Which dog are you?

July 26, 2014

Which dog are you?

I’m a Great Dane:

You’re genuinely humble and that makes you stand out in a crowded room. Everyone looks up to you and you’re extremely smart, but you’re still approachable due to your warm demeanor. Your elegance and class can sometimes make others feel humbled, but it’s never intentional. You’re the Great Dane, the kind ruler of your own kingdom.

This could well be the first time elegance and class have been attributed to me but perhaps one day my kingdom will come :)

 


How much do you believe in?

July 25, 2014

How much do you believe in?

You believe in 6 out of 99 mysteries and unexplained phenomena!

You’re a skeptic. You’re not impressed by anything that hasn’t been definitively backed by science. You are NO FUN.

I’d qualify that as a skeptic with faith and reject the absence of fun.


Friday’s answers

July 25, 2014

Thursday’s questions were:

1. What does He kai kei aku ringa mean?

2. What are puku, ringa and upoko and waewae?

3.Which group launched Poi E?

4. Who said: “But I would hope however, that the diversity and differences that we have amongst and between us, we should see as a strength and as something we should celebrate rather than fear.”

5. Should all schools teach te reo?

Points for answers:

Paranormal gets 1.

Gravedodger gets 4.

PDM gets 3 1/2 (accepting he knows more about his cousin’s wife than I do).

JBLoggs gets 4 with a bonus for the explanation for #5.

Andrei gets 2 1/4 and a bonus for the explanation for #5.

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Thursday’s quiz

July 24, 2014

1. What does He kai kei aku ringa mean?

2. What are puku, ringa,  upoko and waewae?

3.Which group launched Poi E?

4.  Who said: “But I would hope however, that the diversity and differences that we have amongst and between us, we should see as a strength and as something we should celebrate rather than fear.”

5. Should all schools teach te reo?


What’s your gender mix?

July 23, 2014

What’s your gender mix?

Your Gender Mix is:

37% Female : 63% Male

You’re the type of person who is completely comfortable representing both sides of the gender divide. You predominantly express male tendencies but you have a sizeable female part of you that is too large not to notice!
This is what happens when the questions are based on gender stereotypes and most of the time none of the options is a good fit so you have to pick the least wrong rather than the most right.

 


De-cork wine without a corkscrew

July 21, 2014

This would be fun to try but I wouldn’t use a bottle of good wine, just in case:

It looks easy but a screw cap would be even easier.


7/10

July 20, 2014

7/10 in the Herald’s politics quiz.


Which Shakespeare character are you?

July 18, 2014

Which Shakespeare character are you?

I’m Juliet:

From Romeo & Juliet. Like Juliet, you don’t pay attention to societal conventions when making big decisions like who you love. Your emotions get riled quickly and you often act before thinking, which occasionally gets you in trouble. Idealistic and romantic, you fall deep when you fall in love.

Hmm, guilty of at least some of this, though I take the final point as a strength.


Friday’s answers

July 18, 2014

Andrei and Rob posed Thursday’s questions.

It’s up to them to decide if they stumped us all and if so can claim an electronic batch of shortbread by leaving the answers below.

Gravedodger gets a bonus for culinary prowess and Farmerbraun gets one for extra information..

 


Thursday’s quiz

July 17, 2014

It’s your turn to ask the questions.

You don’t have to follow the five-question formula I usually use.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win an electronic batch of shortbread.


Which dessert?

July 16, 2014

Which dessert are you?

Chocolate Chip Cookie

You’re the go-to favourite dessert. The delectable morning and afternoon treat. Speckled with melty cocoa chips, you just beg for a tall glass of milk.

I’d rather be a biscuit that a cookie and pair with ice cream than milk.

 


In which period of history do you belong?

July 15, 2014

In which period of history do you belong?

You got: Ancient Egypt

You’re cooler than Cleopatra and terrific as Tutankhamun. You’re a dreamer who thinks big and acts bigger. After all, a life of luxury is grand, but people remember you in the afterlife by the size of your pyramid!


What kind of human are you?

July 14, 2014

What kind of human are you?

Sympathetic

To say you understand people and care for others charitably would be an understatement. You are the kind of gem that people spend years trying to find. A deeply compassionate soul, you love and help others altruistically. You have a genuine affection that is easily recognizable and highly commendable. Honestly, we’d all want nothing more than to have more of you in this world!

Once more honesty compels me to say this is more aspirational than actual.


What is your spiritual power?

July 12, 2014

What is your spiritual power?

Mine is joy.

You are the most joyful spirit around. The happiness within you never stops flowing. You’ve never kept it all for yourself either, you’ve always made others happy when they needed it most.

Honesty requires me to say this would be more aspirational than actual – but I’m working on it :)


Friday’s answers

July 11, 2014

Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.?

2. To whom does this refer: Now is the winter of our discontent. Made glorious summer by this son of York.?

3. It’s gel in French, gelo in Italian, helada in Spanish and haupapa in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who wrote The Snow Goose and what historical event does it depict?

5. What’s your favourite hot soup for cold days?

Points for answers:

Andrei and David win an electronic chocolate self-saucing pudding for a clean sweep.

Gravedodger wins the same for a clean sweep, reminding me of a similar reaction to the book and a bonus for the recipe.

Rob got four and a bonus for linking to the film which I remember watching one Easter and loved.

J Bloggs got four and a bonus for the recipe.

PDM gets a smile – and Mrs PDM gets my sympathy – I’m not keen on barley either.

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Thursday’s quiz

July 10, 2014

1. Who said: Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.?

2. To whom does this refer: Now is the winter of our discontent. Made glorious summer by this son of York.?

3. It’s gel in French, gelo in Italian, helada in Spanish and haupapa in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who wrote The Snow Goose and what historical event does it depict?

5. What’s your favourite hot soup for cold days?


11/14

July 6, 2014

11/14 in The Guardian’s grammar test.


Friday’s answers

July 4, 2014

Thursday’s questions were:

1. Who said: We have the British motor industry as a role model for what happens when you try to save an industrial dinosaur. Britain was the first country to industrialise and the first to de-industrialise. We should learn from this.?

2. What were/are  Dinornis robustus and Dinornis novaezelandiae?

3. It’s éteint in French, estinto in Italian, too easy in Spanish and ngaro in Maori – what is it in English?

4. By what name is Raphus cucullatus, which lived on Mauritius, better known?

5. If you could bring back an extinct creature which would you choose?

Points for answers:

Andrei got 4 and a bonus for his answer to #5.

Rob got three, a good guess for #1 and a bonus for #5.

David wins an electronic banana cake with 5 right.

Freddy and Robert got one.

J Bloggs got 4.

Answers follow the break.

 

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Thursday’s quiz

July 3, 2014

1. Who said: We have the British motor industry as a role model for what happens when you try to save an industrial dinosaur. Britain was the first country to industrialise and the first to de-industrialise. We should learn from this.?

2. What were/are  Dinornis robustus and Dinornis novaezelandiae?

3. It’s éteint in French, estinto in Italian, too easy in Spanish and ngaro in Maori – what is it in English?

4. By what name is Raphus cucullatus, which lived on Mauritius, better known?

5. If you could bring back an extinct creature which would you choose?


Playing with ears and words

July 1, 2014

Conversation with Simon Mercep on Critical Mass today was sparked by:

* An audio illusion

and

* Word games to determine which breed of English you speak

 


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