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Medium Pot Luck Quiz:  Pot Luck

1)  What is the name shared by a breed of dog and an England wicket keepeer who played 54 Test matches in the late 1980s and 1990s?
2)  In pre-decimal currency what was the lowest value coin?

3)  According to the 2011 cencus, what is the most widely spoken language in England after English?
4)  Excluding the Queen, who wa the first woman to feature on a UK banknote?
5)  A bar mitzvah is a coming of age ceremony What is the equivalent ceremony for Jewish girls?
6)  As the crow flies, which city is closer to London - Los Angeles or New Delhi?
7)  What name is given to a triangle which has no equal sides or angles?
8)  Paramaribo is the capital of which South American country?
9)  Which alcoholic drink is the main ingredient of Daiquiri?
10) The city of Daegu, which hosted the 2011 World Athletics Champonships, is in which country?
11) True or false - as the crow flies, London is closer to Bonn in Germany than it is to Edinburgh?
12) "Heppa" is goodbye in which european language?

13) True or false - former British prime minister Tony Blair is a godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch's children?
14) A standard London Monopoly board contins how many "Chance" squares?
15) An iconic symbol of American independence, the Liberty Bell is located in which US city?

16) The TV comendy "Everybody Hates Chris" was based on the childhood of which American actor and comedian?

17) Who is the only British prime ministe not to have spoken English as his first language?
18) The revolutionary leader Ernesto "Che" guevara was born in which country?
19) Spending some 20 years and 314 days in office, who is Britiain's longest serving prime minister?

      a) Gladstone

      b) Disraeli

      c) Walpole
20) Whom did Andy Murray beat in the 2013 Wimbledon final?

      a) Novak Djokovic

      b) Roger Federer

      c) Rafael Nadal

(Answers on "Members Page")


Rainbow armpit hair is here to make your Pride month extra liberating


Following hot on the heels of last summer’s armpit hair trend - where people ditched their razors in favour of going au naturel down under - 'rainbow pits' have officially arrived, and just in time for London Pride.  The beauty brave social media trend, which involves dyeing your armpit hair so it looks like a multicoloured rainbow, was seemingly kickstarted by a hairdresser in Missouri on Instagram.

Caitlin Ford, who’s best known on the social media platform for her dreamy mermaid hair dye jobs, posted a picture of one of her clients rocking the body positive trend on her profile ahead of last weekend’s St. Louis Pride.  Instead of just dyeing the customer's hair, the savvy hair stylist also took the initiative to colour customer’s underarm hair in five different hues - calling her creation ‘rainbow pits’.

Showing the dyeing process on Instagram Stories, she explains that she started by bleaching the underarm hair, and then brushing tangerine orange, hot pink, lime green, neon yellow and sky blue Pulp Riot dyes onto it - before rinsing it all out.  The result is a technicolour pit situation any Pride march-goer would be proud of.

Despite it being the first time she’d dyed someone’s underarm hair, Ford told Allure that the armpit makeover was ‘fun and easy to do’.

While it looks like a bit of unicorn fun on Instagram, #rainbowpits is actually a continuation of the ‘free the pits’ campaign, which encourages people to defy social norms in a bid for body equality - whether multicoloured or not.

The campaign, which was kick-started last year, has gained attention from the likes of Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Lena Dunham.

Sadly, there isn’t anywhere in London that’s offering professional pit makeovers for Pride - so you'll have to attempt a DIY job if you're going to get on board with the trend.  But whether you’re determined to b*st body hair norms or your face paint simply isn’t getting you into the Pride spirit, it might be time to put down the razor and give yourself the gift of rainbow pits this summer.


Man claims he’s unable to work because his penis is too big

A 52-year-old man has said he is unable to work due to the sheer size of his penis.  Roberto Esquivel Cabrera’s penis is allegedly a whopping 18.9 inches – roughly the same as half a metre in length.  The penis, from Mexico, is thought to be the world’s biggest.  However the considerable size of his manhood has left him unable to perform jobs, Mr Cabrera says.

“I cannot wear a uniform like anybody in the companies and also I cannot get on my knees,” he said.  “I cannot run fast and so the companies think badly of me.  They say that they will call me, but they never do.”

According to Roberto, after initially dismissing his claim, the government has now recognised him as disabled due to the extensive penis.  “Every four months they give me some economic assistance but it is not enough,” he said.  “I visit the food banks every day to take my meals at 12 ‘o clock.”  It was recently reported that he found work, however.  He’s been made an offer to appear in a YouPorn scene where doctors and nurses analize his predicament.

Real life doctors have warned the man that keeping the long penis will harm his health.  Far from being a source of pride for Mr Carbera, he has claimed its length has left him plagued with medical issues and resulted in him not being able to seek employment or provide for himself, reports TMZ.

