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A Life in a Quiz - My Mother
"Significant dates, people and places in my mother's life have inspired an assortment of questions with a UK bias - if you don't know the right answer, you may know the wrong ones!"
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My mother was born on 14 April 1928, the 16th anniversary of the Titanic hitting the iceberg. From which port did the Titanic sail?
My mother was born in the Midlands in the area popularly known as The Potteries. Which was her home county?
When my grandmother was pregnant with my mother, she nursed an injured song thrush back to health. The family decided to name my mother for this bird which they had named Joey. Being unwilling to give a daughter a name which could be shortened to a boy's name, they were happy when a family friend pointed out that there was a Scottish dialect word for songthrush which was also a girl's name. What was my mother's name?
The Potteries were the location for a series of novels by which author?
My parents married on 10 June 1950. As the photographs were being taken, the strains of "A lovely bunch of coconuts" were heard from a fair nearby. Which of these artists did not perform this song?
In 1954, my family moved to Cheshire to be closer to my father's workplace in Crewe. In 2002, which of these ceased to be one of Crewe's claims to fame?
Manufacture of Rolls Royce motor cars
Bill Bryson referred to Crewe as "the armpit of Cheshire"
There is a crater on Mars named for Crewe
Major railway centre
The next family move was to the Fylde Coast of Lancashire. This area is known for its popular holiday destinations. Which one of these resorts is not in The Fylde?
Lytham St Annes
For their Silver Wedding Anniversary, my parents went on a cruise calling at Ponta Delgada, Funchal, Santander and Gibraltar. When and how did Gibraltar become a British colony?
In 1501, upon the marriage of Henry VIII to Katharine of Aragon
In 1713, by the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht
In 1587, captured by Sir Francis Drake
In 1748, at the end of the War of Jenkins' Ear
My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1970. Which of the following James Bonds lost a wife to this cancer in 1991?
My mother died in the January of the same year as her favourite singer. She never had the opportunity to see him live in the UK as he never performed there. Who was he?
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