In this blogposting…* 50 Things To Do…
* The Royal Oak Quiz
* Art and Me
* AGM XLI
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50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE 12
Here are the next ten things that the National Trust reckons all children should have done before their twelfth birthday. The general heading for these is ‘Tracker’...
1 Hunt for bugs
2 Find some frogspawn
3 Catch a falling leaf
4 Track wild animals
5 Discover what’s in a pond
6 Make a home for a wild animal
7 Check out the crazy creatures in a rockpool
8 Bring up a butterfly
9 Catch a crab
10 Go on a nature walk at night
I felt really pleased with myself about the last group of items - even smug.
Well, all that conceited self-satisfaction has evaporated now. I am appalled to report that I haven’t done any of the things on this list - and I’m a lot older than 12.
What’s your score????
And speaking of scores….
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THE ROYAL OAK QUIZ 3
Here’s another Royal Oak quiz for you to get your teeth into. Questions 21 to 25 are about Fairy Tales and 26 to 30 are all taken from lyrics to tv theme songs.
See how many of these you can answer without resorting to reference books or the internet…
1 What name links a Stephen King novel, a Cliff Richard song, and Princess Leia?
2 Who was famously offered the presidency of Israel in 1952 but turned it down?
3 Which well known chocolate bar was originally created from the wasted chocolate skimmed off the moulds of other chocolate bars?
4 Which job has Enrico Letta just taken up?
5 In The Wizard of Oz, what did Dorothy have to steal from the Wicked Witch of the West?
6 Which of the Knights of the Round Table was Queen Guinevere’s lover?
7 In which Ian Fleming novel did James Bond make his first appearance?
8 Conman James McCormick allegedly made £55m selling gadgets he claimed were bomb detectors – what were they in reality?
9 What colour are the robes of a Buddhist monk in Thailand?
10 In Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, what is Charlie’s surname?
11 Men wearing evening dress sometimes wear a sash around their waists. What's it called?
12 Many computer workers suffer from RSI. What does RSI stand for?
13 Oil obtained from which spice is used to help relieve toothache?
14 What was the name of the clown in the Stephen King story It?
15 In the tv sitcom The Royle Family, what is the name of their local pub?
16 Talisker malt whiskey is distilled on which island?
17 In the children’s tv series Willo The Wisp, what sort of animal was The Moog?
18 Triton, Proteus and Neireid are the three largest moons of which planet?
19 Since Angus Deayton left the show, which comedy actor has presented the most episodes of Have I Got News For You?
20 To the nearest million, how much did Real Madrid pay Man Utd for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009?
21 In The Frog Prince, what did the frog rescue from the bottom of the pond when the princess dropped it?
22 In Jack and the Beanstalk, what was the first thing that Jack stole from the Giant?
23 In Goldilocks and The Three Bears, what is the first thing belonging to the bears that Goldilocks tries?
24 What happened to Hansel’s trail of breadcrumbs that was supposed to help him and Gretel out of the forest?
25 What did the Little Mermaid agree to give to the Sea Witch in order to get her legs?
26 Lucky there’s a man who positively can do all the things that make us laugh and cry
27 Working all day for a pittance of pay then you blow it on a Saturday night. When you kiss the dames and don’t ask their names.
28 TV’s, Deep Freeze, David Bowie LPs, pool games, gold chains, wosnames and at a push, some Trevor Francis tracksuits from a mush in Shepherd’s Bush
29 The Earth began to cool, the artotrophs began to drool, Neanderthals developed tools. We built a wall, we built the pyramids.
30 Straightening the curve, flattening the hills, someday the mountain might get them, but the law never will
The first pound note was introduced in which year?
How many minutes of playing time did it take Fernando Torres to score his first goal for Chelsea?
Big Thanks to Ross for sending me the Royal Oak Quizzes...
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ART AND ME
Over the years I’ve visited a lot of art galleries and, when I do, I try to buy postcards of the pictures I like best when I’m there.
I have no recollection of ever having seen the abstract work featured in the middle but I suppose I must have done…
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...will take place at 1100 on Thursday 30 May at Birkheads Nursery - although, judging from reaction so far, I may well be the only one there...
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