Continuous Quiz: High Brow

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Re: Continuous Quiz: High Brow

Postby neilmac » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:53 pm

Another railway-connected question....

I was born in Lancaster in 1792 to a Quaker family. I worked as a cabinet maker in my home city before getting a job with the infant Newcastle and Carlisle Railway as a station master. I noted that the existing system of hand written tickets was slow, inefficient and subject to fraud, so I developed a new system of pre-printed tickets to the main destinations, each with a unique serial number. The Manchester and Leeds Railway heard of this and invited me to be their chief booking clerk at Manchester Oldham Road Station. As a skilled woodworker I designed a machine which not only printed the tickets but also the serial numbers, the basic concept still in use in all transport booking systems today, and charged rail companies royalties for use of my machines and system, which made me a wealthy man. My cardboard pre-printed ticket system was used on British Railways for over 150 years until computerised credit-card style tickets replaced them. My name is.....

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Re: Continuous Quiz: High Brow

Postby neilmac » Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:19 pm

Hmmm. Probably a bit too "trainspotter". The answer is Thomas Edmondson.

Replacement question:-

"Us Heit yn 'e himel,
lit jo namme hillige wurde,
lit jo keninkryk komme,
lit jo wil dien wurde
op ierde likegoed as yn 'e himel."

is the beginning of the Lord's Prayer - in which language?

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Re: Continuous Quiz: High Brow

Postby howardtelstar » Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:00 pm

I'll try Dutch.

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Re: Continuous Quiz: High Brow

Postby neilmac » Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:55 pm

Close - but Dutch would be
"Onze vader die in de hemel zijt,
uw naam worde geheiligd."

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Re: Continuous Quiz: High Brow

Postby Dannygraver » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:44 pm

Afrikaans then?

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Re: Continuous Quiz: High Brow

Postby Ambassador » Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:41 pm

Is it Frisian?

I once had a house mate from Teesside, who said the Frisian sea-shanties I had on tape sounded like his local fishermen

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Re: Continuous Quiz: High Brow

Postby neilmac » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:59 pm

It is indeed Frisian.

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Re: Continuous Quiz: High Brow

Postby Ambassador » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:22 am

Frisian is supposed to be the closest Germanic language to English, I recall.

Feeling bullish, let's plough on!

Death, madness, and becoming (a forgetful) Prime Minister were reportedly the fates of the only three men to understand what?

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Re: Continuous Quiz: High Brow

Postby johnwilson » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:15 pm

Was that the Balkan Question?

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Re: Continuous Quiz: High Brow

Postby Baldassaro » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:41 pm

The Schleswig-Holstein Question?


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