Famous people link round: 10 questions

  1. Which US President once caused a diplomatic crisis when, testing a microphone and assuming no-one was recording, said;
    “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes”
  2. What is the real name of the Duchess of Sussex?
  3. Who was the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company from 1966 to 1968?
  4. Which Russian poet, who lived from 1889-1966, is perhaps best known for Requiem, a cycle of poems depicting the Stalinist terror?
  5. Who is Spiderman’s alter ego?
  6. What is the name of the Australian cricket captain who stood down and was banned for a year in March 2018 for his role in a ball-tampering scandal?
  7. Which actress played the psychopathic villain O-ren Ishii in the film “Kill Bill”?
  8. Which reggae artist’s hits included “Get up Edina” and “The Israelites”?
  9. Which Tudor composer, considered one of England’s finest composers of choral music, is perhaps best known for his work for 40 voices, Spem in Alium, as well as for the Vaughan Williams piece Variations on a Theme which reference him by name?
  10. What do the above nine names have in common?

Answers below (scroll down)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Which US President once caused a diplomatic crisis when, testing a microphone and assuming no-one was recording, said;
    “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes”
    A: Ronald Reagan (there’s a nice overview of the event here)
  2. What is the real name of the Duchess of Sussex?
    A: Meghan Markle
  3. Who was the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company from 1966 to 1968?
    A: Janis Joplin (great live performance of Piece of my Heart available here)
  4. Which Russian poet, who lived from 1889-1966, is perhaps best known for Requiem, a cycle of poems depicting the Stalinist terror?
    A: Anna Akhmatova (the ever informative Melvyn Bragg and guests talk about her on In Our Time here – well worth 45 minutes of anyone’s time).
  5. Who is Spiderman’s alter ego?
    A: Peter Parker
  6. What is the name of the Australian cricket captain who stood down and was banned for a year in March 2018 for his role in a ball-tampering scandal?
    A: Steve Smith
  7. Which actress played the psychopathic villain O-ren Ishii in the film “Kill Bill”?
    A: Lucy Liu
  8. Which reggae artist’s hits included “Get up Edina” and “The Israelites”?
    A: Desmond Dekker (have a listen – you’ll feel better for it)
  9. Which Tudor composer, considered one of England’s finest composers of choral music, is perhaps best known for his work for 40 voices, Spem in Alium, as well as for the Vaughan Williams piece Variations on a Theme which reference him by name?
    A: Thomas Tallis (listen to Spem in Alium here)
  10. What do the above nine names have in common?
    A: Surname and first name start with the same letter

 

 

 

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