Weekly Blog wk04 2024 – including a FREE Australia themed quiz

G’Day mate, it’s Australia Day this week and there’s an Australia themed quiz included this week. Welcome to WEEKLY BLOG, available online and as a pdf download that you can print and take with you. Packed with additional content to assist quiz hosts, DJs and presenters.

Mid-week football taking place this week

Mon 22 Jan
7.45 Brighton v Wolverhampton

Tue 23 Jan
8.00 Chelsea v Middlesbrough

Wed 24 Jan
8.00 Fulham v Liverpool
7.45 Hibernian v Rangers
7.45 St Johnstone v Aberdeen

Thu 25 Jan
7.45 Bournemouth v Swansea City

Australia themed quiz

Each week there is a great themed quiz , so you can include an extra round or simply use as additional quiz content. The answers are on the PDF download, just click the download button at the bottom of this page.

1     Which mammal, native to Australia, gives birth to the smallest babies, relative to the adult’s size?

2     What is separated from Australia by the Bass Strait?

3     In 2011, Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win which sporting event?

4     Julia Gillard was Australia’s first female what? Was she the first female pilot with Qantas, Australia’s first female chief of Police, Australia’s first female darts champion or Australia’s first female prime minister?

5     The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest producer of what?

6     In 2006, the Australia Zoo in Queensland became the final resting place of which Australian?

7     Which O is the vast, remote arid area of Australia?

8     Australian cricket star, Shane Warne, made his TV acting debut with a cameo role in which soap?

9     Does the Great Barrier Reef lie off the north, south, east or west coast of Australia?

10    Australia competes against which country for Rugby Union’s Bledisloe Cup?

CLICK HERE for this week’s Quizzes – Brand new quiz questions and quiz game sheets… every week!

This week's favourite one-liner

Fact of the day! Kerry Katona doesn’t actually own a cat.

This week in History

21 Jan 1911     The first Monte Carlo Rally took place.
21 Jan 1950     Acclaimed author George Orwell died.
21 Jan 1954     The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched.
21 Jan 1960     Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifted off with a female rhesus monkey on board.
21 Jan 1976     Concorde’s commercial service began with the London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes.
21 Jan  1981     Production of the DeLorean sports car began in Northern Ireland.
21 Jan 1981     Iran freed 52 US hostages held for more than 14 months.

22 Jan  1901     Edward VII is proclaimed King following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.
22 Jan  1924     Ramsay MacDonald became the UK’s first Labour Prime Minister.
22 Jan  1927     Teddy Wakelam gave the first live radio commentary of a football match between Arsenal and Sheffield United.
22 Jan 1968     Apollo 5 was launched carrying the first Lunar module into space.
22 Jan 1970     The Boeing 747, the world’s first jumbo jet, began a commercial service with Pan American Airways.
22 Jan  1973     George Foreman beat Joe Frazier to become World Heavyweight Champion.
22 Jan 1984     The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer was introduced during the Super Bowl TV ads.
22 Jan  2001     The MMR triple vaccine was declared safe.

23 Jan 1571     The Royal Exchange opened in London.
23 Jan  1909     RMS Republic became the first ship to use the CQD distress signal.
23 Jan  1912     The International Opium Convention was signed at The Hague.
23 Jan  1967     Milton Keynes was founded as a new town.
23 Jan  1978     Sweden became the first nation to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to the ozone layer.
23 Jan  1986     The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its first members. Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.
23 Jan  1989     Salvador Dali died.
23 Jan  2003     A very weak signal from Pioneer 10 was detected for the last time, but no usable data was extracted.
23 Jan  2020     China locked down the city of Wuhan to help control the city’s COVID-19 epidemic.

24 Jan  1908     The first Boy Scout troop was set-up by Robert Baden-Powell.
24 Jan  1961     Marilyn Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller were divorced.
24 Jan  1961     A bomber carrying two H-bombs broke up in mid-air over North Carolina. One bomb remains lost.
24 Jan 1966     Sir Winston Churchill died.
24 Jan 1972     Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi was found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since WWII.
24 Jan  1986     The Voyager 2 space probe made its closest approach to Uranus.
24 Jan  1989     Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy was executed.

25 Jan  1533     King Henry VIII married his second wife Anne Boleyn.
25 Jan 1858     The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria.
25 Jan  1890     Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey in 72 days.
25 Jan  1918     The Ukrainian People’s Republic declared independence from Soviet Russia.
25 Jan  1924     The first Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix.
25 Jan  1980     Mother Teresa was honoured with India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.

26 Jan  1788     The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sailed into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on Australia. Commemorated as Australia Day.
26 Jan 1905     The world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan, that weighs 3,106.75 carats was found.
26 Jan  1926     John Logie Baird gave the first demonstration of the television.
26 Jan  1934     The Apollo Theatre reopened in Harlem, New York City.
26 Jan 1950     India became a republic.
26 Jan  2009     Nadya Suleman gave birth to the world’s first surviving octuplets.

27 Jan  1956     Elvis Presley released ‘Heartbreak Hotel’.
27 Jan 1967     Three astronauts died in the Apollo 1 tragedy.
27 Jan 1984     Michael Jackson was burned whilst filming a Pepsi commercial.
27 Jan  1995     Eric Cantona was fined £20,000 and banned from football over his kung fu-style attack on a fan.
27 Jan  2010     Apple announced the iPad.

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WHO’S CELEBRATING? This week’s birthdays

Ruben Loftus-Cheek 28
Matthew Lillard 52
Neil Diamond 83
David Ginola 56
Ellen DeGeneres 66
Jose Mourinho 61
Anita Baker 66
Iain Stirling 36
Rosamund Pike 45

Elijah Wood 43
Roman Kemp 31
Adam Lambert 42
Oprah Winfrey 70
Tom Selleck 79
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man 39
Heather Graham 54
Giovanna Fletcher 39
Alicia Keys 43

Alan Alda 88
Ade Edmondson 67
Vic Reeves 65
Nick Mason 80
Frank Skinner 67
Jamie Carragher 46
Jessica Ennis-Hill 38
Tony Blackburn 81
Jools Holland 66

THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR

Here’s one that made me laugh but didn’t  make it onto this week’s quizzes and was left on the cutting room floor. (answer on the pdf download)

What was the name of the actor Raymond Burr’s brother who was a lumberjack?



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Make sure to check back next week for a brand new Weekly Blog post. In the mean while check out this week’s quizzes. Brand new quiz content all ready to download and use on your quiz event.

Mega Quiz 20
Mega Quiz 40
Mega Quiz 40
Table Top Quiz A
Table Top Quiz B
Table Top Quiz C

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