Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said: I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins but all, by God’s Will, united in spirit and in aim.?

2. How many countries are in the Commonwealth?

3. It’s argent in French, argento in Italian, plata  in Spanish and hiriwa in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who won New Zealand’s first gold in the 1974 Commonwealth Games and in which event?

5. Has the Commonwealth had its day?

9 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) I’d assume that was our current Monarch

    (2) Well that’s hard to say the number is volatile as people withdraw, get thrown out and get re admitted

    (3) Silver

    (4) Dick Taylor is probably the only name people remember from those games but his Gold was for the 10 000 meters and that would be late on the program I’d say

    We always do well in lawn bowls again probably not the first Gold either but bowlers of the lawn variety are famous only on the day of their triumph meeting Andy Warhol’s dictum entirely

    We did well in weight lifting I recall

    Shooters don’t achieve enduring fame either and their sport is not telegenic at all

    Swimming is the most likely candidate for the first Gold picked up – who I couldn’t say

    (5) The British Empire was a casualty of WW2, the Commonwealth a fiction created to ‘save England’s face as the TransAtlantic American Empire grabbed the spoils of that war including the British Empire’s overseas possessions.


  2. JC says:

    No one would surely be Churchill?



  3. Gravedodger says:

    1 Pass and dont want to know how much it cost either.
    2 50 give or take a few very dodgy members.
    3 Silver.
    4 Richard “Dick” Taylor from Sth Canterbury on the correct side of the Waitaki.
    5 Well past its very commendable origins, use by date.
    A collection of despots wannabes and colonys that lost all relevance for me when Rhodesia was handed to a bunch of thugs from whom the master Thug of the latter days of the 20th century emerged as top despot.
    A move that replaced the bread basket of Africa, capable of feeding every single inhabitant of that continent with a regime that was forced to import food and had citizens dieing of starvation.

    Then if any doubt remained tried fruitlessly to thwart Frank the 1st from dragging his chiefly abomination, race based constitution from trampling all over Indian Fijian citizens descended from slaves imported to work the Cane fields because the Moptops were too tired.
    Into a rudimentary democracy based on one person one vote.

    Both those are at present non members along with Pakistan while readmitted South Africa is arguably one of the more corrupt governments in the Commonwealth.

    We do not know how lucky we are , with thanks to fred Dagg, Izzzy’s uncle and aka John Clarke.


  4. willdwan says:

    I don’t seem to know any of these, but the commonwealth died when Britain became a subject of the Franco-German Empire.

    Here’s a goody. “Although I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, I have the heart and stomach of a concrete elephant.”

    …Queenie from Blackadder.


  5. Gravedodger says:

    I am not really grumpy there is much to celebrate.

    As an aside I think Christchurch is still the smallest and least resourced city to host the festival and for years enjoyed the facilities created at the time. Sadly now I dont think any of the venues have survived except the Pioneer stadium in Cashmere and Cowles in Aranui.
    But I suspect the ratepayers are still paying for it.
    The swimming and athletics headquarters is a weed strewn desert wasteland, Denton oval cycling being rebuilt, The ChCh Town hall is on death row.
    The two more enduring things along with fantastic memories are the Logo stylized NZ multi oriented in red white and blue colors and the games song “join together”.

    I am enjoying what Glasgow is delivering and on presbyterian financial initiaives, Using existing stadia and facilities and it seems very casual and relaxed as ChCH certainly was.
    One often ignored facet was the salient fact 1974 games were a next cab off the rank following the disaster perpetrated on the Israeli team in Munchen by terrorists that increased the costs considerably for security.
    The age of innocence was destroyed and the Middle East has not made much progress so sad.


  6. Andrei says:

    Will D Wan

    (1) Your quote is a humorous paraphrase of the famous Tilbury speech given by the first Queen Elizabeth

    “I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realms: to which, rather than any dishonor should grow by me, I myself will take up arms; I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.

    (2) The Franco-German Empire is in fact a vassal of the Trans-Atlantic Empire, although it is restive at the moment and with will any luck break free and the peoples of Europe will once again re assert themselves and regain their own heritage


  7. alwyn says:

    1. The current Queen Elizabeth, at her Coronation I believe. Horrible isn’t it. I doubt she would want to be reminded of it.
    2. I would guess about 50, although most of them are pretty small
    3. Silver, although it means money more commonly in French.
    4. Dick Taylor in the 10,000 metres on the first day of athletics. I believe that ticket sales shot up after this.
    5. I fear so. I don’t think Great Britain itself has any particular interest any more.


  8. Rob Hosking says:

    1. Sounds like the Queen.

    2. Pass. 

    3.Don’t know

    4. Was it Dick Taylor, 10,000 metres? I hope so. Remember it very well.

    5. No, but I think its exact role isn’t clear. What’s interesting is that since the GFC the UK govt has been keen to reconnect with the Commonwealth in a way not seen since they joined the EU. It’s role may develop over the 20 years.


  9. pdm says:

    1. QE2?
    2. I should think it is about 70 – with fluctuations for those that come and go. I doubt there is a stable number these days.
    3. Pass.
    4. Dick Taylor, 10,000M – on a work day. Jaynie? Parkhouse swimming probably got the second on a Saturday night.
    5. Soon after QE2 hands in her knife and fork will be the deciding time for its survival.


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