Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Your Question Answered?

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Last time we asked what the Rolling Stones were the first group to do. Congratulations to the ever reliable Jimmy Lackenby from Gateshead who answered correctly they were the first group to appear on Top of the Pops in January 1964. According to Jimmy they sang I Wanna be Your Man. Thanks Jimmy.

David Watkins from Seaton Sluice had a cheekier take on the question. He suggested the Stones were the first band to play at St James' Park, probably the Last Time fans got Satisfaction at the ground.

REMEMBER Neil Willis, from Cramlington, wrote in with a riddle found it in a newspaper from 1890. It went like this:

"I sit stern on a rock while I'm raising the wind,

"But the storm, once abated, I'm gentle and kind.

"Kings sit at my feet, who wait at my nod,

"To kneel in the dust, on the ground I have trod.

"I'm seen by the world and known by but few,

"The Gentile detests me, I'm pork to the Jew.

"I never have passed but one night in the dark

"And that was with Noah alone in the Ark

"My weight is three pounds, my length is a mile,

"And when, once discovered, you will say with a smile,

"That the first and the last are the pride of the isle."

It would seem the general consensus on this one is it's a raven. Rachel King from Bedlington was one of several who wrote: "The raven croaks before a storm, was once an object of worship and is seldom seen. It was forbidden by the Jews as food (Levi xi 15). It was alone with Noah in the ark when its mate was sent forth. It weighs about 3lb and is the name of a South Carolina island, possibly a mile long."

But R W Harrison from Felling reckons it might be the Pharos lighthouse at Alexandria. He wrote: "A great flood washed the causeway and when it subsided, the lighthouse finished up on an isle. Egyptian kings would visit the Pharos and kneel at its feet. The Pharos would watch the foreign ships passing by and known ships from nearby ports. …

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