It never seems like the summer break is enough. Sometimes I think I can do with two whole years off and come back to the leagues then. But no. Never gonna happen. I guess you can finagle the instincts that drive me back, or suck me in like a maelstrom of quiz routine.
Yeah, there was Qll; yesterday was very bad Qgp (worst performance since - aaarggh, flesh exploding in shame - the Brits last year); today there was middling to enjoyable performance in the Pc (39-32 against an Oxford duo shorn of Dennis, who is quite possibly still roaming the streets of central London looking for our tucked away venue).
Now here's the friendly yadda yadda. You knows the ones that ain't be answered are emboldened. Score was something like 43-30 to The Sussex. Yadda. On the train home, I read a good Malcolm Gladwell article in the New Yorker which slags off activism as envisioned by the social media elite and compared to the bravery of civil rights movement and organisation of left-wing terror groups. I thought I'd just mention that in a random happenstance manner. I don't even know what 'happenstance' means. But he's right you know.
I thought I'd admit that this is a question dump for Qs that are too long for Mind Games and not quite suitable for other "assignments". They're not a load of crap though. No, sir.
President's Cup friendly October 3, 2010
(Random pick format)
1. "The Nellie, a crusing yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest" is the first line of which work by Joseph Conrad?
HEART OF DARKNESS
2. In 2014, the Victoria & Albert Museum will open an outpost where in Scotland?
3. What was England's only French possession when the Hundred Years' War ended?
4. In March 2008, the British designer Hannah MacGibbon was appointed creative director of which French fashion house?
5. Used in psychosurgery, the Freeman-Watts procedure, or "precision method", is the standard form of which controversial surgical technique?
6. The station, RAF Barkston Heath, is located in which county?
7. Best known for playing postal carrier Cliff Clavin on Cheers, which actor has been called "Pixar's good luck charm" because he has voiced a character in every feature-length Pixar film?
8. The Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue helped which king overcome his stammer?
1. Found south of the Sahara, the klipspringer is a small species of which animal?
2. Which halogen, with the atomic number 53, is the heaviest essential element that is utilized biologically?
3. Which basketball player claimed that he had bedded 20,000 women in his 1991 memoir A View From Above?
4. Deriving its name from a team in an episode of The Simpsons, the Albuquerque Isotopes is a real team that plays which sport?
5. Due to launch in September 2011, what name has been given to Paris's proposed public rental system for electric cars?
6. The Australian continent has how many time zones?
7. Used in digital watches, the first visible example of which practical electronic component was invented by General Electric Company scientist Nick Holonyak in 1962?
LED / LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE
8. Complete Somerset Maugham's quote: "To eat well in England you should have a..." what?
"... BREAKFAST THREE TIMES A DAY"
1. King Edward I's 1285 Statute of Winchester made practice of what activity compulsory for all able-bodied males on Sundays?
2. Which 18th century writer's works include the biography The Life of Richard Savage, the poem London and the play Irene?
3. Who choreographed the ballet The Rite of Spring on its Paris premiere in 1913?
4. Who won the Best Actor Oscar for playing the title role in the 1939 film Goodbye, Mr Chips?
5. Which egg-shaped fruit, also known the tree tomato, is produced by the plant Solanum betaceum?
6. One of three men to have played The Punisher on film, which Swedish action star has a master's degree in chemical engineering, an IQ of 160 and a 3rd dan black belt in karate?
7. Which Spanish footballer scored the winner in this year's World Cup final?
8. Within ten feet or three metres either way, how long is the Bayeux Tapestry?
224.3 FEET (214.3ft - 234.3ft) / 68.38 METRES (65.38m or 71.38m)
1. Which musical instrument provides the popular title of Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony no.3?
ORGAN / PIPE ORGAN
2. Stratfield Saye in Hampshire has been the country home of which dukes since 1817?
DUKES OF WELLINGTON
3. Which band has the most UK singles successes of any Welsh group; its 35th chart entry comingcourtesy of its latest single (It's Not War) Just the End of Love?
MANIC STREET PREACHERS
4. Tinia the god of the sky, Uni his wife, Turan, the goddess of love and Laran, the god of war, were major deities in which European civilisation's mythology?
5. Which NASA space shuttle was built to replace Challenger and was delivered in May 1991?
6. Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux's 1967 song Comme d'habitude was adapted into which song by Paul Anka?
