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  1. 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!

  2. 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!


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  3. 1 hour ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    Did you forget to post quiz or have I, or my old PC, missed something:)

    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?

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  4. Answers to last week's quiz:

    1.       Double Bass

    2.       Darjeeling

    3.       Bill Haley and his Comets

    4.       Silver

    5.       Swimming

    6.       Nectarine

    7.       300

    8.       Blue

    9.       Exodus

    10.   Ash

    11.   Aardvark

    12.   Robert Peel

    Question 10: Come on you guys! You may still believe in Santa Clause but a plastic Christmas tree isn't a REAL tree!!

    New quiz tomorrow!

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  5. Ready, steady, GO!

    1.         Which is the largest instrument in the string section of an orchestra?

    2.         Which tea is known as ‘the champagne of teas’?

    3.         Who had a hit single in 1955 with Rock Around the cCock?

    4.         Which metal is the best conductor of heat and electricity?

    5.         In which sport would you use a trudgen?

    6.         John Rivers and Lord Napier are types of what?

    7.         In a game of tenpin bowling, if a person starts by throwing 12 consecutive strikes, what would their score be?

    8.         What colour is a giraffe’s tongue?

    9.         In which book of the Bible are the Ten Commandments set out for the first time?

    10.      What tree can be green, black, white or blue?

    11.      What is the first animal listed in an English dictionary?

    12.      Who was the first Conservative prime minister?


    I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

    King Zog of Albania smoked more than 100 cigarettes a day.

    Answers on Thursday next week, as usual.

  6. This is strange! A couple of hours ago Bot News posted an article on the site about the effect of Covid restrictions on a local couple's wedding. I can see it on my mobile but not here.

  7. 6 hours ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    I think he must have found a Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridor and gone searching for sun☺️

    I hope you found it, Andy - and if you didn't have a great day anyway!

  8. Get your thinking caps on!

    1.         What was the surname of the character played by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry films?

    2.         In which English county is Welwyn Garden City?

    3.         What is the principal chemical found in diamonds?

    4.         What name is given to the indentation on a brick which holds the mortar?

    5.         What was the favourite food of Paddington Bear?

    6.         Which of these countries does NOT drive on the left: New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Cyprus?

    7.         In which sport would you compete for the America’s Cup?

    8.         What colour is the spot in the middle of the Japanese flag?

    9.         Which of the Seven Wonders of the World was created by the sculptor Phidias about 430BC?

    10.      Which football club is nicknamed The Canaries?

    11.      Who was the first British woman to take a seat in the House of Commons?

    12.      Where would you find cerumen in the human body?


    I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

    Bagpipes were played in Persia, Egypt and Greece long before the Scots adopted them from the Romans.

    Answers on Thursday, next week.

  9. Answers to last week's quiz:

    1.       Vacuum cleaner

    2.       33 - 1

    3.       Illie Nastase

    4.       Anti-freeze

    5.       1988

    6.       Piccadily

    7.       Channel Islands

    8.       US Civil War 1861 - 1865

    9.       Honeysuckle or Woodbine

    10.   Dunstan

    11.   River Tay

    12.   Hydrophobia

    Re question 6: The Swedish Monopoly board doesn't have a Waterworks, or so I,ve been informed by one of the grandchildren. I did a quick google and apparently it was removed about 15 years ago when the board was revised. My own, English version of the game is well over 30 years old and next to the Waterworks in a CLOCKWISE direction is Piccadily. My apologies if the English version has also changed the placement of Piccadily.

    New quiz tomorrow.

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  10. This morning at breakfast I read an excellent article from our News bot here on site. I did this on my mobile phone. The article , Public health boss' plea as Covid-19 'spreading like wildfire' in Northumberland is well worth a read and still available on my phone. However, it doesn't appear here on my lap top when I log in. Is it just me or have we a problem?

