Tenable · Trivia

“Tenable” All Stars Panto Special questions and answers [It’s Behind You]

Here are the questions and answers from the Christmas “All Stars” edition of ITV quiz show “Tenable” ,shown on 26 December 2019. Team name: It’s Behind You, captained by the lovely Debbie McGee. I finally got around to watching it today, Friday27 August 2021. The format here is the same as other pieces about “Tenable”… Continue reading “Tenable” All Stars Panto Special questions and answers [It’s Behind You]

In the news · Sport

Football in the afterlife, and a Leeds United starting XI 

Most weeks there are news stories about the chronic health problems and deaths of sporting legends. This week we learnt that former England cricket captain Ted Dexter had died, and that former Middlesbrough, Leeds and England footballer Alan Peacock was diagnosed with dementia in 2018. Like Denis Law, who announced his dementia diagnosis earlier this month, he wanted to raise awareness of the issue. I have supported Leeds United since childhood, and the roll call of former… Continue reading Football in the afterlife, and a Leeds United starting XI 

Tenable · Trivia

“Tenable” All Stars Episode 3 questions and answers [The Party Animals]

Here are the questions and answers from the third “All Stars” edition of ITV quiz show “Tenable” ,repeated in December 2019. Team name: The Party Animals, captained by John Sargent. I finally got around to watching it today, Thursday 26 August 2021. It was listed as S3Ep63 on my multi-channel box. The format here is… Continue reading “Tenable” All Stars Episode 3 questions and answers [The Party Animals]

Tenable · Trivia

“Tenable” questions, Series 1 Episode 19 (repeated again Tuesday 24 August 2021)

ITV continue to broadcast repeats from the first series of their quiz show “Tenable”, first shown in the last two months of 2016. Questions and answers from Episodes 11-15 were recorded in this piece from last year, and the shows were repeated again earlier this month. On Monday and Tuesday of last week the following… Continue reading “Tenable” questions, Series 1 Episode 19 (repeated again Tuesday 24 August 2021)

Memories · Notes from West London

Head-high weeds, just like when I was a child

In recent years, things have changed at many of our local green spaces. In parks, commons and the grounds of local landmarks, designated areas have been left to grow wild. For decades these spaces were weeded, mown and kept tidy. Now they are deliberately left uncultivated for much of the spring and summer. In some cases these… Continue reading Head-high weeds, just like when I was a child

Tenable · Trivia

“Tenable” questions, Series 1 Episode 18 (repeated again Monday 23 August 2021)

ITV continue to broadcast repeats from the first series of their quiz show “Tenable”, first shown in the last two months of 2016. Questions and answers from Episodes 11-15 were recorded in this piece from last year, and the shows were repeated again earlier this month. On Monday and Tuesday of last week the following… Continue reading “Tenable” questions, Series 1 Episode 18 (repeated again Monday 23 August 2021)

Sport · Word of the week

Word of the week: Rabona

Rabona is a word I have been meaning to write about for several months. I had never heard it before March 2021, but it has entered into the vocabulary of football-watchers, taking its place with Panenka. I could try and describe both techniques, but will use a couple of Wikipedia entries instead.   As you can read here, “the Rabona is the technique of kicking the football where the kicking leg is crossed behind the… Continue reading Word of the week: Rabona

Notes from West London · Sport

The 50th Premier League team

The Premier League began last weekend. As I’m sure you know, it is the top division in English football. This is the League’s 30th season. If you are under 40, or do not follow football closely, you might not remember its predecessor, Division One of the Football League. None of the current squad members played in that division. If they had, they would be at least 46 now, and the oldest player… Continue reading The 50th Premier League team

In the news · Lyrics · Music

Don Everly RIP, Guns ’n Roses and stories behind the songs

Rest in peace Don Everly, one half of musical duo The Everly Brothers. He died this weekend, seven years after his brother Phil. You will know plenty of their recordings: “All I Have To Is Dream”, “Cathy’s Clown”, “Wake Up Little Susie”. In this 2014 Guardian obituary for Phil Everly, Graham Nash (of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) is quoted about the effect of hearing… Continue reading Don Everly RIP, Guns ’n Roses and stories behind the songs