Friday, 11 August 2017

Trainee Dianne wins this week's newsquiz

Last week's top solo scorer in the newsquiz was Simon O'Neill with 18 points, narrowly ahead of Elly Rewcastle on 17 and Toby Brown on 16. The top team was the Penmans ('with us in France & @daisypenman in Scotland via FaceTime and a dodgy wifi connection') with a handsome 20.
I was with the new intake of MailOnline trainees on Monday before I flew off to New York. They had introductory sessions with editor Danny Groom and assistant news editor Amanda Williams. On Tuesday they enjoyed an informative day with the Mail's legal team ... Martin Wood, Lindsay Warwick, Julian Darrall and Sophie Teschmacher. Mike Watson spent Wednesday with the trainees explaining, among other things, MailOnline style. Journalist Mark Duell gave an insight into the day-to-day workings of the newsroom. They spent the next last two days with digital guru Adam Tinworth. As always they finished with the newsquiz. This week's top scorer was Dianne Apen-Sadler with a strong 21. Bridie Pearson-Jones was second with 18. They are impressive scores ... can you do better?


The New European's take on Trump v Kim
(Questions 1 and 2)
1. Donald Trump warned North Korea that if it made any more threats to the United States, they would be 'met with ____ ____ and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.’ What are the missing two words? Half a point each.
2. Who said: 'The great leaders I've seen don't threaten unless they're ready to act and I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act.'?
3. What is the name of the long-running Northumbria Police Operation that led to the conviction of 18 sex offenders in Newcastle?
4. During the court case of 18 sex offenders in Newcastle it emerged that a convicted child rapist had been paid £10,300 by police to be an informant. By which two letters was he referred to in court?
5. Who accused Denver DJ David Mueller of groping her saying it was 'a very long grab’?
6. Which bank reported its first half-year profit for three years and announced it is considering using Amsterdam as its post-Brexit EU hub?
7. A heatwave across southern Europe, which saw temperatures rise as high as 44c in southern Spain, was given which nickname?
8. Isaac Makwala qualified for the 200m final in the World Championships after running on his own following his norovirus saga. Which country does he represent?
9. What is the name of the insecticide which has been found in Dutch eggs exported to the UK?
10. The celebrities taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing are being announced daily by the BBC. Who was the first to be named?

11. Which island that has been in the headlines was discovered by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521?
12. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair told Radio 4 he 'toyed' with what while at Oxford University?
13. On which London Bridge was a jogger caught on CCTV apparently shoving a woman into the path of a bus?

14. On which Spanish beach did a boat carrying dozens of African migrants land?
15. The owner of which football club has agreed to withdraw film of elephants and lions being killed for sport from his online TV channel in Britain?
16. Madam Tussauds announced this week that it has commissioned a waxwork figure of which politician? 

17. He was born in Billstown, Arkansas, had a role in the 1969 Western True Grit, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits. Who is he?
18. According to her former bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, what four words did Princess Diana say after reading a transcript of the 'Camillagate' tape?

19. Six soldiers were injured - three seriously - when a BMW was driven at them in suburb in which city?
20. Why was James Damore sacked?
21. Which supermarket is to stop selling 5p single-use carrier bags?
22. British mother Eloise Dixon was shot in front of her husband and children after taking a wrong turn in which country?
23. Why was Chloe Ayling in the headlines?
24. How old was Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death in woods in Norfolk?

25. Why did Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood say he declined chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with lung cancer?

Answers here


Friday, 4 August 2017

The newsquiz: 25 questions about the week

Last week's newsquiz was clearly a tough one with the scores well below average. The top solo scorers were Dominic Hurst and Liz Gerard with 12, narrowly ahead of Gavin Devine and Toby Brown both on 11.5. The top team was Elly Rewcastle with help from Michelle who scored 16. Team Penman scored 13.5 and the Batstone Collective got 13. Here's this week's quiz which, I think, might be a little easier. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Let me know how you get on.  


