SMs Christmas Competition(2007 revised edition)
|Questions 1 to 5||Picture Question A|
|Questions 6 to 10||Picture Question B|
|Questions 11 to 15||Picture Question C|
|Questions 16 to 20||Picture Question D|
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M is the SUM signal of the two stereo legs (A+B) and S is the DIFFERENCE signal (A-B).
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The first BBC foreign language section Jan 1938 - ARABIC
Scotland - Blue
Wales - Red
Northern Ireland - Green
Pluto hadn't been discovered when the heraldic crest was designed, and it is only fitting that the IAU demoted Pluto to the class of planetoid in 2006.
How many outside sources did the first S5 have?
Can this be said to be an improvement?
Many people have made observations on the professional nature of our studios in TVC.
Harding won. His presidency is mainly remembered for its incompetence, corruption and scandal. Couldn't possibly happen nowadays
They think it looks cool.
The Prime Minister at the dispatch box (nowadays D242 - smaller).
Bush House. Figure-of-eight. Lovely mic. Wish I had one.
Because it looks old, it is used as a prop e.g. Whispering Grass on Top of the Pops.
They are very valuable nowadays.
William Hartnell 63 - 66
Patrick Troughton 66 - 69
Jon Pertwee 69 - 73
Tom Baker 74 - 81
Peter Davison 81 - 84
Colin Baker 84 - 86
Sylvester McCoy 87 - 89
Paul McGann 96
Christopher Eccleston 2005
David Tennant 2005 to present
Many people also forget Peter Cushing, who played the Doctor in two feature films:
Dr Who and the Daleks (1965) and
Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150AD (1966),
and also in a West-End live show with actual stage Daleks.
Sean Bean was to have been the Doctor in a Hollywood movie that never got out of development hell..
Doctor Who cognoscenti point out that there were a lot more Doctor Whos in various Comic Relief and TV spoofs..
Richard E. Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Michael Jayston, Hugh Grant, Joanna Lumley, Mark Gatiss etc. Personally I think Dawn French should be the next Doctor.
She was apparently shortlisted for it several years ago. (true)
b. WatO 4 October 1965
c. Top of the Pops 1 Jan 1964
When a leap second occurs, it is indicated by a seventh pip. In this case the first pip occurs at 23:59:55 (as usual) and there is a sixth short pip at 23:59:60 (the leap second) followed by the long pip at 00:00:00. The leap second is also the explanation for the final pip being longer than the others. This is so that it is always clear which pip is on the hour, especially where there is an extra pip that some people might not be expecting. Prior to the conception of leap seconds, the final pip was the same length as the others.
More fascinating facts at:http://www.miketodd.net/other/gts.htm
b. Broadcasting of Parliament 9 June 1975
c. The Wombles 5 Feb 1973
The next day.
The first broadcast used the Baird mechanical 30-line TV system, and was repeated using the Marconi / EMI electronic system.
The most convincing is that the pin assignments are
1), i.e. earth and shield
Live or Line (pin 2) and
Return (pin 3).
Some people have suggested Left and Right for L and R, which is definitely wrong.
I once met a well-known film recordist who was convinced that they were invented by a bloke called Xavier La Rocca.
The Cannon Company was the original manufacturer.
For some reason Americans call them Canons.
Mind you, they call phono plugs RCAs, because they were made by the Radio Corporation of America.
British Naval Connector,
Barrel Nut Connector,
Bayonet Nut Coupling, or
Bayonet-Neill-Concelman after inventers Paul Neill and Carl Concelman.
Told you it was boring.
This was the original NBC Red network, so-called because of the coloured pencil lines on AT&Ts long-distance distribution maps.
The Blue Network was a group of stations acquired in
1927 centred on WJZ New York.
In the 30s NBC expanded across the whole USA.
Rival network the Columbia Broadcasting System began in 1927.
In 1943 NBC was forced by anti-trust law to sell the Blue network, which later became ABC - the American Broadcasting Company.
NBC sold all its interests in radio in 1986.
The radio network which currently calls itself NBC is nothing whatever to do with NBC television.
War was coming, and public reaction to the play was shock and occasionally notable panic - perhaps surprising because the whole timeframe of the action from the launch of the missiles from Mars to the destruction of New York was only half an hour.
Orson Welles later apologised for his "Hallowe'en prank" and moved his Mercury company to Hollywood to make Citizen Kane.
[Complete recording from original 78s available from me on one of our many popular formats]
He is of course telling us how everything is for the best
in this best of all possible worlds © Voltaire
and that its all completely marvellous © Hartree. He departed in 2001.
Various other entertaining suggestions were made.
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