Saturday, 20 September 2014

LAM Podcast 11

In this week's podcast: -

Questions on the Olympic Summer Games
Talking Points on University Challenge, Mastermind and that Slump
The Hall of Shame
The Verdict on Revenge of the Egghead
The Court of Public Opinion
Answers to last week's questions

In The News

In The News

Who or what are the following and why have they been in the news?

Justin Roberts
Tony Mangan
Alan Henning
David Haines
Ryan Adams
Tiffany Porter
Dylan Van Baarle
Lucas di Grassi
Oscar Groening
Jerome Champagne
Bob Dyer
Shaun Wright
Married At First Sight
Ruth Atkins
Chuck Feeney
John Cantlie
Sonia Powell
Felix Magath
Jens Voigt

In Other News

Which road bridge celebrated its half century last week?
How many people set a record for the most number of people dressing in Regency costume in Bath?
What was the score between Chelsea and Swansea?
– and Arsenal and Man City?
– and Aston Villa and Liverpool?
Who did Floyd Mayweather defeat in the 12th round of their world championship return bout?
Which golfer nearly lost an arm in a chainsaw accident?
Who won the San Marino Moto GP?
Which world leader was spending last week in a tent?
What became the Tate’s most popular exhibition in its history?
Crimewatch is thirty years old. In round numbers, how many crimes has it solved?
Who announced his first album and tour since the mid 70s?
What is the title of the next Toy Story Movie?
It was announced that the Guildhall School of Music and Drama are to offer their first course in what?
What was the Champions League score between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund?
– and Liverpool and Ludogorets Razgrad?
Everton FC have been given the green light for a new stadium in which location?
Which embarrassing occurrence befell the Columbian women’s cycling team?
Who was reappointed Pakistan’s T20 captain 3 years after getting the sack?
Who had to apologise for calling US moneylenders Shylocks?
Which actress is playing Hamlet on stage in Manchester?
Who will be the new voice of Danger Mouse?
Who is the famous sitter for the finalists in the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year competition?
Which companies have been commissioned to build NASAs next manned space vehicle to transport astronauts to the ISS?
Londoners are to be charged £10 to watch what in December?
Which type of architecture features on a new set of Royal Mail stamps?
What was the Champions League score between Man City and Bayern Munich?
– and Chelsea and Schalke?
The RFU apologized for using what design on their England kit?
Name the Yorkshire cricket captain charged by the England and Wales cricket board of offenses with racial connotations
What was the % turnout in the Scottish referendum vote?
Which veteran country singer passed away?
Which historic decision did the R and A golf club reach?
Who had to return a £16,000 watch to the Brazilian FA, having had no idea of the value of the gift?
Who quite as manager of Port Vale?
In the Europa League, what was the score between Spurs and Partizan Belgrade?
– and Everton and Wolfsburg?
 – and Celtic and Salzburg?
Who left Cardiff City last week?
Which stadium will host the final of the Euro 2020 tournament?

GB has been drawn to face which country in the Davis Cup?

Only Connect - Show Three

Wandering Minstrels v. Gallifreyans

I can’t say that I recognized any of the contestants in this week’s heat, but that doesn’t necessarily mean owt. First up were the Wandering Minstrels. Which, tangentially reminds me that the best definition of futility I think I’ve heard is attempting to explain the Black and White Minstrel Show to anyone born after 1970. Vyvyan Almond, Fergus Butler-Gallie and skipper Edward Green were all linked by their love of Gilbert and Sullivan. Ah, “Claire”, “Matrimony”, “What’s in a Kiss?”. They don’t make them like that any more. John Dorney, Stuart Wildig and skipper Giles Sparrow were the Gallifreyans. If you need me to explain that this refers to the home planet of Doctor Who, you may be reading the wrong blog. You’re very welcome, whatever the case. The lads had found each other on an online Doctor Who forum, and only met face to face in the auditions. Fair enough.

Round One – What’s the Connection?

