Anyway, enough of the whine. Here's the beef. Of course, if you've already seen them in this exact state (perhaps they formed part of a sample I had previously emailed out and haven't checked), it will be the ground-up Taco Bell kind you read about in books like
. Last warning: the automatic spell-check-correct may have also ruined your factual experience. It can't help itself, the know-nothing sod.
In a Kazuo Ishiguro novel, what is track three on the 1956 album
the singer Judy Bridgewater?
The bartender Giuseppe Cipriani opened which dining-and-drinking
establishment in 1931?
Which popular heat-resistant, wipe-clean plastic laminate was
invented by Westinghouse employees Daniel J. O’Conor and Herbert A.
Faber in 1912?
The North Face and Napapijri’s corporate sibling, which San
Leandro, California-based company is known for its lifetime
warranties and is the world’s largest backpack maker?
On a film set, who or what is “the Abby Singer”?
Which 90mi-long, 10mi-wide district in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio
Province is famed for a microclimate that produces tobacco that cigar
aficionados claim has a flavour like no other?
The subject of a 2009 play by Rona Munro, which Scottish woman became
the last person to be executed for sorcery in Great Britain when she
was burned alive in 1727?
Meaning ‘to cut’, what name was given during medieval times to a
piece of stale bread that was sliced into a suitable shape by a
carver and then used as a plate? After meals, it was eaten, but was
more frequently given as alms to the poor.
Inspired by a 19th
century ballad about a beautiful woman named Mary, which competition
is held every August and began in 1959 on a tiny budget of £750? It
was the idea of tourism-hungry business folk, who met at Harty’s
Bar and were led by late newspaperman Dan Nolan.
Run over a distance of c.90km/55.9mi between the Kwazulu-Natal
capital Pietermaritzburg and Durban, which race is said to be the
world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon?
& Design XIII
Founded in 1946 by Sir Ove Nyquist ____, which design and engineering
consultancy has contributed to such projects as the Angel of the
North, Beijing National Aquatics Centre (designed by its Sydney
office), Sydney Opera House and the Centre Pompidou?
Described as “an Italian working-class version of Portmeirion”,
century architectural gem lies outside Rome’s city walls and is
renowned for its fairytale red cottages?
Sited on Chestnut Street between 5th
Streets, it was completed in 1753 as the Pennsylvania State House.
Which Georgian-style building features on the $100 bill?
Bearing an eagle and certain edicts of Peter the Great, which
three-faced glass pyramid stood on the desk in every government
office in Imperial Russia?
Based around the marshes of the river
Giscle on the bay of Saint-Tropez,
which seaside town was created in the Venetian style by architect
François Spoerry in the 1960s?
Located in the modern state of Gujarat and dating from 2400BC, which
Indus Valley civilisation city is home to what is believed to be the
world’s earliest known dock?
Which Italian graphic designer (1926-2006) headed design at Penguin
Books from 1962 to 1971, and was responsible for creating some of the
most iconic book covers in history?
Which company first produced the Picardie glass, the “ultimate
drinking vessel created by man” in around 1927? The design and
specification has remained almost unchanged since Saint-Gobain
introduced their patented glass tempering process to the said French
firm in 1939.
Which US architect designed the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of
Europe, Berlin (2005)?
The career of which then 28-year-old Swedish furniture designer
(1888-1972) was launched when he won 1st
prize in a competition to furnish the newly built Stockholm City
Let Me Go’
(the source of the 2005 novel title). In a key scene, a young Kathy
(our clone narrator) dances alone to the song (her favourite), as
Madame, an overseer of the clones, watches and crys as she ponders a
cruel adult world poised to reap Kathy’s fresh organs.
(named for Cipriani’s rich young Bostonian patron, Harry Pickering)
They originally conceived it as an electrical insulator substitute
(founded in 1967 in Seattle by Jan Lewis (for whom it is named) and
second-to-last shot of the day
(named for a 1950s/60s production manager, who supposedly misled cast
and crew into thinking the penultimate shot of the day was the last)
Vueltabajo). It is found in the west of the island, in the southern
part of the Organos Mountains. Its tobacco industry dates back to
Horne and her daughter (who escaped) were arrested and jailed on the
accusations of her neighbours in Dornoch. Horne was accused of using
her child, whose hands and feet were deformed, as a pony to ride to
the Devil, where she had her shoed.
