Well here we are at another Christmas and I cannot believe it! I always count the text of my blog as one page and the pictures as another so as you can see by the number on this page this is the 500th edition of the Manor Court Update. Phew! Where does it all come from?
Melv Bridger and I met up with Peter Westcott last week the first time we had met for 48 years. As you can imagine there was lots of do you remembers and who did whats?
As usual at Christmas this weeks page is a fun quiz, with the answers further down the page. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and here we go for the next 500 pages!
Top Picture: The Victory at Christmas
Second Picture: A 1950’s Christmas Tree.
I seem to remember my Mother having something to do with Councillor Kerr. I know I had to go to their house or bungalow once for some reason, they lived somewhere near St Andrews church I think, laid back on the same side, with quite a long drive?
I also remember meeting another rather tall councillor, whether it was at Kerr's I am not sure but someone told me this chap was about 7ft tall. Any ideas who that could have been?
News and Views section is after the Quiz Answers
Right it is Christmas so here we go with the Annual Quiz
1. Stan Laurel was born in which Cumbrian Town?
2. Which city is the home of Coleman’s Mustard?
3. In which Yorkshire coastal town will you find a whalebone arch?
4. Where will you find the Great Orme?
5. Where were the Enigma code breakers based?
6. Where was The Prisoner filmed?
7. Which seaside town was advertised as ‘So Bracing’?
8. Where will you find Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem?
9. And what is it?
10. How many Palmeston Forts were built in the Solent?
1. When did the last commercial trolleybuses run in Great Britain?
2. A crossing attendant's 'lollipop' stop sign has a black strip in the middle. Why was this originally put there?
3. Which country has the lowest motorway speed limit in Europe?
4. Which is the only 'road' (as opposed to 'street', 'lane', 'avenue' etc.) in the W1 postcode of central London?
5. What year did London’s last Tram run
1. In which year was Richard Branson born?
2. When was the death penalty abolished in England?
3. During which wartime year did Food rationing begin?
4. What was the date of the last Coronation?
5. In what year did the Gunpowder Plot happen?
1. Which London Cemetery is the last resting place of Karl Marx, George Eliot, Henry Moore and Max Wall amongst others?
2. What is Big Ben?
3. Name the film studio that made the original version of The Ladykillers.
4. What was designed by Harry Beck in 1931?
5. What was the name of the 22 storey Canning Town tower block which partially collapsed in 1965?
6. Where in London were the first escalators installed in 1898?
7. Who lives at SW1A 1AA?
8. Who lived at No1 London?
9. Where would you find the Elfin Oak?
10. On the London Underground which line is coloured yellow?
ODDS and ENDS
1. Who took over from Magnus Magnassun as host of (UK) TV's Mastermind?
2. Who was William Claude Dukenfield better known as?
3. Which 1969 film had the Oscar-winning song Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head?
4. What are the first character names of the three Railway Children, the film from the novel by Edith Nesbit?
5. Who wrote the Opera La Boheme?
6. Who was Humphrey the 10 Downing Street cat who died in 2006 named after?
7. Which famous music festival was first staged in 1970?
8. Who were the first artists to appear in TV's Top Of The Pops?
9. Whose band was the Tijuana Brass?
10. Who was the first Doctor Who? CHRISTMAS
1.Who was the first British monarch to broadcast a Christmas message to the nation? 2. Child star Jimmy Boyd sang which hugely popular 1950's Christmas song ? 3. The Christmas period of 1813-14 saw the last what in London? 4. Which American government agency tracks Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve? 5. What colour of Christmas did Elvis Presley sing about? 6. What was "Roasting on an Open Fire" Sung by Nat "King" Cole? 7. What was the name of the family featured in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation?
8. What did Frosty the Snowman have for a nose?
9. In the film Toy Story, the final scene takes place on Christmas Day. What were the names of the two rivals in the film? 10. What well known Christmas Song did Johnny Marks compose ?
Pam and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.
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4. 2nd June 1953
2. A Bell
4. LT Tube map
5. Ronan Point
7. The Queen
8. Duke of Wellington
9. Kensington Gardens
5. Bletchley Park
9. Oldest Inn in England
10. Spitbank Fort, St Helens Fort, Horse Sand Fort, No Mans Land Fort (4) with the land forts a total of 27
1. Bradford 1972
2. The attendants were originally issued with chalk and if a car failed to stop they would write the registration number down on the black stripe.
3. Norway 62mph
4. Tottenham Court Road
ODDS and ENDS
1. John Humphreys
2. WC Fields
3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
4. Peter, Phyllis and Roberta
5. Puccini (1896)
6. Sir Humphrey Appleby, in TV's Yes Minister
8. The Rolling Stones (playing I Wanna Be Your Man in 1964)
9. Herb Alpert
10. William Hartnell.
1. George V 1932
2. I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
3. Christmas Fair on a frozen River Thames known as a Frost Fair)
7. The Griswalds
8. A Button
9. Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear
10. Ruldolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
News and Views.
Troggs lead singer Reg Presley was hospitalized in Winchester on Wednesday (December 14) with what is suspected to be a stroke. He is also suffering from pneumonia and fluid around the heart. The 70 year-old suffered a major stroke about a year ago. Reg's wife says he first began to feel bad while performing in Germany on December 3 and has gotten progressively worse. "Doctors think he has had another stroke. He's not very well and I have no idea how long he'll be in hospital," she said.
On this day 24th December 1960-1965
On 24/12/1960 the number one single was It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Knight Errant (Granada) and the box office smash was Psycho. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 24/12/1961 the number one single was Tower of Strength - Frankie Vaughan and the number one album was Another Black & White Minstrell Show - George Mitchell Minstrels. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 24/12/1962 the number one single was Return to Sender - Elvis Presley and the number one album was West Side Story Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 24/12/1963 the number one single was I Want to Hold Your hand - The Beatles and the number one album was With the Beatles - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 24/12/1964 the number one single was I Feel Fine - The Beatles and the number one album was Beatles For Sale - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 24/12/1965 the number one single was Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out - The Beatles and the number one album was The Sound of Music Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.