Thursday, July 2, 2015

Trivia Bits 02 July


The Oval

The Oval (pictured) is an international cricket ground at Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth, South London which has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was built in 1845 and was the first ground in England to host international Test cricket, in September 1880.

New Zealand-born country music singer Keith Urban released his first self titled studio album in 1991 which was released only in Australia and later released worldwide in 2005 by EMI Music.

The first female leader of Germany was German politician and a former research scientist, Angela Merkel, was elected as Chancellor of Germany in 2005.

Playing Queen Victoria in the 1997 British drama film Mrs Brown was British actress Judi Dench and co-starring Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher and Gerard Butler.

Painted in 1642 by Dutch painter and etcher Rembrandt, Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq, also known as The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, but commonly referred to as The Night Watch now is displayed in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Isaac Nathan composed the first opera to be written, performed and produced in Australia when on 3 May 1847 his Don John of Austria, was performed at the Victoria Theatre, Sydney

Starring Robert Montgomery, Walter Huston, Robert Young, Madge Evans, and Jimmy Durante, a 1933 MGM film set in the Adriatic during World War I, Hell Below, set the pattern for many WW II submarine dramas, and featured the deliberate sinking of USS Moody, slated for destruction by the London Naval Treaty.

Originally built in the town of Sacramenia in Segovia, Spain in the 12th century, The St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church in North Miami Beach, Florida is a medieval Spanish monastery that was purchased by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, disassembled, and then kept in 11,000 crates in a warehouse in Brooklyn for 26 years.

Dr Frankenstein’s first name in English novelist Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus was Victor.

American television sitcom Modern Family debuted on September 23, 2009 and is presented in mockumentary style, the fictional characters frequently talk directly into the camera with the story revolving around three families living in the Los Angeles area who are interrelated through Jay Prichett and his children, Claire and Mitchell.

Quotables 02 July



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Trivia Bits 01 July


 Sir Edward William Elgar

The English composer best remembered for the first of his 1901 Pomp and Circumstance Marches and the 1900 oratorio The Dream of Gerontius was Sir Edward William Elgar (pictured) who was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.

A pedestrian bridge built in 1816, The Ha’penny Bridge crosses the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland and was made of cast iron cast at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, England.

Approximately 10 km long, The River Muru is found in Norway and originates at the glacier Austre Memurubrean and runs through Memurudalen then finally empties into the lake Gjende.

Italian composer, whose operas are among the important operas played as standards including Madama Butterfly and Tosca, Giacomo Puccini died in November 1924.

A string quartet is a musical ensemble of four string players – two violin players, a violist and a cellist – or a piece written to be performed by such a group.

Badakhshan, Faryab and Maidan Wardak are provinces of Afghanistan.

Queen Maud Land is a circa 2.7 million-square-kilometre (1 million sq mi) region of Antarctica claimed as a dependent territory by Norway and was the first part of Antarctica to be sighted, on 27 January 1820 by Fabian von Bellingshausen, a Baltic German officer in the Imperial Russian Navy, cartographer and explore.

Something or someone that has both male and female characteristics is described as being androgynous and may be found in fashion, gender identity, sexual identity, or sexual lifestyle.

The nucleus of the 13,000 manuscripts that are just part of the Biblioteca Marciana of Venice, is made up from the personal library of Petrarch and the collection of Cardinal Bessarion, a Roman Catholic Cardinal Bishop and the titular Latin Patriarch of Constantinople.

The Prime Minister of Israel at the time of the Six Day War in June 1967 was Levi Eshkol.

A $5 Loan



A woman came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find her 5 year old son waiting for her at the door.

SON: 'Mummy, may I ask you a question?'

MUM: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the woman.

SON: 'Mummy, how much do you make an hour?'

MUM: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the woman said angrily.

SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'

MUM: 'If you must know, I make $20 an hour.'

SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: "Mummy, may I please borrow $5?"

The mother was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish frivolities. '

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door..

The woman sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the woman had calmed down, and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $5 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The woman went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.

'Are you asleep, son?' She asked.

'No Mummy, I'm awake,' replied the boy.

'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the woman. 'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $5 you asked for.'

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you Mummy!' he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The woman saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his mother.

'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the mother grumbled.

'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.

'Mummy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow.

I would like to have dinner with you.'

The mother was crushed. She put her arms around her little son, and she begged for his Forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all

Because we work so hard in life, we should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Remember to share that $20 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

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Quotables 01 July



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Trivia Bits 30 June



The mineral malachite (pictured), a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral, is green in colour with Archaeological evidence indicates that the mineral has been mined and smelted at Timna Valley in Israel for over 3,000 years.

Costing $AUD16 million to construct, The Tower of Terror II is a steel shuttle roller coaster located at the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia which when opened on 23 January 1997, was the first roller coaster in the world to reach 160.9 kilometres per hour (100.0 mph).

