1. Meryl Streep plays which historic figure in a new film starring Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter?
2. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was recently awarded what global honour?
3. True or false: rhinoceroses are herbivores.
4. The northernmost point in Scandinavia is in which country?
5. WBC is the abbreviation for which company on the Australian Stock Exchange?
6. Who was the first Australian author to win a Booker Prize for Fiction? (Bonus points for naming the book and the year it won.)
Thomas Keneally. (Bonus points: Schindler’s Ark; 1982.)
7. How many times has veteran British stayer Red Cadeaux placed second in the Melbourne Cup?
8. Nasi lemak is a national dish of which country?
9. What star sign would someone born on All Saints’ Eve have?
10. In which year did the “Storming of the Bastille” take place?
“The response could so easily have been hand-wringing and impotent appeals to the United Nations had Mrs T not seized upon a military plan.”
The former prime minister on the Falklands War, or what sounds like a subplot in an episode of The A-Team.
“The Australian experience proves that the only way to dissuade people seeking to come from afar is not to let them in.”
Warming to the theme of specious irrelevance, the former prime minister offers a kind of evil Zen to the Margaret Thatcher Lecture in London.
“It’s what makes us decent and humane countries as well as prosperous ones, but – right now – this wholesome instinct is leading much of Europe into catastrophic error.”
The former prime minister discusses the destructive impulse in Western democracy to “love thy neighbour” – a theme expanded on in his forthcoming country record, Disagreeing with Jesus.
“It will require some force; it will require massive logistics and expense; it will gnaw at our consciences – yet it is the only way to prevent a tide of humanity surging through Europe and quite possibly changing it forever.”
The former prime minister talks to the virtues of giving up on decency and any basic sense of humanity. Familiar material.
“We are rediscovering the hard way that justice tempered by mercy is an exacting ideal as too much mercy for some necessarily undermines justice for all.”
The former prime minister makes a quaint case for merciless cruelty. The logic is confusing, but much of the room was asleep at this point.
“To Thatcher, the prime ministership wasn’t about holding office; it was about getting things done.”
The former prime minister, to a room now entirely asleep, skirts the irony of the fact he did neither.