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Friday, 27 March 2015


Tim Carroll's wonderful painting of Rodbourne Road graces the front of our new Journal the first edition with colour pages, members should be receiving one soon. If any Friends would like a PDF version please contact with your membership number via the email in the Journal and we'll send one to you.

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For those waiting for the results of the Christmas Quiz they are here following the questions to give you all a second chance. The prize was won by Jill Sharp who was the first correct entry out of John Walsh's cap.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ QUESTIONS   The answers have something in common. 

1. A recitation of 32 points, one way or the other.
2. Ernie Bevin used this as a metaphor for the Council of Europe, and feared it might emit “Trojan ‘Orses”.
3. An eccentric gentleman chose to be buried vertically here, his head towards the centre of the Earth.
4. West of Swindon and just under three kilometres long.
5. Lord Brougham’s somewhat disparaging description of the English system of justice.
6. A comic opera by Sullivan without Gilbert.
7. An essential component of a multiple-choice quiz or survey.
8. He had 42 of them, but “they were all left behind on the beach”.
9. What followed the Midnight Folk?
10. A suitable day to do this quiz?

Before the answers here is a portrait by John Singer Sargent of Gabriel Fauré to find out more read John Walsh's fascinating feature in the new Journal.


The theme was “box” and the individual answers were:

1. Boxing the compass.
2. The Foreign Secretary used the gloriously mixed metaphor of Trojan horses jumping out of an opened Pandora’s box.
3. Major Peter Labilliere was interred in this unusual way in 1800 on Box Hill, Surrey.
4. Brunel’s Box Tunnel on the Great Western railway.
5. “…the whole machinery of State, and its various workings, end in simply bringing twelve good men into a box.”
6. “Cox and Box”, using the idea of an earlier play by J M Morton, “Box and Cox”, that was itself based on a French comedy. Sullivan’s librettist was F C Burnand, a prolific writer for the stage and contributor to “Punch” magazine.
7. Tick-boxes (UK) or check-boxes(US).
8. In Lewis Carroll’s “The Hunting of the Snark”, it was the brave but forgetful Baker who left his sea-luggage behind.
9. Several characters from John Masefield’s “Midnight Folk” re-appear in his subsequent work “The Box of Delights”.
10. Boxing Day.

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