(from the Old French tranchier).
A “trencherman” is/was an excessive eater.
The Rose of
(founded by Rank Organisation accountant Billy Clifford, The
owner Nolan, shopkeeper Jo Hussey and Ted Healy). Alice O’Sullivan
of Dublin was the first winner in 1959, who was deemed to be the most
“lovely and fair”, as in the song.
Comrades Marathon. First run on May 24, 1921,
competitors have 12 hours to finish it and must tackle “The Big
Five” hills: Cowies Hill, Field’s Hill, Botha’s Hill, Inchanga
and, finally, Polly Shortts. It was conceived by WW1 vet Vic Clapham
as a memorial to the war dead.
& Design XIII
Pre-recession figures claim it has over 10,000 staff based in 92
offices in 37 countries.
The “poor man’s garden city” was created in the 1920s.
Designed by Andrew Hamilton and Edmund Woolley, it is on the reverse
of the $100 bill, as well as the bicentennial Kennedy half dollar.
This mainly traffic-free town is popular with boat owners, as most
properties come with their own berth. It is in the Var department.
Spoerry wrote L’Architecture
Discovered in 1954, it linked the city to an ancient course of the
Sabarmati on the trade route between Harappan cities in Sindh and the
peninsula of Saurashtra when the surrounding Kutch desert (of today)
was a part of the Arabian Sea.
He introduced phototypesetting, the “Marber grid”, offset
lithographic printing and photography to their paperbacks, and the
Penguin Classic black cover from 1963.
(“the original toughened glass tumbler”). The Duralex Picardie is
celebrated as the quintessential French bistro glass. Other Duralex
designs: Provence, Gigogne, Lys, and Prisme.
(b.1932). Built by Buro Happold, it consists of a 4.7 acre site
covered in 2711 concrete slabs/stelae, which are designed to create
an uneasy, confusing atmosphere.
He submitted two chair designs; a classic Malmsten chair being the
He also founded two schools, the Carl Malmsten CTD and Capellagården
on Öland (in 1960).
Defined by the US academic Irving Janis (1918-90), what theory in
social psychology is used to describe the cause of such symptoms as
the rationalisation of bad decisions and the illusion of unanimity
and invulnerability when collective decisions lead to systematic
What form of pest control was patented by William C. Hooker of
Abingdon, Illinois, in 1894?
Which UNESCO prize is named after the Korean king who created the
the Catalonian government, what is Spain’s and Europe’s leading
savings bank and, due to its nonprofit status, controls the largest
charitable foundation in the country?
(neighbourhood) is the undisputed capital of Rio de Janeiro’s samba
She corresponded with Guy de Maupassant and died of TB aged only 25
in 1884. This woman painted a portrait of Paris slum children, The
and In the
(1881), a work depicting fellow artists at work. Which Ukrainian-born
Russian diarist, painter and sculptor is best known for the journal -
published with the title I
Am the Most Interesting Book of All
– which she kept from the age of 13, and in which she detailed the
struggles of women artists?
One of the world’s leading cosmetics suppliers, which Procter &
Gamble brand was originally a company founded in 1880 by Franz
Stroher, with its HQ in Darmstadt, Germany?
an eponymous lake, which photograph by Mel Allen (b.1965) has become
an inexplicably popular art print that sometimes has “...Glenridding,
in its title?
Sonora Louise Smart Dodd (1882-1978) conceived the idea for the
official observance of which day in 1909? The first was celebrated on
June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.
Born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, in 1936, which free jazz saxophone
pioneer was nicknamed "Bicycle Horn" and debuted with
Thinking the survival of his mother and kid brother required a
sacrifice, he drowned himself in New York's East River in 1970.
Which Chinese dynasty was founded by Emperor Wen, also known as Yang
Jian, in 581AD?
Which nomadic Persian horsemen emerged from the northern Zagros
Mountains in c.700BC, and dominated the Pontic-Caspian steppe
throughout Classical Antiquity (600BC-300AD)? They were comprised of
the Auchatae, Catiaroi, Traspians and Paralatae or the “Royal
________” and in c.676BC, when they were led by Ishpaki, attacked
Assyria in alliance with the Mannaens.