7. What is both the largest extractor of natural gas in the world and the largest Russian company?
8. Ed Miliband is MP for which constituency that was created in 1983 from Don Valley and Goole?
1. Released in 2006, which Wii video game is the best-selling console game of all time?
2. Published anonymously in 2000, the romance novel Zabibah and the King is believed to have been written by which unlikely author?
3. Snakeheads are Chinese gangs mostly involved in what type of trafficking?
MIGRANT LABOUR / PEOPLE SMUGGLING
4. Which Indian city was hit by the "Black Friday" series of bombings in March 1993?
BOMBAY / MUMBAI
5. Which Pakistani umpire clashed with Mike Gatting during the 1987 Faisalabad Test?
6. Which Liberal Democrat Lord was the first Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, holding the post between 1999 and 2003?
7. WH Auden's poem Musee des Beaux Arts discusses Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, a work long thought to be by which Netherlandish Renaissance painter?
PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER
8. Traditionally eaten on St. David's day, which leek broth is the Welsh national dish?
1. Used as a filming location in the Harry Potter movies, which cathedral is home to the canopied shrine of King Edward II?
2. George Cole played Sir Giles Lynchwood MP and David Suchet the title role in a 1985 BBC2 adaptation of which novel by Tom Sharpe?
BLOTT ON THE LANDSCAPE
3. What is the British term for white sugar with finer grains than those of granulated sugar? Its American equivalent is superfine sugar or Baker's special.
4.Who was named the Ugandan light-heavyweight boxing champion from 1951 to 1960?
5. This week, some chap called CJ de Mooi described Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's reelection as president of which international governing body as "a farce of a vote"?
6. Which artist's largest work on canvas is a 34 feet by 38 feet back cloth that he created for the Ballet Russes' 1924 production of Le Bleu Train?
7. What term for the relieving of emotional tensions or purging of emotions is derived from the Greek word for 'a cleansing'?
8. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police's scarlet tunics are made of which twill-weave woollen fabric?
SERGE - their uniform is "famously" called the Red Serge
1. Supported by a strap going diagonally over the right shoulder, what wide belt is named after a British army officer who served with the 2nd Punjab Irregular Cavalry during the Indian Rebellion of 1857?
SAM BROWNE BELT
2. The highest point in the western massif of the Cairngorms, what is the third highest mountain in Great Britain, surpassed only by Ben Nevis and Ben Macdui?
BRAERIACH / Braigh Riabhach (1296m/4252ft)
3. Mount Logan is located in which Canadian territory?
4.Released in 1981, The Visitors was the eighth and last studio album by which pop group?
5. Treme [pronounced TRE-MAY], the new TV drama from the makers of The Wire, is set in which American city?
6. Named after a Scottish author, which prize for historical fiction was founded in 2010 and had Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall for its inaugural winner?
WALTER SCOTT PRIZE
7. Which Old Testament prophet was the son of Hannah and Elkanah?
8. The designer of Dulwich Picture Gallery, which architect's house on the north side of Lincoln's Inn Fields is now a museum?
SIR JOHN SOANE
1. What potential hazards are measured by the Palermo Scale and the similar, but less complex, Torino Scale?
IMPACT OF NEAR EARTH OBJECTS or COMETS or ASTEROIDS
2. Which Lotus sports car can be seen converting into a submarine-type vehicle in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me?
3. Which modified Mercedes Benz M-Class sport utility vehicle has the number plate 'SCV 1'?
4. Which 5ft3in dictator built the Museum of International Understanding just to house the basketball signed by his hero Michael Jordan that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gave to him in 2000?
KIM JONG IL
5. Which cocktail was invented in a Hollywood bar in 1941 by John G. Martin and Jack Morgan when they mixed Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer and lime?
6. What American painting is accidentally destroyed by Mr. Bean in the avant-garde classic film Bean?
7. Which international sports team is known as the Black Ferns?
NEW ZEALAND'S WOMAN'S RUGBY UNION SIDE
8. Corsac, Blanford's and Red are species of which carnivorous mammal?
Meaning 'having missed', what French word is an adjective for unfulfilled?
Spain and Portugal controlled all of the New World until England's conquest of which Caribbean island in 1625? N.B. Bermuda was conquered in 1609.
Made from the fermented juice of various types of agave, which popular milky alcoholic drink from Mexico is thought to derive its name from the Nahuatl word for 'decomposed'?
Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has been suspended from cycling after traces of which decongestant and bronchodilator were found in a urine sample?