Health & Life: Q&A
QWhat is photosynthesis?
Samantha Croft, Edgbaston
AThe process by which green plants use sunlight to make food for themselves from carbon dioxide in the air and water in the ground.
QI read that Jack Nicholson has turned down numerous plum roles in his career. Is this true?
Melvyn Cooper, Little Aston
AJack became one of Hollywood's top earners with hits like The Shining and Chinatown, but it is true that he has turned down parts in a whole series of box office blockbusters. The charismatic star refused lead roles in classic movies like The Untouchables, The China Syndrome, Coming Home, The Great Gatsby and The Sting. Asked why he refused to play Michael Corleone in The Godfather, he said rather strangely: 'I thought you had to be Jewish to play him' and he declined to play the lead in Apocalypse Now because he didn't fancy six months in the jungle.
Hall of fame
QWhere did the Adrian Boult Hall get its name?
Daniel Foggarty, Edgbaston
ASir Adrian Boult was the musical director of the BBC and the first conductor of its Symphony Orchestra. …