Friday, 19 January 2018

Time to tackle this week's newsquiz

The top scorer in last week's newsquiz was Elly Rewcastle with 18, narrowly ahead of Andy Reed on 17. The Penman Partnership and Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe were the top teams, also on 18. 



Jamie Johnson and Miles Dilworth (above) scored 16 'over a couple of drams of whisky on the Isle of Mull'. A pretty good score under the circumstances. Here is this week's quiz - as usual 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.


Today's front pages
1. The Government is setting up a national taskforce to support businesses and workers affected by the collapse of which company?
2. How many Labour MPs voted against the party whip, after being urged to abstain, and voted to stay in the Single Market and Customs Union?
3. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey overturned a government policy, that restricted those with mental health conditions from receiving PIPs, which was described by the High Court as 'blatantly discriminatory.’  What does PIPs stand for?
4. What was the name of the 17th century pub where Theresa May entertained the French President Emmanuel Macron?
5. Nigel Farage commented on the Foreign Secretary’s idea to build a bridge across the English Channel by tweeting: 'Boris' ______ bridge sounds like a big waste of money. Dangerous for container ships and useless when the wind blows (which is often)!’ What is the missing word?
6. French president Emmanuel Macron threw his presidential weight behind calls for the United Nations to recognise what as a 'cultural treasure’?
7. What is set to come to Britain for the first time in 950 years?
8. US president Donald Trump caused a diplomatic stir by reportedly referring to countries in Africa and one other country as shitholes. What was the other country?
9. Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor, said US president Trump was in 'excellent health' but warned he had a Body Mass Index of what?
10. Why was Jo Marney in the headlines?
11. Dolores O’Riordan who died aged 46 was the lead singer with which Irish band?
12. Who tweeted: 'I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live?’
13. What is the surname of the family that reportedly kept their 13 children malnourished and chained to beds in Perris, California?
14. What was the pseudonym used by the woman who wrote about her encounter with actor and comedian Aziz Ansari?
15. Who married two flight attendants on a plane travelling from Santiago?

16. The film A Good Year, directed by Sir Ridley Scott, was based on a book by Peter Mayle, who died this week aged 78. What was the book called?
17. Lady Lucan, who died age 80, left her estate to which charity?
18. Travel agent Cassie Hayes was killed as she worked in a TUI office in which town?
19. Peter Wyngarde, who died age 90, was best known for his role as which TV detective?
20. He was born in French Guiana, became the third black player to be capped for England and was awarded an MBE in 2008. Who is he?
21. According to a BBC documentary, gemstones from the Crown Jewels were stashed in what to hide them at Windsor Castle during the Second World War? 
22. Television personality Ant McPartlin issued a statement saying he was 'very sad to announce that he is ending his marriage to Lisa’ after how many years?
23. Talking about his son’s new position, Danny Wilson said: 'I should be the proudest dad in the world, as happy as a lark by what he's achieved - but I am ashamed of him. 'I can't even bring myself to use his name.’ Who was he referring to?
24. Who announced her first pregnancy on Facebook by saying: 'Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we'll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats.’
25. What did 30-year-old Joey Wheeler do for a reported £180?

Answers here


The Aussie newsquiz ... Claudia's 14 to beat

I spent an enjoyable three days with six new trainees at Daily Mail Australia's Sydney office this week. They were trained on Content Creator with Nick Enoch and then we moved on to finding and writing stories in Mail style. They had sessions with news-editor Katie Davies and managing director Peter Holder. On Thursday they enjoyed informal 'meet the staff' drinks at the Sussex Hotel. We finished as always with the newsquiz, 25 questions about the week's events. The scratchcard (scratchy) was won by Claudia Poposki with 14, just pipping Holly Hales on 13.5. Here is the quiz. Give it a go and see if you can beat Claudia's 14. 