The Daily Telegraph reports on football's record signing at £198 (Questions  10 and 11)
1. Liam Fox said there was no cabinet-wide agreement for the suggestion by chancellor Philip Hammond that free movement could continue for up to three years after Brexit. What is Fox’s cabinet position?
2. The pound fell to its lowest point this year against the euro in reaction to the Bank of England leaving interest rates unchanged. What is the interest rate?
3. He has undertaken 22,219 solo engagements, given 5,496 speeches and 785 organisations have him as patron, president or member. Who is he?
4. The three-month battle which started on July 31 and ended on November 6 1917 in northern Belgium was officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres. How is it more commonly known?
5. Anthony Scaramucci (the Mooch) was fired by President Trump, giving him the record of the shortest tenure as communications director. How many days did he have in the White House?
6. Why was Peter Settelen in the headlines? 
7. What is the name of the 79-storey skyscraper in Dubai that went up in flames for the second time in two years?
8. Commenting on the chaos at European airports what did Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary describe as ‘somewhat pointless’?
9. Brazilian footballer Neymar completed his world-record £198million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona. What number shirt will he wear at his new club?
10. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described the transfer of Neymar as beyond _____ and beyond _____.’ What are the two missing words. Half a point each.
11. Which organisation sacked its executive chairman Bob Mackenzie for a 'personal conduct-related matter’?
12. Why was former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell jailed for 18 years?
13. Moeen Ali became only the fourth man in history - and the first for 60 years - to do what?
14. He was a TV favourite as James Shelley and later played Jack Dalton in Eastenders. Who is he?
15. A Norwegian anti-immigrant group was ridiculed on social media after members apparently mistook a photograph of what for women wearing burqas?
16. Two people were killed when a light plane did an emergency landing on a beach in which country?
17. Jihadis Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain and Mohibur Rahman were each sentenced to 20 years in prison for planning a 'mass casualty attack’. What literary name did they use to describe themselves in group messages?
18. Why were seven trainee priests asked to leave the City Arms pub in Cardiff?
19. England women’s footballers suffered semi-final heartbreak in Euro 2017 after they were beaten 3-0 by which country?
20. Highways Agency officials are studying a Dutch scheme to turn polluted sections of motorways into what?
21. Robert Hardy, who died aged 91, claimed he held the world record for playing which person in 12 different television, film and stage productions?
22. More than 60 army cadets had to be rescued from which mountains?
23. Facebook shut down a pair of its artificial intelligence robots after they invented what?
24. What will Jessica Ennis-Hill be presented with at special ceremony at the World Championships on Sunday evening?
25. Sinitta, John Leslie and The Human Ken Doll all pulled out of what?

Answers here

Friday, 28 July 2017

Germania wins the newsquiz Champagne

Trainees Danielle Zoellner, Marlene Lenthang, Kayla Brantley, Germania Rodriguez (with the Champagne), Mollie Cahillane, Megan Sheets, Chloe Castleberry and Maggie O'Neill

I said farewell to the DailyMail.com trainees in New York today. They spent much of the week preparing for their placements in Dublin and Glasgow and had talks from Sheila Flynn, Anna Hopkins and Mary Kekatos. They pitched some good stories too, some of which should be published soon. They have had five stories published so far. Maggie O'Neill won the best showbiz headline of the week. Good luck to them all on the next stage. They will have seven days learning the system with Nick Enoch before spending some time in the newsroom. Then they head over the Atlantic for work experience. They are a bright and enthusiastic bunch and I look forward to following their inevitable success.
As always, we finished with the newsquiz. Runaway leader Germania Rodriguez was this week's top scorer again with 16 points, just beating Mollie Cahillane on 15 and Danielle Zoellner on 14. Germania was overall winner over the four weeks, an impressive seven points ahead of second placed Mollie, and collected her prize, a bottle of Champagne. Here's this week's quiz. See if you can beat Germania's score.

