Friday, December 12, 2014

Trivia Bits 12 December


original UK Lord of the Flies book cover

The 1954 classic novel Lord of the Flies (cover pictured) by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding features Ralph, Jack, Simon, Piggy, Roger, Sam and Eric and is about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results.

Broadcast from 1974 to 1977, Porridge is a British situation comedy stars Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale as two inmates at the fictional HMP Slade in Cumberland with "Doing porridge" is British slang for serving a prison sentence and was followed by a 1978 sequel, Going Straight, which established that Fletcher would not be going back to prison again.

Olivia Cockburn is better known as Olivia Wilde, an American actress who has appeared in a number of television and film productions including Tron: Legacy and Cowboys & Aliens.

English actor Martin Freeman, known for his role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, plays John Watson in the 2010 British television crime drama Sherlock opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes.

Callisto is one of the largest moons of the planet Jupiter which has been explored on several occasions by robotic spacecraft, most notably during the early Pioneer and Voyager flyby missions and later by the Galileo orbiter.

Of Dutch origin, Vincent van Gogh was a part of the Post-Impressionism Art Movement whose work was notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold colour.

American rock musician Meat Loaf released in October 1977 the album Bat Out of Hell which was his second album and major-label debut, as well as being his first collaboration with composer Jim Steinman.

The most common shape of the food bowl known as a ramekin is circular and are often built to withstand high temperatures, as they are frequently used in ovens, or in the case of crème brûlée, exposed to the flame of a cooking torch.

Portuguese American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and record producer Nuno Bettencourt is best known as the guitarist for the Boston rock band Extreme.

One of the most famous and beautiful beaches in Australia, Cable Beach, is close to Broome, Western Australia, with the beach being over 20 Km long and arcs around the shoreline forming a stunning ribbon of white sand fringing the turquoise sea and the trees and vegetation inland.

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