Berkshire picture quiz of 2015

PUBLISHED: 09:48 07 December 2015

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Can you score 10 out of 10 and impress us? Be careful, some of the questions are not as easy as they might seem…

1. We like to be awkward, so let’s start outside Berkshire. Here’s the ancient White Horse at Uffington in Oxfordshire (www.flickr.com/photos/takver). But why is this chalk horse the recognised badge of our 94 (Berkshire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron, the county’s senior volunteer unit, formed in 1774 as mounted cavalry, and proud to have a First World War VC winner in Reading’s Fred Potts? After all, its HQ is at Windsor.

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2. This was going to be a question about how a certain Berkshire river, at least according to pre-historian Michael Dames, probably got its name, but we couldn’t find a way to phrase it without being very rude indeed. So we’ll simply show you a nice photo by Barry Skeates and ask you to name the river.

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3. Four famous Berkshire-born folk: Kate Winslet, AP McCoy, Ricky Gervais and our editor Jan Raycroft (fair enough, she’s infamous rather than famous). All you have to do is match them to their quotes.

a) “The best advice I’ve ever received is, ‘No one else knows what they’re doing either’.”

b) “I think any form of self-expression is half confidence, half sheer hard work and, maybe, a bit of talent thrown in.”

c) “I’ve always got a sweet tooth. I have chocolate hidden in places that nobody knows about.”

d) “I keep asking myself the question: ‘Why I am feeling so puzzled?’ but the answer is always upside down.”

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4. Reading FC is the only professional football club in Berkshire and this year they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing out to eventual competition winners, Arsenal. It’s easy to see why ‘The Royals’ have that crown on their badge, the blue and white provide the club colours of The Royals, but what does the lion signify?

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5. If you want to fly your colours in Newbury than this example from expert flag makers Flying Colours, a family business who are Royal Warrant holders (they’ve been supplying flags and banners to the Royal Household for more than a decade), would be perfect, see www.flyingcolours.org. But what do the various sections signify?

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6. Enough of a clue to this town, although that’s tough.

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7. This little white plant, Leucojum aestivum, was chosen as the county flower for Berkshire in a Plantlife survey of 2002 and is a common sight on certain riverbanks. Any of its five common names will do. We need more than snowdrop, for which the county is also rightly renowned, this one flowers at a different time of year.

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8. We have three great racecourses: Windsor, Ascot, Newbury. Windsor is just one of two British courses sharing a particular attribute, the other is Fontwell Park. Even this question has a clue. What is it?

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9. How time flies. Back in May, the Duchess of Cambridge and husband Prince William celebrated the arrival of their second child. But can you provide the full names of both their children?

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10. Eton College, described in the past as ‘the chief nurse of England’s statesman’ has educated a significant number of boys who went on to become Prime Minister. The latest is David Cameron. But how many have there been?

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Ok, here they are:

1. In 1974 Uffington, as well as Faringdon, Wantage, Abingdon, Didcot and Wallingford were ‘moved’ under local government reorganisation into Oxfordshire. The Berkshire Yeomanry, with a base at Windsor, have proudly retained their badge depicting the perhaps 3,000 years old chalk figure.

2. The Kennet’s source is near Marlborough and it passes from Wiltshire into our county through Hungerford and Newbury, with the Kennet Navigation section overseen by the Canal & River Trust as part of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Then it’s on to Reading to meet the Thames.

3. a) Ricky Gervais; b) Kate Winslet c) AP McCoy d) Jan Raycroft

4. It’s The Maiwand Lion, a war memorial in Forbury Gardens, erected in 1886 as a tribute to the 329 men from the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot who lost their lives in Afghanistan, including at the Battle of Maiwand. But the lion has only been on the club badge since 1998.

5. Newbury Castle (historical records suggest it existed but as yet no definitive evidence has been found); a teasel to represent Newbury’s cloth manufacture of the past; a sheaf of corn to mark another historic link to prosperity (hence the Corn Exchange); and swords to represent the two local battles during the Civil War.

6. Slough or Sluff, take your pick.

7. Summer snowflake, Loddon lily, St Agnes’ flower, St George’s violet or summer snowdrop. Photo: beside the Loddon, by Karen Blakeman.

8. A ‘figure 8’ course.

9. Big brother George Alexander Louis and new arrival Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

10. So far 19, and no doubt the 20th is in the queue. Perhaps it will be Boris Johnson!

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