The health bill dominated this week's news (questions 4, 5 and 6)
1. President Donald Trump tweeted that the military cannot 'be burdened with the tremendous ____ ____ and disruption that transgender in the miltary would entail’. What are the two missing words?
2. Who reacted to Donald Trump’s statement on transgender people in the miltary by saying: 'We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so - and should be treated as the patriots they are’?
3. Which transgender, who supported Trump during the election, tweeted: 'There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them?’
4. Donald Trump took to Twitter to blame the senators who voted down the Obamacare repeal bill. Trump wrote: ‘____ Republicans and ____ Democrats let the American people down. What are the missing numbers? Half a point for each number.
5. The Senate moved to debate an Obamacare repeal bill on Tuesday by a vote of 50 to 50. Who used a casting vote to breaking the tie?
6. Two Republicans, Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, broke ranks and voted against debating a bill to repeal Obamacare. Which states do they represent. Half a point for each?
7. Anthony Scaramucci branded White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus a 'f***ing paranoid schizophrenic’ when talking to a reporter from which publication?
8. Who released a 3,600-word statement before meeting Senate Intelligence committee investigators?
9. President Donald Trump gave a controversial speech at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in which state?
10. Ten people died inside a sweltering trailer that lacked ventilation which was found in which store’s car park in San Antonio?
11. Name the driver of the truck who was arrested after ten people were found dead in the back of his trailer.
12. He starred in Big with Tom Hanks, Gladiator, The Pelican Brief and Home Alone. Who is he?
13. Angelika Graswald admitted contributing to the death of her fiance by doing what?
14. Who was Donald Trump referring to when he replied at a press conference 'We will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell.’
15. Why was Kenneth Manzanares in the headlines?
16. Which food chain said an employee who came into work sick contributed to the $1 billion in value it lost over five days?
17. How long was Olympian Michael Phelps’s race against a simulated shark?
18. Frank Sinatra’s fourth wife Barabra died this week. How old was she?
19. What was the name of the ride at the Ohio State Fair on which one person was killed and seven injured?
20. Who said this week: 'I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero - their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy’?
21. Hillary Clinton's promised tell-all memoir of the 2016 election will be out in September. What will its title be?
22. President Donald Trump awarded five police officers the Medal of Valor today for their bravery during what event? 
23. Who surpassed Bill Gates as the wealthiest man in the world when shares of his company jumped 1.8 per cent to give him a personal fortune of $91 billion?
24. A couple who jumped off a 17-storey Manhattan building because they had medical issues and couldn’t afford health care. Left a suicide note titled what?
25. Angelina Jolie addressed her split with Brad Pitt in an in-depth interview for the September issue of which magazine?

Answers here

Have a crack at the newsquiz

The top solo scorer in last week's newsquiz was Dominic Hurst with a very respectable 18. Other notable scores were Elly Rewcastle with 15, and Producer Cleah and Gavin Devine on 14. The top team score was 15 by both the Penman Partnership and the Batstone Collective.
Here is this week's quiz ... as usual there are 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know how you get on

Charlie Gard - Question 5
1. Who urged Theresa May to 'actually lead’ and said it was time to get out of the 'defensive crouch' adopted since the General Election?
2. No. 10 announced that Theresa May and her husband Philip were embarking on a three-week holiday. Which three countries will they be visiting? Half a point for two countries, one point for all three.
3. The Government announced that Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from which year?
4. US President Donald Trump tweeted that who would be banned from serving 'in any capacity' in the military?
5. What is the full name of the rare syndrome that Charlie Gard is suffering from?
6. Confidential letters from the Prince of Wales to Tony Blair are to be made public, the information commissioner has decided. What is their subject? 
7. A thousand police officers in London are to be issued with what?
8. A group of experts, writing in the British Medical Journal, said a rule 'long embedded in the minds of doctors and the public' is wrong and should be overturned. What is the rule?
9. A London skyscraper that has been sold for £1.3 billion - a record for a single UK building - is known by which nickname? 
10. Jordan Spieth became the youngest American to win the British Open. How old is he?
11. A study by an international team of researchers involving almost 43,000 men said that what has more than halved in the last 40 years? 
12. Jeffrey Blue, a former investment banker, lost his High Court claim for £15 million against which businessman?
13. What was the full title of the documentary about Princess Diana’s life that was screened by ITV on Monday?
14. Rugby union referee Nigel Owens this week revealed his struggle with which disorder?
15. Which actor said he was ‘mortified' after receiving criticism for comments in which he appeared to support men being paid more than women?
16. Why was 28-year-old Eleanor Wilson in the headlines?
17. A fox broke into Chessington World of Adventures and killed eight what?
18. UKIP has conceded control of the final council where it had a majority. Which council? 

19. Fergus Beeley, who was filmed grabbing a man by the throat, shoving him against his car and screaming that he wanted the family dead, is a producer for which television programme?
20. A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to snatch a five-year-old girl from her mother outside which Manchester shop?
21. Simon Cowell spent £175,000 on what?
22. Who tweeted from the South of France: 'Luckily we were able to evacuate last night, not easy with 11 people in the house! We are all okay’?
23. Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt came second in what?
24. What was seven-year-old Dylan Turner, from Blackburn, given at school after he lost a tooth when another pupil allegedly punched him?
25. Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin, which costs less than £10, won a gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Which supermarket owns the brand?


Answers here

Thursday, 27 July 2017

MEN's arena coverage: A journalism masterclass


Two months ago, a bomb went off at Manchester Arena killing 22 and injuring 250 innocent concert-goers. The Manchester Evening News found itself at the heart of the biggest story a regional newspaper had covered since social media and digital publishing became standard tools. How it reacted and its subsequent coverage turned out to be a masterclass for editors and journalists should, God forbid, they are ever faced with a story of such magnitude. In the aftermath I spoke to editor Rob Irvine about the paper's coverage and the lessons learned. You can read the full article in InPublishing magazine here.  