Sundiata Keita’s decisive victory over which Sosso king at the
Battle of Kirina in 1235 guaranteed the preeminence of the Mali
Empire over West Africa for the next 350 years?
Reformed in 275BC, what union of most of the cities of the northern
Peloponnese managed to repel Sparta, but was later defeated by the
Romans in 146BC?
The Donner Party resorted to cannibalism after being snowbound in
which range in 1846-47?
Which battle took place on April 21, 1526, and resulted in the defeat
of the Sultan of Delhi by Babur (aka Zahir ud-Din Muhammad), who then
established the Mughal Empire?
Also known as Khair
what was the popular name of the Turkish privateer Yakupoğlu
greatest achievement was the taking of Tunis from Charles V in 1534?
While in American exile from the apartheid regime, which South
African poet (1930-2006) wrote Emperor
Shaka the Great
(1979) – an epic poem that recounts the life of the Zulu ruler?
King Henry VIII, Peter Paul Rubens and John Wesley shared which
astrological star sign?
In March 1562, Henry I, duc de Guise, ordered a Huguenot massacre
where in Normandy? This has been described as the crucial event that
precipitated the French Wars of Religion.
The term was coined by sociologist and author of The
(1956), William H. Whyte, in Fortune
magazine in 1952 with reference to a “rationalized conformity ...
which holds that group values are not only expedient but right and
good as well”.
British inventor James Henry Atkinson invented a prototype in 1897,
which he called the “Little Nipper” and which may have based on
the Hooker trap. Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840-1916) invented the
traditional mousetrap, as well as the eponymous gun.
Sejong Literacy Prize.
It “honours the outstanding contribution made to literacy over 500
years ago” by the king. The prize rewards governments that fight
HQed in Barcelona and formed in a 1990 merger, it has over 10.7m
The “gracefully decaying” district’s most recognisable landmark
is the slave-built 18th
century Arcos da Lapa or Carioca Aqueduct. Samba fans should head to
Mem de Sá and the Rue Joaquim Silva, which are lined with bars and
performers playing the real thing.
Represented in over 150 countries, the brand’s under-25 styling
product ShockWaves! regularly annoys TV viewers with ads featuring
smug cool kids mussing up their hair with gunk.
– the 2nd
largest lake in the Lake District. Allen was born in Oldham.
Robert Webb observed Father’s Day the year before at his Methodist
church in Fairmont, WV. Dodd was the daughter of US Civil War veteran
William Jackson Smart.
is known for his trio and quartet records of 1964, Spiritual
and his ecstatic, Sally Army brass band-imitating pieces of 1965-66,
among them, ‘Spirits Rejoice’ and ‘Truth is Marching In’. His
Impulse! LPs include In
Following the Southern and Northern Dynasties, its capital was
Chang’an (modern Xi’an). It was marked by the building of the
Grand Canal. Gong (r: 617-18) was the last Sui emperor.
By Late Antiquity (c.300AD-600) they were dominated by the
closely-related Sarmatians, who migrated from Central Asia to the
Ural Mountains during the 5th
He had seized Koumbi Saleh, the capital of the then recently defunct
Ghana Empire, and then tried to conquer the Mandinka people in what
is now Mali. In the Epic
Mali’s national epic, Kanté
is portrayed as an evil sorcerer-king.
(first joined by the city of Sicyon, which provided its great leader
(highest point: Mount Whitney). Of the 87 members of the party, 48
survived to reach California. It is named after its leader, the
farmer George Donner.
Battle of Panipat
occurred in 1556 and the 3rd
Ottoman Navy Fleet Admiral, he inherited the Barbarossa
name from his older brother Baba Oruç
(Father Aruj), who was killed
while fighting the Spanish in Algeria.
The UCLA teacher was made Africa’s poet laureate in 1993. In 2005,
he became the poet laureate of South Africa. He also wrote Anthem
of the Decades: A Zulu Epic.
(all born on June 28). Cancerians are apparently loving, sympathetic
- the seat of a canton of the department
of Calvados in the Basse-Normandie region.