Amid claims he was lying about the sheer size of his manhood, Mr Cabera recently underwent a medical examination and had an X-ray to prove that he was telling the truth.  Despite this, doctors are said to claiming that the actual penis is only 6 inches long and that the rest is in fact just excess skin.  In Mexican culture a large penis is associated with masculinity, and doctors say Mr Carbera worked hard to stretch the length of his penis – by the foreskin – to have one bigger than any other.  The wannabe record holder remains adamant that, whatever the deal, his penis is the world’s biggest: “Look where it is, it goes far below the knees”, he said.  Prior to his claim to having the longest penis in the world it is believed America Johan Falcon held the record – measuring up at 13.38 inches.


Scientists name moth with golden hair and a tiny penis after Trump

Scientists have discovered a new type of moth, notable by its golden hair and remarkably tiny penis.  The new found creature comes with a head of bright yellow scales, which the moth develops in adulthood, described as orange-yellow in colouration.  Its body is white and the wings are generally brown or greyish.  One of its most identifiable features, though, is its very small genitalia.  Evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari said the creature’s genitals are “comparatively smaller” than that of the Neopalpa neonata, its close relative.  Naturally Mr Nazari sought to name it after the president elect.

Image: Getty

It’s to now be known as Neopalpa donaldtrumpi.  Or just “donaldtrumpi” for short,  and if you want to find a donaldtrumpi, well it lives in Mexico, or you can find some in California.  Let’s hope that wall doesn’t keep all the donaldtrumpi out.  Nazari told Live Science: “I hope that the president will make conservation of such fragile ecosystems in the U.S. his top priority.  “These ecosystems still contain many undiscovered and undescribed species, and deserve to be protected for future generations.”

Donald Trump became occupant of the White House at 12PM Friday 20 January 2017.


Gatwick opens world’s first airport gin distillery

Gatwick has opened the world’s first airport gin distillery in its North Terminal. Travellers can see The Nicholas Culpeper London Dry Gin being made in the three-metre-by-four-metre landside distillery before enjoying a tipple in its namesake bar.  They can also buy a bottle of the gin, made with lemongrass, cassia bark, cloves, cardamom and Angelica root, for £20 — but as it is 700ml, it cannot be taken on to flights.  Instead, passengers must pick it up on their way back from holiday using the airport’s Collect on Return service. Master of gin Matt Servini, who created the recipes, said: “The gin is far punchier and interesting than a lot of other premium gins… It’s been great overseeing this project — I felt like a mad scientist or Willy Wonka.”

The gin, which will be made daily in batches of 12 litres, costs £3.95 for a single or £5.95 for a double plus Fever Tree tonic for £1.75 at the new Nicholas Culpeper bar, named after the 17th-century herbalist and botanist.


Gay Monopoly is the best board game you never knew existed

A gay version of Monopoly was created in the 1980s – and we wish it were still a thing.  West Hollywood’s Fire Island Games was apparently responsible for the very unofficial gay version of the Parker Bros classic.  It comes circa 1983 (when Ronald Reagan was busy suppressing the AIDS epidemic and Margaret Thatcher was hard at work on Section 28) – and it’s possibly one of the best queerifications of all time.  The rigid straight-edges of the hetero Monopoly board were converted into a giant circle filled with gay landmarks. The policeman sending you to jail is replaced by a homophobic preacher sending you to ‘straight city’.  Among the destinations up for sale are Castro Street, Provincetown and our favourite: Oscar Wilde’s Waterworks.

In place of the regular Top Hat, Iron, Car and Boot sit the handcuffs, the high heel and the teddy bear – and instead of buying houses and hotels, you bought bars and bathhouses.  The box and board are peppered with homoerotic Tom of Finland artwork and filled with amazing endorsements.  One bragged: “9 out of 10 drag queens surveyed preferred GAY MONOPOLY to Brand X. The 10th one was into anything anonymous.”  And another: “In recent exit polls, almost 42% correctly identified GAY MONOPOLY as a game: 17% said they had snorted it at least once and less than 20% nodded off during questioning.”

Meanwhile, the guidebook makes clear: “Remember that nothing in the rules is sacred. They are not carved in Quiche.  “Rules are for people ‘living’ in Straight City. When you play GAY MONOPOLY be inventive like gay people always are.”

According to Board Game Geek, only a “very limited number of copies of this game” were ever made – and you will be unsurprised to hear that its creators were apparently sued into oblivion for copyright infringement.  Maybe Big Boardgame were just bitter, though: Gay Monopoly holds a geek rating of 5.4 on Board Game Geeks… which is higher than actual Monopoly on 4.4.  In 2017 we’re in a very different world… and we’d love to see Gay Monopoly make a comeback!


