Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Nothing to Say ...

... about BOTB Today Or Ever Again

No, really. The more I think about it, the more hilarious it all is. But then that's just me. The old formula 'steaming outrage + time = hearty belly laughs' is one I adhere to.

Congrats to Chris Bell on winning Sports Mastermind. No, not that one. It was impressive stuff. He shares his fascination with Geoff Boycott with novelist David Peace (of That Damned Utd fame), who is due to give him the Brian Clough treatment sometime in the future. Must be a sign of good character or odd, inexplicable obsession.

I'm still a bit worried about Des though. The spark and vitality I remember of all those World Cup campaigns gone seems to have been completely siphoned awat, only to leave a strange, stilted shell. He sometimes sounded as if he had been drugged or been replaced by one of the pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Donald Sutherland version). But as Sequin commented, he seems to have improved, if only slightly, in the filming interim.

Right. Fifteen today. Cos I feel like it. And I'm sure you don't mind.

1 The capital of the municipality of Libertador and the namesake state, which popular tourist city of Venezuela is home of the prestigious University of the Andes, and the location of the highest and second longest aerial tramway in the world, and has Pico Bolivar - the country's highest peak - forming its backdrop?
2 'The Good Son' was the name given to the first episode of which sitcom that premiered in 1993?
3 What is the largest city in the province of New Brunswick, and the oldest incorporated city in Canada?
4 Which Newcastle-born author has published such books as Fullalove (1995), The North Of England Home Service (2003), Born Yesterday: The News As A Novel (2008) as well as the non-fiction works Happy Like Murderers: The Story Of Fred And Rosemary West (1998) and Best And Edwards: Football, Fame And Oblivion (2006)?
5 Which Austrian-born weightlifer, who received German citizenship in 2007, won the gold medal in the 105kg category at this year's Summer Olympics, with a total of 461kg, lifting 203 kg in the snatch, and 258kg in the clean and jerk?
6 The Macocha Gorge or Propast Macocha (literally 'the Stepmother Gorge'), and also known as the Macocha Abyss, is found in which country?
7 Shaffer Chimere Smith is the real name of which American R&B and pop musician, who has released the albums In My Own Words, Because of You and Year of the Gentleman?
8 Known by the symbol χ, what chemical property describes the ability of an atom (or, more rarely, a functional group) to attract electrons (or electron density) towards itself in a covalent bond was first proposed by Linus Pauling in 1932 as a development of valence bond theory?
9 Which 'Elegy', considered one of Goethe's finest and most personal, reflects the devastating sadness the poet felt when Ulrike von Levetzow declined his proposal (Goethe did not propose to her personally, but via a friend, Carl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach)? He started writing it on September 5, 1823 in a coach which carried him from Cheb to Weimar and by his arrival on September 12, it was finished.
10 Named after a tree (Cyathea dealbata) endemic to the country, what is New Zealand's national netball team called?
11 William Wyler won his first Best Director Oscar for which 1942 film?
12 A well-known writer on the subject of immigrant life in France, which Senegalese author is probably best known for her 2001 novel The Belly of the Atlantic/Le Ventre de l'Atlantique?
13 Native to northwestern Mexico in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora, Pachycereus pringlei (Cardón) is the tallest species of which plant in the world?
14 Which cave, near Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, in the Ardèche département, in southern France, became famous in 1994 after three speleologists found that its walls were richly decorated with Paleolithic artwork, that it contained the fossilized remains of many animals, including those that are now extinct, and that the floor preserved the footprints of animals and humans?
15 Developed by the Italian statistician Corrado Gini and published in his 1912 paper 'Variability and Mutability', the Gini coefficient is a measure of statistical dispersion most prominently used as a measure of what?





Answers to FE:XXIX
1 Merida or Santiago de los Caballeros de Mérida 2 Frasier 3 Saint John 4 Gordon Burn 5 Matthias Steiner 6 Czech Republic 7 Ne-Yo 8 Electronegativity 9 Marienbad Elegy 10 Silver Ferns 11 Mrs. Miniver 12 Fatou Diome 13 Cactus 14 Grotte Chauvet or Chauvet Cave 15 Income inequality or the inequality of wealth distribution


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