Delay your Endless Questions

When I’m busy doing something and I don’t want my mind’s endless comments and suggestions to disturb my business then I make quick notes and get to them later. Here’s the list that my interrupting mind made:

  • How do I make my own pop shield?
  • Why does a yucca wilt?
  • How can I unstickify my mouth?
  • What’s happening in Kazakhstan?

It’s later now and so I’m finding the answers:

  • So, I bought a microphone and I’m wondering if I need a Pop Shield to go with it. The good news is that I can save myself a whole fiver (£5) by using an old food carton, a piece of an old (or new) pair of tights, a length of chicken-wire and some glue. Here’s the (excellent) video that tells you how to do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr0AOOUoaKk. The result actually looks rather professional but I’m thinking to myself now that if I spend, like, an hour doing this instead of paying a fiver for a new one then effectively I value my working time at £5 per hour, which is way lower than the UK’s minimum wage. Hmm.
  • So, I’ve got this big, old yucca plant in the corner and it keeps wilting. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not watering it enough, overwatering it or just because it’s old. So, I searched the internet … and I’m none the wiser. If you water a yucca too much, the roots rot and the plant can’t take up enought water. If you don’t water the yucca enough then the plant can’t (well, duh) take up enough water. If the plant is big you can try giving it more water and if that doesn’t work then you have to cut a chunk off the top and replant it and throw the rest away (boooo!) It’s a big plant. I’ve tied it to a cane and I’m giving it water carefully. Wish it luck.
  • I was listening to someone giving a talk and the microphone was picking up the way her mouth unsticked itself between pauses. I wondered what was making her mouth stick together. My guess is that she needs to drink more water. I searched the internet for ‘my mouth is sticky’ and hoped that nothing rude would come back (don’t ask) but I was pleasantly surprised when the top result was 4 Causes of Sticky Saliva and Home Remedies. Here, in summary, are the four: stuffy nose, cancer therapy, dehydration and salivary duct obstruction. I hope that I was right with my theory that she just needs to drink more water because all the rest look really complicated.
  • Kazakstan is a huge country the size of Western Europe that has 3% of the world’s oil reserves but that, for some strange reason, ran out of fuel last week. Understandably (yes, sarcasm), the citizenry rioted and spent some time in the capital of the country doing bad things and breaking stuff. By the time the govenment forces (including some they imported from Russia) had done shooting their people almost 150 of them (the people) had died. The govenment claimed that they had ‘only’ killed 44 people. And I’m here thinking WTF! I mean, what kind of … you know? Ah, whatever. There by the grace of Boris go we, right?

So, yeah, that’s my last hour on the internet. I bet you’re glad you don’t have to live in my brain, right?

Topical Quiz – Thursday 09th Dec 2021

Question and Answers for the Topical Quiz tonight (6pm BST) on 5 Towns Radio:

Questions:

  1. What have Boris and Carrie just announced?
  2. What have the CDC just claimed is ‘mild’?
  3. What’s the latest threat to civilization according to Elon Musk?
  4. What do cats think of hugs, humans and happiness?
  5. Which country is planning to ban smoking for the next generation?
  6. What is Plan B?
  7. How’s the cricket going?
  8. There are rumours going around that the UK government had a Christmas party last year. What’s wrong with that?
  9. As experts say that 2 doses of a covid vaccine are not enough to protect against the Omicron variant and that a booster shot is essential, what’s the earliest I can get an appointment to get a booster shot?
  10. Which massive football team are unbeaten in eleven and yet could only pick up a draw against Portsmouth the other day, their third in six matches, and so are rather close to dropping out of touch with the promotion spots?

Answers:

  1. The birth of their second baby.
  2. CDC chief says Omicron is ‘mild’ as early data comes in on US spread of variant
  3. The tech billionaire said low and rapidly declining birth rates are “one of the biggest risks to civilization.”
  4. Not a lot as it turns out
  5. New Zealand will ban the sale of tobacco to its next generation, in a bid to eventually phase out smoking. Anyone born after 2008 will not be able to buy cigarettes or tobacco products in their lifetime, under a law expected to be enacted next year.
  6. The government has announced new Covid rules for England – including working from home if possible and wearing masks in more public places.
  7. England are not doing so well – first man out on the first delivery and then all out for 147. Australia, their opponents, are doing better – 343 for 7. Don’t worry, all’s not lost.
  8. Sheesh c’mon, people – what’s the problem?! If they did have one and managed to keep it secret for a whole year then it can’t have been all that extensive. Probably a couple of blokes having a glass of sherry and a mince pie in opposite corners of the room. Get a grip! And yeah, you’re right – I didn’t watch the video.
  9. A week a Monday. That’s about eleven days. I guess I’ll just have to be careful over the next week and a half then.
  10. Sheffield Wednesday. Come on you blue and white lizards!!!

