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quiz 1075 – general knowledge (QA)

1 Who played the role of dance instructor, Mrs Wilkinson, in the 2000 film Billy Elliot? Julie Walters
2 Louis Reard created which two-piece item of clothing in 1946? Bikini
3 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was Africa’s first ever elected female head of state when she was made President of which country in 2005? Liberia
4 Which famous London building was destroyed by fire in 1834? Houses of Parliament
5 What colour are the flowers of a hawkbit plant? Yellow
6 Which English snooker player is nicknamed ‘The Rocket’? Ronnie O’Sullivan
7 Which American actress appeared in controversial 1980 Calvin Klein jeans advertisements at the age of 15? Brooke Shields
8 Which word represents the letter ‘E’ in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet? Echo
9 Who played the role of Mrs Lovett in the 2007 film ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’? Helena Bonham Carter
10 Which island was previously named Van Dieman’s Land? Tasmania
11 What are the first names of ‘The Amazons’ in the children’s novel ‘Swallows and Amazons’? Nancy and Peggy
12 Late opera singer Luciano Pavarotti was born in which Italian city? Modena
13 Billund Airport is in which European country? Denmark
14 Which country signed a treaty known as New START in January 2011 with the US, in a nuclear arms reduction pact? Russia (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty)
15 Which popular board game was originally called ‘Criss Cross Words’? Scrabble
16 In which year did Britain get its first Labour government? 1924
17 Which Asian city was previously known as Edo? Tokyo
18 Who was the Greek goddess of victory? Nike
19 A misanthrope dislikes what? Humankind/people
20 Which English singer/musician was reputed to have said in 2008 ‘I haven’t got the Internet in my house, it’s the Devil’s window? Paul Weller
21 In medicine, dystocia is difficulty in doing what? Giving birth
22 The island of Lampedusa belongs to which European country? Italy
23 In which British city is the Jewry Wall Museum? Leicester
24 What was the name of Jim Carrey’s pet Jack Russell Terrier in the 1994 film ‘The Mask’? Milo
25 Castanea Sativa is the Latin name for which tree? Sweet Chestnut or Marron
26 What is the name of the Tropic which lies approximately 23.5 degrees south of the Equator and runs through Australia, Chile, Brazil and South Africa? Tropic of Capricorn
27 Who was the original presenter of the UK tv show ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’? Mark Lamarr
28 Apart from the moon, which planet in our solar system is the brightest natural object in the night sky? Venus
29 Daisy, Rose and Violet are fictional sisters in which UK tv comedy series? Keeping Up Appearances
30 Aquae Sulis was the Roman name for which English city? Bath