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Pop Master questions, week ending 3 April 2020

Last month, in this piece, I wrote again about the BBC Radio 2 mid-morning quiz Pop Master. That piece included links to previous Blog posts about the quiz and a couple of recent questions. Here, for the first time, I offer a full week’s worth of questions and answers, 10 rounds of 10 questions, for… Continue reading Pop Master questions, week ending 3 April 2020

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This week in 1968: a chart full of girls’ names

Last weekend, on his BBC Radio 2 show “Pick of the Pops”, Paul Gambaccini played the UK chart from 1968, 52 years ago. “The Legend of Xanadu” by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich was at #1, having just replaced “Cinderella Rockafella” by Esther and Abi Ofarim. “Lady Madonna” by The Beatles was the… Continue reading This week in 1968: a chart full of girls’ names

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Pop Master analysed, again, and the death of a quizzer

During the life of this Blog I have referred many times to Pop Master, the mid-morning quiz on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show, broadcast on weekdays. I have mentioned, more than once, that it is the most listened-to slot on UK radio, apart from breakfast shows. For nearly three years (since April 2017) I… Continue reading Pop Master analysed, again, and the death of a quizzer

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Observations on specific groups of people, and how young they look

Ever since I was a child, people have been commenting on how young certain groups of people are, or how young they look. It started with observations about policemen, and possibly a single comedian on TV asking, “Have you noticed how young policemen look these days?” It became a cliché: policemen look younger than they… Continue reading Observations on specific groups of people, and how young they look

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Pop Master: the “3-in-10” questions, 2020

Following on from this piece from April 2019, here is a round-up of the “3-in-10” questions from this year’s editions of Pop Master. As I’m sure you know, Pop Master is the mid-morning quiz on the Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2, and the final challenge for the winning contestant is this: in 10… Continue reading Pop Master: the “3-in-10” questions, 2020