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British astronaut Tim Peake is spending six months working  at the International Space Station.

British astronaut Tim Peake is spending six months working at the International Space Station.

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Last shift at pit, a Briton in space and Star Wars returns

1) After Kellingley Colliery closes today, marking the end of deep coalmining in the UK, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will be left with how many paying members?

A scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opened in cinemas this week.

A scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens which opened in cinemas this week.

a - 100

b - 500

c - 750

d - 1,500

2) Major Tim Peake blasted off into space to work on the International Space Station. Roughly how far away from Earth is the space station?

a - 250 miles

b - 350 miles

c - 650 miles

d - 750 miles

3) Which Harry Potter actress is making a guest appearance at the Malton Dickensian Festival today?

a - Miriam Margolyes

b - Dame Maggie Smith

c - Emma Thompson

d - Zoe Wanamaker

4) Students at which Yorkshire university have come up with a formula to decorate the perfect Christmas tree?

a - Bradford

b - Leeds

c - Sheffield

d - York

5) Peter Mayhew, who used to live in Keighley, has reprised his Star Wars role in the new film The Force Awakens. But which character does he play?

a - Darth Vader

b - R2-D2

c - C-3PO

d - Chewbacca

6) The late Margaret Thatcher’s wedding dress went under the hammer this week. But how much did it fetch?

a - £15,000

b - £25,000

c - £35,000

d - £65,000

7) Which music superstar announced that they would be performing at the First Direct Arena in Leeds next year?

a - Britney Spears

b - Mariah Carey

c - Justin Bieber

d - Madonna

8) A survey by the property website Zoopla revealed there are how many “property millionaires” in Yorkshire?

a - 941

b - 1,041

c - 2,041

d - 3,041

9) Which Hollywood star announced he was launching a new fundraising campaign for homeless people?

a - Brad Pitt

b - George Clooney

c - Harrison Ford

d - Clint Eastwood

10) James Naughtie bade an emotional farewell to the Today programme after 21 years, but which politician grabbed the airwaves to praise him?

a - Tony Blair

b - Gordon Brown

c - Sir John Major

d - Alec Salmond

11) Which sporting icon will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show on Sunday?

a - Mary Peters

b - Nick Faldo

c - Wayne Rooney

d - AP McCoy

ANSWERS: 1) A - 100. 2) A - 250 miles. 3) A - Miriam Margolyes. 4) C - Sheffield. 5) D - Chewbacca. 6) B - £25,000. 7) B - Mariah Carey. 8) D - 3,041. 9) B - George Clooney. 10) C - Sir John major. 11) AP McCoy.

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