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Why not try making some yoghurt
in a vacuum flask?

All you need is: 1 pint of U. H. T. or long life milk and 15 ml. of natural yoghurt.

Make sure that the vacuum flask is very clean by filling with boiling water. This will also heat it ready for the yoghurt, which needs a warm temperature in which to ferment.

Heat the milk until it is just warm. Do not boil or the yoghurt will not work.

Add the yoghurt and stir well.

Pour into the vacuum flask and close the lid.

Leave to set for 8 - 10 hours.

Shake out of the flask and put in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Stir in some of your favourite fruit or honey to make a delicious snack.

1. Does anyone know what the chemical symbol Ag stands for?

Is it gold, silver, iron or lead?

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    It's a flea's life.

    Oh! to be a flea. If I was I would be able to jump 200 metres into the air. It is very difficult to catch a flea as, in one jump, it can leap a distance of 33 centimetres and a height of 20 centimetres.

    That's the way to do it.

    The fashion for Punch and Judy shows comes and goes, but it was a common sight in the nineteen fifties to see crowds of children on the beach gathered round the Punch and Judy tent, laughing at Punch's antics and his funny voice.
    Nobody really knows where the idea came from, but the stories were probably first performed all over Europe in prehistoric fertility rituals which eventually became Mummers' Plays. The battle between good and evil was continued in the Christian Mystery plays, and the theme was then used in puppet shows in Italy.
    In 1662 the play about Punchinello was brought to England by an Italian puppeteer called Pietro Gimonde. The name Pulcinella in Italian means hen-chicken, so the swazzle, which the showman puts in mouth to speak through, is used for the voice of Punch to make him sound like a chicken. Punch was a marionette or string puppet in the fairground shows which Samuel Pepys watched and wrote about in his diary. Glove puppets soon started to be used and by 1800 Punch and Judy shows were being performed in the streets and on the beaches. The original plays were for adults, with satirical jokes about topics of the time, but now they have been adapted for children.

    Anyone for Tennis?

    The winner of the Grand Slam in tennis is the player who wins all four world championships in one year. These are the American Open, the Australian, the French and Wimbledon. Rod Laver, the Australian tennis player, won the Grand Slam in 1963 and 1968.

    2. Who wrote the book "Les Miserables"?

    Honore de Balzac, Emile Zola, Moliere or Victor Hugo

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    3. An Alice band is a type of bandeau used to keep the hair back from the face. Where does the name come from?

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    Jetting around.

    A jet engine is an aeroplane engine which ejects gases at a high velocity to provide sufficient thrust to propel the aeroplane at a high speed. Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle. K.B.E., C.B., born in 1907, invented the first reliable jet engine for aircraft. In May 1941 Gloster aeroplanes were the first jet propelled aeroplanes to fly using the Whittle engine.

    4. What table has no legs?

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    When is a whale not a whale?

    The Whale shark is the largest shark to be found in the ocean. It can grow up to 18 metres long and feeds on Plankton, the microscopic plants and animals floating on the surface of the water, and is therefore harmless to larger creatures.

    5. Scorpio is the star sign of the Scorpion, at which the archer shoots his arrow in the night sky. What is the name of the archer?

    Andromeda, Orion, Sagittarius or Cassiopeia.

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    Ye Gods.

    If you have been to the island of Crete you may have been told about the Dictean cave reputed to be the birthplace of Zeus. According to Greek legend Zeus was the youngest son of Rhea and Kronos. Unfortunately, because Kronos killed his father Uranus, a curse was put on him that he would be deposed by his son. Because of this he swallowed each of his children at birth.
    However, when Zeus the youngest son was born, Rhea tricked Kronos by giving him a stone to swallow. So that the cries of the baby would not be heard, the Curetes, who were priests, drowned out the noise by clashing their weapons together. He was nursed by a goat, Amalthea, whose reward was to be placed among the stars as Capricorn. One of her horns became the Cornucopia or horn of plenty.
    The Romans also had the same Gods but used different names. The Roman name for Zeus was Jupiter, which is one of the brightest planets in the sky.

    Jupiter is the largest known planet in our solar system. It is 1,300 times larger than the earth with a diameter of 88,700 miles and is 484 million miles from the sun. It takes 11 years, 315 days to orbit the sun and has a day length of 9 hours, 50 minutes. Circling round Jupiter are 12 satellites.

