Pauls Quiz 151

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1. With which 'day' does one associate the following words ? 
    "The long sobs of autumns violins wound my heart with a monotonous languor."

2. Who are or were the following sport personalities romancing ?  I'll give you the initials.  
    a. Anna Kournikova (E. I.)  
    b. Tom Brady (G. B.)  
    c. Joe Dimaggio (M. M.)
    d. Dennis Rodman (M. L. C.) 
    e. Steve Nash (G. H.)
    f. Wayne Gretzky (J. J.)  
    g. Andre Agassi (B. S. and B. S.)  
    h. Jimmy Connors (C. E.)

3. Which English river's name means "river"?

4. The following words are from which love song ? 
    "Theres a light, a certain kind of light, that never shone on me"

5. Sweden advertised which 'hysterical' film as "the film so funny they banned it in Norway" ?

6. A sailors Elysium. Two words, last letter "N"

7. Which two time Oscar winner for best actress was born in Darjeeling, India ? (clue, both roles were southern belles)

8. Which best actor Oscar winner, a shining example in his field, was born in Vladivostok Russia ?

9. Who was dressed in the following manner ?  
    "Ragged shirt, baggy pants"

10. Who was dressed in the following manner ?  
    "He'd a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin, A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin; they fitted with never a wrinkle; his boots were up to his thigh!"


1. D-Day. (The Longest Day) BBC radio informing French resistance of impending invasion.That line above is from Verlaine: The long sobs of autumn's violins wound my heart with a monotonous languor. And, although you may not know that line if you are not a devotee of French symbolist poetry, you may know it from the movie about the Normandy Invasion, The Longest Day. The reading of the second line (wound my heart with a monotonous languor) on BBC radio signaled to the French Resistance that the allied invasion would occur within hours. With that, the French set about destroying rail lines, communications, and other German targets to pave the way for liberation.

2. Eight Answers
    a. Enrique Iglesias  
    b. Gisele Bundchen  
    c. Marilyn Monroe  
    d. Madonna Louise Ciccone
    e. Geri Halliwell  
    f. Janet Jones  
    g. Barbara Streisand and Brooke Shields  
    h. Chris Evert

3. Avon Avon means "river" and is a cognate of the Brythonic afon in Welsh. Afon is the Welsh reflex of Proto-Celtic *abonā, "river" or Celtic. Variants of Welsh were spoken all across Britain before the Anglo-Saxon conquest of the country. In Wiltshire there are two Avons, one rising near Long Newton in North Wiltshire and passing Malmesbury, Chippenham, Melksford, Bradbury, and so to Bath, the other rising in Bishops Cannings and flowing through Rushall and Amesbury to Bemerton. The logical explanation of the multiple rivers Avon in England is that non-Celtic arrivals would ask the indigenous people what the local river was called, and were apparently told, in the local language, that it was simply "a river". Similar naming processes have occurred with other cultures' early contacts; for example the Yarra River in Victoria (Australia) was named by European settlers who asked local Wurundjeri Aborigines what the river was called. "River Avon" in English therefore, literally means "River River". A similar redundancy gives the "Rio Grande River".

4. To Love Somebody. (Bee Gees) "To Love Somebody" is the second single released by the Bee Gees from their debut LP, Bee Gees 1st. As stated many times by Barry Gibb, their manager Robert Stigwood wanted Barry to write a soul song for Otis Redding for him to record. Barry, along with Robin came up with "To Love Somebody", a soulful ballad in the style of Sam & Dave or The Rascals. Redding died in a plane crash before he could record the song. The Bee Gees decided to record their own version of the song with Barry taking the lead and the result was a pop standard. Covered by hundreds of artists, most notably Nina Simone (on the 1969 album To Love Somebody), Janis Joplin (on the 1969 album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!), Rod Stewart, The Animals, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Billy Corgan, Jimmy Somerville, Tom Jones, Simply Red, Blue Rodeo, Jimmy Barnes, Michael Bolton, and the band Slobberbone it has become one of the most famous Gibb compositions.

5. Life of Brian

6. Fiddlers Green Fiddler's Green is the happy land imagined by cavalry troopers and sailors, where there is perpetual mirth, a fiddle that never stops playing and dancers who never tire. Fiddler's Green features in an old Irish legend, to the effect that a sailor can find the paradisaical village by walking inland with an oar over his shoulder until he finds a place where people ask him what he's carrying. This legend may have some of its origin in Tiresias' prophecy in Homer's Odyssey, in which he tells Odysseus that the only way to appease the sea god Poseidon and find happiness is to take an oar and walk until he finds a land where he is asked what he is carrying, and there make his sacrifice. Written anonymously for the U.S. cavalry, published in a 1923 U.S. Cavalry Manual. It is still used in modern cavalry units to memorialize the deceased.

7. Vivien Leigh Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier (5 November 1913 ? 8 July 1967) was an English actress. She won two Academy Awards for playing "southern belles": Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played in London's West End. Oscars were for "Gone with the wind"  when she was only 24 years old, back in 1939, then again in 1951 for "A streetcar named desire". Both awarded for best Actress. Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley in Darjeeling, West Bengal, British India (now India), to Ernest Hartley, a British Officer in the Indian Cavalry, and Gertrude Robinson Yackje, whose heritage is in question. She claimed to be of Irish descent, but it is likely that she also had Parsee Indian ancestry

8. Yul Brynner

9. Mr. Bojangles

10. The Highwayman (from Alfred Noyes)     THE wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
    The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
    The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
    And the highwayman came riding?
    The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door


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