Topical Quiz – Thursday 02nd Dec 2021

Question for the Topical Quiz tonight (6pm BST) on 5 Towns Radio:

Questions:

  1. Which football team won twenty-nil the other day?
  2. What’s the name of the latest Covid variant?
  3. What just hit Scotland and left a lot of damage and people without power and stuff?
  4. Why is the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree being mocked?
  5. Which UK Prime Minister just got his covid booster jab?
  6. Why has Lake Windermere turned green?
  7. Why are more than a quarter if British birds under threat?
  8. Where’s the real news?
  9. Have you got your Christmas tree up yet?
  10. What do you fancy for number one in the singles charts this Christmas?

Answers:

  1. The England women’s football team beat Latvia 20-0. They have now won six qualifying matches for the World Cup by scoring 53 goals and letting in none.
  2. Omicron.
  3. Storm Arwen.
  4. Because it looks spindly, thin, ropey and unwell.
  5. Boris Johnson.
  6. Conservationists say this is due to raw sewage (what humans flush down the toilet), being pumped into the lake as the nearby water treatment site is struggling to handle the amount of excess storm and rain water.
  7. Experts say that human-made climate change, disease and illegal hunting has drastically lowered the population of many of these species.
  8. Dunno. Must be a slow news day. It’s all about death, disease and destruction and who wants to hear about that!
  9. Nope.
  10. Rage Against the Machine.

Topical Quiz – Thursday 25th Nov 2021

Question for the Topical Quiz tonight (6pm BST) on 5 Towns Radio:

Questions:

  1. Which famous football team came back from one-nil down to claim a fantastic two-one win over MK Dons to boost them into the promotion spots on Tuesday?
  2. Which rocket ship owner just sold another billion dollars worth of his own shares for tax obligations? How many people could it be?
  3. Which major telecoms company has apparently sparked fear in the hearts of millions of elderly customers by announcing plans to switch from analogue to digital technology?
  4. What is 42% (in York) of your council’s budget spent on?
  5. What has just happened in space to save us all from sharing the fate of the dinosaurs?
  6. Which British US Open winner has just has her first holiday in seven years only the Daily Mail to report that seems posed in a bikini (and had a jet ski ride)?
  7. Why do migrants leave France for the UK?
  8. How do I know that Ralf Rangnick, the newly appointed manager of Manchester United won’t do as well as Sir Alex Ferguson?
  9. What’s just passed the ten million mark here in the UK?
  10. What happened to Richard Madeley and why on earth is it in the headlines when the same thing has happened to 10 million other people?

Answers:

  1. Sheffield Wednesday!
  2. Elon Musk
  3. BT
  4. Adult Social Care
  5. The DART missile is on its way to a rendezvous with an asteroid so that it can try to knock it off it’s path by colliding with it.
  6. Emma Raducanu.
  7. I’m psychic.
  8. I don’t know .Twenty-seven people died when their dingy deflated as they tried to cross .Most deadly day ever.
  9. The number of covid cases in the UK since the pandemic started.
  10. Because he’s a celebrity? Please get me out of here!

Topical Quiz – Thursday 18th Nov 2021

Question for the Topical Quiz tonight (6pm BST) on 5 Towns Radio:

Answers:

  1. Which otherwise fabulous football team fell to a tragic three-nil defeat to Plymouth in the FA cup on Tuesday?
  2. The first long-acting injection for HIV has just been approved. When did the first case of HIV / AIDS in the world appear?
  3. A national shortage of which snack has caused panic in the UK this week?
  4. What is HS2 and where will it not go?
  5. Does 3D the latest plant-based printed ‘meat’ pass the taste test?
  6. If there are almost 40,000 new cases of covid per day in the UK, how come no-one is making a fuss in the papers?
  7. Who just got an invitation to get a covid booster shot this week?
  8. What will the new ‘busyness’ feature in Google Maps enable you to do?
  9. How much weight has Adele lost since 2011?
  10. According to a Guardian News story this week, that have white collar workers working from home started to do?
  1. Sheffield Wednesday.
  2. 1959.
  3. Walkers crisps.
  4. Well, lots of places really, but this week it has been announced that the HS2 link between the East Midlands and Leeds is being scrapped.
  5. Yes, according to the BBC.
  6. Because 200 people per day are dying from it as opposed to over 1,300 when the death rate was at its peak.
  7. Probably lots of people, but me and the wife were among them and we’ll be getting them as soon as we can.
  8. Find (or avoid) crowds of people.
  9. Seven stone! That’s 100 pounds or 44 kilos!!
  10. Work two full-time jobs simultaneously. Apparently some IT support staff have so much time on their hands that they can comfortably take on another similar job at the same time and get paid twice.

