This is not your normal quiz book. It contains over 340 questions in 20 different categories based on news items from the 1980’s. However not the headline news but ordinary events experienced by ordinary people.
The categories may be familiar such as The Arts, Business, Employment, Food and Drink, Politics, Sports and more in the same vein but the questions are not so familiar. General knowledge may not always help; a lack of it is not really a problem. A sense of humour is a great advantage.
Each question has a choice of three answers and the answer pages have a reference to the actual news story wherever possible by way of explanation or background.
It is not intended as a base for a serious quiz but possibly an opportunity for people such as pub quizmasters to lighten the mood between rounds.
It is a reference book, a cornucopia of facts and figures and a quiz book all in one; and a refuge for quiz masters looking for new and unique questions. It is equally absorbing for anyone with a taste for the ‘You wouldn’t believe it’ type of story that finds its way into the pages of popular magazines. You may get the answer wrong but never mind, it may bring a smile to your face.
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About the Author
John Barber was born in London at the height of the UK Post War baby boom. The Education Act of 1944 saw great changes in the way the nation was taught; the main one being that all children stayed at school until the age of 15 (later increased to 16). For the first time working class children were able to reach higher levels of academic study and the opportunity to gain further educational qualifications at University. This explosion in education brought forth a new aspirational middle class; others remained true to their working class roots. The author belongs somewhere between the two. Many of the author’s main characters have their genesis in this educational revolution. Their dialogue though idiosyncratic can normally be understood but like all working class speech it is liberally sprinkled with strange boyhood phrases and a passing nod to cockney rhyming slang. John Barber’s novels are set in fictional English towns where sexual intrigue and political in-fighting is rife beneath a pleasant, small town veneer of respectability. They fall within the cozy, traditional British detective sections of mystery fiction. He has been writing professionally since 1996 when he began to contribute articles to magazines on social and local history. His first published book in 2002 was a non-fiction work entitled The Camden Town Murder which investigated a famous murder mystery of 1907 and names the killer. This is still available in softback and as an ebook, although not available from Smashwords John Barber had careers in Advertising, International Banking and the Wine Industry before becoming Town Centre Manager in his home town of Hertford. He is now retired and lives with his wife and two cats on an island in the middle of Hertford and spends his time between local community projects and writing further novels.