TMC’s 2023 Quiz of The Year

Your festive entertainment sorted!

*It would be insensitive not to mention the hurt and suffering many have experienced this year. However we hope you understand that we have decided not to include highly upsetting topics within this quiz.

Round 1 Questions…

1. After winning four more Grammys, Beyoncé broke the record for the most wins. But how many does she now have?
1. After winning four more Grammys, Beyoncé broke the record for the most wins. But how many does she now have?

2. Why did the Dalai Lama apologise?
3. Who released the tell-all book Spare?
4. What was the Chinese Zodiac of 2023?
5. Which AI chatbot caused trouble because children used it to do their homework?
5. Which AI chatbot caused trouble because children used it to do their homework?

6. Which nation replaced its Kuna currency with the Euro?
7. Who won the Rugby World Cup?
8. Match the celeb to the baby's name
8. Match the celeb to the baby’s name

a) Sky
b) Riot Rose
c) London

9. Ring camera footage was the catalyst for which celebrity couple’s divorce?
10. Which Simply the Best singer died in May this year?

Round 1 Answers…

  1. 1. Beyonce
  2. 2. He was videoed asking a boy to suck his tongue.
  3. 3. Prince Harry
  4. 4. The Year of the Rabbit
  5. 5. Chat GPT
  6. 6. Croatia
  7. 7. South Africa
  8. 8. Baby Names
    a) Sky – Jessie J

    b) Riot Rose – Rihanna

    c) London – Paris Hilton
  9. 9. Jo Jonas and Sophie Turner
  10. 10. Tina Turner

Open another bottle, get the cheese out of the fridge and get ready for another round. Ding ding!

Round 2 Questions…

1. Ariana DeBose went viral after rapping at the BAFTAS. But who did she say 'Did the Thing?'
1. Ariana DeBose went viral after rapping at the BAFTAS. But who did she say ‘Did the Thing?’

2. What was the most-watched English-language Netflix series of the year?
3. Where was the Eurovision Song Contest held?
4. Which film won Best Picture at the BAFTAs 2023?
5. What company flew tourists into space in August for the first time?
5. What company flew tourists into space in August for the first time?

6. Who was pregnant as they performed at the Superbowl?
7. In April, which country became the 31st country to join NATO?
8. The King's Coronation was planned using which secret code name?
8. The King’s Coronation was planned using which secret code name?

9. Which celeb struggled to find her seat during the coronation?

10. Who won the Women’s Six Nations?

Round 2 Answers…

  1. 1. Angela Bassett
  2. 2. Wednesday
  3. 3. Liverpool
  4. 4. All Quiet on The Western Front
  5. 5. Virgin Galactic
  6. 6. Rihanna
  7. 7. Finland
  8. 8. Operation Golden Orb
  9. 9. Katy Perry
  10. 10. England

Whoever is in the lead better know their Tik Tok trends and Barbie film facts, because this round could change everything!

Round 3 Questions…

1. What is the name of the TikTok trend where women showcase mismatched, humorous or sparse meals?
1. What is the name of the TikTok trend where women showcase mismatched, humorous or sparse meals?

2. How many months did the WGA strike go on for?
3. Which reality star revealed her pregnancy via a banner at a concert?
4. Which actress was cast as Barbie before Margot Robbie was given the part?
4. Which actress was cast as Barbie before Margot Robbie was given the part?

5. What did the film Barbie cause an international shortage of?
6. What was the most popular girl’s name in the UK in 2023?
7. Which new social media app arrived in July in a bid to rival Twitter?
8. Who beat England in the women's football World Cup?
8. Who beat England in the women’s football World Cup?

9. Which presenter was caught up in huge controversy over an Only Fans account?
10. Who narrated the audiobook of Britney Spears’ memoir The Woman in Me?

Round 3 Answers…

  1. 1 .Girl Dinner
  2. 2. 4 months (from 2 May 2023 – 27 Sept 2023)
  3. 3. Kourtney Kardashian
  4. 4. Amy Schumer
  5. 5. Pink Paint
  6. 6. Olivia
  7. 7. Threads
  8. 8. Spain
  9. 9. Huw Edwards
  10. 10. Michelle Williams

The final round that could make or break you King or Queen of Quiz.

Round 4 Questions…

1. In September, which epidemic saw Paris streets filled with old chairs and mattresses?
1. In September, which epidemic saw Paris streets filled with old chairs and mattresses?

2. Which became the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the Moon successfully.
3. Which former Friends star died in October?
3. Which former Friends star died in October?

4. Which singer shaved his hair off in November, making many fans unhappy?
5. Which former British Prime Minister was appointed Foreign Secretary?
6. What was the most popular baby boys name of 2023?
7. Who was crowned King of the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Jungle?
8. Who became the new Doctor Who succeeding David Tenant?
9. Dated November 27th 2023 What was the number one played song on Spotify?
10. Which quiz show was axed after a record breaking 50-year run?

