So many wasted plans for posts. Such energy expended on eviscerating Edmonds. And completely forgetting about doing important stuff to finish, to start and to carry out, while occupying myself with the thought that I'm bored out of my skull and there's nothing to do. It's like a really lame version of cognitive dissonance.
And then you trawl the interweb for what people are saying about the People's Quiz (and you, of course) because ultimately you are a vain and pitiful creature with too much time on your hands. I admit it. I said on TPQ that "I am weak and cowardly"
and was about to quote Smiths lyrics to emphasise these sad character traits. (How Soon Is Now
, of course, like duh!)
But the vast jets of vitriolic filth that people spray on their computer screens! It's disgusting and vile and mostly about Mark. And they really get going when Mark is seen to be in tandem with internet forum hate figure CJ. Why do people have to hate so much? Why can't everyone just get along, as that great poet Rodney King once implored?
Thankfully, in comparison I've stayed safely anonymous Princess Leia-style, with practically the only bad thing someone has said about me coming from one Rhythmbastard on the forums at Moopy: "The asian guy who was on last week obviously has no friends or social life and lives in the library."
Well, Mr Rhythmbastard, if I do win the Grand Final and hold my putative carnage-filled victory party, I will invite you along and, as the centre-piece of the drink-sodden shenanigans, get you up on an elevated stage where a Sicilian hitman I have paid for with some of my winnings and flown in specially for the occasion, will blow your gonads off with a really fat shotgun and then cut off your ears, which I will wear in a special necklace homage to Universal Soldier
for the rest of the summer.
No, I joke. I'd just kick him in the shins really hard (having hired a private detective to track him down from his IP address). Because, there's absolutely nothing wrong with living in a secret catacomb under Marylebone Library, from which I often emerge to scorn the company of every one of my fellow human beings. I bloody love it.
However, it's always nice to know that teenage gothettes have become so obsessed with you (in that comical he's on the TV way) that they have put me top of their MySpace "Who I'd Like To Meet" section and have had really bad old photos of me put in their comments box (2001 version - yucky, smuggy, jowly, hair too long; 2003 - twatty gimp smile). Eek.
I don't think I'll put up links to any of them though. For obvious, multiple reasons.Here's the quiz
1 Known by the acronym INN, what is the official or generic name given to a pharmaceutical substance as designated by the World Health Organisation?
2 Which former region on the east coast of the Baltic Sea comprises most of present day Latvia and Estonia and took its name after the crusading order of knights who conquered and converted it to Christianity in the early 13th century, and stayed independent until 1583 when it was divided between between Poland and Sweden before being ceded to Tsar Peter the Great in 1721?
3 Cachupa, a stew of several kinds of beans, corn and various meats like bacon, fish or sausage, is the national dish of which island nation in the Atlantic Ocean?
4 The Pearl Monument and the Al-Fatih Mosque, which non-Muslims are allowed to enter, are popular sights in which island capital city?
5 From which area of North America does Oka cheese (of which there are four types: Regular, Classic, Light and Providence) come?
6 Which public company has overtaken Microsoft to be named the biggest brand in the world?
7 Nicknamed Buddy
, which musician and New Orleans' first "cornet king" is considered one of jazz's founding fathers, although he died before the age of 30 mostly due to severe mental illness, while the most reliable rendering of his self-titled trademark tune or "Blues"
was released by Jelly Roll Morton years after the man in question's death?
8 The comedy act, The Moustache Brothers
, are famed dissidents who have served substantial jail time in which Asian country?
9 Taimur Zulfikarov is which former Soviet Republic's most popular living writer?
10 Which line of kings and dukes ruled Poland from its beginnings as an independent state up to 1370, and had for its last member George William, Duke of Bzeg and Legnica, who died in 1675?
11 The spectacular annual Umhlanga
dance and Incwala
ceremony take place in which Swaziland valley, considered the royal heartland?