The Gals picked Eye of Horus to start with. I was impressed with the way that they knew that Rachel Carson Ecology bible referred to The Silent Spring – didn’t know that myself. I was surprised that they had the confidence to consider going for a five pointer. Wiser counsels prevailed, and they took the next clue – Franz Gruber carol. They had Silent Spring – but they never considered Silent Night for this one. They had a real rush of blood to the head, going for seasons when they didn’t have much of an idea what the carol might be, and the chance to get points on the board went begging. Bit of a tactical error that one. Given forensic pathology series, and then the big give away – ansWer, the Wands couldn’t do anything with it, which was a little surprising. Twisted Flax gave them Blender – too many possibilities – Tumbler – Grinder and I’ll be honest I didn’t have a Scooby. I think it was Vyvyan at this point who said that Grindr was a mobile app, and the last – Flicker confirmed that this was definitely the right kind of tree to be barking up. It might only have been one point, but it was well earned. My fears for the Gals were allayed when Giles next asked for HornĂ©d Viper the way we like to hear it pronounced. Ah, they were back on track. Peggy Mitchell was never going to be a five pointer, but Darin Stephens was going to be a three. The lads knew that these were all played by more than one actor. The Wands opted for Two Reeds, and kicked off with Steve Jobs. Marcus Garvey followed, then Dave Swarbrick. Mark Twain finished it off, and that was the only one which gave it to me, and I guess to the Gals – all had early obituaries. Tricky one that. Music lurked behind Lion, and that was the next one the Gals picked. Busy Doing nothing was the first, followed by The Importance of being Idle by Oasis. Lazy Sunday Afternoons by the Small faces confirmed that, if such confirmation were necessary, and “The Lazy Song “ finished it off, and just about gave the Gals the answer, even though they seemed reluctant to offer it. I thought that the Wands had had the hardest two sets so far, and this time they were given the pictures. I didn’t identify the first, but the second was clearly my favourite-boxer-of-all-time-after-Muhammad-Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard. I guessed that the first small creature would be a sugar glider. So I went for sugar at this point.  A ballet dancer was conceivably the sugar plum fairy, and Sugar Loaf mountain (the one above Rio, not the one by Abergavenny) finished the set off. That gave the Wands the point. So at the end of the round the Gals led by 5 – 2.

Round Two – What comes Fourth?

The Gals picked eye of Horus, and were handed a five point chance. 4th: Portugal led me to speculate that this could well be Lusophone countries, in order of size. In which case 1st: Brazil would be the obvious answer. 3rd: Angola confirmed it for me. The Gals needed the last clue – 2nd: Mozambique and then they were there.  The Wands opted for Lion, and amazingly, I had a second consecutive 5 pointer. a1:R looked immediately like chess notation, since that’s what it was. Which meant that d1:Q would bring home the bacon. b1:N didn’t do it for the Wands, neither did c1:B.They just didn’t see it. The Gals did, but didn’t know whether it would be Q for Queen or K for King. They went for K, missing out on the bonus. Twisted Flax kicked off with Jack Lemmon and Whoopi Goldberg. Nope, did nothing for me. Johnny Carson didn’t help me, but John was in there with Oscar hosts with the most appearances. That meant it would be Billy Crystal next, and Bob Hope as the answer. Fair play, once Billy Crystal came up I might have had it, but I wouldn’t have done from the first two. Having learned their lesson earlier, they took the third to make sure, and then took the point. Two Reeds gave the Wands more pictures. We saw the Duomo of Florence Cathedral, a rose, and then the giveaway, St. Endellion, Cornwall. Cameron was obviously the answer. A lovely set, but try getting a five pointer from it. The Gals then opted for water. With 5:Eggheads, John was onto it immediately, knowing that there are 5 per team in Eggheads. Thus all you needed to do for 5 points was supply 2: Pointless, or another show with teams of two people. They took the next – 4: University Challenge to be sure, and then scooped the points. Only horned viper remained, and we already know that Victoria prefers the conventional way of voicing it. The Wands worked out the link between subdominant – median – that being that they are chords, or notes, or summat like that. I couldn’t answer it, the Wands took supertonic but still couldn’t get it, allowing the Gals in with tonic for a bonus. When chided for their inability to answer, and asked who is the main singer on the team, skipper Edward came up with the best quip of the evening, saying “We’re not really singers. Musical ability has nothing to do with Gilbert and Sullivan.” Harsh. The Gals led by 13 – 4.

Round Three – The Connecting Walls

The Wands kicked off with the Lion wall. A set of dictionaires looked obvious, and old coins, and pigs. Edward impressed with the way he methodically tried out all the different old coin combinations before the right one was found. At this point Edward did actually say three – Clancy – Judd  – Gough , not knowing that these would give him most of a list of Strictly Come Dancing winners. After a bit of discussion they decided to take out the pigs, and duly separated Percy – Stuck – Guinea and Male Chauvinist. This left the dictionaries and the Strictly winners. Websters – Collins – Oxford and Macquarie were the dictionaires. However when asked for Judd – Clancy – Chambers and Gough they opted for cricketers. Still, 7 points are not to be sniffed at.

