Christmas Quizzes

Between 2006 and 2011 (though not 2007 it seems) I compiled a Christmas quiz each year. We did these at home but I also presented them at the office party. I provide them here for your entertainment.

The first list is the answer papers; download and print one of these for each person/team. The second list is the quizzes that you present to the audience. The final list is the quizzes with the answers highlighted, obviously for presentation after the quiz has been completed.

Merry Christmas!


Here are my targets* for 2015

  • To work harder on my physical fitness in order to improve at roller derby
  • To use both film and digital cameras for frequently to widen the scope of my photography
  • To improve my programming skills, in particular the use of tests, Groovy and Grails

Okay, that’s the summary, you can stop reading now, below I just expand these.

Fitness (Roller Derby)

I’ve set six month targets here, so by the end of June I’d like to be able to achieve the following.

  • Ten single leg squats on either leg
  • 40 press ups in two minutes
  • Run 10k in 45 minutes


The only time I find to use my DSLR is when photographing Roller Derby. I barely use my X100 or my film cameras. Aims here are for the year.

  • Use a camera at least once a fortnight for subjects other than roller derby
  • Use my film cameras often enough to develop a film every two months

Programming (Work/Android)

I program at work but also at home on Android apps. Improving my skills in Groovy and Grails will naturally happen, but I’d like to accelerate that progress. We test all of the time at work, but I don’t use coded tests for my Android apps. From this then.

  • In the next six months, to be asked to present a topic to the team
  • In the next six months, introduce written tests for my Android apps

* There are many opinions on making new year resolutions. I consider it a useful marker against which to measure progress.


Yesterday, after an evening out with friends in Leeds, I got a late train home. As I walked down the carriage I recognised a young lady from the days that I used to commute to Leeds. As I got closer to her table, scanning seats and trying to decide where to sit, she moved her bag. It felt like an invitation which I accepted.

“Thank you. I recognise you from the commute?” I said. “Yes,” she replied “you always worked on your netbook. It had your Twitter name on it. You’re Mytholmroyd.”

This surprised me!

When travelling I notice others. I make up stories about them. Nothing detailed, but it’s fun to look at peoples clothes, shoes, reading material, hands, hair and guess what they do. I suppose I fancy myself as a bit of a Holmes :-) But I never considered that others do the same; or if they don’t, that they even notice what is going on around them. To be recognised is really quite flattering, that it is with some level of detail is lovely.

We chatted all the way back to Mytholmroyd, she carried on to Todmorden. As I stood to leave she thanked me for talking to her. How sweet!

It felt very much like we’d been waiting to talk to each other but never had the nerve to do so. I smiled for the rest of the evening and will make more of an effort to talk to people on the train.

Red Nose Day 2009

Yesterday was Red Nose Day. A few of us at work agreed that we wanted to do something, but what? Cycling home the idea struck me – lets wear wigs!

Me, as Amy WinehouseThe following day we announced it and other ideas were added, a Bring & Buy sale and a puzzle, with a bottle of wine as the prize. I managed to borrow six wigs from a friend (thanks Vicky) so I had a good choice, and spares for others. To get people in the spirit, Mo photographed me wearing each one and I made a voting sheet. I put it up in the kitchen at work so that colleagues could choose my look for the day. Ten of the seventeen votes were for the long black wig, with suggestions (and doodles) of Brian May, Charles the First and Amy Winehouse.

When I mentioned it to Mo she said “Ooh!, I’ll do your eye make-up!” and that was decided.

Anyway, it was a really great day. I wore a wig, tattoos and eye-liner all day at work and for skating in the evening. Others joined in, wearing wigs, ribbons and red hair spray. There was a Red Nose lunch in the Piece Hall. The Bring & Buy was a success too. We had enough for me to hawk around the building at the end of the day.

Lots of fun and we raised almost £130 for Comic Relief. Thank you to everyone at Westgate House.