Will Ferrell interviews Roger Federer on court at the Australian Open. Question 12

1. How old was Jessica Falkholt who died three weeks after a crash which claimed the lives of her parents and sister?
2. Which character did Jessica Falkholt play in the soap Home and Away?
3. How did former Australian rugby union captain Nick Farr-Jones help police this week?
4. Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor, said US president Trump was in 'excellent health' but warned he had a Body Mass Index of what?
5. Who suggested that former tennis champion Billie Jean King check her facts before making allegations?
6. Dolores O’Riordan, who died aged 46, was the lead singer with which Irish band?
7. 56-year-old Klaus Petr was stabbed to death while sitting in a park reading a bible outside which Sydney train station?
8. Mobile phone users in Hawaii received a message that said: 'Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a ____.’ What is the missing word?
9. Who tweeted 'I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live?’ 
10. A balcony collapsed at the stock exchange, injuring more than 80 people, in which country?
11. What is the surname of the family that reportedly kept their 13 children malnourished and chained to beds in Perris, California?
12. In an interview with Roger Federer at the Australian Open, Will Ferrell said: 'Quick question Roger. You're 36 years old, you seem ageless. Are you a witch or a ______?’ What is the missing word? 
13. After losing in the Australian Open, tennis player Bernard Tomic said: 'I just count money, that's all I do, I count my millions. You go make $__ or $__million. Good luck, bye bye.’ What are the two missing figures. Half a point for each.
14. Why was Amelia Blake in the headlines?
15. Who said the idea of shifting Australia Day from January 26 to another day to appease left-wing activists was 'rewriting history' and urged a stand be taken against 'vocal minorities’?
16. What is Ben Beath, the founder of Melbourne digital agency Loud & Clear, offering his staff if they boycott Australia Day and work instead?
17. Sean Price, 39, faces life behind bars after a US jury found him guilty of what?
18. What did Skyline Aviation Group pilot Lee Mitchell return to Tony Lethbridge?  
19. What did Richard Ligault 'simply forget’?
20. A Malaysian Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur ran into technical difficulties and was forced to make an emergency landing where? 
21. Who announced her first pregnancy on Facebook by saying: 'Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we'll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats.’
22. What was the pseudonym used by the woman who wrote about her encounter with actor and comedian Aziz Ansari?
23. Who said this week he was ‘running around the streets of Sydney, all the gay bars, drinking a lot of wine... fabulous’? 
24. Who married two cabin crew during a flight flying from Santiago?
25. More than 9,000 train workers are due to hold a one-day strike in Sydney when?

Answers here

Friday, 12 January 2018

Here's the newsquiz - give it a go

Well done to Toby Brown who was top scorer in last week’s newsquiz with 20 points. Other high scores were posted by Gavin Devine on 18.5 and Sian Brewis, Dominic Hurst and Enid Shelmerdine who all scored 18. Impressive scores. Here is this week’s quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week’s events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.


Today's front pages
1. Doctors from how many A&E departments sent a letter to Theresa May warning that the NHS 'is severely and chronically underfunded’ and that the 'current level of safety compromise is at times intolerable’?
2. In Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle Karen Bradley, MP for Staffordshire Moorlands, was appointed to which position?
3. Who resigned from the Government after refusing the job as Work and Pensions Secretary in the Cabinet reshuffle?

