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Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 10

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 1 whose opera was inspired by Virgil?
 2 who honoured Queen Anne’s consort with a stimulating voluntary?
 3 who wrote music for the attendant to Prospero as he donned his ducal robes?
 4 who wrote music forever patriotically associated with our green and pleasant land?
 5 who named a composition after a mighty biblical hunter in honour of his editor and friend?

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Jan 20

The Freaky Trigger Movie Poll 2019: #30 – #21

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Here’s the next batch of ten films. Some big studio productions and some tiny indie films too. Again it is notable how many of these films centre on women’s stories (perhaps with the exception of the big studio hits  – though even our number 30 has more interesting female characters than the rest of its series). 

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Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 9

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 1 who started in the Justinian?
 2 as what is the black trumpet also known?
 3 upon what is the Lord laughing in the sun?
 4 where did Dulcibella run aground, lured by Dollmann?
 5 which oxymoronic engagement resulted in the humiliation of the 7th?

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Jan 20

EVANESCENCE – “Bring Me To Life”

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#955, 14th June 2003

Corporate rock, a vignette: the label wanted Evanescence to add a male co-vocalist all through their debut album. The band said no, and so a compromise was met – Amy Lee would be joined by a growly dude only on this first single.

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Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 8

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 1 Who fell to Pardiñaz in Madrid?
 2 And who fell to Bailaor in Talavera de la Reina?
 3 Who initiated the vindication of the Maid of Orleans?
 4  Which avenging monarch succumbed to plague in La Linea?
 5 Which king was assassinated with his own sword while besieging his sister’s inherited city?

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Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 7

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Where:
 1 were we 76 for 7?
2 did the Donkey kick off northward?
3 did Gurney reward Lightborn by stabbing him?
4 does Monti’s Father Thames overlook the first lock?
5 did Simpkin confiscate the twist of cherry-coloured silk?

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Jan 20

The Freaky Trigger Movie Poll 2019: #40 – #31

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Welcome to the FreakyTrigger Top 40 Films of 2019. Quick catch up on the rules, the vote is open to as many people who submit a ballot. Voters submit up to 20 films in order, which are ranked. To qualify for the final list a film must get more than one vote.

This year, probably because we didn’t do a music ballot and music is the main bread and butter of FT, we got about five less voters. This also meant that we only had 42 films to get more than one vote. I could tell you what they were – but I will leave that to the end. In particular, quite a lot of really good films didn’t qualify (he said bitterly having binned much of his list). To qualify a film had to have been released in 2019 in the UK, either in cinemas or straight to streaming / VOD. This meant quite a few of our international ballots had Parasite on it – which hasn’t been released in the UK yet. I can’t wait….

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Jan 20

Top 100 Tracks Of The 2010s Part 1

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I’ve been running this on the Patreon – available to patrons of any tier – but the intention has always been to export the entries onto this site in chunks. So here’s the first set! Track #100 serves as a fair intro to the project as a whole. Expect a leisurely pace on this stuff.

100. MANIC STREET PREACHERS – “Postcards From A Young Man”

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Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 6

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 1 in whose garden can we both gather nosegays?
 2 where was the lofty location of Aritomo’s garden?
 3 who is invited into the garden to share the musk of the rose?
 4 which Garden was developed on the site of the Bishop of Ely’s town house?
 5 which town’s development was based on plans inspired by Howard and holds his grave?

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Jan 20

A Great Philosopher (DR ALBAN – “It’s My Life”)

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(Reached #2, September 1992)

In Britain, Alban Uzoma Nwapa was known for two things. This song was one of them. The other was his dental practice – teeth had brought him to live in Sweden, and music paid the dentistry school bills. A dip into Google suggests there are now many rapping dentists – there are many rapping everythings – but Alban was the first, and the combination seemed amusing. A touch provincial, maybe – it had the same vibe as when England go up against Andorra or the Faroes in football, and the commentators hold up day jobs in the post office or the doctors’ surgery as the bona fides of plucky authenticity.