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QFI 2014-01-12 Sampler
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Yeshu is Jesus. And anyone who drinks it,
like Jesus, gets up only after the 3rd day.
Richard III was the last Brit king to be killed
and die on British soil. Long vilified & at time
caricatured by hacks like Shakespeare; his
remains were lost for centuries…until
recently found in 2013. One of the takes on
Richard III is a popular & award winning
documentary called “Looking for Richard”
directed by which 1st time director?
The story of Shrin & Farhad – the old Persian
love story – has been told & filmed many
times. But how was Abbas Kiarostami’s 2008
version of Shirin very different from the rest
& most probably from all movies that you
have seen so far?
Hawkins was chosen as he was the 1st
leader of band ( when The band was
known as Hawks). And Dylan was last
because he did not want his songs to
be filmed due to the release of his own
film Renaldo & Clara. A compromise
was reached that only 2 songs will be
filmed in the end & the documentary
will be released after Renaldo & Clara.
In Agatha C’s Evil Under the Sun, Poirot did not have enough
proof to catch the villain Patrick Redfurn. And he lays a trap.
At the end of the novel, when Patrick is checking out of the
hotel he pays by cheque, signing the "R" in "Redfern"
exactly as he did when he wrote the name "Felix Ruber",
husband of the prologue's Yorkshire moor victim, on an
insurance form. Patrick had earlier heard an Western
Classical piece by X, and translated the composer name
from Italian to "Joe Green", triggering Poirot to remember
that "Felix Ruber" is Latin for "Red Fern". Id X?
The central bus station in Slough, UK was rebuilt and
unveiled in 2011. The design of the bus station was inspired
by one of the works of a famous son of Slough. A composer,
who had 24 symphonies to his credit, but he is remembered
for something else today. Who?
William Herschel who discovered Uranus. The form
of the building derives from the idea of different
wavelengths of light inspired by Astronomer Royal,
William Herschel’s discovery of infra-red waves in
1800 while a resident of Slough.
In 1842, Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough issued a
'Proclamation of the Gates' in which he ordered the British
army in Afghanistan to bring back to India the sandalwood
gates from the tomb of Mahmud of Ghazni in Ghazni,
Afghanistan. These were believed to have been taken by
Mahmud from Somnath. Consequently there was a lot of
public debate on this. According to historian Romila Thapar,
this debate shaped an author to write his perhaps most
famous book . Author & book?
Wilkie Collins’s Moonstone, which had the jewel
stolen from Somnath temple.
X was a political guy,
who wrote extensively,
including many letters;
none of which survive. Y
was a poet and an
author with a penchant
for history wrote about
X. These books inspired
the book in the pic. Id X