4. Speaking on Channel 5’s the Wright Stuff, Nigel Farage suggested he wanted a second EU referendum, saying: 'What is for certain is that the Cleggs, the ____, the ____ will never, ever-ever give up’. Who are the two missing people? Half a point for each.
5. Carrie Gracie resigned from which post at the BBC in protest at the gender pay gap, accusing the corporation of a 'secretive and illegal' culture of unequal salaries?
6. Oprah Winfrey dedicated her Golden Globes speech to a woman who had died ten days earlier, just before her 98th birthday. What was the woman’s name?
7. French actress Catherine Deneuve was among 100 French women who warned about a new ‘puritanism’  sparked by recent sexual harassment scandals. Where was the letter first published?
8. What sold out within hours of Meghan Markle visiting a Brixton radio station? 
9. Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for which city for a fee of £142 million?
10. Who said he had felt ‘isolated' and under pressure to say gay sex was not sinful?
11. Which railway station was evacuated after a fire on the main concourse spread to the roof?
12. Which High Street company announced its most successful sales day in history on Black Friday and that in the six weeks ending December 30 its sales were £1.96billion ... a 2.5 percent rise on the previous year?
13. According to official data, 24,473 attempts were made to do what in the Houses of Parliament since the general election?
14. Which new controversial advert opens with a cartoon of a young man who appears to be crying and a narrator saying. 'It feels like, as a man, you can never express your emotions’?
15. Why did You Tube cut its ties with one of its 'stars', 22-year-old Logan Paul, who had 15 million subscribers?
16. Former football coach Barry Bennell appeared at Liverpool Crown Court accused of subjecting boys from the youth schemes of which two football clubs to hundreds of sexual assaults? Half a point for each.
17. Five men used axes to smash windows and steal jewellery believed to be worth £4million at which Paris hotel?
18. Roy Rohter, the founder of a Catholic school, Rebecca Riskin, owner of a real estate firm and Jim and Alice Mitchell, residents of the House of Contentment, were all victims of what?
19. Paramedic David Hickling, who was one of the first people to arrive at the Grenfell Tower tragedy, escaped a driving ban despite doing what speed on the A55 in Flintshire?
20. Ray Thomas, who died age 76, was the flautist and founding member of which rock band?
21. Virgin Trains announced it would no longer be stocking what, saying it was 'not compatible with the VT brand and our beliefs’?
22.  Racing commentator Matt Chapman left what job after only one week?
23. Why was 63-year-old Barbara Coombes in the headline?
24. Which 56-year-old died in his sleep after spending most of his life on an island in Wiltshire living in a purpose-built centrally-heated house with classical pillars and a TV?
25. What did Marks & Spencer withdraw from sale after it was ridiculed by consumers for its ‘excessive' plastic packaging and inflated price?

Answers here

Friday, 5 January 2018

Try the first newsquiz of the year

Last week's top news quizzer was Elly Rewcastle with a massive 22 - the benefit of working in a newsroom over Christmas.  Janet Boyle also did well with 19 ... a winning score on any other week. The top team were the drinkers in the Three Legs who notched up 19, narrowly ahead of the Penman Partnership with 18. Here's this week's quiz, the first of the year. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. 


1. Prime Minister Theresa May apologised after it was revealed that 16,900 people were stuck where in the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve?
2. Former Labour minister Andrew Adonis resigned as chairman of what, in protest at Theresa May’s management of Brexit?

3. Which writer deleted thousands of tweets amid a row over his appointment to the board of the Office for Students, which can regulate university vice chancellors’ pay and enforce campus ‘free speech’?   
4. Environment secretary Michael Gove told farmers that the Government would guarantee subsidies at the current EU level until when?
5. Which party leader asked supporters not to allow his relationship with a 25-year-old model to distract him or the party from their 'vital mission’?
6. Richard Cousins, who was one of six people killed in a seaplane crash near Sydney Harbour on New Year’s Eve, was the outgoing CEO of the world's largest catering firm. What is the company called? 
7. What did Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, say was always on his desk?
8. Public Health England launched a campaign to encourage parents to look for snacks of no more than how many calories - and to limit them to two a day?
9. The captains of England women’s cricket team and Wales men's rugby union side were both awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours. Name them both. Half a point for each
10. Who said, on receiving an honour at New Year, that: 'I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honour. It is as much theirs as it is mine.’
11. A fire in a car park led to 4,000 people being evacuated from which show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool?
12. Britain’s exports of 500,000 tons of what have been stopped by the Chinese government?
13. Lawyers for US President Donald Trump are seeking to stop the release of a book by Michael Wolff which contains damaging allegations about the president's administration. What is the book called?
14. Unilever confirmed it is closing a historic Colman’s Mustard factory, ending a 200-year presence in which city?
15. Who flew from Australia to Britain, saying he was going 'to assess all the options’?
16. According to council leader Simon Dudley which town 'is different and requires a more robust approach to begging’?
17. Which country accused the US government of stepping up its acts of intervention in its internal affairs in a 'grotesque way’?
18. Author Nick Holland threatened to resign over model Lily Cole’s appointment as a 'creative partner' of which organisation?
19. Why was John Worboys in the headlines?
20. A fire at Woburn safari park in Bedfordshire killed thirteen what?
21. Rob Cross, who became world champion and banked a cheque for £400,000, gave up his job to become a professional darts player 16 months ago. What was his job?
22. Prince Philip reportedly made a gaffe on a walkabout at Sandringham after pointing at a bearded member of the crowd and asking if he was what?
23. Which company, in response to a customer's complaint about being referred to as ‘honey', tweeted to ask if she would prefer ‘pet' or ‘love' next time?
24. Shropshire council is investigating complaints about the restaurant Carlini in Albrighton after an 'ill-judged’ tweet in which a chef claimed to have done what?
25. Campaigners claimed that which drink was being stockpiled following AG Barr's announcement of a new recipe which will contain 54 per cent less sugar?
Answers here