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Germania and Megan win US newsquiz

The DailyMail.com trainees are three weeks into their training in New York and have had another couple of stories published. 


Megan Sheets brought in a story about a mini pig with 200,000 Instagram followers that helped raised $4,000 for a food bank by participating in a rubber duck derby. You can read it (and see the amazing pictures) here.


Marlene Lenthang also wrote a really nice story, with cracking photographs, about a couple with Down’s Syndrome children who were inspired to set up an amazing cafe. Read it here. Good work by Megan and Marlene. 

This week’s speakers included health editor Mia de Graaf, operations manager Andy Abrahams, Femail editor Charlie Lankston, social media’s Chynna Mela, video editor Lindsay Meeks and senior reporter Chris Spargo

Best headline awards went to Megan Sheets, Danielle Zoellner and Mollie Cahillane.

We finished as always with the newsquiz. Megan and Germania Rodriguez were the top scorers with 11, narrowly beating Danielle on ten. Below is the quiz. Let me know if you beat their score.

Sean Spicer resigns - see question 4

1. What do Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have in common?
2. According to Donald Trump how long was his second meeting with Vladimir Putin during dinner for world leaders at the G20 summit in Germany?
3. Who said that Donald Trump is finding it much easier to stamp your name on buildings, on steaks and on online university courses than it is to actually run Washington, D.C. and get significant legislation passed’?
4. Sean Spicer resigned as White House Press Secretary after Donald Trump offered New York financier Anthony Scaramucci which position?
5. Who did President Donald Trump say 'gave some bad answers. He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t?’
6. Who said: 'I'll be back. I've been through worse.’
7. What is the name of the dog that rescued a deer that was drowning off a beach at Long Island?
8. Why was wealthy Manhattan investor Michael Loeb, 62, arrested at a charity barbecue at his Hamptons mansion?
9. What was the name of the bride-to-be who was shot dead by a police officer in Minneapolis?
10. Betsy Hodges wrote a blog calling for more to be done to ensure officers' bodycams are always turned on. What is Betsy Hodges’ position?
11. Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who was found hanged, was how old?
12. Guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch has been criticised for calling Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington a 'coward’ on Facebook, saying 'giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out.’ Which band is Welch in?
13. OJ Simpson appeared before the Nevada parole board this week. Where is he serving time?
14. OJ Simpson was granted parole after serving nine years of his sentence for armed robbery. How long was the original sentence?
15. Disney star and social media 'influencer' Jake Paul, 20, has been accused of terrorizing his West Hollywood neighbors. Which character does he portray on the Disney Channel's Bizaardvark?
16. Where was Linda Wenzel found?
17. Why was 21-year-old Jocelyn Savage in the headlines?
18. How much did a bag, originally used by Neil Armstrong, containing traces of moon dust sell for at a Sotheby’s auction?
19. A helicopter that was forced to make an emergency off Long Island's Gilgo Beach was chartered by the son of the founder of which entertainment organisation?
20. Justin Bieber has been banned from performing where due to his 'bad behaviour' both on and off stage?
21. A son of Cecil the lion suffered the same fate as his father …  being shot by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe. Name him
22. Ed Sheeran appeared as a musician who strums a campfire song and shares blackberry wine in which TV programme?
23. What is the name of the controversial proposed show, by the creators of Game of Thrones, about an alternate reality, where slavery is still legal?
24. Authorities in Florida said a group of teenagers aged 14 to 16 broke no laws when they were filmed doing what?
25. Glenna Duram, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder in Michigan after killing her husband in a crime witnessed only by who?

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Friday, 21 July 2017

The newsquiz - 25 questions about the week

Last week's newsquiz was clearly a tough one with the top score a modest 16 by  Janet Boyle. The top team score was 14 by the Penman Partnership. Here's this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events. Let me know how you get on. 

