It’s a seasonal tradition to play games at Christmas so we decided to present you with our own festive puzzler. Lydia Stockdale puts your knowledge of the past year in housing to the test
2010 will certainly go down in housing’s history books, but how much were you and your colleagues paying attention to events? Inside Housing’s Christmas Quiz, should sort the crackers from the turkeys among you.
In recognition of 2010 being the year Twitter went stellar, the first round is tweet related - followed, of course, by the more usual trivia, punchlines and multiple choice rounds.
The first person to email us with all answers correct will win £50 in Amazon vouchers. Merry Christmas!
Round 1: housing tweets
- Who tweeted this on 4 June? ‘Overheard at yesterday’s reception for CLG’s partners “great array of soft drinks” - now that’s what I call new politics’
- Whose tweet revealed concern about their radio voice? ‘Amusing Telegraph blog claims my voice has become more LibDem since the Coalition! Checked with family who say no change.’
- Which housing honcho has been exchanging tweets with TV eco-guru Dick Strawbridge? ‘Hi Dick… Hope you are well and maybe we will meet up for that pint sometime this year! All the best!
- Who was surprised to discover he and the London Mayor have a common cause? ‘@bbcnewsnight to discuss housing benefit and social cleansing. Who’d have thought me and Boris would agree on something!’
- Which homelessness chief executive with a mild twitter addiction went cold turkey in September? ‘No tweets for a week as I’m going to twitter rehab. Let’s hope the treatment works.’
Round 2: housing trivia
- Which northern landlord’s chief executive used to be an undertaker?
- Which Conservative politician interviewed by Inside Housing earlier this year used to be a Tottenham Hotspur season ticket holder?
- Which three housing chief executives ran the London marathon raising more than £3,000 for HACT this year?
- Which north west arm’s-length management organisation walked away from the UK Housing Awards with three gongs?
- How many Labour housing ministers were there between the party’s election win in 1997 and May’s general election?
Round 3: multiple choice
- According to an easyroommate.co.uk survey, reported by Inside Housing in September, what percentage of landlords are happy to let people smoke in their properties? a) 11 per cent b) 7 per cent c) 3 per cent
- Which 2010 X Factor contestant is reported to have Romany Gypsy roots? a) Katie Waissel b) Mary Byrne c) Cher Lloyd
- What percentage of UK homes did home exchange agency Homeswapper estimate to be underoccupied in July a) 20 per cent b) 15 per cent c) 10 per cent
- Which arm’s-length management organisation was the first to be converted into a housing association this year? a) Golden Gates Housing, Warrington b) First Choice Homes Oldham c) Tristar Homes in Stockton
- Which British artist spoke about their experience of homelessness as a teenager at the opening of the refurbished Arlington House hostel in Camden, London, in June. a) Damien Hurst b) Banksy c) Tracey Emin
Round 4: It’s Christmas
- Who wrote A Christmas Carol?
- How many sides does a snowflake have?
- How many ‘Lords a leaping’ were there?
- Name the three reindeer whose names begin with a ‘D’?
- What is a female turkey called?
Round 5: what’s the punch line?
- What did the Policeman say to the stomach?
- What wobbles and flies?
- Where do Snow-women like to dance?
- Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
- Why does Santa have three gardens?
Round 6: picture round
This shadow housing minister, who didn’t enter politics until the age of 50, is certainly making up for lost time. She was described by a colleague as: ‘very energetic: she makes me feel tired’.
This outspoken minister whose first task in office was to scrap home information packs is reported to have a dish named after him in a chip shop in his constituency of Brentwood.
Inside Housing was accused of becoming like The Sun when we featured an interview with this glamourous Labour minister.
This trade unionist, was recently put in charge of shadowing the Communities and Local Government department’s work on housing . He is married to Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman.
Most readers should recognise this famous face in the world of housing. In his spare time, when he is not tweeting or on the TV and radio, this high flying Tory likes to pilot planes
All of the questions and their answers will be posted on www.insidehousing.co.uk from midday on Wednesday 22 December. Emails received after this time will be discounted.