Radio 4 Quiz: Russell Brand's taxidermied celeb, abandoned dogs and other questions

    Which taxidermied celebrity would Russell Brand take on his desert island as a luxury item? How long does an abandoned dog take to bond to the first person who's nice to it?

    For the answers to these questions and more, click on the links below. We'll post them in the comments section next Monday. Last week's quiz answers are here

    Q: Which taxidermied celebrity would Russell Brand take as his Desert Island luxury item?
    A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/cae284e3#b037524r (42m18s)

    Q: How long does an abandoned dog take to bond with the first person who's kind to it?
    A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0371j3z (02.47)

    Q: Where does the word ‘louche’ come from?                                                          
    A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036w39g (03:44)

    Q: Who did Samantha Cameron use as her model in deciding how to behave as spouse of a PM?                              
    A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0372cth (08:58)

    Q: Martin Amis acted alongside James Coburn in 'A High Wind in Jamaica' when he was 13, but his voice was replaced with that of an elderly woman. Why?
    A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0372ctm (02:12)

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    • Comment number 8. Posted by Nickie - Host

      on 30 Jul 2013 16:17

      Thanks for all of your comments this week. Here are the answers...

      Q: Which taxidermied celebrity would Russell Brand take as his Desert Island luxury item?
      A: Noel Gallagher

      Q: How long does an abandoned dog take to bond with the first person that is kind to it?
      A: 15 minutes

      Q: Where does the word ‘louche’ come from?
      A: It describes the process whereby absinthe turns from a deep emerald green to a pea-soupy hue after cold water is added to it.

      Q: Who did Samantha Cameron use as her model in deciding how to behave as spouse of a PM?
      A: Dennis Thatcher

      Q: Martin Amis acted with James Coburn in A High Wind in Jamaica when he was 13, but his voice was replaced with an old woman’s. Why?
      A: His voice had broken

    • Comment number 7. Posted by Lawrence Jones

      on 29 Jul 2013 10:53

      I’d like to know where they find the subjects for ‘Soul Music’. Which comes first, the song or the personnel who take part in the programme? Do they advertise for subjects in an American newspaper? I can see a connection between ‘Chop,Chop’ and ‘Make Me a Channel of Your Peace’, so Dr. McLaren’s nomination (posting 5) of – I suspect - his favourite trilby driving song as a candidate for the programme is a useful contribution. What about Carly Simon’s: ‘That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should be’? It’s an inherently Woman’s Hour type of song (and I imagine desperately sad from a woman’s perspective?), so would probably attract a large R4 listening audience – also lots of US females would identify with the song. Other suggestions: ‘From a Late Night Train’ – The Blue Nile, ‘His Majesty is Coming’ – The In Crowd, ‘Baltimore’ – Randy Newman/Billy Mackenzie (better version for Soul Music), ‘Darling Belle’ – ISB, ‘Babylon’s Burning’ – The Rutts.

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    • Comment number 6. Posted by Gi-gi

      on 27 Jul 2013 16:00

      Having listened and watched Russell Brand on DID and QuestionTime I have had my opinion changed completely and found myself agreeing with him on several occasions. Surely there is room for a wide variety of guests on the BBC and, who knows, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

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    • Comment number 5. Posted by Howard McLaren

      on 27 Jul 2013 11:15

      I have no love for Russell Brand but I thought he came across extremely honest. The juxtaposition of his estuary accent with quite an impressive command of the English language has always intrigued me. We need more people like this on DID and not those who go on to carefully present an image including their choice of records.

      With his radio career and under the towering influence of Dr. Lawrence Jones list of radio inspired songs for Something Understood I'm surprised his selection didn't include Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo. We could all sing along to "can't understand, just what does he say?"

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyCEexG9xjw

      Perhaps DID should start a spin off with programmes playing songs dedicated to particular inanimate objects such as the humble milk float and the like. Ernie by Benny Hill comes to mind (a Dr. Lawrence fav although along with Tony Blackburn's "Chop Chop" he still vigorously denies it). Or something like love songs inspired by mopeds.

      "My heart was singing with love on the back of his Norman Nippy as he whisked me away to the chippy"

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    • Comment number 4. Posted by Paula Walmsley

      on 26 Jul 2013 19:14

      Nothing more than brilliant. The most interesting DID I have ever heard. The music he played was also an inspiration. GREAT! More like this please - INTERESTING PEOPLE.

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    • Comment number 3. Posted by Tsouris

      on 26 Jul 2013 16:12

      Why o why did we have to have Brand on DID?? He is his own 'brand' and as an islander, does not sit well with the ethos of the programme. Just what is the criteria for selecting islander's onto the show and what was Roy Plumly's original creation of DID, did he ever specify the kind of people to be on the show?? Actually, it would be wonderful to have Brand left on a deserted island then the rest of us could carry on with our own lives.

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    • Comment number 2. Posted by Lawrence Jones

      on 24 Jul 2013 19:57

      I understand why people dislike Mr. Brand, but I was pleased to hear him on DID, although I did find Ms. Young rather patronising and goodie-goodie grandma-like with her bun-ridden style of questioning. Mr. Brands’s R2 show was one of the most impressive radio shows that I had heard in the last 40 years and I wish more radio enthusiasts had tuned into this before condemning him. The music was always good (not often one hears the New York Dolls on the radio, but they featured regularly on Mr. Brand’s show). His phonecall to the girl who wanted hair care advice made it quite clear that he’s not a Notice Box. He listened very carefully to that woman’s request for hair advice and his suggestions were spot-on. The phonecall to Martin Clunes illustrated what a talented broadcaster Mr Brand actually is and I wish we could hear more of him on R4. I would make him an occasional presenter of Woman’s Hour – listening figures would shoot up like a rocket.

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    • Comment number 1. Posted by Ron Doyle

      on 24 Jul 2013 16:03

      Why on earth is Russell Brand still being able to broadcast on the radio. A more talentless individual would be hard to find.

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