The Gals were left with the Water. They didn’t manage to quite match the performance of the Wands. Childrens TV series looked obvious with Number 73 not really being able to be anything else. Nor Button Moon for that matter. I could see some Formula 1 world champs too, although these escaped the Gals for the moment. Number 73 – Button Moon – Pipkins and Magpie made the set of ITV kids shows. Now they saw the racing drivers, and started to try to work out what the other lines might be before taking the drivers out of the equation. They could see some Canadian cities – which I could see were all in Ontario. Thunder Bay – Toronto – Kitchener and Ottawa made the set. Left with a bit of time having taken out two lines they just didn’t see a set fo things you can be over – moon, rainbow, odds and hill. Had they seen it, then they could have taken out Hill to isolate the 4 champs they wanted – Hamilton, Hawthorn , Hunt and Button. Thus having found 2 groups, and giving all 4 connections they earned 6 points. So they had only lost one point of the lead and were ahead by 19 – 11.

Round Four – Missing Vowels

It wasn’t impossible for the Wands to win, but it looked highly unlikely. The first set was places to store things. They say it never rains but it pours, and poor Edward of the Wands did brilliantly to see external hard drive, but he popped the word ‘an’ before it, lost a point and handed another one to the Gals. 22:10. Olivier Awards for the best new musical saw the Gals pay back that point, when John said Chorus Line rather than A Chorus Line. 23:12. Noted sports commentators and their sports took the score to 26 – 12, and we had no time for characters in Cheers.

Well played both. Once they settled down the Gals gave a good account of themselves, and will be tough opposition for whoever faces them next. I think that the Wands were a little unlucky in their choice of sets in the first two rounds, so they’re not out of it yet either. 

University Challenge - Round One - heat 9

Leicester v. Open University

JP was quick to remind us that Leicester were the first ever winners of the show back in the early 60s. Trying to replicate the achievements of the university’s first team were John O’Doherty, Adam Brown, Nadal Al Masri (apologies, sir, but that is what the subtitles gave me) and their captain Robert Greenhill. Now, their opponents represented the Open University. The participation of the Open University within University Challenge is something that has caused its fair share of comment over the years. The Open University have twice been champions, the last time coming in 1999, when they steamrollered over the opposition. Since then they have not fielded another team in the show. I’ve heard various theories about their absence, but whatever the case, they’re back, and on Monday they were represented by Danielle Gibney, Stuart Taylor, Kate Law, and their captain Lynne Jones. Back in the days when the OU were fairly regular competitors I always used to think that by rights they probably ought to be better than the majority of their opposition, their teams being that bit older, and presumably having that much more knowledge and experience, however, with the exception of 1999 it rarely happened this way. You can imagine that I was very interested to see how this one would pan out.

Danielle Gibney began proceedings by recognizing various definitions and derivations of the word posse. 3 gettable bonuses on coal provided the Open with 2 correct answers. Now – even if the name Stradivarius isn’t mentioned, when you hear ‘Cremona’ and ‘instrument makers’ you say violins. That’s what Robert Greenhill did, to earn a set of bonuses on homonyms. With a little thought these were all gettable although chard/charred did escape them. I don’t know a lot about radiation, but I do know that UV rays were used to treat skin diseases, as did Adam Brown. Tree diseases weren’t all easy, and they only managed Ash dieback. Already we were at the picture starter. We were shown a map, and asked to identify the lake highlighted. It was clearly the Lake District, and skipper Lynne Jones recognized Ullswater for the OU. More of the same followed, of which they identified 2, missing out on Wales’ Lake Bala. Now, the next starter, James Hoban, is one of those old quiz chestnuts you hear from time to time. He was the architect who designed the White House. The teams took a little bit more of the question after his name was mentioned, then it was Adam Brown who came in for the points. The bonuses on Chinua Achebe took Leicester to 65 points, and they led the OU who had 40. It was shaping up to be a good contest between two useful teams.