Topical Quiz – Thursday 11th Nov 2021

Question for the Topical Quiz tonight (6pm BST) on 5 Towns Radio:

  1. Which two countries, that didn’t bother to rock up at COP, just announced a major climate change agreement to save the world?
  2. Which amazingly marvellous, world class football team beat Harrogate Town on Tuesday to progress through to the next round of the cup?
  3. What was the theme for Becky’s rocking show at 2pm this very afternoon on 5 Towns Radio?
  4. Which group released their first studio album for 40 years this week – Voyage?
  5. Which political group, back in charge in a country I won’t tell you the name of, because that would give it away, have just announced ‘opium is here to stay – it is our lifeline’.?
  6. Why did we all have 2 minutes silence today at 11am?
  7. Who has just shocked the entire known world by painting over a painting by Banksy?
  8. Which former Apartheid president has passed away at the age of 85?
  9. How many patients are awaiting hospital treatment in England? 58 thousand, 580 thousand, or 5,800 thousand?
  10. Geoffrey Cox accrued at least £6m from second job while a parliamentarian. What does Boris Johnson say about this?

Answers:

  1. The US and China.
  2. Sheffield Wednesday.
  3. Number one hits of the 1950s
  4. ABBA.
  5. The Taliban
  6. Armistice / Remembrance Day.
  7. Banksy left his mark on the Bristol set of BBC show The Outlaws – only for it to be painted over by Hollywood megastar Christopher Walken.
  8. Last president of apartheid South Africa, FW de Klerk, dies aged 85.
  9. Record 5.8m people in England waiting for hospital treatment.
  10. Boris Johnson defends MPs’ second jobs but says they must follow ruless. If there is a conflict of interest, for example, then they must be punished.

Topical Quiz – Thursday 4th Nov 2021

Question for the Topical Quiz tonight (6pm BST) on 5 Towns Radio:

  1. Which actor plays the guy that turned down Elton John to spend Christmas with his fat friend in the movie Love Actually?
  2. What does the latest, groundbreaking, pill, just approved by the UK, treat?
  3. The latest one is going on in Glasgow tight now, but how many COPs have we had so far? Climate change.
  4. Which team beat Sunderland three – nil in Tuesday this week?
  5. What has the NASA rover just detected on the surface of Mars?
  6. The Space-X lol is still broken. What will the astronauts have to do according to NASA?
  7. What’s an example of the kind of sensationalist headline that is irresistible to men trying to compose a serious news quiz?
  8. As global temperatures rise and permafrost is melting, what’s emerging from the melting ice?
  9. Which major law change for all licence holders will happen in the two weeks?
  10. As reported by The Guardian this morning, who sang: ‘You can shove your climate crisis up your arse’ ar the climate change concert COP26?

Answers:

  1. Bill Night.
  2. Covid-19. UK becomes first country to approve ‘game-changing’ COVID-19 pill that can be taken at home: Molnupiravir.
  3. Twenty six.
  4. Sheffield Wednesday.
  5. NASA Rover Detects Organic Molecules on the Surface of Mars. While it’s an exciting discovery, it falls short of demonstrating that carbon-based lifeforms once lived on the surface of the Red Planet. It is, however, a step in that direction.
  6. NASA: SpaceX Toilet Still Broken, Astronauts Will Have to Pee Themselves.
  7. Jesy Nelson poses up a storm in eye-catching mini-skirt and heels.
  8. Atlantis. No, only kidding. Animal remains and human artefacts. Not even global pandemics can be blamed on melting ice. Yet!
  9. From November 15, anyone who passed their car driving test from January 1 1997, will be allowed to tow trailers up to a weight of 3,500kg, so watch out!
  10. Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate change activist. Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg.

Topical Quiz – Thursday 28th October 2021

Question for the Topical Quiz tonight (6pm BST) on 5 Towns Radio:

  1. Which new war has the UK entered into this week?
  2. Which women’s team won ten nil the other day to take their tally to 32 nil in their world cup qualifiers?
  3. What’s good news for travellers to the UK has just been announced today (2 hrs ago)?
  4. Which team lost to West Ham last night to knock them out the Carabo Cup for other for the first time in half a decade or so?
  5. What will the National Living Wage do in the budget?
  6. Who went to number one in the UK Singles chart by outselling all the rest of the top 5 put together?
  7. What’s Adele’s full name?
  8. What was supposed to hit the North West of England last night?
  9. Which sportsperson won their first match the other day since winning the US Open?
  10. Which best-selling British pop star announced on instagram that they have tested positive for Covid?

