After a great deal of time writing questions for a couple of other sources, I'm back. Here's today's offering:
1. What begins: "Monsieur le Président, Me permettez-vous, dans ma gratitude pour le bienveillant accueil que vous m'avez fait un jour, d'avoir le souci de votre juste gloire et de vous dire que votre étoile, si heureuse jusqu'ici, est menacée de la plus honteuse, de la plus ineffaçable des taches?"
2. Eglise St. Louis en L’Isle is a Parisian church situated on which island in the Seine?
3. The St Elizabeth's Flood of November 1421 killed between 2,000 and 10,000 villagers in which modern-day European country?
4. Who was the French economist, thought by many to have been the chief architect of European Unity, who created the majority of what became known as the Schuman Plan?
5. Located on the Norwegian-administered Jan Mayen island in the Arctic Ocean, what is the name of the world's northernmost active volcano?
6. The famous 15th Century explorer Prince Henry the Navigator was the son of which Portuguese King?
7. Considered the foremost Dutch lanscape painter, which 17th Century artist is remembered for 'Beintheim Castle' (1653) and 'Tower Mill at Wijk bij Duurstede'(1670) among other works?
8. Which German film director first came to worldwide attention with the release of his film 'Das Arche Noah Prinzip' that opened the Berlin Film Festival in 1984 and has since gained greater fame with the Hollywood blockbusters 'Independence Day', 'Godzilla' and 'The Day After Tomorrow'?
9. Named after the town in Denmark where they are located, what name is given to the two Tenth Century carved rune stones, the first erected by King Gorm the Old and the scond by his son Harald Bluetooth?
10. According to Norse mythology, which lake was created when Gefjun removed the land that used to lie there and transported it to Denmark, thus creating the island of Zealand?
11. Built in 1854, the Spanish Arch stands on the banks of which river that flows through Galway?
12. Which country became the first all-amateur team to qualify for a Rugby World Cup since the start of the professional era when it appeared at the 2007 World Cup?
13. What name is given to the series of wars and battles that took place in Holland between the bourgeoisie and the ruling nobility from 1350 to 1490?
14. Biskupin is an archaeological site (with a life-size model of an Iron Age fortified settlement) that was excavated in 1934 and located in which European country?
15. Often considered to be the Polish national dish, what name is given to the cabbage and meat stew that is traditionally said to have been introduced to Poland by the Lithuanian prince Władysław II in the 14th Century?
16. In which lake could you find the island and World Heritage site Kizhi (or Kizhi Pogost), home to a large number of wooden churches and houses?
17. Much publicised in the case of Madeleine McCann, what name is given to the status of 'named suspect' in the Portuguese legal system?
18. Which German city, home to a famous monument of Emperor William I on horseback, stands at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Moselle?
19. Built between 3300 and 2900 BC, which passage grave of the Brú na Bóinne complex of tombs in County Meath is known in Irish as Dún Fhearghusa and is said to be the oldest surviving building in the world?
20. The trophy awarded to the winners of the European Football Championship is named after which French football administrator who first proposed the idea for such a tournament in 1927?
21. Established in 1386, which is the oldest university in Germany?
22. The dormant volcanoes Nemrut and Süphan are to be found in which saline and soda lake, the largest in Turkey?
23. Which European republic was proclaimed on January 19th 1795 after William V fled to England?
24. Established in February 1991, the Visegrád Group is an alliance of which four European countries set up for the purpose of furthering their European integration?
25. Which of Krzysztof Kieślowski's 'Three Colours' trilogy was made primarily in Polish? The other two being made in French.
26. The Netherlands is divided into 12 administrative regions, each under the control of a Commissioner of the Queen with the exception of one region that is under the control of a Gouverneur, emphasising its perceived 'un-Dutch' character. Which region?
27. Who was the Portuguese nobleman and explorer who led the expeditions that conquered Goa, Ormuz and Malacca in the early 16th Century and was rewarded by his appointment as the first Duke of Goa by King Manuel I?
28. Also known as Thera, what is the name of the archipelago of volcanic islands in the Aegean Sea that contains the southernmost point in the Cyclades?
29. Fernando Ribeiro is the lead vocalist with which popular Portuguese goth metal band, popular throughout Europe, that released the 2006 album 'Memorial' which won them an MTV Europe Award in the 'Best Portuguese Act' category?
30. Typically containing fish (or sometimes chicken) and vegetables, what is the name of the traditional stew of northern Belgium, the name of which is derived from the Dutch for 'watery mess'?
And the answers:
2. ÎLE SAINT-LOUIS
3. THE NETHERLANDS
4. JEAN MONNET
6. JOHN I (or JOÃO I)
7. JACOB ISAAKSZOON VAN RUYSDAEL
8. ROLAND EMMERICH
9. JELLING STONES
10. LAKE MÄLAREN
13. HOOK AND COD WARS
16. LAKE ONEGA
20. HENRI DELAUNAY
21. UNIVERSITY OF HEIDELBERG
22. LAKE VAN
23. BATAVIAN REPUBLIC
24. CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY & POLAND
25. THREE COLOURS: WHITE
27. AFONSO DE ALBUQUERQUE