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  2. 1. What does the symbol HB stand for on a pencil? Hard Black. 2. What is the motto of the BBC? Nation shall speak peace unto nation. 3. England’s best ever win at football was 13-0. Who were they playing? Ireland 4. In which year were cars first required to be registered? 1901 (U.S.A.) 5. In WW2, what was the codename given by Hitler to the German invasion of Russia? Barbarrosa 6. How many years are celebrated with a platinum anniversary? 70 7. What is the layer of rock immediately under the crust of the Earth called? Mantle 8. Which animal lives in a ‘citadel’ ? Mole 9. What is the name of the Queen’s residence in Norfolk? Sandringham House 10. Brassica Oleracea is better known as what? Cabbage 11. Who discovered the basic laws of genetics while analyzing peas in a monastery garden? Gregor Mendel 12. What does a Buck Rarebit have that a Welsh Rarebit does not? Egg
  3. Here we go ..... 1. What does the symbol HB stand for on a pencil? 2. What is the motto of the BBC? 3. England’s best ever win at football was 13-0. Who were they playing? 4. In which year were cars first required to be registered? 5. In WW2, what was the codename given by Hitler to the German invasion of Russia? 6. How many years are celebrated with a platinum anniversary? 7. What is the layer of rock immediately under the crust of the Earth called? 8. Which animal lives in a ‘citadel’? 9. What is the name of the Queen’s residence in Norfolk? 10. Brassica Oleracea is better known as what? 11. Who discovered the basic laws of genetics while analysing peas in a monastery garden? 12. What does a Buck Rarebit have that a Welsh Rarebit does not? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Japanese women wear padded underwear to make their bottoms appear more rounded. ... and you never know just when you might need that morsel of knowledge!
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  5. Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Ronnie Corbett 2. Oysters 3. Carbon 4. Greenland 5. Archers, outlaws 6. *HMS Coventry 7. Drosometer 8. ** Reliant 9. ***Shogun 10. China 11. Jim Kerr 12. Icelandic *Q6 HMS Coventry and HMS Sheffield are both frigates, and both were launched at Swan Hunter, Wallsend in 1986 – HMS Sheffield, March, 26 and HMS Coventry, a few weeks later April 08. However, the launch of HMS Sheffield was no secret. It was launched by Mrs. Susan Stanley, wife of the then Armed Forces Minister while HMS Coventry slipped quietly into the River Tyne without ceremony. **Q8 I can’t find anybody called Li who is 102 years old Sophie Avouris, April 2020 Arthur Seidman Feb 2019 (no longer 102) Madeleine Turpan 102 Sept 2014 (no longer 102) *** Q9 Shogun was the word I was looking for, a loan from Japanese clothed in the English alphabet. but the Japanese 将軍 (shogun) is also acceptable, being the shortened form of 征夷大将軍 (seiitaishogun) meaning Commander in Chief (of the expeditionary force against the barbarians). Naturally, I can accept even 軍事指導者 also meaning ‘military leader. New quiz tomorrow - without Japanese!
  6. 1950 Speech Day at the Wallaw cinema - photo from the Mansel Dinnis collection.
  7. It was founded in 1926 as Bedlington Secondary School for the areas of Bedlingtonshire, Ashington and Newbiggin, being built next to Bedlington railway station. Subsequently it became Bedlington Grammar School, before turning comprehensive in 1974. It gained Maths and Computing College status in 2009. Ex pupils you should know :- Sir Bobby Charlton CBE & Sir John Hall, who built the MetroCentre
  8. Thank you @Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) That's absolutely brilliant
  9. @Ali Kelly there are 4 'Gateway Features' - one each at the side of a road entering Bedlington from North, South East ans West. The Bedlington Terrier is at the Soth Entrance as you come into Bedlington on the A1068 road. These images should help :- This is a direct link to the entry in page 2 of the' Gallery> Historic Bedlington' for the 'Bedlington Gateway Features'. If you select each photo you will get additional information about that feature :-
  10. Hi all Not a local (from Middlesbrough originally) & looking to photograph your town sign 'Welcome to Bedlington....home of the Bedlington Terrier' as below but was unable to locate it in the summer. Can anyone give me an exact location please? Many thanks
  11. Can't see me ever been persuaded - convinced - given proof etc etc that anything that is called paranormal has got anything to do with so called spooks - ghosts = of or relating to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception, or other purportedly supernatural phenomena. Yes unusual thinks occur but that's normal ☺️ - especially when leaving any public house after a long session😱
  12. I remember the estate as Rutherford’s Farm and the adjoining fields. Dunstanburgh Close is around where the farm itself was. The fields ran down to the burn. Around about the area that is now Conway Close was an old dilapidated stone barn which stood alone in the field. I seem to remember around the late 70’s the grandfather of the Rutherford family was found hanged in the barn. There seems to be a lot of paranormal activity around the area. The Wharton and old Ridge Farm pubs have a history of sightings and mysterious happenings.
  13. 1949 - Form 3B - photo, slightly out of focus, from the Mansel Dinnis collection.
  14. School choir - 1950 photo from the Mansel Dinnis collection.
  15. 1949 - Shakesper's The Merchant of Venice play was staged.
