Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said: “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”?

2. Who wrote Black Beech and Honeydew  and Died In The Wool?

3. It’s chemin in French, strada in Italian, camino in Spanish and rori in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Do you understand the give-way rules and are they an improvement on the old ones?

5. Marmite or vegemite?

6 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Alwyn says:

    1. C S Lewis
    2. Ngaio Marsh. When she was in Dunedin she apparently despised the New Zealand accent and use of English. She claimed that Shakespeare could only be performed by someone who had a “received English”, ie BBC, accent. Prof Gordon at VUW responded to this by pointing out that English, as used in Shakespeare’s day, would be very like the English used by a present day Ulsterman. He also pointed out that her books very clearly marked her as a New Zealander from the words her supposedly English hero used.
    3. A route or road.
    4. Yes I do and I think they are a great improvement. Most drivers, at least in Wellington don’t understand the current rules anyway. I was living in Melbourne when they changed and people adjusted immediately. The accident rate also dropped after the change.
    5. Either works as an stop-gap grease on a bicycle chain. God knows why anyone would eat them though so the answer is NEITHER.

  2. pdm says:

    1. Benjamin Franklin – after all he was bankrupted twice as I recall before making his name and presumably fortune.
    2. Anna Sewell.
    3. Pass
    4. Yes and Yes
    5. Neither

  3. adam2314 says:

    1. Jonathon Swift. attributed to many including Martin Luther King.
    2. Pass.
    3. Road or Track ( Chemin de fer Railway ).
    4. Yes and yes.
    5. Marmite.. Yum..

  4. 1] No idea, but it was quoted a while back in a sermon; the term ‘finger posts’ stuck in my mind and I looked it up. I never knew that that sort of signpost had a specific name until then. I guess Alwyn is right- it would explain why a priest quoted him- but to answer that would be a prompted response.
    2] Dame Ngaio Marsh
    3] Street, or road- only English draws a difference between a street and a road. Street is from the Old English “stræt”, itself derived from the Late Latin “strata”, a paved route [i.e. deliberately constructed, and navigable by wheeled traffic along its entire length]. Road is derived from the old English “rād”, to ride, and refers to a route not deliberately constructed.
    Æðelberht I of Kent’s laws make reference to the criminality of interfering with traffic on streets. The current concept of the Freedom of the King’s/Queen’s Highway [criminalising the blocking of any street open to the public] derives from this.
    Ships ride at anchor in “roads”- also derived from the old English “rād”.
    Diploma in Maritime Law 🙂
    4] Yes, as I had to study them at length to be sure that I knew how to drive here, and yes, the changes are an improvement.
    5] I think it great how well road resurfacing is going nationwide. Pity about the resultant Marmite shortage, but at least I have my lifetime’s supply laid away- one 250g jar…
    I don’t eat Vegemite either, although I will eat either if necessary. I prefer “Our Mate”which is Marmite as made properly.

  5. Teletext says:

    1. Clive Staples Lewis
    2. Dame Ngaio Marsh
    3. A path or a Way
    4. Yes. I am old enough to remember these and they are definitely an improvement as it will bring us back into line with the rest of the world.
    5. Marmite. How could you ask such a question.

  6. Gravedodger says:

    1 pass
    2 Ngaio Marsh,”Died in The Wool” was part of My 5th form english year with Mrs Pocock
    3 Road
    4 Thank God for sanity to prevail, pity permitting a “give way” rule for Left turning vehicles on red lights wasn’t included as a further enhancement of safe traffic flows.
    5 I like both but will not be too worried if we run out of Marmite, Mrs Gd not so sanguine as she is definitely in the Sanitarium camp.

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