Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Round Britain Quiz

Question: The owner of a goat well known to Val Doonican and the custodians of Top of the Form and Broadcasting House should put you in mind of a famous traveller who walked the Broken Road. Who is he, and what did he do in the war?

Answer: Val Doonican regularly sang the song "Paddy McGinty's Goat". Paddy Feeney hosted the BBC radio and TV schools quiz "Top of the Form". Paddy O'Connell hosts the BBC Radio 4 programme "Broadcasting House". This should put you in mind of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, also known as "Paddy". In 1933, at the age of 18, Leigh Fermor set off to walk across Europe. He later wrote about the first two parts of his journey in the highly regarded travel books, "A Time of Gifts" and "Between the Woods and the Water". In the recently published "The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos" Artemis Cooper and Colin Thubron completed the trilogy, putting together early drafts and diary entries kept by Leigh Fermor.

In the war, together with fellow officers in the Special Operations Executive and members of the local Cretan Resistance, Leigh Fermor kidnapped the German Commander on the island, General Heinrich Kriepe. He then took him across the mountains to the south of the island from where he was transported by submarine to Egypt.

The story was later made into a film starring Dirk Bogarde, "Ill Met by Midnight".

1 comment:

  1. Hello Guy, I hope you’re well. I just wanted to make you aware that Round Britain Quiz returns to Radio 4 a week on Monday (19th May) and that the first programme of the series will include one of your ideas.

    It’s the one you sent us about people named Paddy.

    I hope you’ll have a chance to listen and hear how the teams get on: remember you can always catch up with the programme via the BBC i-Player, or download it to keep for as long as you like via the following link.

    Many thanks again for your contribution, and remember that further suggestions are extremely welcome if and whenever they occur to you!

    Best wishes,

    Paul Bajoria