Quick Quiz

5 more pop-culture questions for you! 

1  An amateur detective called Jane solved crimes in 12 novels and 20 short stories but is better known by her surname, what is it?

2  What was the name of Hyacinth’s nervous neighbour in ‘Keeping Up Appearances’?

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3  Which band began in 2004 as ‘The Management’ but later abbreviated their name?

4  A cover-version of this song reached UK No.17 in 1975, another cover version reached No1. in 1997, and another cover version reached UK No.1 in 2001. What’s the song?

5 James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve all appeared together in ‘Starter For 10′ (2006). James and Benedict later appeared together in which film? Alice and Benedict later appeared together in which film?

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Quick 1995 Quiz!

12 pop-culture questions for you! Today’s theme is 1995… 

1 UK soap ‘Brookside’ had massive ratings when Trevor Jordache’s body was finally discovered. Where was his body?

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2  Which 1995 UK & US number 1 began with Michelle Pfeiffer asking ‘You wanna tell me what this is all about?’?

3  Which 1995 animated film featured the voices of Christian Bale and Mel Gibson?

4 Blur’s ‘Country House’ beat Oasis’ ‘Roll With It’ in their famous chart battle in August 1995. According to the lyrics of ‘Country House’, the subject “lives in a house, a very big house in the country, watching afternoon repeats and…” what?

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Jennifer Erle starred in a hit BBC adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, who was her male co-star?

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6  In ‘Clueless’ Cher’s boyfriend Christian brought over a famously camp film for them to watch on a date night, what was it?

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7 Who featured alongside Michael Jackson in his video for ‘You Are Not Alone’?

8  Which Take That member sang the majority of ‘Never Forget’?

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9 ‘Toy Story’ made its US debut in November 1995. The opening shot of the film and the closing shot of ‘Toy Story 3′ were similar – what did it feature?

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10  Which two New York boroughs did LL Cool J mention in the chorus to his hit single ‘Doin It’?

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11 What linked U2’s ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me’ with Seal’s ‘Kiss from a Rose’?

12  In ‘The Simpsons’ episode ‘Who Shot Mr Burns’ (May 1995) what did Mr Burns collapse onto after being shot?

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Rory Reviews…Zootropolis/Zootopia, Sony World Photo Exhibit, and ‘Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures’

Hello again!

Since moving to London I’ve filled the weekends by heading to all the galleries, museums and exhibits the city has to offer along with regular trips to the cinema and not so regular trips to the theatre. I thought I may as well dig out my camera and begin making YouTube videos again so I could share my thoughts on the good, bad and ugly of what’s on offer.

In the first of my ‘Rory Reviews…’ I have a look at ‘Disney’s Zootopia/Zootrolopis’, The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, and a documentary called ‘Mapplethorpe: Look At the Pictures’.

If you’d got feedback please let me know @theroryjohn

More info on the film and exhibition after the jump!

‘Zootropolis’ is out in cinemas now.

The Sony World Photography Exhibition (at Somerset House until 8th May) More info here http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/2016-sony-world-photography-awards-exhibition

I ‘Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures‘ in the very lovely Curzon Soho which apparently is in danger of being redeveloped. Give it a visit while you can.

Quick Quiz

6 more pop-culture questions for you!

1  What kind of dinosaur featured in the logo for ‘Jurassic Park’?

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2  Frank Sinatra sang this song in ‘High Society’ and it became the title of a UK game show in 1998. What is it?

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3  Three James Bond films feature the word ‘die’ (or ‘dies’) in the title – what are they?

4  A rocket scientist, Brad Pitt, got a car, Elvis or something – What is the late 90s hit?

5  Which ‘Friends’ character was the last to appear in the pilot episode?

‘Birds of a Feather’, ‘The Royle Family’, ‘The Office’, ‘Dad’s Army’ – which sitcom featured an original song as it’s theme tune?

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Quick Quiz

5 more pop-culture questions for you!

1 According to Ronan Keating’s 1999 hit ‘When You Say Nothing At All’, “The smile on your face lets me know that…” what?

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2  What kind of flower famously featured in the last shot of ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’?