The Daily Mail reports on mutiny over the pay gulf at the BBC
(Questions 1 to 4)
1. How many names were on the list of presenters and actors who earn more than £150,000 at the BBC?
2. According to the salary figures who is the BBC's highest paid woman?
3. Which hashtag was used by disgruntled BBC staff after seeing the top salaries?
4. Jane Garvey said she would be happy to take a pay rise to help reduce the BBC's gender pay gap. Which programme does she present?
5. US Congress passed an amendment to give permanent resident status in America to who?
6. What was the name of the Polish concentration camp visited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this week?
7. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said, of the proposed State visit to the UK by Donald Trump, that he 'wasn’t sure it was appropriate for our government' to do what?
8. Political adviser and strategist Dominic Cummings said that who was as 'thick as mince, lazy as a toad and as vain as Narcissus'.
9. Chancellor Philip Hammond found himself in a sexism row after supposedly telling members of the Cabinet that what was so easy 'even a woman can do it’?
10. Sir Vince Cable has been elected leader of the Liberal Democrats. How old is he?
11. Pop star Ellie Goulding hit out at plans for what, arguing on Twitter that the 'money should be spent elsewhere’?
12. Why was General Pierre de Villiers in the headlines?
13. When will the state pension age rise to 68?
14. Which police force operated the helicopter used by officers to spy on naked sunbathers and naturists?
15. Which former US presidential election candidate was diagnosed with a brain tumour this week?
16. Paul Nicholls, the former star of EastEnders, is 'lucky to be alive' after plunging down a waterfall, breaking his leg and being trapped for three days in a jungle in which country?
17. How many times has Roger Federer won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon?
18. PC Jonathan Adams was sacked after being seen celebrating on television while he was on sick leave. Where was he filmed?
19. The new £10 note, which was unveiled this week, has the quote 'I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!' Which book is it taken from?
20. Ed Sheeran appeared as a musician strumming a campfire song and drinking blackberry wine in which TV programme?
21. A son of Cecil the lion suffered the same fate as his father …  being shot by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe. Name him
22. Who upset England cricket captain Joe Root by describing his side’s batting against South Africa as 'appalling' and asking if there was 'a lack of respect' for Test cricket?
23. After being give a toy bear designed to comfort babies by replicating the sound of the womb, who said: 'We’ll just have to have more babies.’?
24. Three million diesel models of which car brand are to be recalled to have software installed in a bid to slash toxic gases?
25. Jodie Whittaker will be what number Dr Who?

Answers here

Friday, 14 July 2017

Germania wins this week's US newsquiz

Drinks for the trainees at the Copper Still 
The DailyMail.com trainees have enjoyed a busy second week in New York. They had sessions from chief product officer, Noah Szubski; commercial editor Annabel Grossman; health editor Mia de Graaf; assistant editors Hugh Dougherty, Candace Trunzo and Wills Robinson; photo director Jolie Novak, Femail reporter ClĂ©mence Michallon and news reporter Jen Smith
They also had two more stories published. Germania Rodriguez found and wrote a story about a mother who received death threats after tweeting her son's medical bill. You can read it here.


Chloe Castleberry also found a story that Stockton, where hot felon Jeremy Meeks is from, was considering paying felons not to use guns. You can read it here.

Last night they had a social night at the Copper Still where they met senior staff and former trainees for drinks.
We finished the week, as always, with the newsquiz. The top scorer this week was Germania with ten points, narrowly beating Megan Sheets on 9.5. Here are the 25 questions about the week. See if you can beat Germania's score. 

1. The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr was called Natalia ________. Spell her second name.
2. After Donald Trump Jr published the emails on his meeting with the Russian lawyer, the president issued a statement saying: 'My son is a high-quality person, and I applaud his ________.’ What is the missing word?
3. What two reasons did President Donald Trump give to explain why Vladmir Putin would have preferred Hillary Clinton as president? Half a point for each
4. For the first time in two months, President Donald Trump gave an interview to a broadcaster that wasn’t Fox News. Who was it?
5. What did Californian congressman Brad Sherman do which he said was 'the first step on a very long road’?
6. The longest-serving anchorman in American history said the revelations of the Donald Trump Jr emails were 'unlike anything I could even have imagined’. Who is he?
7. Former presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton both took jabs at Donald Trump at a graduation ceremony for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. In which city was the ceremony held?
8. Who described murdered New York police office Miosotis Familia as a 'beautiful New York City story' who 'embodied the American spirit’?
9. A KC-130T military airplane, with 16 people on board, crashed in which state?
10. Dr Robert Huizenga claimed which TV series will not be returning for another season?
11. Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested in a hotel lobby at 4am on Saturday and charged with public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and obstruction in which city?
12. He was born in Illinois, studied at Juilliard, played characters including Lafayette, Martin Luther King Jr and singer Bobby Byrd. Who is he?
13. What was the name of the Madrid festival where an acrobat plunged to his death just before Green Day played?
14. Who became the first American male to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since 2009?
15. The biography of which film star, by Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski, has been making the headlines this week?
16. Actor and producer James Woods mocked a 'gender creative’ boy’s parents on Twitter saying: 'Wait until this poor kid grows up, realizes what you've done, and stuffs both of you dismembered into a _____ in the garage.’ What is the missing word?
17. An iceberg weighing a trillion tons and with an area of 2,239 sq miles broke off which ice sheet in the West Antarctic?
18. Air Canada flight AC759 almost landed on four fully loaded airliners waiting to take off at which airport?
19. Ben Affleck was photographed stepping out with Lindsay Shookus who is the producer of which TV programme?
20. Which country’s former president was sentenced to nine years and six months in prison after being found guilty on corruption and money-laundering charges?
21. 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo was arrested in connection with what?
22. AirBnB host Tami Barker was fined $5,000 - after she cancelled a guest's booking, telling her in a message: 'One word says it all. _____.’ What was the word? 
23. Debra Tate said which actress was not pretty enough to play her sister Sharon Tate in the forthcoming Tarantino film about Charles Manson?
24. Beyonce put a picture of herself and her one-month-old twins on Instagram, Name the twins. Half point each
25. Matt Vogel is to replace Steve Whitmire in which role?

