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by michael_churchill
19 Sep 2020, 17:49
Forum: Zone 4: Non-LU Challenges
Topic: Non-UK Metro Record Times
Replies: 21
Views: 23010

Re: Non-UK Metro Record Times

Having a full collection to maintain, I feel obliged to buy the Guinness Book of Records each year, and bought the new one today. For the first time since I don't know when, some metro records appear in print! They list the London record of 15 hr 45 min 38 sec by Steve Wilson (UK) and AJ (full name ...
by michael_churchill
15 Sep 2020, 16:33
Forum: Zone W: Off Topic Chat
Topic: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

There is a red telephone box made of wood at the entrance of Burlington House, the home of the Royal Academy, on Piccadilly in London.

It is a prototype of the classic K2 kiosk, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. Its listing by Historic England was recently upgraded to Grade II*.
by michael_churchill
08 Sep 2020, 16:43
Forum: Zone W: Off Topic Chat
Topic: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

The Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt is the tallest skyscraper in the EU again, after 8 years.

The skyscraper that was the tallest for those 8 years, The Shard in London, is no longer in the EU!
by michael_churchill
03 Sep 2020, 09:36
Forum: Zone 5: Quizzes & Games
Topic: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz
Replies: 296
Views: 71986

Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

What connects the following TV characters? Mike Hannigan in 'Friends', played by Paul Rudd (eventually married Phoebe) Ted Mosby in 'How I Met Your Mother', played by Josh Radnor Judith Harper in 'Two And A Half Men', played by Marin Hinkle (Alan's ex-wife and Jake's mother) Nathan Petrelli in 'Her...
by michael_churchill
21 Aug 2020, 09:52
Forum: Zone 5: Quizzes & Games
Topic: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz
Replies: 296
Views: 71986

Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

What is (very specifically) common about the roles played by Alice Eve in the movie "She's Out Of My League" and by Benedict Cumberbatch in the TV series "Sherlock"?
by michael_churchill
05 Aug 2020, 16:03
Forum: Zone 5: Quizzes & Games
Topic: On the tube map
Replies: 15
Views: 622

Re: On the tube map

1 = Temple Station, Paris Metro 2 = Wittenbergplatz, Berlin Metro 3 = Pentagon station, Washington DC 4 = Central Station, Tyne and Wear Metro Connections to London Underground: 1 - TEMPLE station 2 - Wittenbergplatz has a roundel sign 4 - CENTRAL station (i.e. Central Line) Correct, because I'm a ...
by michael_churchill
05 Aug 2020, 14:30
Forum: Zone 5: Quizzes & Games
Topic: On the tube map
Replies: 15
Views: 622

Re: On the tube map

I think we're finding them too easy because we're all familiar with the tube map... How about these from the mass transit maps of other cities? Name the station highlighted in red, and the city. (Hint: 3 have a connection to the London Underground) https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dXv2GSXCrPs/Xyqy4tSjxJI/...
by michael_churchill
31 Jul 2020, 16:53
Forum: Zone W: Off Topic Chat
Topic: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the best High Jump in the Heptathlon was better than the champion in the Women's High Jump.

In the Heptathlon, Nafi Thiam (BEL) and Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GBR) both cleared 1.98m. In the High Jump final, won by Ruth Beitia (ESP), four athletes cleared 1.97m.
by michael_churchill
28 Jul 2020, 11:45
Forum: Zone 5: Quizzes & Games
Topic: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz
Replies: 296
Views: 71986

Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

(With the help of Michael's clues.) This was at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Various countries boycotted the Games and British sports federations were left to choose whether or not to take part. The Olympic anthem was played for British athletes winning gold. Our first gold medal winner was ...
by michael_churchill
28 Jul 2020, 08:49
Forum: Zone 5: Quizzes & Games
Topic: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz
Replies: 296
Views: 71986

Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

Not that this gets me particularly close to the answer, but did they play the wrong thing, as I know they have before (though I'm not aware of an incident involving Team GB)? No, it was not a mistake. This happened every time GB won at those games. I'm looking for the first of five such occasions. ...
by michael_churchill
27 Jul 2020, 12:43
Forum: Zone 5: Quizzes & Games
Topic: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz
Replies: 296
Views: 71986

Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

Was it someone who was awarded the medal retrospectively, eg because of doping violations? I must admit that I hadn't thought of that! I don't think any such situation occurred before what I had in mind. In this case, the athlete in question won their event and had a medal ceremony but, because of ...
by michael_churchill
24 Jul 2020, 09:29
Forum: Zone 5: Quizzes & Games
Topic: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz
Replies: 296
Views: 71986

Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

As today should have seen the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games...

Who was the first British Olympian to win a gold medal and NOT have the national anthem played during the medal ceremony?
by michael_churchill
24 Jul 2020, 08:55
Forum: Zone W: Off Topic Chat
Topic: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Five athletes have won medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics. This is not including figure skaters or ice hockey players who won medals when these sports were held in the Summer Olympics, before separate Winter Olympics were started. The five are: Eddie Eagan (USA) - Boxing / Light-Heavyweig...
by michael_churchill
17 Jul 2020, 08:56
Forum: Zone W: Off Topic Chat
Topic: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

After breaking the "four minute barrier", Roger Bannister held the world record for the mile for just 46 days. On 6 May 1954, Roger Bannister (3:59.4) broke the world record (4:01.4) that had stood for almost 9 years. On 21 June 1954, Australian John Landy (3:58.0) broke the record in Turku, Finland...
by michael_churchill
10 Jul 2020, 09:48
Forum: Zone W: Off Topic Chat
Topic: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Of the "Big Four" North American sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL), only one US state is home of one of the current champions. The Kansas City Chiefs (NFL / American football) and St. Louis Blues (NHL / Ice hockey) are both in Missouri. The Toronto Raptors (NBA / Basketball) are in Canada. The Was...