Thursday, November 19, 2015

Teaser on Thursday

I've come down with a heavy cold, so instead of a long blogpost today, here's a quick poser for you.

There are two European states with elected monarchies.  Can you name at least one of the very small number of people who are currently eligible to vote in elections for BOTH monarchs?

It's fastest finger first, folks.  The first person to give a correct answer in the comments section below will win the coveted title of Scot Goes Pop Quiz Champion 2015.  (I had thought about offering the winner a chance to choose my next alliterative adjective for a blogpost title about a Survation poll, but then I realised that Glasgow Working Class might win, and the results would be disastrous).

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UPDATE : Congratulations to Doug on becoming the Scot Goes Pop Quiz Champion 2015.  He correctly named Philippe Barbarin at 8.21am.

Any French citizen under the age of 80 who happens to be a Roman Catholic Cardinal (so it's not looking promising if you're a woman) is eligible to vote in elections for the French President (who is automatically one of the two co-princes of Andorra), and to take part in a papal conclave (the Pope is automatically the Sovereign of the Vatican City State).  Europe's two elected monarchs at present are François Hollande and Jorge Mario Bergoglio (better known as Pope Francis).

41 comments:

  1. I know the answer, I think - but had to Google it. Is this quiz being run under pub quiz rules i.e. no googling? And get well soon!

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  2. Perhaps even more interesting in the google search ( I did get the countries right, but not the persons eligible to vote ), was that the majority of European countries are republics - where there were only 3 at the start of the last century. Now there's a bandwagon we could jump on.

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  3. Glasgow working class has to be Jim Murphy they both spout the same garbage.

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    1. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 19, 2015 at 12:49 PM

      Less off that pal. Glesga kiss fur you.

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  4. Philippe Barbarin

    French Cardinal (For Andorra's prince - French president and for the Holy See - Pope)

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  5. Jean-Louis Tauran, Jean-Pierre Ricard, André Armand Vingt-Trois & Dominique Mamberti may all participate in the conclave to elect the next Pope as they are members of the College of Cardinals and currently under the age of 80 years.

    As French citizens they are also entitled to vote for the president of France, who is also co-head of state of Andora with the Bishop of Urgell, who is currently Joan Enric Vives Sicília.

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  6. The president of France is actually co-prince of Andorra.

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  7. In addition to Jean-Louis Tauran, Jean-Pierre Ricard, André Armand Vingt-Trois & Dominique Mamberti, Philippe Barbarin can also vote in both elections, as mentioned by Doug above.

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  8. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 19, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Fred & Ginger

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  9. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 19, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    James, you will be pleased tae know that I am fuckin loaded with it tae.

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  10. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 19, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    What is the only branch of the British Army that has its wages negotiated seperately from the rest.? No cheating no googling. Prize- I will stop calling you Nat sis for five minutes.

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    1. That would be the Royal Cadet branch.
      Where Prince Wills and Harry Hewitt get different rates of pay, week-ends off, a helicopter for social visits and scuddy parties in the US, without being on a charge on the Monday morning.

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    2. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 19, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      Scuddy parties sounds good tae me.

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    3. You're not invited. Lord Sewel's privilege.

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  11. Yep, France (president = Andorran co-prince) + Vatican City was the solution, so any French cardinal eligible to vote for the Pope is a valid answer.

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  12. I'll have a P please, Bob.

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  13. Some folk have been cheating in this quiz.

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    1. Hey, some posters here have been stealing oxygen. See if you can guess who. As a clue - they should eat their cereal.

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    2. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 19, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      Look here Anon I know you are bored. I have some visitors over and showing them some of the shite you write. All laughing including the Nat sis. Just go and do some Blair Witch Hunting and pass the time.

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    3. Eat your cereal. Labour man's orders.

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  14. Apart from the name, I wonder what's the difference between an elected monarch and a president.

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    1. True, but it could also be argued that a non-elected monarch is just a hereditary President.

      And it is a bit odd that Andorra lets the people of another country elect someone for them. They've obviously been taking lessons from Scotland.

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    2. Actually, I tell a lie - there is a difference between a monarch and a president, albeit only an abstract one. From Wikipedia -

      "A monarchy is a form of government in which sovereignty is actually or nominally embodied in one or several individual(s) reigning until death or abdication."

      That definition doesn't quite fit the Andorran situation, but nevertheless sovereignty is presumably embodied in Hollande as co-prince of Andorra, but not as President of France.

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    3. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 20, 2015 at 2:04 AM

      James, I hope yer cauld is getting better. A wee taudy is the best. Let the bilin watter cool a bit then pour in a large dram then add a hawf spoonfi a sugar, stir then swally.

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  15. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 19, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Who would want to elect a Monarch. We have QE2. Wee Nicola was almost on her knees grovelling when Queenie opened the Waverley Train line. She was so far up Lizzies erse she could see Salmonds boot's.

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  16. Disgusting troll. The Labour man orders you to shut up, eat your cereal and leave the thinking to the Party.

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  17. James, you might want to consider banning the troll. He is way past amusing into idiotic and annoying territory.

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    1. It's not possible to ban people on this platform - only to delete comments individually.

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    2. He is losing it a bit. Some of the punches are landing. He thinks there is only one Anon for instance, when I can detect there are at least 3 who go after him - maybe more, James will probably see the ISP info of posters.

      So while its fine to generally ignore the crap he spouts, always remind him to eat his cereal.

      Of course maybe he's a she. Maybe he's a transexual. Im going to study his posting times. If he works I would think its nights somewhere. He posts regularly when we real workers are in bed.

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    3. I think it is more he doesn't have any friends or social life. People who have these don't troll. Trolling is something such people do to try and get the attention that they crave, but that they don't get in real life.

      It wouldn't surprise me if GWC cries himself to sleep at night sometimes. He will likely flip from very angry to very sad quite suddenly. The anger / trolling is a response to an inner emptiness. He's jealous of people who don't have this problem and are enthused about life / have a cause / goal; e.g. those passionate about Scottish independence.

      Of course he would deny all this, but the denial is a major symptom of the problem, and until he deals with it, he won't get over it.

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    4. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 20, 2015 at 6:32 PM

      All 3 Anons spout crap it does not matter who is who. Glad you whichever one it is admits tae being in the scratcher all day.

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    5. All the symptoms are there, notably this one:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

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    6. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 20, 2015 at 7:38 PM

      Skier. You can voluntarily dicuss your personal problems without diverting it onto another.

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    7. See my previous comment GWC (6.57).

      Note I don't troll websites of those I disagree with, which is the crux of the matter raised. We are discussing those that do.

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    8. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 20, 2015 at 11:30 PM

      I do not disagree with this website in fact I would encourage it. I do not have to agree with the opinions expressed or is that incumbent on me.!

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    9. Disagreeing isn't trolling GWC. It's the 'Nat sis' and 'in yer scratcher all day' insults pish I'm on about.

      It's the equivalent of walking into a bar alone, sitting down at a table of people enjoying a conversation, and insulting them. Only someone with problems does that.

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    10. Glasgow Working ClassNovember 21, 2015 at 7:22 PM

      I am a sober person and do not walk into bars but stand at them with a pint in ma haun talking to sensible Unionists. You Nat sis are fanatics that cannot drop the subject for a minute. Osborne is driving you lot into a corner. You are getting tax raising powers but will you use them. If you refuse he will say get yer haun oot of English pockets.

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  18. I am appalled that this site is being contaminated by the right wing Tartan Taliban wanting to ban free speech.

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