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Mail looking for trainee subs and reporters

The 2017 trainees and reporters at the Mail offices in London
The Daily Mail is looking for trainee reporters and subs to start on its graduate scheme in September/October.   
The trainees will embark on a year-long programme that involves intense training, assessment and on-the-job experience in regional  newspapers.
The successful applicants will probably have a degree and will have shown a commitment to journalism by working for their student newspaper/website and gained work experience in newsrooms.
Previous graduates of the scheme now hold senior positions on the Mail and its sister paper the Mail on Sunday.
The course starts with intensive in-house training during which the trainees are introduced to Mail style and culture. It is followed by five months placement – at either a regional daily paper, the Mail in Scotland or the Irish Daily Mail in Dublin - after which the trainees will return to Derry Street.
Trainees will be paid a competitive salary while they train. 
To apply send a covering letter, your CV and three examples of your work to sue.ryan@dailymail.co.uk by Friday February 9, 2018.
The reporting job adverts are on Hold The Front Page here and the subbing ones are here


Friday, 29 December 2017

Time for the last newsquiz of 2017

The top scorer in last week's newsquiz was Dominic Hurst with 16, narrowly ahead of Gavin Devine with 15.5 and Sophie Jamieson with 15. The top team was the Penman Partnership (helped by Daisy back from university) with a score of 17.5, just ahead of Toby Brown (with help from home) on 16.5. Here is this week's newsquiz. There are 25 questions about the week's events. It has been traditionally quieter over the Christmas period, so you might have to dig a little deeper. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. Here's to a healthy and happy 2018 - with plenty of good news.  


The Boxing Day front pages - raise a glass to all the journalists who work Christmas Day to make sure the papers come out
1. A rightwing Conservative pressure group, whose patrons include Norman Lamont and John Redwood, called for the whip to be withdrawn from Lord Heseltine after he said a Labour Government was preferable to Brexit? What is the group called?
2. Lord Heseltine said: 'We have survived Labour governments before. Their damage tends to be short-term and capable of _______. Brexit is not short-term and is not easily capable of _______’.  What is the missing word?
3. Retailers blamed a sharp increase in shoplifting on a policy that says criminals who steal goods valued at less than what amount won't be pursued by the police?
4. Which Bishop urged American Christians to consider whether their support of Donald Trump is justifiable as part of their faith?
5. At least 40 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in which capital city?
6. Which supermarket apologised to customers who claimed their Christmas Day was ruined after buying 'rotten, rancid' turkeys that tasted like 'acid and bleach’?
7. Laura Plummer, a shop assistant from Hull, was jailed for three years after being convicted of smuggling painkiller tablets into which country?
8. Spurs footballer Harry Kane broke the record for the most Premier League hat-tricks in a single calendar year? How many league hat-tricks did he score?
9. Barack Obama told interviewer Prince Harry on Radio 4’s Today programme about how he felt when he relinquished power to Donald Trump, saying: 'Overall there was ______ there, more than I would have expected’? What is the missing word?
10. Who told Prince Harry on Radio 4’s Today programme that  ‘climate change is causing untold horrors in different parts of the world’?
11. The head of the NHS in England, Simon Stevens, said he would closely monitor what on New Year's Eve before deciding if they should become a regular feature?
12. What did district judge Ian Mulkis officially bring to an end following a 25-second hearing at London’s Central Family Court?
13. The worst fire in New York for 25 years killed at least 12 people in an apartment block in which borough? 
14. A police officer and a 61-year-old woman died after a head-on crash in which city on Christmas Day?
15. The Queen's broadcast topped the television ratings on Christmas Day with an audience of 7.6 million but which programme had the second highest number of viewers, with an audience of 6.8 million?
16. Who apologised for making ‘inappropriate’ comments in an Instagram video in which he said says 'boys don't wear princess dresses’?
17. American president Donald Trump reacted to a cold snap across the US by tweeting that the East Coast would benefit from 'a little bit of that good old' what?
18. Managers of the The Alexandra pub in Wimbledon used social media to track down a man who left his pay packet in their pub. How much was in the packet?
19. A flight, with model Chrissy Teigen and her musician husband John Legend, was turned around on its journey from LA because a passenger boarded in error. Where was the flight meant to be going?
20. Former Chelsea and Manchester City footballer George Weah was elected president of which country?
21. What was Piers Morgan celebrating when he tweeted 'BOOM! No. 1’?
22. What did Karen Murdoch, from Norfolk, do on Christmas Day that is set to earn her thousands of pounds? 
23. Cricketer Alastair Cook became the first English batsman since Mike Atherton 20 years ago to do what?
24. Channel 4 dedicated its Christmas Eve episode of Gogglebox to whom?
25. Four meerkats and which other animal were killed in a fire at London zoo?