Sean Hayes thinks he ‘should’ve come out sooner’

Will & Grace star Sean Hayes was honoured as an LGBT ‘trailblazer’ but has admitted that he still regrets not coming out while the show was still on the air.  Hayes was presented with an award at the Outfest Legacy Awards on Sunday October 23rd, and received a standing ovation for his emotional acceptance speech, during which he said that he is “consumed by what [he] didn’t do.”  I was a young closeted actor having his first taste of a little success and unfortunately, in my mind, my lucky break was inextricably tied to me thinking that i had to stay in the closet in order to keep moving forward,” Hayes told the crowd.  “When it comes to night’s like tonight and honours like this, I’m consumed with what I didn’t do.”  Hayes has been popular among the LGBT community ever since his role as Jack McFarland in Will & Grace, which ran from 1998 to 2006.  While the character was very much out of the closet, Hayes himself didn’t publicly open up about his sexuality until 2010, when the show had finished airing.  “I know I should’ve come out sooner and I’m sorry for that.  Especially when I think about the possibility that I might have made a difference in someone’s life.

I would probably be able to sleep a lot better than I do if I had acted sooner, but such is life. We learn our lessons only when we are ready.”  Hayes married his partner Scott Icenogle in 2014, and the pair won our love with an adorable Mother’s Day video they made together last year.   He joined the rest of the Will & Grace cast for a special election-themed reunion episode that took on Donald Trump, and he’ll next be on screens alongside Kristin Chenoweth and Ariana Grande in NBC’s Hairspray Live.


A very in depth and Religious Fact - "Marijuana and Marriage"

For those who haven't heard, Washington State recently passed two laws.   They legalised gay marriage and legalised marijuana. The fact that gay marriage and marijuana were legalised on the same day makes perfect Biblical sense.
Leviticus 20:13 says: "If a man lies with another man they should be stoned". Apparently we just hadn't interpreted it correctly before!


'Silver' 2p piece nets £1,350 for Poppy Appeal

A 'silver' two pence piece dropped in a charity box last year has sold for £1,350. The rare coin was found in a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal tin in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, and was initially believed to be a fake. But when volunteers took it to a bank to be destroyed, staff suggested that they send it to the Royal Mint - which identified it as a rare coin made in error.
A nickel-plated steel blank, which would normally be used to make a 10p piece, somehow ended up being struck between 2p dies. The coin has now been sold to The Westminster Collection, a company which specialises in buying and selling collectable coins and stamps. The coin isn't completely unique. Two years ago, a similar silver 2p piece was sold for almost £1,400 by a former petrol station owner who'd found it in a roll of coins from the bank back in 1988.
And last summer, another charity benefited from the proceeds of a similar coin. That, too appeared in a collecting tin - in this case for the Royal Berkshire Hospital charity. When it was spotted by volunteer Becky Jennings, she put it up for sale on eBay - and netted more than £800 for the charity.
While the odds of your discovering a silver 2p piece are slim, there are plenty of other rare coins in circulation that can go for many times their face value. The Royal Mint recommends keeping your eyes peeled for 50p coins issued in 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Only 210,000 were made, and they've sold for as much as £310.
The second rarest coin design in circulation is the 2002 Commonwealth Games £2 with a Northern Ireland flag, of which only 485,000 were made. Third, fourth and fifth are the 2002 £2 coins featuring the Welsh, English and Scottish flags respectively. The rarest £1 coin is the 2011 Edinburgh £1, of which 935,000 were made.


Could your small change be worth a fortune?

A special 50p piece featuring Kew Gardens is now changing hands for £24 as collectors try to snap them up.  The Royal Mint manufactured just 210,000 of the commemorative 50p coins to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanical Gardens in 2011.  That is compared with 22.7million made featuring the Royal Arms in 2008 and 7.5million produced with a Girl guiding design in 2010.  Experts estimated one in 300 people currently have a Kew Gardens 50p, but they are expected to disappear quickly into private collections now the Royal Mint has declared the coin as the rarest in general circulation.
And it's not the only common coin to be worth far more than its face value…

Dateless 20p piece - £100

When the Royal Mint redesigned the 20p piece in 2008 it decided to switch the date from the back of the coin to the front.  However, an error at the Mint mismatched the old and new designs and between 50,000 and 200,000 coins were produced with no date on and put into circulation before the mistake was spotted.  They now sell for up to £100 for a coin in mint condition.

London Olympic 50p coin - £3,000

There were 29 different designs released to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games, with some produced in smaller numbers than others.  A full set normally commands around £35 while some of the more desirable or rare designs such as football, wheelchair rugby, wrestling and tennis can command £3 or £4.  However the real prize find is the original aquatic coin, which shows water passing directly over the swimmer's face.  Just 600 were released before the designed was altered to show a clearly visible face and one of the original coins was recently listed on eBay for £3,000.