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a hunter from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty whose unrequited love with Echo, a mountain nymph, was the cause of his death.

Invented by CBS Director Tony Verna the first Instant Replay was used during Army Navy Football Game at Municipal Stadium Philadelphia on December 7, 1963.

The Abel Prize is given by the King of Norway to people who are mathematicians and is named after Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (1802–29), was established in 2001 by the Government of Norway and complements its sister prize in the humanities, the Holberg Prize.

The 1956 movie Mukh O Mukhosh (The face and the mask), directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan, is the first full-length Bengali language feature film to be produced in the East Pakistan, which later became Bangladesh.

The history of Judaism in Japan started in 1861 approximately fifty Jewish families settled in Yokohama and in 1895 established the first synagogue in Japan.

The Republic of Costa Rica is in Central America bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east and was sparsely inhabited by indigenous people before it came under Spanish rule in the 16th century.

An acre of coffee trees can produce up to 10,000 pounds of coffee cherries which amounts to approximately 2000 pounds of beans after hulling or milling.

The name teonanácatl, referring to a sacred mushroom of the Aztecs, translates to the flesh of God and contain the psychedelic compounds psilocybin and psilocin..

Quotables 30 June



Monday, June 29, 2015

Trivia Bits 29 June


Yes Please cover 

The 2014 memoir Yes Please (cover pictured) was written by American actress, comedian, director, producer and writer Amy Poehler.

Lake Enriquillo (Spanish: Lago Enriquillo) is a lake in the Dominican Republic located in the south-western region of the country and is one of only a few saltwater lakes in the world inhabited by crocodiles.

In an earnest bid to avoid layoffs, Nippon Steel Corporation, the Japanese steelmaking giant, once ventured into mushroom cultivation that used the surplus heat created by steel furnaces to temperature control a fecund fungi complex.

A krait is a genus of venomous snakes found in South and Southeast Asia with 13 species and five subspecies recognized.

Italian violin maker Antonius Stradivarius of Cremona made his finest instruments after 1700 with his last surviving instrument dated 1737, the year of his death.

The only tennis player to have won an Australian singles title on both grass and hard court is Swedish player Mats Wilander.

South Australia’s first major gold deposit was discovered in 1852 in the Mount Lofty Ranges bear the township of Echunga.

The V-1 flying bomb, known to the Allies as the buzz bomb, or doodlebug, and in Germany as Kirschkern (cherrystone)—was an early pulse-jet-powered predecessor of the cruise missile with the first V-1 launched at London on 13 June 1944, one week after the successful Allied landing in Europe.

The Sargasso Sea, a region in the gyre in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, and plays a major role in the migration of the European eel and the American eel.

An exostosis is the formation of new bone on the surface of a bone, because of excess calcium forming and are most commonly found in places like the ribs, where small bone growths form, but sometimes larger growths can grow on places like the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows and hips.

Quotables 29 June



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Movie Review ... Love & Mercy


Love_&_Mercy_posterRecent film biographies have come in a standard formula.  Charting the rise, fall and rise again of a subject, fans know what to expect.  If a biography explores a musician, producers also have keen eyes on album sales.  ‘Love and Mercy’ takes a different approach.  Not a biography of the Beach Boys but of lead singer Brian Wilson as a differing time-line shows Wilson’s younger and older persona mostly works.  Crafting an image of a talented but conflicted soul, Wilson’s personal darkness became hidden behind his group’s sunny hits.

Achieving huge success with The Beach Boys, singer/songwriter Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) enjoys life.  Penning hits such as ‘Surfin USA’, ‘Good Vibrations’ and ‘God Only Knows’, his skills are much in demand.  His songs hid a darker side with an illness soon to derail him.  Flash forward a few decades, and an older Wilson (John Cusack) wonders what happened.  Under the spell of his therapist Dr. Landy (Paul Giamatti), his relationship with his girlfriend Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) is tested.  Soon past and present merge to reveal a battle Wilson has fought for decades.

‘Love and Mercy’ is an engrossing study in the darker side of creativity.  Presented as a gifted song-writer, ‘Love and Mercy’ shows Wilson constantly plagued by voices he can’t stop.  Whether they be his manipulative doctor, his fellow band-mates or family, how Wilson was able to generate such a catalogue of successful songs is remarkable.  Conveying how his early personal troubles plagued him later in life, the narrative is an interesting juxtaposition of fame and its consequences.

Whilst engaging overall ‘Love and Mercy’ works better when examining Wilson’s latter life.  Cusack, Giamatti and Banks give excellent performances as characters struggling with Wilson’s soul.  From Giamatti’s seething menace to Banks’ steely determination, it is easy investing in their roles.  Dano does well in the earlier sequences although Bill Pohlad’s leaden direction fails to fully connect them with Wilson’s latter life.  It may have been more compelling just exploring one narrative than two even if the cast in both time-lines provide strong performances.

