Review of 2020: travel quiz

We couldn’t go far this year but technology has brought us armchair travel as well as news and entertainment. See how much you remember from 2020Try our Christmas travel quiz, tooFake news stories about animals abounded in 2020. One tweet that went viral claimed which creatures had been spotted in the canals of Venice?DolphinsOttersSharksFlying fishThis summer, who allegedly pitched a tent in a farmer’s field in Scotland without permission?Michael GovePreeti PatelBoris JohnsonMatt HancockDominic Cummings made a surprise trip from his London home to Durham during lockdown 1. Including his eyesight-testing day trip to Barnard Castle (pictured), what was the total mileage for the trip according to Google Maps?481 miles 531 miles581 miles631 milesWhich British airline, already struggling prior to the pandemic, entered into administration in March?British AirwayseasyJetFlybeVirgin AtlanticRita Ora broke two lockdown rules in November; one for throwing a birthday party, another because she should have been self-isolating anyway after returning from a private gig in which country?EgyptKosovoDubaiCyprusNemonte Nenquimo is an indigenous leader who this year won a Goldman environmental prize for saving 500,000 acres of rainforest from oil extraction. Which South American country is she from?BrazilColumbiaEcuadorPeru Sean Connery, who died in October, was the first actor to portray James Bond, in Dr No (1962). Where does most of the film’s action take place? CubaJamaicaIbizaHawaiiWhich of these cities is NOT closely associated with Diego Maradona, who died in November? BogotaBuenos AiresMexico CityNaplesThe travel writer Jan Morris, who died this year, was a member of which of these famous teams?The 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition by raft across the Pacific OceanThe Ronnie Scott orchestra (on baritone sax)The England 1966 World Cup-winning squadThe 1953 Mount Everest expedition, the first to reach the summitSally Rooney’s novel Normal People (and this year’s acclaimed BBC adaption) was set partly in Dublin, but lovers Marianne and Connell are originally from which Irish county?CorkDonegalKilkennySligoThe Crown sees the royals flit all over the place, but which of these five places is NOT featured in the most recent series?AustraliaMonacoMustiqueNew YorkThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold was one of many John le Carré novels successfully adapted for the big screen. Which former country is “the cold”?East GermanyYugoslaviaUSSRPolandFootage of the almost extinct asprete fish – a species believed to be around 65 million years old (making it a contemporary with the last dinosaurs) and a so-called living fossil – was filmed in a river in which European country in October?SwedenCyprusPortugalRomaniaWhich city’s zoo this year saw the birth of its first elephant in 138 years?BerlinTokyoPhiladelphiaPretoriaA herd of which animal really did venture into Llandudno’s empty town centre during the first lockdown?Friesian cowsFallow deerKashmiri goatsBlack Welsh mountain sheepIn Christopher Nolan’s would-be blockbuster Tenet, Russian oligarch Andrei Sator had an opulent home in which popular European location?Monte CarloLake GenevaCosta BravaAmalfi CoastMonty Python’s Terry Jones directed what is perhaps the group’s most enduring work, The Life of Brian, as well as playing the protagonist’s carping mother. In which country was the film shot?LebanonTunisiaSpainJordanA tribute to the NHS by Banksy went on display in a hospital earlier this year in which UK city?BristolNottinghamSouthamptonNorwichWhich Greek island, made hip by Leonard Cohen and friends, is the setting for Polly Samson’s novel A Theatre for Dreamers?MykonosSantoriniCreteHydraWhich British company, once based in the seaside resort of Margate and still with a visitor centre there, returned to profit in 2020 after a lockdown sales boom?MulberryQualcastHornbyAston Martin18 and above.Sterling effort. You have hit travel gold14 and above.Getting closer to travel knowhow greatness, but yet…7 and above.Could do better (harsh but fair?)0 and above.I know we can't go anywhere but this is ridiculous Continue reading...

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