Answers here

Friday, 22 December 2017

Take a Christmas break ... and do the newsquiz

The top scorer in last week’s newsquiz was Janet Boyle with an impressive 19, narrowly ahead of Elly Rewcastle on 18. Peter Solomons scored 17, one ahead of Dominic Hurst and Toby Brown. The top team was the Penman Partnership with 18.5 just one point ahead of Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe on 17.5. Here is this week’s newsquiz … as usual there are 25 questions about the week’s events. Let me know how you get on. I hope all you newsquizzers have a lovely Christmas break and the news stories over the festive period are all good ones. 

Damian Green's sacking dominates the front pages (Question 1)

1. Damian Green, sacked for 'inaccurate and misleading' statements, was Theresa May’s deputy but what was his actual Cabinet position?
2. Who chaired the Home Affairs Committee that questioned Facebook, Google and Twitter on hate speech?
3. Twitter's Sinead McSweeney told the Home Affairs Committee that what was 'broken’ and now suspended?

4. The Speaker, John Bercow, told Parliament: 'You as MPs are never ______, you are never ______, you are never malcontents, you are never enemies of the people.’ What are the two missing words? Half a point for each.
5. Who said he had been shouted and sworn at, pelted with eggs, had the bolts on his car wheel loosened, received numerous death threats and could not slip out for a pint at his local without security?
6. Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of which political party?
7. A journalist and a TV producer died after a fire broke out at which hotel beside Loch Lomond?
8. Around 2,500 jobs were saved after which business put forward a company voluntary arrangement with the backing of the Pension Protection Fund?
9. A US passenger train that derailed, killing three people, in Washington State was travelling at what speed on a curve with a speed limit of 30mph, according to authorities?
10. What was Labour MP Mary Creagh referring to when she tweeted that no-one under 45 will have owned one and 'they're not worth £50 billion'?
 