Discarding the ‘jukebox musical’ formula others lazily copy, ‘Love and Mercy’ does something different.  It doesn’t always work but when it does it continually grips.  Beach Boys fans may be shocked by some of the revelations but it shows another angle beyond the bright days of the band’s persona.


Movie Review Rating out of 10:  6

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Trivia Bits 28 June


 Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington (pictured) is a preparation of filet steak coated with pâté, often pâté de foie gras, and duxelles, which is then wrapped in puff pastry and baked.

The official title of the 1981 Stars on 45 Medley, which names a total of 11 different songs, makes it the longest-titled song ever to make the Billboard charts in the United States with the full title being Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You're Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45.

The spice cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods.

With music by James Horner and lyrics by Will Jennings, My Heart Will Go On was the romantic theme song for the 1997 James Cameron movie The Titanic and was recorded by Céline Dion which was originally released in 1997 on the Titanic soundtrack album and Dion's album Let's Talk About Love, the romantic song went to number 1 all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia.

A sea fan is a form of sessile colonial cnidarian, similar to a sea pen or a soft coral, found in tropical and subtropical seawater.

The metatarsus or metatarsal bones are a group of five long bones in the foot, located between the tarsal bones of the hind- and mid-foot and the phalanges of the toes.

The Wild Duck, original Norwegian title: Vildanden, is an 1884 play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen who is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare.

The Bronx is the northern most of New York City’s five boroughs and is the only borough that is located primarily on the mainland.

In the US, on December 31, 1970, the last cigarette ad, a commercial for Virginia Slims, was aired on the Tonight Show as cigarette advertising was banned from radio and TV effective January 1, 1971.

US President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2009 for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.

Friendship Is …..




Friendship is a Golden Chain,

The links are friends so dear,

And like a rare and precious jewel

It's treasured more each year...


It's clasped together firmly

With a love that's deep and true,

And it's rich with happy memories

And fond recollections, too...


Time can't destroy its beauty

For, as long as memory lives,

Years can't erase the pleasure

That the joy of friendship gives...


For friendship is a priceless gift

That can't be bought or sold,

But to have an understanding friend

Is worth far more than gold...


And the Golden Chain of Friendship

Is a strong and blessed tie

Binding kindred hearts together

As the years go passing by.


Author Unknown

Quotables 28 June



Saturday, June 27, 2015

Trivia Bits 27 June


Indiana Jones

Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr or Indiana Jones (pictured) suffers from ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes, and comes from the Greek words "ophis" (ὄφις) which refers to snakes and "phobia" (φοβία) meaning fear.

Comprising the southernmost waters of the World Ocean, The Southern Ocean separates Antarctica from Australia and is generally taken to be south of 60°S latitude and encircling Antarctica.

For Stephen King's 1983 American psychological horror/thriller film Cujo, five St. Bernards were used, one mechanical head, and an actor in a dog costume to play the title character.

In heraldry and coming from Latin, a small circle is referred to as an annulet from the Latin annul (us) ring.

19th century photographer Napoleon Sarony reportedly paid stage actress Sarah Bernhardt 1500USD to pose for his camera which would be equivalent to more than 20,000USD today.

The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International (ODI) cricket with a finals tournament held every four years, with Australia holding the current record of five wins since the series inception in 1975.

Makhir of Narbonne was a Babylonian-Jewish scholar who settled in Narbonne, France at the end of the 8th century, and his descendants were leaders of the local Jewish community who bore the title of nasi (prince).

Russian native Emilio Kosterlitzky, known as the Mexican Cossack, spoke nine languages, jumped ship in Venezuela, fled to Mexico where he fought in the Apache Wars and in the Mexican Revolution, and eventually became an undercover operative for the U.S. government during World War I.

Charles Schepens, an influential ophthalmologist and regarded by many in the profession as the father of modern retinal surgery, was also a leader in the World War 2 Nazi resistance movement in France.

In 1876, Edward Bouchet became the first black American to earn a Ph.D. from an American university completing his dissertation in physics at Yale in 1876.

Quotables 27 June



Friday, June 26, 2015

Trivia Bits 26 June


The Last Emperor poster

The first film granted permission by the Chinese government to be filmed in the Forbidden City was The Last Emperor (poster pictured), 1987 which won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Formerly known as French Guinea, Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea is a country in West Africa with the capital being Conakry, a port city on the Atlantic Ocean which serves as the economic, financial and cultural centre of Guinea.

Ernst Reuter, after having not been approved by the Soviets as the elected mayor of post-war Berlin, became the first mayor of the non-Soviet controlled part of the city, West Berlin in 1947.

Although construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg started in 1015, it was not until 1439 the spire was completed.

