Trivia

“Tenable” questions, week ending 28 September 2018

For the fourth weekend running I have made a note of the questions and answers from the previous week’s episodes of ITV quiz show “Tenable”. For weeks 1 to 3 click on any of the following links: Week 1 questions (3-7 September) Week 2 questions (10-14 September) Week 3 questions (17-21 September)Sno The format here… Continue reading “Tenable” questions, week ending 28 September 2018

In the news · On my radio · Technology

“Desert Island Discs” and an unwanted technical change

The website for BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs” has changed. Back in 2016 I referred to “the indispensable ‘Desert Island Discs’ archive” in this piece and included a link to it. That link no longer works. It used to direct you to a page where you could search through every episode of the show… Continue reading “Desert Island Discs” and an unwanted technical change

Home life · Music · Word of the week

Word of the week: transpose

In this piece from February 2016 I summarized the three levels of expertise that apply to practical skills, skills like speaking another language or playing a musical instrument. I categorized these three levels of expertise as “nothing, something and everything”. The first of these applies when you have no familiarity with a task. I offered… Continue reading Word of the week: transpose

Trivia

“Tenable” questions, week ending 21 September 2018

This piece from last weekend, and this earlier piece from the weekend before that,  listed all the questions and answers from Weeks 1 and 2 of the new series of ITV quiz show “Tenable”. Here are the questions and answers from Week 3, Monday 17 September to Friday 21 September. The format is the same… Continue reading “Tenable” questions, week ending 21 September 2018

Sport · Trivia

Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Leeds United

Leeds United FC drew 1-1 at Millwall last Saturday thanks to a late equalizer by Jack Harrison. Harrison is on loan from Manchester City for the season. Back in 2010-11 Leeds had George McCartney (a Northern Ireland international) on loan from Sunderland. He played 30-odd games for the club. Before that, Aaron Lennon came through… Continue reading Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Leeds United

Trivia

“Tenable” questions, week ending 14 September 2018

This piece from last weekend listed all the questions and answers from Week 1 of the new series of ITV quiz show “Tenable”. Here are the questions and answers from Week 2, Monday 10 September to Friday 14 September. The format here is the same as last week’s piece: a list of the 30 “Tenable”… Continue reading “Tenable” questions, week ending 14 September 2018

At the movies · In the news · Notes from West London

“The Clock”: this is where we came in, over and over again

Well, this is exciting. Earlier this week the Tate Modern began screening “The Clock”, described on the gallery’s website as “a mesmerising masterpiece of contemporary art”. It was created by Christian Marclay, is 24 hours long, and, again in the words of the Tate’s website, “the installation is a montage of thousands of film and… Continue reading “The Clock”: this is where we came in, over and over again

Catchphrases

The fry, sandwiches, and another family catchphrase

You are probably familiar with the idea of the “The Full English”, or “The Full Irish”, a breakfast consisting of various fried items. Bacon, sausages and eggs always feature, and then some combination of tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, black pudding, white pudding and a fried slice (of bread). You might have strong opinions about what… Continue reading The fry, sandwiches, and another family catchphrase