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Number 184 – March 2013 – ISSN 1470-1863
Arts, Culture, and Technology as seen from
the digital hub of media city, Manchester UK
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0— Pub Quiz – Question #01
Which countries are connected by the Brenner Pass?
0— ‘The Good Soldier’ – neglected classic
Ford Madox Ford was a key figure in the
modernist movement. He wrote over eighty books –
and yet he’s best known for just one.
‘The Good Soldier’ is an amazingly complex tale
of two married couples who become close friends.
The complexity comes from the radical manner
in which the story is told. It’s a fractured
sequence of events which are related by a narrator
who admits he might be unreliable.
It was well ahead of its time in 1915, and is
still well worth reading today.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #02
How many Marx brothers were there?
0— Proofreading your Writing
If you are preparing a document for release
into the public domain, you had better make
sure it contains no mistakes..
That doesn’t just mean spelling mistakes and
errors of syntax and grammar. It means small
points of detail such as punctuation, spacing,
These small issues make all the difference
between an amateurish and professional-looking
document. Here’s guidance on how to do it.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #03
What nationality was astronomer Copernicus?
0— Thoby Stephen – biographical notes
He was Virginia Woolf’s elder brother and
a talented young man at the very heart of
the Bloomsbury Group.
Thoby Stephen was educated at Cambridge and went
into Law, but the few years of his adult life are
something of a mystery – a feature his sister
depicted in her novel ‘Jacob’s Room’ which is
loosely based on his life:
Unfortunately he contracted typhoid whilst
on holiday in Greece and died in 1906.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #04
Who directed ‘The Maltese Falcon’?
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0— Pub Quiz – Question #05
What number is directly opposite 19 on a dart board?
0— Adrian Stephen – biographical notes
This was Virginia Woolf’s younger brother
who followed in the family tradition of being
educated at Trinity College Cambridge.
But instead of going into law (or the arts)
Adrian Stephen took up psycho-analysis.
He and his wife became two of the very first
practising psycho-analysts in Britain.
And of course his sister’s company the
Hogarth Press was the first to publish
Sigmund Freud in English.
0— Pub Quiz – Question #06
What is the capital of Trinidad?
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0— Pub Quiz – Question #07
Who painted ‘Olympia’?
0— Tablets in Education?
Two recent articles from the excellent
Donald Clark cast grave reservations on
the use of tablets in education.
The first points out that hardly any students
use them, whereas laptops are ubiquitous
The second article lifts the lid off Murdoch’s
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0— Pub Quiz – Question #08
What is the common term for tetanus?
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0— Pub Quiz – Question #09
Who composed the ‘Enigma Variations’?
0— How to get your book published
Noah Lukeman is a New York writer’s agent with a
number of big names on his books. So he knows
what he’s talking about when it comes to getting
This is his tough-love advice for staying out of
the publisher’s slush pile – where 99.99% of
manuscripts finish up.
You’d be amazed how quickly agents and publishers
will make up their mind about your deathless prose.
Lukeman gives you five pages in his title, but the
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0— Pub Quiz – Question #10
Who made the first dynamo?
0— Pub quiz – ANSWERS
#1. Which countries are connected by the Brenner Pass?
ANSWER: Italy and Austria
#2 How many Marx brothers were there?
ANSWER: Five: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, Gummo
#3 What nationality was astronomer Copernicus?
#4 Who directed ‘The Maltese Falcon’?
ANSWER: John Houston
#5 What number is directly opposite 19 on a dart board?
#6 What is the capital of Trinidad?
#7 Who painted ‘Olympia’?
ANSWER: Edouard Manet
#8 What is the common term for tetanus?
#9 Who composed the ‘Enigma Variations’?
ANSWER: Edward Elgar
#10 Who made the first dynamo?
ANSWER: Michael Faraday
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