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The newsquiz - 25 questions about the week

Well done to Elly Rewcastle who was last week's top scorer in the newsquiz with 18.5 points. The nearest to her were Ian Watt on 15.5 and Gavin Devine on 15. The top team was the Penman Partnership with 16.5. Here is this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Let me know how you get on. 

Give us hope Johanna: The Sun asks readers to sing along and help Konta into the Wimbledon final. (Question 13)

1. Who warned that Brexit may still not happen and said his party still wants a second referendum?
2. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said of the EU’s ‘extortionate' final payment from the UK on Brexit: ‘_____ _____ seems to me to be an entirely appropriate expression.’ What are the missing two words?
3. Why was Anne Marie Morris, the MP for Newton Abbot, suspended by the Conservative party?
4. In a debate on public sector pay in the House of Lords it was revealed that the highest paid Chancellor in Britain - who has 66 staff earning more than £100,000 - is from which university?
5. What did Fabian Picardo warn could not be traded 'like pawns in a chess game’?
6. The American neurologist invited to Britain by a High Court judge said Charlie Gard’s chances of life could be improved by up to what per cent by experimental treatment? 
7. What is the name of the British PR executive who organised the meeting between Donald Trump Jr and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya? 
8. Who did Donald Trump say was 'in such good shape’?
9. The Government is to set up an inquiry into how contaminated blood transfusions in the 1970s and 80s infected people with hepatitis C and HIV. According to the campaign group Tainted Blood how many people have died?
10. What ruling did ex-cavalry officer John Walker, 66, win in the Supreme Court?
11. St Albans Crown Court heard that Ian Stewart, who murdered author Helen Bailey, to get her near-£4m fortune, pocketed £10,000 from her murder - and spent a third of it on what?
12. Andy Murray lost in the Wimbledon quarter-finals to which player?
13. Venus Williams beat Britain No 1 Johanna Konta in the semi-final. How many times has Williams now reached a Wimbledon singles final?
14. TV host Kirstie Allsopp provoked a debate after posting on Twitter that it is disgusting to do what?
15. It emerged this week that John Downey received £50,000 in legal aid to defend himself against accusations that he committed which act?
16. Scott Parker and Hayden Cross both claimed to be the first what?
17. Who flew back from Spain to England to attend the funeral of six-year-old Bradley Lowery?
18. Which company took Julie Lavelle and her partner Michael McIntyre to court?
19. Why was Rhodri Philipps, the 4th Viscount St Davids, jailed for 12 weeks?
20. Janice St Fort, 58, died in hospital following a battle with cancer. Who is her famous son?
21. What was the name of the Madrid festival where a British acrobat fell to his death just before Green Day's performance?
22. Harper Beckham celebrated her birthday at a party at Buckingham Palace hosted by Prince Andrew’s ex wife Sarah Ferguson. Which birthday was Harper celebrating?
23. Retired TV producer David Harris, 68, was jailed at the Old Bailey for 17 years after attempting to pay three hitmen to murder his partner. Which television series did he work on?
24. How was New Zealander Gayleen McEwan, 57, killed?
25. Who took over Southern Rail’s Twitter account?

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Kayla wins the US newsquiz


The eight DailyMail.com trainees in New York, who have just started on the website's journalism scheme, have had an interesting week. They enjoyed sessions with deputy editor Louise Thomas, editorial operations manager Andy Abrahams and assistant editors Andy Milne and Sean O'Hare. Mollie Cahillane was the first trainee to be published on the site with a story she brought in about horses that had been left to die. Read it here. I am sure there will be many more stories to come in the following weeks. 