11. An alleged Islamist terror plot was foiled when three men were arrested in Sheffield and one in which other town?
12. Mo Farrah won Sports Personality of the Year but who picked up the lifetime achievement award?
13. A disabled refugee murdered by a vigilante was ‘failed' because of 'discriminatory behaviour and institutional racism' within which police force?
14. World champion sprinter Justin Gatlin said he was 'shocked and surprised at doping allegations that were made against his coach and an agent’ after an investigation by which newspaper?
15. Why was 22-year-old student Liam Allan in the headlines?
16. Sarah Mullally was appointed to which position?
17. Only nine countries, at the United Nations general assembly, voted to support Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Two were Israel and the US. Name any two of the other seven countries? Half a point for each.
18. Arthur Collins who threw acid in a London nightclub, injuring 22 people, was jailed for how many years?
19. Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow were the only two Englishmen to do what?
20. A 30-year-old woman died after being stabbed in which supermarket, in Skipton, North Yorkshire?
21. What, according to Rear Admiral Christopher Parry, 'is no big deal’?
22. Who did I’m a Celebrity winner Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo describe as a ‘sex god’?
23. Heather North, who died age 71, was most famous for being the voice of Daphne Blake for over 30 years in which TV programme and film franchise?
24. Residents in the Bristol neighbourhood of Clifton caused a stir by doing what to protect their expensive cars?
25. What did 55-year-old Patricia Aldridge, who won £1million on the lottery, say she would be doing on Christmas day?

Answers here

Friday, 15 December 2017

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz ...

The top solo scorer in last week's newsquiz was Steve Silk with a personal best of 19. Gavin Devine, Dominic Hurst and Liz Gerard all scored 17 and Izzy Lyons also recorded a personal best with 16 - the same score as Toby Brown. My drinking pals at the Three Legs Brewery were the top team with a very impressive 21 on Saturday night. The Penman Partnership scored 18 and Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe a solid 17. Here's this week's quiz, as usual 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.
Today's front pages
1. How many Tory MPs voted against the Government and backed the amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill?
2. Which former attorney general said he had received death threats after leading the rebellion that resulted in the Prime Minister’s first Commons defeat on Brexit?
3. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme, Brexit Secretary David Davis said of Ireland: 'I think if we don't get a deal we're going to have to find a way of making sure we keep the _______ border’. What is the missing word? 
4. In an open letter asking EU migrants to stay in the UK after Brexit, Theresa May said she was proud that how many EU citizens had chosen to make their 'homes and livelihoods here in our country’? 
5. The Scottish government announced a new ‘intermediate rate’ for those on incomes between £24,000 and £44,273. How much will they pay in the pound?
6. A school bus was hit on a level crossing by a train travelling from which French city?
7. Why were David Worrall, Zac Bolland and Courtney Brierley in the headlines?
8. Vanellope Hope became the first UK baby to survive with which condition?
9. Doug Jones became the first Democrat in 25 years to win a Senate seat in which state?
10. Graham Tomlin, the Bishop of Kensington, said he hoped a word would change from a symbol of 'sorrow, grief or injustice' to 'a symbol of the time we learnt a new and better way - to listen and to love’? What is the word?
11. Manchester City broke the record for the most consecutive wins in the Premier League. How many games in a row have they won?
12. Who collapsed in Littlehey prison in Cambridgeshire and died in hospital?  
13. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach warned that Britain's economy and way of life are at 'catastrophic' risk from what?
14. Made In Chelsea's Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo won I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here but who were the two runners-up? Half a point for each name.
15. According to an article in the British Medical Journal which doctor could be contributing to 'unrealistic expectations of primary care' by taking phone calls out of working hours and making inappropriate home visits?
16. According to New York law enforcement officials, Akayed Ullah planned to set off a pipe bomb in front of what at Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal?
17. He played pop, appeared in a Superstore and wrote an autobiography called Shaken But Not Stirred. Who is he?
18. Walt Disney agreed to buy the bulk of which business for $52.4billion (£39billion)?
19. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding date has been announced. What is it?
20. Bradley Wiggins's wife Cath apologised after writing about Chris Froome on Facebook, saying: 'If I was given to conspiracy theory I’d allege they’d thrown my boy under the bus on purpose to cover for this ____ ____'. What are the two missing words?
21. Kepler, with the help of Google, announced it had discovered what?
22. There were more than 500 midnight screenings of which film at Odeon cinemas across Britain on Wednesday night?
23. Scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that the size of what has ballooned nearly seven-fold over the last 300 years?
24. The Met office announced that the coldest night of the year in Britain was recorded in Shawbury, Shropshire, this week. What was the temperature?
25. Today is Christmas Jumper Day during which people are encouraged to wear sweaters and make a minimum donation of £1 for which charity?

Answers here