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Next question, and on a slight variation to the theme, words often thought to be by Shakespeare, but they're not. Who are they by?

 

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach.

 

I think they are the opening lines of one of the "Sonnets to the Portuguese" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning..

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Thanks. Following on the theme of famous, Irish poets/authors ...

 

Babcock also built Samuel Beckett's sister ship at Appledore. That ship, pennant number "P62", is also named after a famous Irish poet and author. For the next ding, what is his name?

 

A third vessel of the Samuel Beckett class is currently under construction and is also to be named after a famous Irish poet, who's name will get you a bonus point!

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I too would have thought South Korea but I'll have a wild stab at this question to keep things moving since the ding has yet to be awarded.

 

Montreal 1976 was such a disaster (famously, the facilities weren't paid off until earlier this century) that I'll guess at Canada!

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Well that was a good guess....

 

In one of those Olympics Great Britain only won a single gold medal. Who won it? And for a bonus point where, and what year?

 

DINGDONG: Steward's enquiry, please hold onto your betting slips.

 

I just gave in to temptation and looked and there were three years in the 20th century when we only won 1 gold, two of them have already been mentioned.

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Assuming that one of Sir Steve Redgrave's gold medals is correct, he didn't win gold by himself as he was always part of a boat crew. The smallest was the coxless pairs with Matthew Pinsent -- but I don't know whether that's the gold that Boggin's Dad is looking for? If so, Optimist on the run should get the ding as he was the first to name a medal winner.

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I think a Steward's Enquiry was indeed needed. I did misread my source when I checked the information. However I was thinking of coxless pairs in Atlanta in 1996, so I shall DING Optimist on the run, and give him the Gold Medal for answering the first part with the answer I was thinking of.

 

Over to you,

 

Checking on wiki, the other two occassions were 1904 in St Louis Tom Kiely in 'Men's All-Round' which was a forerunner of the decathalon, and in 1952 in Helsinki, where was a wait until the last event on the last day, when the team Equestrian jumping gold was won. i would have been impressed if anyone had got either of those two.

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Ok - moving away from Olympics, but staying with a Greek theme: Today is Pi Day (in American mm.dd.yy format) - i.e. 3.14

 

In the Greek Alphabet pi is the 16th letter. Which letters fall either side of it?

 

Forty years ago, a geography teacher at school tried to teach us the Greek alphabet (can't remember why...).

Scratching at the memory banks I'll go for Omicron and Psi

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Ok - moving away from Olympics, but staying with a Greek theme: Today is Pi Day (in American mm.dd.yy format) - i.e. 3.14

 

In the Greek Alphabet pi is the 16th letter. Which letters fall either side of it?

 

Forty years ago, a geography teacher at school tried to teach us the Greek alphabet (can't remember why...).

Scratching at the memory banks I'll go for Omicron and Psi

 

Sharpeset has twanged my memory chords ( from rather longer than 40 yrs ago I fear) and my Housemaster - Michael Bishop - classic teacher extraordinary - I rather think Sharpeset is half way there and I will go for Omicron ("O") and Rho ("R") no "Q" in the Greek alphabet!

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