  16. Another from the Mansel Dinnis collection- the school orchestra - 1949. The photo is taken in the school assembly hall. The hall was also used as the school gym. On the left, as you look at the photo, was a storage room where the gym equipment was stored.
  17. The school anthem - Semper Sursum (Latin) = Ever Upwards. The school plaque has the year MCMXXV - 1925. The song sheet has the year 1946 + the initials E.H. and the name EDNA HUMPHREY is printed on the following music sheet. Miss Edna Humphry was he deputy head mistress of the school.
  18. 1949 photo from the Mansel Dinnis collection.
  19. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest Northumberland news A Bedlington primary school has revealed when children will return to the classroom after being forced to close with more than 20 staff members self-isolating. Whitley Memorial Primary School closed its doors on Wednesday, October 7, after being plunged into a staffing crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bedlington school initially closed over a two-day period to allow for a deep clean, citing that its catchment area had one of the highest areas of confirmed cases in Northumberland. But the school later revealed it could no longer continue to operate due to more than 20 members of staff being off work as a result of the virus. Whitley Memorial Primary School said it could not guarantee the safety and welfare of its children and staff, adding that it would not reopen until October 19 "at the earliest". It has now been announced that staff and pupils will now return on Monday, with the exception of Morpeth and Kielder classes who will be back in the classroom on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, following self-isolation.
  20. 1. Which comedian, as a schoolboy, had a trial for Heart of Midlothian FC but wasn’t tall enough? Answer = 2. What type of creatures are “Whitstable natives”? Answer = 3. Fullerenes, discovered in 1985, were a new form of which element? Answer = 4. Which island, situated in the Arctic Ocean, is the largest in the world? Answer = 5. Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough and William of Cloudesley were all famous what? Answer = Inglewood Outlaws 6. Which frigate was launched secretly in 1986 in Wallsend to replace a ship lost in the Falklands? Answer = Hansard 7. What instrument is used to measure dew? Answer = 8. Which car manufacturer had the Kitten, Rebel and Sabre models? Answer = 9. Which Japanese word translates as ‘leader of the army’? Answer =「軍のリーダーとして 10. Which country was the first to use paper banknotes? Answer = 11. Who is the lead singer with Simple Minds? Answer = 12. Identify the language used in the following sentence: Dómarinn hefur alltaf rétt fyrrir sér. Answer = Icelandic I’ll bet you didn’t know …. The Russian postal service will not deliver letters containing chewing gum. Answer = I didn't Bonus question: How do they know what’s in the envelope? Answer = No idea - it's Google proof
  21. 1. Which comedian, as a schoolboy, had a trial for Heart of Midlothian FC but wasn’t tall enough? Ronnie Corbet 2. What type of creatures are “Whitstable natives”? Oysters 3. Fullerenes, discovered in 1985, were a new form of which element? Carbon 4. Which island, situated in the Arctic Ocean, is the largest in the world? Spitsbergen 5. Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough and William of Cloudesley were all famous what? Outlaws 6. Which frigate was launched secretly in 1986 in Wallsend to replace a ship lost in the Falklands? HMS Sheffield. 7. What instrument is used to measure dew? psychrometer 8. Which car manufacturer had the Kitten, Rebel and Sabre models? Reliant 9. Which Japanese word translates as ‘leader of the army’? 軍事指導者. 10. Which country was the first to use paper banknotes? China 11. Who is the lead singer with Simple Minds? Jim Kerr 12. Identify the language used in the following sentence Dómarinn hefur alltaf rétt fyrrir sér. Spanish
  22. I thought I had posted! I've made a note to say I have and another to remind me to post the answers on Thursday. Don't know what's gone wrong but here it is again: 1. Which comedian, as a schoolboy, had a trial for Heart of Midlothian FC but wasn’t tall enough? 2. What type of creatures are “Whitstable natives”? 3. Fullerenes, discovered in 1985, were a new form of which element? 4. Which island, situated in the Arctic Ocean, is the largest in the world? 5. Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough and William of Cloudesley were all famous what? 6. Which frigate was launched secretly in 1986 in Wallsend to replace a ship lost in the Falklands? 7. What instrument is used to measure dew? 8. Which car manufacturer had the Kitten, Rebel and Sabre models? 9. Which Japanese word translates as ‘leader of the army’? 10. Which country was the first to use paper banknotes? 11. Who is the lead singer with Simple Minds? 12. Identify the language used in the following sentence: Dómarinn hefur alltaf rétt fyrrir sér. I’ll bet you didn’t know …. The Russian postal service will not deliver letters containing chewing gum. Bonus question: How do they know what’s in the envelope?
  23. Girl Guides at Bedlington Grammar School from the Mansel Dinnis collection. All the names and info added from Joan Cummings.
  24. @Canny lass - did you forget to post quiz or have I, or my old PC, missed something
  25. Margaret Williamson and Christina Leach have both named 17a as Miss Heywood - Domestic Science teacher.
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  27. Bedlington Grammar School teaching staff - 1949. The photo has been on before but the previous photo had been cropped and one teacher, on the front row- left hand side as you look at the photo, was missing. The staff were numbered 1 to 25 on the previous photo so not to confuse thinks I have numbered this lot the same with the missing teacher now in view as number '17a'. @df2204 you named many of the teachers when the other photo was posted. Do you know the name of 17a ?
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