant Professor of Harp, and such operas as Le Marchand d'Oiseaux
, Le Marin de Bolivar
and composed her masterwork La Cantate de Narcisse
in collaboration with Paul Valery?
91 Known for a long time as the man behind the 1962 instrumental The Alley Cat
, which 82-year-old Danish jazz and pop pianist has recently seen a resurgence thanks to the title track from his recent project Jukebox
, which was used in a Coca-Cola campaign in Germany and became a hit in his home country and the US and a chart-topper in Japan?
92 What arboreal, black-furred gibbon (Symphalangus syndactylus
), native to the forests of Malaysia and Sumatra, is the largest of the lesser apes?
93 The infamous site of a forced removal of its inhabitants during the 1970s, the famous slum known as District Six is situated in which city?
94 Basing it on the recollections of his sister Mr Correll who had been to Japan with her missionary husband, who wrote the short story Madame Butterfly
, which was made into the David Belasco play and then the Puccini opera?
95 Freely based on the play in verse La Coupe et les levres
by Alfred de Musset, which 1889 Puccini opera centres on the eponymous confused young man who is struggling to choose between the chaste love of his hometown girl Fidelia and the passion of the exotic gypsy Tigrana?
96 What structure is located at "40 degrees, 44 minutes, 53.977 seconds north; longitude 73 degrees, 59 minutes, 10.812 seconds west?"
97 What city has the coldest average temperature of any national capital in the world?
98 The Malian musician Toumani Diabate is considered by many to be the world's finest player of which instrument?
99 Blending native Romani vocabulary with Spanish grammar, what is the othe name given to the jargon Spanish Romani that is spoken by the Gitanos or Zincarku Gypsies who originate from Spain?
100 Commonly referred to as the Casco Antiguo
(The Old City), which Spanish city is located on a protruding peninsula named the Isle of Leon?
WAnswers to BH82
1 Holsten-Brauerei AG 2 Troy Corser 3 Shahid Malik, Sadiq Khan 4 Laurent Fignon 5 Beach Volleyball 6 Hammer or Hamar 7 Oulipo or Ouvroir de litterature potentielle 8 Safavids 9 King John 10 Pepe Le Moko 11 My Brilliant Career 12 Diana Gould 13 Robert Mapplethorpe 14 Nantes 15 Marie-Segolene Royal 16 Trading Places 17 Dean Acheson 18 Julio Cortazar 19 Enrico Piaggio 20 Angelica Huston 21 Hennessy Ellipse 22 Cointreau and lemon juice 23 Buck's Club 24 Kashkaval 25 Minas cheese (from Minas Gerais) 26 Mulberry 27 St Lucia 28 Bodhidharma 29 Lu Yu 30 Rooibos 31 Fenian Brotherhood 32 Buck's Fizz 33 Fianna 34 The Brehon Laws 35 Rosemarie Frankland 36 Bjornstjerne Bjornson 37 Charles Gounod 38 Sir Hubert Parry 39 India 40 President Garfield 41 Okhranka or Okhrana 42 Demiurge 43 Gnosticism 44 Abraxas 45 Christopher Brookmyre 46 Punchestown 47 Sofia 48 Home on the Range 49 General Manuel Belgrano 50 Rosario 51 Carl Zeiss 52 Santa Clara 53 Water skiing 54 Joan Miro 55 Raoul Dufy 56 K-Y Jelly 57 Kronos Quartet 58 Osvaldo Golijov 59 Terry Riley 60 Astor Piazzolla 61 Amalia Rodriguez 62 Juliette Greco 63 Che Guevara 64 Boris Vian 65 Henri Salvador 66 Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona 67 Rencontres D'Arles 68 Woe to Live On 69 The Toronto Star 70 Pierre Huyghe 71 Wandsworth 72 Herbie Hancock 73 A flop or turkey 74 Jirga 75 Turbofolk 76 Lipstick 77 Qawali 78 Griot 79 Peru 80 Wassoulou 81 Victor Salvi 82 Kinnor 83 Ferenc Szisz 84 Croquet 85 The Argonaut Conference 86 Livadia Palace 87 Santeria 88 Henri Collet 89 Louis Durey 90 Germaine Tailleferre 91 Bent Fabric or Bent Fabricius-Bjerre 92 Siamang 93 Cape Town 94 John Luther Long 95 Edgar 96 Empire State Building 97 Ulan Bator 98 Kora 99 Calo (originally Zincalo) 100 Cadiz