Robert Greenhill widened the gap by taking the next starter, recognizing the word ‘coda’. Ballets with music by Stravinsky didn’t offer much on the surface, but I managed 2 of them as did Leicester. Nadal Al Masri buzzed in to identify Europa as the Greek mythological figure used as a watermark on Euro notes. Books about Economics left me with just the one answer of Robert Peston, but Leicester managed two of them to push their score into 3 figures. Much as John o’Doherty did, having heard the word wolframite I immediately thought of tungsten for the next starter. Leicester were looking in fairly irresistible form at this stage of the contest. Neuro transmitters did nothing for me, but John O’Doherty was happy to get a full set. The music starter followed, and Kate Law was in extremely quickly to identify the tones of Rod Stewart. More Scottish artists whose music features in the Grand Theft Auto series followed, and it was a good set to be given, since it had full house written all over it. Nice to hear famous Bob Holness impersonator Raphael Ravenscroft playing on Baker Street too. That set seemed to have given the OU some heart as Kate Law took her second consecutive starter identifying various Children’s Laureates. The languages of London according to the 2011 census weren’t easy, and provided little. Lynne Jones took her teams third starter in a row, knowing that various writers had published volumes titled ‘Jerusalem’. Geological Eras were an interesting set of bonuses, and I was very pleased with myself for dredging up the Tethys Ocean. One bonus was taken. OU were closing the gap, but Stuart Taylor zigged on the next starter with Aye Aye, allowing John O’Doherty to zag with bush baby. Bonuses on columns were gettable, and Leicester duly went on to get them. John O’Doherty identified various bones in the ear for the next. Latin terms in law gave skipper Robert Greenhill a very quick full set, which meant that at the 20 minute mark Leicester were once again back in the driving seat, and leading by 180 to 95. Essentially, Leicester were almost home, and if not exactly dry, certainly no more than slightly damp. As for the OU, well it looked like a question of whether they would be able to push on enough to guarantee a repechage slot.

It was Leicester’s impressive skipper who won the buzzer race to identify a photo of Ted Heath – whose name incidentally is an anagram of Had Teeth – and he did. Photos of US presidents in their spare time gave Leicester another full set of bonuses. Stuart Taylor sounded doubtful when he identified Michel Platini as the star of the 1984 Euros, but he was right. Bonuses on Geography took them to 115, and a repechage place was certainly looking possible. If you concatenate the silent letters in the word sword, business and Autumn, then you get win, as Ket Law explained. The bonuses on scientific terms all containing hyper – pushed them to 135 with 5 minutes to go. Danielle Gibney supplied ten more points by buzzing early to take a starter on chloroform. German cities, and their federal states took them up to 160 points, and a position on the repechage board as it stands. It got even better for the OU when Stuart Taylor identified Victoria’s first and last PMs as Melbourne and Salisbury. Astronomy didn’t provide much as a set of bonuses. Leicester, having seen the gap significantly eaten into decided that that was quite enough of that, thank you very much, and Adam Brown buzzed in on the next starter to identify Luanda as the world’s most populous Portuguese speaking capital city. French artists – in which pairs of artists names were given and the team had to say in which decade the two of them were both alive – saw Leicester again take a full house, and earn a JP well done, an honour indeed. Lynne Jones knew that the orchestra was originally the area where the Chorus danced. That buzz pretty much guaranteed the OU’s continued participation in this series. Roman settlements in Britain brought them up to 195 – a score that would have won quite a few shows this series. Mind you, they lost 5 when Stuart Taylor unluckily zigged with Sartre when he should have zagged with Camus. It won’t stop them going forward, I’m sure. Robert Greenhill snapped that up. Bonuses on Mitfords gave Leicester just enough time to add one bonus to their score enabling them to finish with 245.

That was a thoroughly enjoyable show. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I love every UC show, but I do like to see two good teams going at it hammer and tongs, and displaying knowledge – and I would imagine that both of these teams – and Leicester in particular, ended up with good conversion rates. I like the cut of this Leicester team’s gib. Three of them really showed a dab hand with the buzzer, and that will always make a team a more formidable prospect than relying on one star.

Well played all.

Jeremy Paxman Watch

Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing worthy of comment until the smiled aside to Kate Law’s correct answer of Rod Stewart – “You look rather embarrassed to know that.”
A surprisingly lenient JP allayed Robert Greenhill’s concerns when his team supplied the answer “The Paris Communards” instead of the Paris Commune. “Yes,” he replied, “BY the Communards, I think.” No, Jez, “You Are My World” and “Don’t Leave Me This Way” were by the Communards, I think you'll find.
When Ted Heath’s photo was identified JP couldn’t, even on this show, allow a politician to get off lightly, and he noted, “His hobbies were yachting and conducting orchestras extremely badly.” Ooooh – get you!
A lenient adjudication seemed to have allowed OU skipper to get away with saying E – O when Danielle Gibney had fed her the answer the constellation Leo. Sorry, but I rather thought there was an I have to take your first answer rule on the show. I’m not trying to be pedantic here, but either the rule is in force, or it’s not. Which obviously Jez remembered, when he seemed to change his mind and rule the answer out.

