As in previous years, we have compiled a quiz concerning events in law and religion during the last 12 months or so, many of which have featured in our posts. Answers will be published on Saturday, 1 January 2022.
Although some feel that the two-faced Janus should be the god of (bad) management, last year it was suggested that “the best ever depiction” was in Peterborough Cathedral.
2. Where were we encouraged to explore Amchoor to Zhoug?
On 31 December 2020, Waitrose suggested “From Amchoor to Zhoug: An A-Z of Tastes of 2021“.
3. In what did the “spirit of unity” change “young” to “one”?
There was a one-word change in Australia’s national anthem Advance Australia Fair, from “For we are young and free” to “For we are one and free”. The change took effect on Friday 1 January 2021.
4. Who said, and on what occasion, “The demands of English religion are not excessive. The services are very short, and consist chiefly of listening to good music extremely well sung, for the English are extremely good choristers”.
Said by Camille Saint-Saëns on a visit to Cambridge in June 1893, when he, Bruch and Tchaikovsky performed at an event presented by Charles Villiers Stanford for the Cambridge University Musical Society, marking the award of honorary degrees to all three visitors [Wikipedia]
5. What item of beachwear links Diana Dors, Joan Collins and Ruth Ellis
A bikini – “The film Lady Godiva Rides Again which is most notable for the presence of actresses who were later to become famous. Diana Dors, who appears as a beauty queen, was later marketed as the film’s star. It also features Joan Collins in her film debut as an uncredited beauty contestant. Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in England, also appears as an uncredited beauty queen. Ruth, who was four months pregnant at the time, had dyed her hair black and had styled it into a bob.
The film was released in the United States under its original title in 1953 by Carroll Pictures, then was re-released in the United States as Bikini Baby, to capitalize on the fame of supporting player Diana Dors, who was given star billing with the new title. [Wikipedia]
6. What happened in 2021 which last occurred in 1763 and will next be in 2491?
“2021 is the product of 2 consecutive primes (43 and 47); it last happened in 1763, and the next will be 2491”.
With thanks to Jonathan Kimber@JonathanRKimber (and apologies to our readers for this particularly obscure question).
7. Link between COVID-19 and il Prete Rosso
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741) a.k.a. “the red priest” was “an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, impresario, and Roman Catholic priest”.
Vivaldi is also the name of one of the national surveillance studies that have been commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to generate evidence on the burden of COVID-19 infection across healthcare and community settings.
8. Who, and when is the ABCDE?
The Archbishop of Canterbury is referred to by their staff as the ABC and in the period between their appointment and enthronement as the Archbishop of Canterbury Designate Elect, or the ABCDE. [source QI although to us this does sound a bit like “True or Bluff”].
9. Where in the precincts of Westminster Abbey did Henry III swear on the Gospels to observe Magna Carta: Jerusalem Chamber; St Catherine’s Chapel; Little Cloister; Pyx Chamber?
St Catherine’s Chapel that Henry swore to rule in accordance with Magna Carta. Only the ruins of the chapel now survive.
10. Link the Titanic, the Britannic, and the Olympic.
A woman named Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the Titanic, the Britannic, and was aboard the third sister ship the Olympic when it collided with another boat and nearly sank in 1911.
Sir Jeremiah Le Roy Harman, an English High Court judge, died on 6 March this year. The obituary in The Times observed “Known in legal circles as ‘Harman the Horrible’, Sir Jeremiah Harman was one of the most unpopular judges of recent times”. In 1990, months after Paul Gascoigne’s tears in the World Cup finals had made the England footballer a national hero, Harman attracted headlines when he asked, “Who is Gazza?” When told that Gazza was actually incredibly well known, Harman responded, “Is he a rugby or association footballer?” before adding: “Isn’t there an operetta called La Gazza Ladra?” In 1991 he refused to apologise for kicking a taxi driver in full view of TV and newspaper cameramen, an event that earned him the epithet “the kicking judge”.
13. Where, in 2021, did Winnie-the-Pooh succeed when Thomas the Tank Engine did not?
A depiction of Winnie-the-Pooh on a headstone was permitted in Re St. Chad Far Headingley  ECC Lee 3, but an earlier case Re St. Bartholomew Wick  ECC Bri 3 a coloured engraving of Thomas the Tank Engine was not permitted.
14. Where might the oldest stuffed bird be found?
A Parrot in the Abbey Galleries of Westminster Abbey: “This parrot is one of the more unusual items in the Abbey’s collection. It belonged for 40 years to Frances Stuart, Duchess of Richmond, and is on display with her funeral effigy in the #AbbeyGalleries. It’s thought to be the oldest stuffed bird in the UK”.
15. Badgers and Hedgehogs (Benedicite No. 4): In what document might one find references to dogs, cats, wombats and mongooses? As a bonus, why is mongeese incorrect?
The Rules, Standing Orders, and Special Schedules of the Oxford Union Society, Trinity Term 2021, Updated 12th May 2021.
RULE 51: DOGS
Any Member introducing or causing to be introduced a dog into the Society’s Buildings shall be liable to a fine of £5 issued by the Treasurer. Any animal leading a blind person shall be deemed to be a cat. Any animal entering on Police business shall be deemed to be a wombat. Any animal that the President wishes to exempt from the Rule shall be deemed to be a mongoose.
Mongoose: The mongoose is not a species of goose.
16: What do Boudica and Harry Potter have in common?
In Harry Potter, King’s Cross is where students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry catch the Hogwarts Express. Harry and his friends get to the platform by dashing through a brick wall between platforms 9 and 10. Meanwhile, in the real King’s Cross, platforms 9 and 10 are separated by tracks, but you can find a platform 9¾ on the wall in the station concourse.
17. Which is the odd one out: Florence, Matilda, Branwen, Bronte or Winifred?
18. Continue the sequence: [Arwen], Barra, Corrie, Dudley, Eunice, Franklin, Gladys, Herman, Imani, Jack, Kim, Logan, Méabh, Nasim, Olwen, Pól, Ruby, Sean, Tineke, Vergil, Willemien
These were names were drawn from more than 10,000 suggestions submitted to the Met Office for the strongest weather systems to hit the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands over the coming year. We omitted Arwen as this weather system had already passed over the UK &c.
Holy Trinity Church, Privett, Hampshire, St Mary’s, Itchen Stoke, St Mary the Virgin Old Church, Preston Candover, St Nicholas, Freefolk.
All of these churches have links to gin manufacture, and are featured on the Hampshire Gin Trail.
20. What is the significance of Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms
On 20 September 2021, The Tube’s first major expansion this century has seen two new stops added to the Northern Line in the south of the capital. The first train on the route departed from Battersea Power Station at 5.28am, calling at the other new station, Nine Elms, before reaching the existing Kennington station.
The total number of Tube stations on the London Underground network is now 272 – though Heathrow Terminal 4 is temporally closed due to the Covid crisis.