As usual we finished with the newsquiz - 25 questions about the week's events. This week's winner was Kayla Brantley with 16, narrowly ahead of Germania Rodriguez on 15.5. Give it a go and see if you can do any better.

1. Donald Trump said the West must decide if it has the 'will to survive' in the face of threats from North Korea and Russia when he gave a speech in which European capital city?
2. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said presidents Trump and Putin had agreed at their G20 Summit meeting that what issue had become a 'substantial hindrance' to the relationship?
3. Anti-capitalist demonstrators clashed with riot police on the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg during a protest march which has been given what three-word name? 
4. What was the name of the New York police officer who died after being shot in an unprovoked attack while sitting in her car in the Bronx?
5. What was the name of the Reddit user who created the GIF of Donald Trump wrestling a man with the CNN logo on his head?
6. In which US city was it reported that at least 101 people were shot, 15 of them fatally, over the Fourth of July celebrations?
7. What is the name of the arts and crafts company that handed over the smuggled ancient artefacts from Iraq that it bought for a Bible museum and also paid $3million in settlement? 
8. Convicted gang member Jeremy Meeks and Topshop heiress Chloe Green caused a stir by kissing on a luxury yacht off which country?
9. What was the name of the hospital where a doctor was shot dead and six other people were injured?
10. Rob Kardashian claimed girlfriend Blac Chyna had threesomes with which hip hop artist and his wife? 
11. A newly discovered photo suggests American pilot Amelia Earhart might have died in Japanese custody and not in a plane crash in the Pacific. What year did she disappear?
12. What was the name of the YouTube star, the ex-girlfriend of actor Drake Bell, who took her own life on Saturday?
13. Ten people were taken to hospital after a taxi accidentally rammed into  a crowd near which airport?
14. A train bound for New Jersey carrying at least 180 passengers derailed at which station? 
15. A fight between rival gangs in a prison in which country has left at least 28 inmates dead?
16. A 22-year-old student from Austin, Texas, was beaten to death on which Greek island?
17. North Korea said that Kim Jong Un watched the launch of an intercontinental ballistic rocket (Hwasong 14) and described it as a ‘______ miracle'. What is the missing word?
18. Why was 33-year-old Isabel Martinez in the headlines?
19. A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to return to Seattle after a first-class passenger assaulted a flight attendant and tried to open the emergency exit. Where was the plane heading?
20. What offence was Brendt Christensen charged with in Illinois?
21. Four teenagers were arrested for allegedly having sex in the sea in front of a large crowd on a beach. Where was the beach?
22. The body of a fisherman's wife was found washed ashore, tied to an anchor and shot in the head, on the shoreline of which lake?
23. Accusations of sexual harassment led to TV host Charles Payne being suspended from which network?
24. George Clooney and Amal Clooney were pictured with their month-old twins for the first time. What are the twins called? Half point for each name.
25. Who was reported to have ‘just’ £961 in her bank account?

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Have a crack at this week's newsquiz

Last week’s newsquiz must have been tougher than usual with some low scores submitted. It means that the highest solo score of 18 by Simon O’Neill and Elly Rewcastle is even more impressive. Here is this week's quiz. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. 