1983 ‘New Pence’ 2p coin - £650

After British currency went decimal in 1971, all 2p coins had ‘New Pence’ on the reverse until 1981. The Royal Mint decided to replace ‘New Pence” with ‘Two Pence’ in 1982. However, in 1983 the Mint accidentally produced a small number that bore the old inscription ‘New Pence’ . These went into special collectors sets, but if you do find one that made its way into circulation it could be worth up to £650.
Guy Fawkes £2 coin - £16
The Royal Mint regularly releases £2 coins with different designs and inscriptions on the edging. However, that means mistakes sometimes creep in. The Guy Fawkes coin was released in 2005 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the gun powder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. On some of the coins released into circulation the inscription read “Remember, Remember the Fifth of November instead of “Remember, Remember”. Those coins usually sell for around £16 on eBay.
Charles Dickens £2 coin - £8
In 2012 the Mint released a £2 coin to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. The detailed reverse profile feature the names of the author’s books. Only 20,000 coins were minted, making it a collectable coin worth up to four times its face value.
The EC commemorative 50p coin - £20
In 1992 and 1993 the Mint issue a commemorative coin to celebrate the British presidency of the council of Europe. Just 109,000 coins were issued, compared to the usual 5-12million, making it collectable. The coins are no longer in circulation because the 50p piece was reduced in size in 1997, but if you have one in your penny jar at home it could be worth as much as £20.
Mary Rose and King James Bible £2 coins - £6
Both designs were released by the Royal Mint in 2011 in limited editions of 20,000 each to mark the 500th anniversary of the Mary Rose and the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Both coins are already becoming collectable due to the small numbers and reach double to triple their face value.


Best one-liners form Liberace

(Responding to a negative review of one of his performances): Your review hurt me! I cried all the way to the bank!

Too many young performers have forgotten that the most important part of show business is not the second word, it's the first. Without the show there's no business.

(Commenting on a famous quote of his): You know that bank I cried all the way to? I bought it!

[From his 1973 autobiography]: Youthfulness, I guess, will always remain the thing that fans want to see in their favorite performers. They don't like to see them grow old. Possibly because it reminds them that the same thing is happening to them.

(Spoken on stage): I didn't get dressed like this to go unnoticed.

[on playing Radio City Music Hall in the Easter show]: You can have either the Resurrection or you can have Liberace. But you can't have both.

[When asked how he could play the piano while wearing so many rings]: Very well, thank you.

What's better than roses on your piano? Tulips on your organ.

At the 1982 Academy Awards: I made my greatest contribution to motion pictures years ago. I stopped making them.

[in 1959, he won a libel case against the London "Daily Mirror" tabloid. What did he do with his damages?] I cried all the way to the bank!

Gee, you've been such a wonderful audience that I don't like to take your money. But I will!

Of course, I couldn't go out in the street in clothes like this, I'd get picked up. Come to think of it, it might be fun.

The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

[to his manager Seymour Heller in late 1986] If my fans or the public ever found out that I'm gay or that I have AIDS... that's all they'll ever remember about me.

I've done my part for motion pictures. I've stopped making them.


Abba reunite for first public performance in 30 years

The four members of Abba performed alongside one another for the first time in over 30 years in Stockholm.  At a private gala to mark 50 years since songwriting duo Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson met for the first time, the pair were joined by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstadon stage at Berns Salonger in Stockholm.  As well as discussing their career, the group sang their 1980 hit Me and I, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen – an event many fans never foresaw happening.  The impromptu performance reportedly began when Lyngstad and Fältskog recited the track as a tribute to Andersson and Ulvaeus, before the other half of Abba joined in and made the reunion official. Footage of the performance hasn’t yet surfaced, but images appeared on social media.  Although the group’s last tour took place in 1982, the four-piece were last publicly seen together in Stockholm for the opening of a new entertainment venture, Mamma Mia! The Party.  Despite their occasional individual performances, the group – made up of two former married couples – decided they would not reunite for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. “Agnetha is not flying, so I don’t know how she’s going to get to New York,” Andersson told Rolling Stone at the time.  Speaking to Expressen, Lyngstad said of their 2016 reunion: “It was absolutely amazing. A lot of emotions.  We’ve made this journey throughout our history. Benny and Björn in particular. It’s been very nostalgic.  We took a break in ‘82, and it was meant to be a break,” Ulvaeus said in 2014. “It’s still a break and will remain so. You’ll never see us on stage again.”


Rainbow Pepper Couscous


1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 large shallot or 1/2 small red onion, minced

3 medium red, yellow, green or orange peppers or a mix, finely diced

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2/3 cup whole wheat couscous

Lemon wedges, for serving



Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add the garlic and shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add 2/3 cup water, the bell peppers, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste, bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the peppers just begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the couscous, immediately cover and remove from the heat. Let stand, covered, until the liquid is absorbed and the couscous is tender, about 7 minutes.

Transfer to a platter or large bowl and serve with lemon wedges for squeezing.



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