Russian sculptor Pavel Sokolov designed sphinxes for Egyptian Bridge, griffins for Bank Bridge, and lions for Bridge of Four Lions all situated in Saint Petersburg and built between 1825 and 1826.

Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44BC on the Ides of March, 15 March, Caesar was due to appear at a session of the Senate but was waylaid on the steps of the Senate, Caesar attempted to get away, but, blinded by blood, he tripped and fell; the men continued stabbing him as he lay defenceless on the lower steps of the portico and according to Eutropius, an Ancient Roman historian, around 60 or more men participated in the assassination resulting in being stabbed 23 times.

John Cadbury, an English Quaker, began roasting and grinding chocolate beans to sell in his tea and coffee shop in 1824 and in 1842 Cadbury's Chocolate Company in England created the first chocolate bar.

The name of the town Railton in northern Tasmania supposedly came about because the lines of the Mersey and Deloraine Tramway Company connected there when the line was completed in 1885.

The Pietà, sculptured during 1498 to 1499, is a world-famous work of Renaissance sculpture, in Carrara marble, by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City and has carved MICHAELA[N]GELUS BONAROTUS FLORENTIN[US] FACIEBA[T] (Michelangelo Buonarroti, Florentine, made this) on the sash running across Mary's chest.

The study of snakes is called ophiology with the branch of zoology that is concerned with the study of amphibians and reptiles, which include snakes, lizards, turtles, terrapins and tortoises alongside others is known as herpetology.

Quotables 26 June



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trivia Bits 25 June


John Keats 

In La Belle Dame Sans Merci, an 1819 ballad written by the English poet John Keats (pictured), the sedge is withered from the lake with the sedge being flowering plants which resemble grasses or rushes.

The herb thyme features with parsley, sage and rosemary in the folk song Scarborough Fair made a classic with Simon & Garfunkel's version of the song as the lead track of the 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, and was released as a single after being featured on the soundtrack to the movie The Graduate in 1968.

The Pritzker Prize is awarded annually for achievement in the field of architecture and was founded in 1979 by Jay A. Pritzker and his wife Cindy, the award is funded by the Pritzker family and sponsored by the Hyatt Foundation and is considered to be one of the world's premier architecture prizes.

At its creation in 1877, the 40-strong Haverly's United Mastodon Minstrels was the largest blackface minstrel troupe to have ever been formed.

In Greek mythology, the source of all rivers is Oceanus, a pseudo-geographical feature in classical antiquity, believed by the ancient Greeks and Romans to be the divine personification of the World Ocean, an enormous river encircling the world.

Chaki, tea caddies for Japanese tea ceremonies, are traditionally made from wood, bamboo, or ceramic, and are classified by material, shape and the type of tea they are designed to hold.

The world's largest structure created by living creatures is the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast being over 2000km long, and covering an area of nearly 260,000 sqkm.

For the Scots, a mountain peak is described with the term Ben as in Ben Nevis, Ben Macdui, Ben Hall and Ben Lawers.

From 1863 to 1865, Australian bushranger Ben Hall and his various associates conducted one of the most prolific periods of bushranging in the colony with over 100 robberies attributed to them in this time, including the holding up of several villages, dozens of mail coach robberies and the regular theft of prized racehorses.

The Trow Ghyll skeleton, found near Clapham in the West Riding of Yorkshire in August 1947, was claimed to have been the decomposed remains of a German spy who died during the war.

Quotables 25 June



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Trivia Bits 24 June


Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel 

In 1938 Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel (pictured) sold all rights to the comic-strip character Superman to their publishers for $130.

The last thing to happen is the ultimate, the next-to-last is the penultimate and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate.

Farm raised domesticated turkeys cannot fly but wild turkeys can fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour and can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

The ubiquitous 'black box' flight recorder in every airliner in the world was invented in Australia by David Warren of the Aeronautical research laboratories in 1958.

With three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, the dormant volcano Mount Kilimanjaro is in the African country of Tanzania and the is highest free-standing mountain (i.e., not part of a mountain range) in the world at 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level.

The largest species of all living sea turtles is the Leatherback and is found in all tropical and subtropical oceans, and its range extends well into the Arctic Circle.

Rio de la Plata is an estuary on the border of Argentina and Uruguay and is formed by the confluence of the Uruguay River and the Paraná River.

Six pockets are on a standard snooker table one at each corner and one at the centre of each of the longest side cushions which are around 86 mm (3.5 in), though high-class tournaments may use slightly smaller pockets to increase difficulty.

A cat's arching back is part of a complex body language system, usually associated with feeling threatened as the arch is able to get so high because the cat's spine contains nearly 60 vertebrae which fit loosely together.

Kevin Keegan is best known for playing over 200 games with English soccer club Liverpool in the 1970’s and made his England debut on 15 November 1972 in a 1–0 World Cup qualifying win over Wales.