A selection of front pages from the week
1. According to a survey by the ConservativeHome website, Theresa May is now the second most unpopular Cabinet minister among the party’s grassroots. Who is rated as the most popular Cabinet minister?
2. Elizabeth Campbell’s first job in her new position was to apologise. What is her new role?
3. Donald Trump warned that the West must decide if it has the 'will to survive' in the face of threats from North Korea and Russia when he gave a speech in which European capital city?
4. Anti-capitalist demonstrators clashed with riot police on the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg during a protest march which has been given what three-word name? 
5. What is the name of the Vatican-owned hospital that offered to take Charlie Gard, the ten-month-old boy whose parents are fighting to keep him on life support?
6. Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg announced the name of his sixth child on Instagram. What is the boy’s first name?
7. Who told the high court he was not 'Obi-Wan Kenobi running the Death Star’?
8.  Convicted gang member Jeremy Meeks caused a stir by kissing who?
9. He started his career as a reporter on the Kensington Times, worked for the Daily Sketch, Daily Mail, The Times and The Guardian and was called 'a goddam liberal pinko faggot’ by John Wayne. Who is he?
10. Andy Murray's mother Judy tweeted: 'The bloke in the blue polo shirt and hat should be ashamed.’ What did ‘the bloke' do?
11. Four British tennis players reached the third round of Wimbledon for the first time since 1997. Andy Murray was one. Name the other three. Half point for each.
12. A newly discovered photo suggests American pilot Amelia Earhart might have died in Japanese custody - and not in a plane crash in the Pacific. What year did she disappear?
13. Who was reported to have ‘just’ £961 in her bank account
14. Carmaker Volvo announced that all new models would have an electric motor by which year?
15. Which country announced it would ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040?
16. Rugby player Sonny Bill Williams became the first person to do what since 1967?
17. Carol Lee Scott, who died age 74, was most famous for playing which TV witch? 
18. Donald Trump tweeted a video of himself wrestling somebody with which broadcaster's logo superimposed on his face?
19. Why was Robert Trigg in the headlines?
20. Oxfordshire police are investigating claims that a woman in her 20s was gang raped by three men after leaving a party to mark the end of what event?
21. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princes Harry and George and Princess Charlotte, attended a private service at Princess Diana's grave in Northampton to commemorate her birthday last Saturday. How old would she have been?
22. Who was disqualified from the Tour de France after elbowing Mark Cavendish into a barrier and breaking his shoulder blade?
23. North Korea said that Kim Jong Un watched the launch of an intercontinental ballistic rocket (Hwasong 14) and described it as a ‘______’ miracle. What is the missing word?
24. According to broadcasting regulator Ofcom, the most complaints it has received about Love Island have been for scenes showing what?
25. Which singer claimed he was 'terrorised' by a police officer in Rome who held him at gunpoint for half an hour on a busy street?

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Friday, 30 June 2017

The newsquiz - 25 questions about the week

The top scorer in last week's newsquiz was Janet Boyle with 20, narrowly ahead of Toby Brown on 19. Other high scorers were Gavin Devine on 17 and Dominic Hurst on 16. The top team was Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe with 16. Here is this week's quiz, As usual there are 25 questions about the week's events. Let me know how you get on.


Headline of the week, on a Government under pressure, goes to Metro 
1. What was signed by Gavin Williamson and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson?
2. A Labour amendment to the Queen’s speech, calling for an end to cuts to emergency services and to caps on pay rises for public sector workers, was defeated by a Government majority of how many?
3. Why were Catherine West, Ruth Cadbury and Andy Slaughter sacked?
4. Labour MP Stella Creasy tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for all Northern Irish women to be able to do what?
5. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that ‘having listened and reflected, the Scottish government will ____ the plan I set out on 13 March’. What is the missing word?
6. What is the name of the retired judge who will head the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire?
7. Jerome Barson, 78, died after being involved in a crash with a car driven by which celebrity?

8. Jeremy Corbyn quoted which Percy Bysshe Shelly poem while on stage at Glastonbury?
9. Which television presenter faced calls for his resignation after allegedly chanting ‘Fuck the Tories’ at Glastonbury?
10. The six men charged with offences relating to 95 deaths at Hillsborough include policemen David Duckenfield and Norman Bettison. Name any two of the other four.
11. Speaker John Bercow announced that male MPs who wished to speak in the House of Commons would no longer have to do what?
12. The EU fined Google a record-breaking sum for abusing its internet search monopoly. How much, in euros, was the fine?

13. Why was 38-year-old Wayne Marques in the headlines?
14. Radical preacher Tarik Chadlioui was arrested at his home in Birmingham at the request of which country’s police force?
15. Andy Murray will be the men’s No 1 seed for the first time at Wimbledon? Who is the top seeded woman?
16. This writer's characters included The Herbs (Parsley, Sage and Dill) and Monsieur Pamplemousse. Who is he?
17. CCTV footage showed 53-year-old Simon Smith being knocked down by a bus, then getting up and walking into a pub in which town?
18. Captain Megan Couto became the first woman to do what?
19. Britain’s largest and most powerful ship ever to be built 
was described by Russia as an easy target as it began sea trials. What is the ship called?
20. A FIFA report revealed that David Cameron asked which country’s delegation to back England’s 2018 World Cup bid?
21. What was first unveiled in Enfield in north London on June 27 1967?

22. Why did Portugal’s football captain Cristiano Ronaldo fly home early from the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia?
23. Gayle Newland, 27, was found guilty at Manchester Crown Court of tricking a friend into what?
24. Who was the summer-holiday relief presenter on Radio 2’s the Jeremy Vine Show this week?
25. Shopkeeper Jel Singh Nagra, threated with legal action by Sainsbury’s after calling his store Singhsbury’s, changed its name to what?

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