    6. Synonyms are words that have similar meanings.
    Choose the synonym from the list for each of the following words.

    a. tidiness
    b. acquire
    c. wealth
    d. halt
    e. finish
    f. vindictive
    g. steer
    h. help
    i. hide
    j. choose

    guide, riches, conceal, spiteful, neatness, end, select, stop, obtain, assist

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    7. In the year 1886 Coca Cola was invented, what was the name of the inventor?

    John Pemberton, James Prendergast, Simeon Charles, Angelo Mariani.

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    8. An old name for a certain amount of money was 'a plum', how much is it?

    £20,000, £100, £100,000, £50

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    It's a square world.

    Trafalgar Square in London was designed by John Nash, who lived from 1752 to 1835. The original name was to have been King William the Fourth's Square, but a nearby landowner, called George Ledwell Taylor, suggested the name Trafalgar Square to celebrate Admiral Nelson's victory at Trafalgar in 1805.
    A site at the end of Pall Mall was chosen for the National Gallery, where the Royal Mews, designed by William Kent stood in the previous century. Nash was the designer of the National Gallery and the building was begun by William Wilkins in 1824. A competition, in 1839, for a monument for the central part of the square was won by William Railton with his design for Nelson's Column. Building started in 1840 and was completed in 1866 with the famous lions, designed by Sir Edward Landseer, lying at the foot of the 43 metre column.
    The original layout of the square was by Charles Barry, designer of the two fountains. These were replaced in 1948 by fountains designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
    Thousands of visitors come to the square to see the pigeons which have been part of the landscape for many years.

    9. What do you always leave behind?

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    What makes a banana shake?

    Make a banana milk shake for a quick, nourishing drink. For 2 people use 2 peeled bananas, 10 ml. of icing sugar, 20 fluid ounces of milk and some vanilla ice cream.
    Mash the bananas, reserving a few slices for the topping. Stir in the milk and icing sugar. Whisk until well blended. Chill if you have time. Pour into glasses and top with vanilla ice cream and the banana slices.

    It all adds up.

    In all counting systems symbols are used to represent the numbers. The decimal system, in use in many countries, has ten symbols-

    0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, each number being 1 more than the number preceding it.
    Adding 1 to 0 makes 1, adding 1 to 1 makes 2.
    However, when we add 1 to 9 there is no symbol for the next number, so we have to go back to the beginning 0 and add the number 1 to the left hand column, making the number 10.
    Continuing the counting in the right hand column we again reach 9 at the number 19, therefore we go back to 0 and add 1 to the number in the right hand column, making it 20.
    When the number 999 is reached these change to 0 and 1 is put in the right hand column, making it 1000.

    To count or not to count.

    The binary system of counting has only two symbols- 0 and 1. Computers are made of millions of electronic switches which are either "on" or "off", therefore the binary system of numbering is used, with 1 being "on" and 0 being "off".
    If we start at 1 the next number in decimal is 2, but as there are only two symbols in binary we change 1 to 0 and put 1 in the left hand column.
    So, counting from 1 to 10 the numbers in binary would be-

    1, 10, 11, 100, 101, 110, 111, 1000, 1001, 1010.

    The first number to change each time is in the right hand column, which in turn affects the numbers to the left.
    Computers are programed to recognise what each series of numbers means and computer programers use mathematics when telling a computer how to interpret these numbers.
    To convert decimal numbers to binary, divide each succeeding number by 2. Write down the answer from right to left. When there is a remainder write 1, when there is no remainder write 0. For example to convert 22 to binary:

    22 divided by 2 = 11 with 0 remainder, write 0
    11 divided by 2 = 5 with 1 remainder, write 1
    5 divided by 2 = 2 with 1 remainder, write 1
    2 divided by 2 = 1 with no remainder, write 0
    1 divided by 2 gives a remainder of 1, write 1
    The binary number for 22 is 10110

    10. What is the binary number for 100?

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    Making your mark.

    The speed of an aircraft, measured in Mach numbers is named after Professor Ernst Mach (1836-1916), an Austrian, who was professor of physics at Prague in Czechoslovakia. The Mach (pronounced Mark) Number is the ratio of the speed of flight to the speed of sound under similar surrounding conditions.
    The speed of sound at sea level is 760.98 miles per hour, which is Mach 1, therefore an aeroplane travelling at 380 miles per hour would have a Mach Number of 1/2. Numbers under Mach 1 are said to be subsonic, and numbers over Mach 1 are supersonic.
    In the stratosphere, which is 4 to 10 miles above the earth, the temperature does not fall as the altitude increases and Mach 1 is slower at 659.78 miles per hour.

    11. An aeroplane is travelling in the stratosphere at 1,979.34 miles per hour, what is the Mach number?

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