trains travelling to London from Exeter arrive at Paddington not
of the trains from Exeter Central arrive at Waterloo but from Exeter
Davids, the trains arrive at Paddington. (5th
well as filbert is a nut of the hazel tree (12th
The shortest book in the Bible is not Obadiah
but the Third Epistle of St John (294 words) - the former is the shortest
book in the Old Testament
The battle of Sedgemoor is often referred to as the last battle fought
on English soil, but this is incorrect. The Battle of Preston in Lancashire
was fought on 14 November 1715, 9th to 14th November during the First
Jacobite Rebellion, and the Second Jacobite Rebellion saw a minor engagement
at Clifton Moor near Penrith in Cumbria on 18 December 1745. (13th
was the oldest MP to sit in the Commons, aged 89 not
Emmanuel Shinwell who was 86 when leaving the Commons.
Britain's first laundrette was opened in 1949 not
Slate is a metamorphic rock rather than fossilised clay.
Laika, the first
dog in space, was a mongrel not a husky although she was part Siberian
husky (3rd October)
Van Dyck and Rubens
were knighted during the reign of Charles I not
Charles II (18th October)
Carlsbad (not Carlsberg!) Caverns National
Park is situated in New Mexico (14th November)
In 1959, Geoff Pullar became the first Lancashire batsman to make a
century in a Test* Match at Old Trafford
-The crucial word 'test' was missing from the question (12th
Chevy Chase is an alternative name for the 1388 Battle of Otterburn
The collective noun
'cast' can be applied to falcons as well as hawks
'Emmets' not 'efts' is the name given to
visitors or tourists in Cornwall (9th January)
Phil Mealy, as well as Craig Cash, co-wrote
and starred in 'Early Doors
The question about actors winning back to back Oscars should have stated
'in a leading role' as Jason Robards also won back
to back Oscars - in a supporting role 1976 and 1977 for "All The
President's Men" and "Julia".
Ray Reardon not John Spencer won the World
Snooker Championship six times in the 1970's (10th
Gin, lemon or lime,
soda and sugar are the ingredients of a Tom Collins cocktail not
a John Collins - the latter is whisky/bourbon based.
R D Wingfield not R G Dangerfield created
the character Inspector 'Jack' Frost. (16th January)
The nickname of the Sumo wrestler Konisti is Dumptruck not
Dumpstick (17th January)
Craig Charles not
Craig Douglas played Lister in 'Red Dwarf'
Eliza Manningham-Buller not Elizabeth Manningham
Butler is Head of MI5
Jack Lemmon's real name was John Uhler Lemmon III not
John Uhler III
The lines 'The evil men do lives after them. The good is oft interred
with their bones' are from Julius Caesar not
Sitting Bull was a member of the Lakota not
Edward VII visited America as Crown Prince before he became Monarch,
therefore the question requiring the answer George VI should have read
which was the first 'reigning monarch'
to visit America.
Lake Amadeus in Australia was not named
after Mozart. The explorer Ernest Giles visited the lake in 1872 and
named it for Amadeus, then king of Spain.
Boston United as well as Plymouth Argyle
are nickname 'The Pilgrims' (24th January)
Mahler did not compose
a piece of music called 'Death in Venice' - parts of his third and fifth
symphonies were used as background music in the film of that name
now play at the Galpharm Stadium (McAlpine Stadium has been renamed)
American Harriet Quimby is famous for other things apart from being
the first woman to fly across the Channel - e.g. she was also the first
woman to gain a pilot's licence in the USA.
SAS (Scandinavian Airlines System) serves Norway and Sweden as
well as Denmark
A Fiesta (spelt as it was with a capital 'f') could just as well be
a model of Ford car as well as a festival. (6th
Portia is a character in Julius Caesar as well
as The Merchant of Venice (7th February)
The Krubera Cave,
the world's deepest known, is in Georgia not
Ukraine (13th February)
panophobia is 'the fear of everything'. The latter is a form of melancholia
marked by groundless fears; erroneously used for pantophobia. (20th
Princess Victoria (born 1840) was the oldest of Queen Victoria's children.
Beatrice (born in 1857 not 1847) was in fact the youngest. (21st
Leather can be obtained
from the emu as well as the ostrich. (27th
Zebra crossings were not introduced onto
Britain's streets and roads in 1957. The zebra crossing was first used
(after some isolated experiments) at 1000 sites in the UK in 1949, and
a 1951 measure introduced them into law.
Martin Luther King was not the youngest
recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in the 20th century, that distinction
is held by Mairead Corrigan. Co-recipient in 1976 Betty Williams was
also younger than King at the time of the award. (28th
Whereas penguins belong to the order sphenisciformes, dalmatian and
white as mentioned in the question are pelicans!
Bethlehem is no longer part of Jordan. As part of the West Bank it was
occupied by Israel in 1967 and has now been transferred to Palestinian
John Banville not Manville won the 2005 Booker Prize
Tesco's Cherokee clothing range is not
exclusively male. (13th March)
Benjamin Britten was born in 1913 not 1931.
Pooley (not Polley) Bridge is at the northern
end of Ullswater.
Frome is in Somerset not Lincolnshire.
Tony Blair not Ramsey Macdonald was the last Prime Minister not
born in England.
The question about the curlew being Europe's largest wading bird should
not have been asked. Definitions of wading birds vary e.g. 'A long-legged
bird, such as a crane, heron, or stork, that frequents shallow water,
especially in search of food.' (14th
The question about
the George Cross being the highest decoration awarded for bravery to
UK citizens is incorrect. The question should have referred to civilians
rather than citizens - the latter term includes VC winners. (20th
Mel Hutchwright (not Hutchinson) was the name of the character played
by Sir Ian McKellern in Coronation Street. (21st