Thursday, August 21, 2008

My Very Very Bad

I didn't mean to come off as heartless yesterday, but if Des was ill during the recording of SMM, I hope he really is fighting fit whatever he does next on the telly (if it is a second series of the said show, so much the better). Sometimes I wonder whether my crude yet somehow florid barbs come across as cheap shots, typical of the majority of people, i.e. complete and utter morons, who comment on newspaper internet blogs. Unlike them, I constantly feel pangs of remorse.

1 Which theory was first published in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London on August 20, 1858?
2 Which Italian poet, a leading representative of the experimental trend known as ermetismo, took an irredentist position during WWI and debuted as a poet while fighting in the trenches, publishing one of his best-known pieces, L'allegria/The Joy?
3 The father of a gold medal-winner at the current games, which former Soviet gymnast was the gold medallist on the horizontal bar and shared the gold medal in the team competition at the 1988 Olympics, and was also the first man to do a triple back flip on floor and both a layout reverse Hecht and a Jaeger with full twist on high bar?
4 The primary figure in most Guaraní creation legends is which supreme god of all creation, who with the help of the moon goddess Arasy, descended upon the Earth in a location specified as a hill in the region of Aregúa, Paraguay, and from there created all that is found upon the face of the earth?
5 A member of the Mbochi tribe, the general Denis Sassou Nguesso was president of which country from 1979 to 1992 and again from 1997 to date?
6 Which Toronto Maple Leafs owner, who gave his name to an MVP trophy introduced in 1965, famously observed that "If you can't beat 'em in the alley you can't beat 'em on the ice"?
7 Which King of England assumed the crown under the regency of the popular William Marshal?
8 Which Normandy town gives its name to a needle lace, sometimes called the "Queen of lace", where the local industry was promoted by Louis XIV's minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert, who established a Royal Lace Workshop there to produce a product influence by the Venetian style?
9 A colonel of the West Suffolk Militia who was appointed equerry to the Duke of York in 1787, which English caricaturist's work is as famous as those of his contemporaries Thomas Rowlandson and James Gillray, good examples being his Country Club (1788), Barber's Shop (1803) and A Long Story(1782)?
10 The foremost member of the Parma school of the Italian Renaissance, who painted the illusionistic Vision of St. John on Patmos (1520-21) for the dome of the church of San Giovanni Evangelista, and three years later decorated the dome of the Cathedral of Parma with a startling Assumption of the Virgin?
11 Run by NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, what program is abbreviated NEAT?
12 Which 1943 play by Jean-Paul Sartre recounts the story of Orestes and his sister Electra in their quest to avenge the death of their father Agamemnon?
13 What name is given to the annual best-of-three series of rugby league matches between the Maroons, representing the state of Queensland, and the Blues, representing the state of New South Wales?
14 The world's first animated feature films - the first of which was El Apóstol/The Apostle - were made and released in which country by cartoonist Quirino Cristiani, in 1917 and 1918?
15 The earliest mention of which people of the Caucasus, who are the predominant group of Dagestan, in European history at their current location is from Priscus who declares that in 463 AD a mixed Saragur, Urog and Unogur embassy asked Byzantium for an alliance having been dislodged by Sabirs in 461 due to the people in question's drive towards the west?




Answers to FE:XXX
1 Theory of evolution 2 Giuseppe Ungaretti 3 Valeri Liukin (father of Nastia Liukin, the US gymnast) 4 Tupã 5 Republic of the Congo 6 Conn Smythe 7 Henry III 8 Alençon, as in Alençon lace or point d'Alençon 9 Henry Bunbury 10 Antonio Allegri da Correggio 11 Near Earth Asteroid Tracking 12 Les Mouches/The Flies 13 State of Origin 14 Argentina 15 Caucasian Avars or Avars


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