Interesting Fact(s) That I Didn’t Already Know Of The Week

The Grand Theft Auto game series has origins in Dundee. Mahatma Gandhi’s first language was Gujarati

Friday, 19 September 2014

Mastermind - Round One - Heat 6

Another week, and another three recidivists. Three? Yes, that’s right. Of tonight’s contenders only Jack Young was making his first ever appearance on the show. We’ll come to Jack shortly. First up was my friend Andy Crane. Andy made his first appearance on 2010 in a remarkable episode in which everything else was overshadowed by Kajen Thuraaisingham setting the lowest ever total. In the event, Andy was second. He answered on the Summer Olympics 1968 – 1988. Tonight, well, tonight he was answering on what you might well think of as the next installment – Summer Olympics 1992 – 2012. Last time out Andy was a calm and assured performer on specialist. This time out he started well, but one question in particular provided him with one of those awful moments when the answer just clings doggedly to the tip of your tongue, in this case the name of Kath Grainger. 8 is nothing to be ashamed of, but looking at Andy’s face you could see that he knew that this was not going to be good enough in this show.

So, our lone Mastermind virgin tonight was Jack Young. Now, as much as the Summer Olympic Games is one of my preferred subjects, Duke Ellington is very much not. Under the circumstances, three answers, including the giveaway first question was plenty enough for me to want to take the money and run. Jack put on a good performance, getting himself through the psychologically important double figure barrier, and then adding another for good measure. I honestly don’t know enough about the subject to comment on the level of difficulty, but it certainly looked like a good round to me.

In Ian’s 2011 series Louise Broadbent played a significant part in a high scoring heat, where she answered questions on Tennessee Williams, and was unlucky to only come third. Tonight saw a change of pace for her as she answered on Hammer horror films from 1958 – 1974. I’ll level with you, I have something of a soft spot for the oeuvre of that particular studio, and I managed a 7 on this round myself – albeit from the comfort of the Clark sofa. Louise clearly knew her stuff, but a couple of obscure details held her up on a couple of the questions, and what had looked as if it was going to be a double figures round became stuck on 9.

Andrew Teale was making his third appearance on the show. Let’s make no bones about it, with two good first round performances, both with 27, Andrew has been very unlucky to miss out twice on a repechage slot, the last being in last year’s series. So he knows better than most the value of making sure that you win your heat, whatever the score. He certainly went about his Specialist round, on General James Wolfe, as if he meant business. After a hiccup or two on the first questions Andrew hit his stride and powered through the rest of the round to take a 3 point lead with 14.

Well, you could have named your own odds on any of the other three contenders by the halfway stage, but nothing was decided yet. Yes, a three point lead is a hell of a lead to overturn, but you have to make it as hard as you can for those who are going to come after you. Andy was the first to return to the chair, and I’m afraid that the round just really didn’t suit him. Andy just wasn’t on song for this show, and that’s just the way it goes. Don’t let it get you down, Andy. He finished with 17. Louise, then, returned to the chair, 5 points down on Andrew’s first round score. Now, as I mentioned before, your job in such a situation is to set a score which the leader at least has to chase. Louise gave it a good old lash, and certainly 12 points wasn’t a bad return on the round. In all honesty I thought that her score of 21 was a good three or four points short of putting Andrew within the corridor of uncertainty, but nonetheless she gave it a go, and nobody can ask more of you than that.

Jack, our newcomer, commenced his GK round 3 points adrift of Andrew. Now, if he could match Louise’s GK score, then he could at least make the final round a bit more of a challenge for Andrew. As it worked out though, not only did Jack not manage to match Louise’s GK score, he failed to match her score overall, since his 9 points only took him up to 20. Well, nobody should begrudge Andrew the fact that he only needed 8 correct answers to put him through regardless of passes, and at the start he looked as if he would achieve it before the round was half over. Well, it didn’t quite continue that way, and Andrew had to extricate himself from a rather nasty mini pass spiral, mid round. That’s exactly what he did, though, and his 10 points was enough to get him there with daylight between himself and Louise in second place. Well done Andrew, good luck in your semi final.

The Details

Andy CraneModern Summer Olympic Games 1992 – 2012 8 – 29 - 117 - 3
Jack Young Life and Music of Duke Ellington11 - 29 - 320 - 5
Louise BroadbentHammer Films 1958 - 19749 - 412 - 121 - 5
Andrew TealeGeneral James Wolfe14 – 0 10 - 424 – 4

Answers to News Questions

In the News

Who or what are the following and why have they been in the news?

