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To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1990)
The Sunday Times The website was mentioned in the The Sunday Times on December 23rd, 2007: ‘I spy with my little eye something better to do’ by Sally Kinnes: ‘Don’t park yourself in front of the telly after the Christmas lunch when the web offers a host of games for all the family…’ (Read the article)
John Bowe 10th January 2009. We’ve received a very nice message from John Bowe: Just like to thank you for your questions that have been used on my impossible pub quiz on John Bowe saturday radio show in Ireland. The show has been going for over 4 years and we have used your questions regularly. Cheers, John
Questions compiled by Luis de Avendaño. Additional questions provided by Alex Carter, Antony Reid, Antonio Vázquez, Declan Forde, Peter Moore, Steve Owen, John Wirnsberger, Clive Mendes, and Jennifer Riggins.
Thanks also to
Alan; Alan Boxall; Alan Chapple; Andy Henderson at the Breeze Beer Garden in Thailand; Anthony Anchors; Barbara Ridgely; Bob Clarke; Bren Murphy of The Irish Rover, Madrid; Brian Holt; Carter Young; Charles Ongeri; Chris; Chris Goode and Nic Crequer; Chris O'Byrne; Chris Wilkins; Colin Dinnie; Colin Hurst; Damian Considine; Dan Hall; Dave Cohen, ex-teammate; Dave Harrop; Dave Love and Andy Bell; David Heslop; David Keen; David Regal; Diane Peake; Esther Ford; Fithi Garza; Geoff Swaine; George Holdstock; George Pitchley and Colin Hurst; Gerry O'Sullivan of Killarney; Godfrey Donaldson of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa; Graham Jones; Harry Winfield, question master of the Marina Alta Pensionisters Association in Benitachell, Alicante, Spain; Ian; Ian Gerrard; Jake Whiteman; Jeff Hicks; Jim Welsh; Jimmy Rafferty; John Polias; Jonathan Burt; Jurgen Lobert; Karim Nanji, Entertainments Officer, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London; Keith Woodcock from Chippenham; Ken G. Fisher of Toronto; Kevin Magill of the Cayman Islands; Kirsty Taylor; Lesley Melvin; Lucy Boulding; Luke Williams in Switzerland; Lynda Finn in New Zeland; Lynne and Thierry in Paris, and Steve Hall in Angola; Matt Jones; Mike Healy and Carol Balster; Mike Jones; Mike Mooney from Leeds; Mike O'Shea; Mr Lucky; Neil Robinson in New Zealand; Nick Dadds; Nick Wilde; Nicola Wood; Oscar Nolan from Dublin; RKN; Rolland Willa; Ross Stewart of Auckland, New Zealand; Russ Hall; Sam Jones PhD, South Wales; Sebastien D. Fortas; Shelley; Sinead Fisher; Steve Rose; Steven Malan; Susanne; Suzy Fewtrell of New Zealand; Ted Bollard from Dublin; Terry Denham; Tim Sharples; Tony Newman; Yvonne Steyn from Somerset West, South Africa; and many others for correcting, amending and fine tuning the questions and answers.
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These questions have all been used at the Moore’s Irish Pub quiz (formerly O’Donnell’s) and at Triskel Tavern on Calle San Vicente Ferrer 3. New questions are added at irregular intervals.
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Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, Whitaker’s Almanac, The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Collins Gem Fact File, Diccionario Enciclopédico Espasa 1 and Wikipedia.
Day 340 of WWⅢ
January 29th 2023
It’s day 29 and week 4 of 2023 aka 2020 Season 4 Episode 1
January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and is also the first of seven months to have a length of 31 days. The first day of the month is known as New Year’s Day. It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of winter) and the warmest month of the year within most of the Southern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of summer). In the Southern hemisphere, January is the seasonal equivalent of July in the Northern hemisphere and vice versa.
January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology. Traditionally, the original Roman calendar consisted of 10 months totaling 304 days, winter being considered a month-less period. Around 713BCE, the semi-mythical successor of Romulus, King Numa Pompilius, is supposed to have added the months of January and February, so that the calendar covered a standard lunar year (354 days). Although March was originally the first month in the old Roman calendar, January became the first month of the calendar year either under Numa or under the Decemvirs about 450BCE (Roman writers differ). In contrast, each specific calendar year was identified by the names of the two consuls, who entered office on March 15 until 153BCE, at which point they started entering office on January 1.