12 Which Archbishop of Warsaw resigned in January 2007 after an intelligence file revealed that he had agreed to spy for the communists in the 1970s?
13 In which Galician resort is the Fiesta de Exaltacion del Marisco
- a showcase for Europe's finest seafood - held during the first two weeks of October?
14 Part of The Other Russia
opposition coalition, the former chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov founded which social movement in Russia that he currently leads in 2005?
15 Also called the V4
, which alliance of the central European states of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia originated in a summit meeting of the heads of state or government of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland held in an eponymous Hungarian city on February 15, 1991?
16 First opened in 1888 and unaltered ever since, which rumbling funicular railway climbs 373m to give spectacular views of Hong Kong?
17 NASA has announced that it will use a spacecraft, known by the initials AIM, to spend the next two years studying the hitherto mysterious physics and chemistry of noctilucent clouds from its orbit 370 miles above the poles. What does AIM stand for?
18 In which European country was an authoritarian, conservative dictatorship known as "the 4th of August Regime" established in 1936?
19 Identified by the five scutes along the middle of the carapace, which sea turtle characterised by a large head and blunt jaws is the only member of the genus Caretta
and is known as Caretta caretta
20 Composed by Chen Shou in the 3rd century, the official and authoritative historical text Records of Three Kingdoms
collects the smaller histories of which three rival Chinese states into a single text?
21 Which Argentine composer, who has lived in Cologne, Germany since 1957, is most famous for his interest in developing the the theatrical side of musical performance in such works as the absurdist "ballet for non-dancers" Staatstheater
(1971), which utilises such unconventional musical instruments as chamber pots and enema equipment, while he has also produced the radio play Aufnahmezustand
(1969), which concerned itself with the incidents surrounding the recording of a radio play, and the 1970 film Ludwig Van
, in which a fictive visit to the Beethoven House in Bonn sees everything papered with sheet music of Beethoven's pieces?
22 The site of Mozart's baptism, the 17th century baroque Salzburg Cathedral is dedicated to which saint in the Roman Catholic Church and founder of the Austrian city, who transformed and renamed it from the ruined Roman town of Juvavum through promoting its salt mines?
23 Which Ukrainian-Soviet athlete set the current world record for the men's hammer at the 1986 European Championships when he threw 86.74m?
24 What thermal underwear was created in the Fifties by three French brothers named Despature, who owned a weaving business in the town of Roubaix?
25 A type of shaman, what name describes a traditional healer and practitioner of herbal medicine, divination and counselling in traditional Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndbele and Swazi) societies of southern Africa, who undergo a period of training called Thwasa
26 Which term for an aspect of the Hungarian roots revival of traditional culture that began in the early 1970s and remains an active part of the national culture across the country, means "dance house" and derives its name from a Transylvanian tradition of holding dances at individual's homes?
27 Founded in 1952, which outdoor wear company's founder Nathan Schwartz began his shoemaking career in Boston, Massachusetts as an apprentice stitcher in 1918?
28 What is the southernmost Greek island, located to the south of its far large neighbour Crete, of which it is administratively part, in the prefecture of Chania and is therefore the southernmost point of Europe?
29 Which member of Special Reserve, 2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps won the airborne services' first Victoria Cross after bombing a rail line in Courtrai, Belgium, although he was mortally wounded he managed to fly 35 miles to report the success of his mission before dying?
30 The prehistoric-themed comic strip B.C.
was launched in 1958 by which cartoonist, who died in April 2007?
31 In MotoGP, who is the Yamaha team-mate of the American Colin Edwards?
32 Featuring a 12.5-ft high central chamber found via a 23-ft tunnel, the passage grave of Maes Howe
is found on which island?
33 What term has been used to describe crops, such as willow and poplar trees and elephant grass, which can be used to make electricity?