Otto Thaning
Tracy Cramond
Aaron Kominski
Carl Frampton
Martin Kimber
Ivan Rovny and Gianluca Brambilla
Sophie Hannah
Andy Daniel and Paul Johnston
Joshua Ferris and Karen Jay Fowler
Saeed Ajmal
Ray Rice
Paul Wilcox
Thokozile Matilda Masipa
Songs of Innocence
Sergio MArchianne
Robert Young
Richard Kiel
Cain Hoy
Rob Ford

In Other News

On which beach did a band of 3000 guitarists play?
Rail season ticket price rises have been capped at which figure?
What was the score in the Scotland v. Germany qualification match?
Who won the Italian GP?
– and the US Men’s Open singles final?
What was the result of Gibraltar’s first ever competitive football international match?
What was the score in the Rep of Ireland’s qualifying match?
Who won the men’s Great North Run?
Who will narrate the new series of the Clangers?
Who is the first UK solo act to notch up more than a billion downloads on Spotify?
Which brit is taking over as the presenter of the US Late Late Show?
Which of the royals is expecting?
What was the score in England’s qualifying match?
How many singles Grand Slam titles has Serena Williams now won?
Who are Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup Wild Card picks?
Which North Yorkshire resort reputedly has more people swearing on Twitter per head than any other town?
Which product did Apple release to much acclaim
What was the score in Wales’ qualifying match?
The wreck of one of the two ships of which explorer has been found?
Whose ‘new’ stories are to be published 23 years after his death?
Which TV comedian and writer gave evidence against Dave Lee Travis in his trial this week?
Which Games opened last week?
Which creature is now on the menu at the Club Gascon Restaurant in the City of London?
Which UK City was voted top city in terms of quality of life?
What was the verdict in the Pistorius Trial?
Napoli’s football team unveiled a new kit made from which material?
In the biggest Euro qualifying shock, which side beat Portugal?
What did Sepp Blatter announce?
The BBC have banned any talk of the Scottish vote from which broadcasts?
Which player was injured by being put through a tough England training session against his club’s express wishes?
10 people have been arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of which crime?
Which TV presenter will sing the part of the Narrator in a stage production of Wind in the Willows?
Margaret Thatcher is to have square named in her honour in which European Capital City?
Which politician passed away?
Which 91 year old actor passed away?
Who are the 2014 English County Cricket champions?


Who or what are the following and why have they been in the news?

Oldest ever channel swimmer
Millionth finisher in the Great North Run
Identified in a new book as definitively, without doubt Jack the Ripper ( yeah, right)
Boxer who won IBF Super Bantamweight crown
Rotherham Council Chief finally stepping down
Disqualified from la Vuelta for fighting
Writer of officially sanctioned new Poirot novel- the Monogram Murders
First couple to marry in The Rovers Return set
First American novelists to make Booker Prize short list
Most expensive video game ever released
Pakistan bowler suspended for suspected throwing action by ICC
Baltimore Ravens American footballer sacked after the emergence of a video showing him beating his wife.
Brit killed off Australia by a Great White Shark
Judge who decided verdict in Oscar Pistorius case
Free U2 album distributed on itunes (whether you wanted it or not)
Taking over has boss of Ferrari
Primal Scream band member passed away
“Jaws” in 2 James Bond films – passed away
US Company made a preliminary offer to buy Spurs
Controversial politician who has withdrawn from Toronto Mayoral elections

In Other News

Lyme Regis
2 – 1 Germany
Lewis Hamilton
Marin Cilic
A 7 – 0 defeat to Poland
Ireland 2 – Georgia – 1
Mo Farah
Michael Palin
Calvin Harris
James Corden
Duchess of Cambridge
England 2 – Switzerland 0
Hunter Mahan – Keegan Bradly – Webb Simpson
Smart Watch
Wales 2 – Andorra 1
Sir John Franklin
Dr. Seuss
Dave Gorman
Invictus Games
Grey Squirrel
Acquitted of Murder, found guilty of culpable homicide
He will stand for a fifth term as FIFA president. Shameless.
The Proms
Daniel Sturridge
The shooting of Malala
Alan Titchmarsh
Ian Paisley
Sir Donald Sinden


Saturday, 13 September 2014

LAM Podcast 10

In this week's podcast: -

Questions on Kings and Queens
Talking points on UC - Mastermind and Only Connect
The Hall of Shame
The Court of Public Opinion
Answers to last week's questions