Line(s) of the Day #TerryPratchett

SIR TERRY PRATCHETT (1948-2015)

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.

The hugely missed Sir Terry Pratchett (1945 – 2015), author of nearly 100 published works and 85 million sales. The highly prolific English writer was long recognised for his wit and imagination and later, his brave fight against Alzheimer’s.

Line(s) of the Day #MoreThanAFeeling

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I looked out this morning and the sun was gone
Turned on some music to start my day
I lost myself in a familiar song
I closed my eyes and I slipped away

The opening lines of the hugely popular song More than A Feeling by Boston from their self-titled debut album.  While Boston (1976) was a success (more details here) and the band’s output has sold 75m copies worldwide, you’ll struggle to find a catchier and toe-tapping riff.

Gr8at: Favourite One-Hit Wonders (okay, 9)

I’ve covered countless artists who have left a huge legacy through their consistently superb and prolific output. But sometimes there are artists who only strike gold once. At least here in the UK. But hey, that’s one more than the rest of us. Before listing mine, I actually thought others could be included. But while they may be best known for one song, artists like Haddaway, Shakespeare’s Sister, Soul Asylum, Vance Joy and Sinead O’ Connor have had chart success with other tracks. Do you have a favourite one hit wonder? Was there an artist you thought would go on to more success?

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Line(s) of the Day #NCIS

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Anthony DiNozzo: What’s pretty boy mumbling about now?
Timothy McGee: How long can you hold a grudge?
Anthony DiNozzo: He broke my nose!
Timothy McGee: And he dislocated my shoulder, OK.
Anthony DiNozzo: Well you have another shoulder. I only have one nose. And it’s on my face. My face!

Michael Weatherly and Sean Murray in the long-running crime show NCIS (2003 – ). Named for the fictional Naval Criminal Investigation Service, the show is known for its great teamwork, clever deductions and light-hearted office humour.

Line(s) of the Day #ThreeMenInABoat

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It always does seem to me that I am doing more work than I should do. It is not that I object to the work, mind you; I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.

Arguably the most famous lines from Three Men in a Boat (1889), the charming book by Jerome K. Jerome. Filled with amusing and irreverent anecdotes, the story tells of three friends (and the fox terrier Montmorency) who decide to take a trip along the River Thames for a fortnight.

Line(s) of the Day #RogueOne #AStarWarsStory

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We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope.

Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2017). Set just before A New Hope (1977), the film tells of a heroic mission to destroy the Death Star.

Line(s) of the Day #TheNightCircus

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

The opening lines of the fantastically enchanting debut novel The Night Circus (2011) by Erin Morgenstern. I was spoiled for choice for which line to use, but I like that even from the very beginning the uniqueness and mystery of the circus has been set. Something completely pivotal to the story.

Film Quizzes: 2016 Films

2016 will always be remembered as a politically volatile year and one which included all kinds of tragic deaths in the world of entertainment. George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman, Prince and David Bowie were among the many creative talents that passed far too soon. There were also another new set of films, with superhero blockbusters, friendly animation and comedies among them. How many of the 15 (in no particular order) do you know? Which ones stood out to you? Feel free to compare your score to last year.

film-quiz-2016-films-film-1 Film 1

film-quiz-2016-films-film-2 Film 2

film-quiz-2016-films-film-3 Film 3

film-quiz-2016-films-film-4 Film 4

film-quiz-2016-films-film-5 Film 5

film-quiz-2016-films-film-6 Film 6

film-quiz-2016-films-film-7 Film 7

film-quiz-2016-films-film-8 Film 8

film-quiz-2016-films-film-9 Film 9

film-quiz-2016-films-film-10 Film 10

film-quiz-2016-films-film-11 Film 11

DEADPOOL Film 12

film-quiz-2016-films-film-13 Film 13

film-quiz-2016-films-film-14 Film 14

film-quiz-2016-films-film-15 Film 15

Answers below

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