Answers:

  1. A British trawler has been seized by France and another has been fined, amid an escalating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.
  2. The Lionesses. England in other words.
  3. The remaining seven countries on England’s Covid travel red list are set to be removed, the BBC understands.
  4. Manchester City. Holders Manchester City are knocked out of the Carabao Cup.
  5. The National Living Wage will rise to £9.50 from 1 April – an increase of 6.6 per cent.
  6. Adele.
  7. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.
  8. ‘Unbelievable’ life-threatening FOOT of rain starts to swamp parts of northwest England with rivers already raging and 36 hours of torrential downpours still to come.
  9. Emma Raducanu reaches Transylvania Open quarter-finals with straight-sets win over Ana Bogdan.
  10. Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

Topical Quiz – Thursday 21st October 2021

Question for the Topical Quiz tonight (6pm BST) on 5 Towns Radio:

  1. If you were sat in your car in Pontefract on lovely summer day with the windows wound down and your favourite snack in your hand, what time would it be three hours before the end of a week from tomorrow?
  2. What has Lord Robathan urged the government to tell the people they should do less of? To stop them getting grossly overweight.
  3. Which stocks are back to normal in the UK after countrywide shortages last week?
  4. Which remote British island has never had a case of Covid?
  5. How old is Zayn Ali Salman – Arsenal’s latest recruit?
  6. Is the UK being too relaxed about coronavirus?
  7. What date has the US just announced as being the earliest UK citizens are allowed to enter the US?
  8. Which former Sheffield Wednesday manager has just been sacked as the manager of Newcastle United?
  9. Whose Space-Race deals could make him the worlds first trillionaire?
  10. Which actor boldly went where (almost) no man has gone before this week?

Answers:

  1. 9pm
  2. A Conservative ex-minister, Lord Robathan, has urged the government to “tell people they must not eat so much” in an effort to stop them getting “grossly overweight”.
  3. Petrol station stocks are back to normal. Filling station storage tanks in Great Britain were 45% full on average at the end of the day on Sunday, statistics from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show.
  4. St Helena. Located some 1,200 miles (2,000 km) west of the African nation of Angola, and 2,500 miles east of Brazil, St Helena has a population of around 4,500 people, and is 47 sq miles (121 sq km) in size. To put that into context, it has about the same landmass as Jersey in the Channel Islands. St Helena’s claim to fame since March 2020, is that it remains one of only a handful of places on Planet Earth to have not reported a single case of coronavirus.
  5. Zayn Ali Salman was just four-year-old when he was scouted and recruited by Arsenal while still at nursery
  6. Attitudes to coronavirus in the UK compared to other parts of Europe may mean that the government must reimpose restrictions this winter following a 16% rise in cases and 10% spike in hospital admissions.
  7. 8th of November.
  8. Steve Bruce sacked by Newcastle and reveals: ‘It was hard being called an inept cabbage-head’.
  9. Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX, which is set to become the most highly valued company in the world.
  10. William Shatner: Star Trek’s Captain Kirk took a trip to the edge of space (65km high) in on of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rockets.

Topical Quiz – Thursday 14th October 2021

Question for the Topical Quiz tonight (7pm BST) on 5 Towns Radio:

  1. What date will it be on this date next month?
  2. Climate protest group Insulate Britain, which has caused disruption to major roads during the last five weeks, is to suspend its campaigning for 11 days. What is Insulate Britain’s aim?
  3. What have GPs just been told to do?
  4. PC Chris Dwyer, a police constable in West Yorkshire, has just been sacked. Why?
  5. The UK’s largest poultry seller has warned that the price of what is due to rise?
  6. David Swanston, deputy principal at St Vincent’s School in Liverpool is in the last ten to win how much money?
  7. What has the queen just used in public again? To help her walk?
  8. Which beloved British institutions backlog has almost reached 6 million?
  9. Which pizza company is planning to hire 8,000 delivery drivers in the run up to Xmas?
  10. Which town does 5 Towns Radio broadcast from?

Answers:

  1. 14th November 2021.
  2. Insulate Britain is a recently-launched group that calls for a national programme to ensure homes are insulated by 2030, which government experts on climate change say is essential to meet targets on reducing carbon emissions.
  3. GPs told to see more patients face-to-face. Face-to-face GP visits still near lockdown levels. A&E wait tine is over 4 hours for 1 in 4 patients.
  4. A police constable who took two packets of Jaffa Cakes from a charity stall without paying full price has been sacked from West Yorkshire Police.
  5. Chicken. The founder of 2 Sisters Food Group, Ranjit Boparan, warned that chicken prices would rise by 10%. “Significant” inflated costs of packaging, energy and CO2 were also “bulking up the price of food”.
  6. David Swanston, deputy principal at St Vincent’s School in Liverpool, is in contention to win $1m (£730,000) after making the top 10 for the world’s “best teacher” award.
  7. The Queen uses walking stick again as she visit Wales for first time in five years.
  8. The latest NHS England figures show that a total of 5.7 million people were waiting to start routine hospital treatment at the end of August.
  9. Domino’sPizza. The fast food chain set out its plans as it revealed an 8.8% increase in quarterly sales, including a peak in online orders during England’s Euros clash against Ukraine in July.
  10. Castleford!