    PS It should appear just before Eggy's last post on Humford

  11. 21 hours ago, Odin Dunne said:

    My grandfather John Carr was born in Bedlington in 1891. His father was Christopher. 

    Does anyone know anything about them?

    A couple of questions:

    Did you have a great grandmother called Catherine?

    Did your grandparents or great grandparents have any connections with Scotland?

    Do you recognise any of the following names:

    Annie, Patrick, Gilbert, Margaret?



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  12. Time to keep the grey cell in trim!

    1.         Which household appliance was patented by Cecil Booth in 1901?

    2.         In bookmaker’s  slang what odds are denoted by ‘double carpet’

    3.         Who did Bjorn Borg defeat in 1976 to win his first Wimbledon singles title?

    4.         What is the more common name of the chemical Ethylene Glycol?

    5.         In what year were dog licences abolished in Britain?

    6.         On a Monopoly board, which property clockwise is situated after the Water Works?

    7.         In which part of the British Isles would you find bailiwicks?

    8.         In which war was the battle of Gettysburg?

    9.         By what name is the plant Lonicera better known?

    10.      Which Archbishop of Canterbury seized the devil’s nose in a pair of red-hot tongs?

    11.      What is the longest river in Scotland?

    12.      What is the medical name for Rabies?


    I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

    In 1877 a wealthy widow promised Russian composer Tchaikovsky a generous annual allowance – on condition that they never met.

    Answers on Thursday, as usual!

  13. 22 hours ago, Jammy said:

    just got the wall it was affixed to at the wrong end of the terrace.

    I know the feeling, Jammy! Last week I got the left and right of a photo mixed up. I think It's an 'age thing' - well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

  14. On 22/09/2020 at 20:07, Jammy said:

     I'm guessing that Howard Terrace was added to the end of Glassey Terrace sometime later. At a later date Howard terrace was name changed to Glassey terrace because of confusion with another Howard terrace at the Top End.

    I think it might be the other way round, Jammy. Howard Terrace came first. Reedy's dad described the area in the 1950s -60s and said "Starting at what used to be Joe Jennings farm and shop including Mansion House now possibly 'Smiles' was Glassey Terrace. The first 7 houses were originally named Howard Terrace but the name was changed to Glassey Terrace as a result of misdirected mail as another Howard Terrace existed in Netherton".

    Howard Terrace must therefore have started at Mansion House and could only be extended towards the Bank Top. Looking at the present day Glassey Terrace it's possible to see where the extension started because of the differing roof-  and upstairs window heights:


    Glassey Terrace 1-6 (2).png

    I'm pretty certain I've seen Howard Terrace in an early census. I'll see if I can find it.

    There was a Howard terrace at Netherton Colliery. It was renamed Office Row but I don't know when.

  15. 3 hours ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    looked at two maps today and the 1897 shows Puddlers Row where @Jammy new it, just off Stead Lane, and the 1865 map shows Puddlers Row where Glassey Terrace is now:rolleyes:.

    These are two different Puddlers Row. The 'old' Puddlers Row is also shown on the 1859 map but unlike the 'new' Puddlers it is on the east side of the main road. The old Puddlers Row belonged not to Bedlington Station/Sleekburn, but to 'Village of Bank Top', according to census information, and was there before Glassey's arrival in 1867. It appears in the 1871 census as a row of 22 dwellings.

    Glassey left Bedlington in 1884 and the old Puddlers Row still appears on OS maps in 1898 but without a name. On the same map the new Puddlers Row appears running east-west along what later became Stead Lane. We can also see here that the west side of the road, north of the Bank Top Hotel, is still not developed.

    At some point between 1897 and 1922 we can see a devlopment on the west side of the road - the area now occupied by Glassey Terrace. This is called Front Row. New development on the east side of the road in the area of the old Puddlers Row, includes a 'Back Row' and what could be old Puddlers Row but with an extension. By 1947 Puddlers Row is no longer shown on the OS maps and Front Row is still called Front Row - not Glassey Terrace.

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