34 Teaching its students a new method of breathing, what sort of therapy is the Maguire programme
35 Which country's football team won the first Copa America in 1910?
36 Born in southern Indian in 1887, which amazing self-taught mathematician and "Prince of Intuition"
found an out-of-date textbook at the age of 15 and proceeded to produce hundreds of complicated theorems and formulas that eventually helped him win a scholarship to Cambridge University? He died in 1920 aged 32.
37 Which French company has brought out the Downtown
38 In which capital city was the Organisation of American States established on April 30, 1948?
39 In 313AD, which Roman emperor of Dacian peasant origin (reign 308-324) unified the entire Eastern Roman Empire during his rule, but submitted to his brother-in-law the Western ruler Constantine after making a last stand at the Battle of Chrysopolis near Chalcedon in September 324 and was eventually murderered with his former co-emperor Sextus Martinianus the following year?
40 Which TV star of the 1980s once claimed that he modelled his distinctive hairstyle on a Mandinka warrior he had seen in National Geographic
41 Which pop star embarked on The Re-Invention Tour
, visiting nine countries from May 2004?
42 Which unsteady and clumsy motion of the limbs or torso due to a failure of the gross co-ordination of muscle movements takes its name from the Greek for "failure to put in order"
are brightly coloured varieties of which flower?
44 Considered the first work of Rabbinic Judaism and redacted in about 200AD by Yehudah Ha-Nasi ("Judah the Prince"), what is the first written recording of the oral law of the Jewish people, as championed by the Pharisees and as debated between 70-200AD by a group of rabbinic sages called the Tannaim, and has a Hebrew name meaning "repetition"
45 Believed to have been born in today's Sens in France, which Frankish merchant (d.658) was the ruler of the first known Slav state in Central Europe whose name is known, having supported them in their fight against the Avar rulers?
46 Which hill is considered the omphalos or mystical navel or ritual centre of Ireland, whereupon rests a great stone (Ail na Mirenn
, meaning "stone of divisions") marked with lines indicating the provincial borders of Connacht, Leinster, Ulster and Munster?
47 In which country is good food, as well as reassuring family traditions, wine and comfortable furniture, believed to be a vital part of the concept of hygge
, a word best translated as a "warm, fuzzy, cosy, comfortable feeling of well-being"?
48 Written in 1809 and dedicated his patron and pupil Archduke Rudolf, what is the more common name of Beethoven's Concerto No. 5 in E flat major
- his last piano concerto?
49 Which silent film star and comedian (1869-1940) took out a $25,000 insurance policy with Lloyd's of London in case his famous crossed eyes were ever uncrossed?
50 Which Italian company manufactures the kettle models: "the Bird" (designed by Michael Graves, with a little blue bird on the spout) and "the Melodic" by Richard Sapper (with two pitch pipes for harmonica-style alert)?
GAnswers to BH114
1 International Non-Propriety Name (sometimes known as rINN: the r standing for recommended) 2 Livonia 3 Cape Verde 4 Manama 5 Quebec 6 Google 7 Charles Bolden 8 Myanmar 9 Tajikistan 10 Piast dynasty 11 Ezulwini Valley 12 Stanislaw Wielgus 13 O Grove 14 United Civil Front 15 The Visegrad Group or Visegrad Four 16 Peak Tram 17 Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere 18 Greece (by General Ioannis Metaxas) 19 Loggerhead Sea Turtle 20 Wei, Shu, Wu 21 Mauricio Kagel 22 St Rupert of Salzburg 23 Yuriy Sedykh 24 Damart 25 Sangoma 26 Tanchaz 27 Timberland 28 Gavdos 29 2nd Lieutenant William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse 30 Johnny Hart 31 Valentino Rossi 32 Orkney 33 Biomass 34 Speech therapy 35 Argentina 36 Srinivasa Ramanujan 37 Yves Saint Laurent 38 Bogota 39 Licinus 40 Mr T 41 Madonna 42 Ataxia 43 Dahlia 44 The Mishnah 45 Samo 46 Uisnech Hill 47 Denmark 48 Emperor Concerto 49 Ben Turpin 50 Alessi