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3  ‘Friends’, ‘Morse’, ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, ‘Only Fools And Horses’ – which one had a spin-off show that did NOT have a character’s name as the title?

4  Who was the longest-serving Sugababe – Heidi Range, Mutya Buena orKeisha Buchanan?

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5  The male lead from ‘Grease’ and the female lead from ‘Grease 2′ appeared together in which film musical?

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Quick Quiz

5 more pop-culture questions for you!

1 In ‘Friends’ what is Rachel’s daughter Emma’s relationship to Chandler’s daughter Erica?

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2  Which edition of the news would Des’ree like to watch in her 1998 hit ‘Life’?

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3  Jason Orange, Neneh Cherry and Mary Berry all have fruity surnames – but which one was NOT born with that surname?

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4  If the answers are Kristin Shepard, Lisa Shaw, and Maggie Simpson – what are the questions?

5  Since ‘Batman’ in 1989, two of Batman’s lead actresses have gone on to win Oscars – who are they?

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Quick Quiz

5 more pop-culture questions for you!

1 Which fruit does Gwen Stefani mention a LOT in her 2005 hit ‘Hollaback Girl’?

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2  Which famous Roald Dahl character used the pseudonym Eva Ernst?

3  The name of which US state(s) featured in the title of Shaggy’s 1993 hit debut single?

4  Which came first –  the Beyoncé song ‘Run The World (Girls)’ or the TV series ‘Girls’?

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5  What did Tommy Lee Jones do in 1993, Jamie Foxx do in 2005, Forest Whitaker do in 2007, and Matthew McConaughey do in 2014?

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Quick Quiz

5 more pop-culture questions for you!

1  What was Bamm-Bamm’s surname in ‘The Flintstones’?

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2  Which sport was Will Smith playing “outside of the school” in the theme tune to ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’?

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3  How is the Charles Dickens character Jack Dawkins better known?

4   Which member of the Beatles is mentioned by Jay Z in Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy in Love’?


5 There were four ‘Scream’ movies but how many ‘Ghostface’ killers were there across the franchise?

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Quick Quiz Quiz!

Here are 7 quiz questions about British quiz and panel TV shows

1  What does QI stand for?

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2  Which show has created more millionaires – ‘Who Wants To Be a Millionaire’ or ‘The Million Pound Drop’?

Which sports quiz (1995 – 2006) took it’s title from a quote by commentator Kenneth Wolstenhome during the 1966 World Cup?

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4  Since it began in 1962 this quiz’s theme tune has been ‘College Boy’ by Derek New, what is the show?

5  Which BBC quiz shares a title with a 1992 Charles & Eddie hit?

6  What three things do ‘Mastermind’ contestants list when they first sit on the chair?

7  Angus Deaton used to be the regular host of ‘Have I Got News For You’ before being sacked, but has he hosted a majority or minority of total episodes?

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‘War and Peace’ Cast: Where You Know Them From

Whether it’s a sweaty six-pack swinging a scythe, an ‘Avengers Assemble’ approach to Dickens or a 130 year-old Dowager Countess raising her eyebrow, costume dramas are catnip to winter audiences who want to feel engaged in something cosy but vaguely high-brow while scraping the bottom of the Quality Street.

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They sell us a simpler world where posh folk huff and whimper with suspiciously good dental work, where men are dashing and emotionally repressed while women have heaving bosoms and are more generally repressed. We might roll our eyes at their rigid social niceties, unchallenged sexism and casual snobbery but are quietly comforted by a soft-focused time where things appeared to have sense, order and nice costumes.

And so here is the BBC’s new adaptation of ‘War and Peace’, Tolstoy’s hefty tale of five Russian families during the Napoleonic Wars. At 1,225 pages it has become synonymous with tedium but audiences are tuning in not only because it’s an easy shortcut to bluffing your way through the classic (writer Andrew Davies has chopped it to just six hour-long episodes) but also because of the stellar cast.

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Photograph: Mitch Jenkins/BBC

But are there a few faces you can’t quite place? Check out where you might recognise the cast from after the break!

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