Round 4 Answers…

  1. 1. Bed Bug invasion
  2. 2. India
  3. 3. Matthew Perry
  4. 4. Harry Styles
  5. 5. David Cameron
  6. 6. Muhammad
  7. 7. Sam Thompson
  8. 8. Ncuti Gatwa
  9. 9. Blinding Lights By The Weekend
  10. 10. A Question of Sport

Recipe of the Week: Emma Louise Connolly’s Crispy Roasties

Crispy, delicious roasties, that you can prepare days or even weeks in advance.


1 heaped tbsp of baking powder
Potatoes (as many as you like)
Cooking oill
Rosemary and garlic – if you want even more flavour


1. Turn the oven up to 200C. Peel & chop your potatoes. The little ones are the best so make sure you cut a few smaller ones.
2. Add to a large pot of salted, cold water. Add 1 heaped tbsp of baking powder and stir it through.
3. Par boil for around 8-10 minutes or until a knife easily goes through, but doesn’t break the potato. Drain the potatoes (you can be a little rough with this, give them a good shake around to fluff up the edges – these will be the crispy bits!)
4. In an oven tray (flameproof if you have a gas hob – metal works best!) add around 2cm of oil & heat over the hob. Please be VERY careful and don’t do this when kids are around, it gets unbelievably hot. Use tongs & add the potatoes to the hot oil. Crisp one side & then coat the potatoes in the hot oil. You can add rosemary or garlic here if you like.
5. Pop into the oven for around 45 minutes, season generously with sea salt & thank me later! Merry Christmas!

Watch How to Make Them…

Prepare them in advance

Prepare the roasties the night before by part-roasting them (this means all you have to do is finish them off in the oven before you serve them up).
Prepare them the night before WITHOUT part-roasting them (this means getting them to the point where you could put them in the oven, pop them in the fridge instead, then all you have to do is roast when you’re ready to).
Prepare them further in advance and freeze them (you can get them to the point where they’re ready to roast, but freeze them instead, until it’s time and then you can defrost them and cook as normal.

No One Told Us This Would Happen After Birth

From the nearly pooing ourselves at breakfast to crying over spilt coffee. These completely normal side effects were not on our radar!

So, we spoke to the health and mental health experts at Kari Health to find out how you can deal with them and how normal they are.

That We Might Shit Ourselves

We were warned about the bouncy castles and trampolines. But no one told us we’d need a poo – like now! But how normal is it to experience anal incontinence? And what can you do to stop it?

Louise Hinton, Lead Nurse at Kari Health says, “It’s extremely common, actually 1 in 5 women experience a level of anal incontinence after a vaginal delivery, ranging from a few embarrassing “accidents” to lifelong OASI (Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries). This will be temporary for some as they recover control after pelvic floor trauma, which can stem from pushing or stretching during labour. But for others who suffer nerve damage or sphincter injuries, it could be permanent. Your pelvic floor looks like the number 8 and controls both your vaginal opening and anus. Doing pelvic floor exercises is vital to reducing the chance of this happening and improving the condition. Faecal incontinence can be worse if you don’t eat enough fibre, drink too much alcohol and caffeine and don’t stay hydrated. Some women will have a dietary trigger, which can worsen it, and some will have no warning whatsoever. Establishing a bowel habit can help, but not in all cases. If you are experiencing anal incontinence, speak to your GP, Midwife or Health Visitor and ask for a referral to a physiotherapist who can help with pelvic floor injuries. You can also talk to an Obstetrician/Colorectal surgeon who deals with sphincter injuries and nerve damage to see what can be done.”

That We’d Cry at EVERYTHING!!

We knew we’d be tired, but on teary day 3, we even cried at the Postman. How normal is it to feel these low emotions? When will you feel this way? For how long? And when should you worry?

Kari Health‘s Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist Chloe Pollock says, “Also known as ‘baby blues’, low feelings commonly occur 3-5 days after birth and typically last 2ish weeks. You might experience unexplainable crying over small triggers, significant mood swings or be noticeably irritable. There may also be higher worry and anxiety. Roughly 80% of mothers will experience this, and it’s due to changes in hormone levels, tiredness, changes in routine and feeling overwhelmed. Simple things like eating well, resting as much as possible and doing something you love can all help. You might not be getting enough sleep, but you can look after yourself with self-care.

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Stay Connected

Try and reconnect with your partner too. Find the time to check in with each other so you feel supported. Ask for help, whether it’s cooking, cleaning, or running errands – don’t try and do it all! Stay connected and speak to someone! It doesn’t have to be a professional – just someone who is non-judgemental who can provide a space for you to talk and offload. Attending a Mum Club event is a great way to improve your mood and speak to other mums in the same boat as you. If you’ve been experiencing symptoms for over two weeks, consider speaking to your GP/medical professional, and remember you’re not alone.

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That We’d Feel Like a Rusty Bucket

We expected a certain level of repair (*especially in certain areas! No guesses where necessary). But overall, general immobility was not something we were prepped for. We ran during pregnancy, but why do we feel too clunky to even think about it after birth?

Louise Hinton, Lead Nurse at Kari Health, says, “It’s so normal to feel clunky after giving birth. And many women find that they continue to look pregnant for a few weeks. This is because it takes this time for the funds (the top of your uterus) to descend back into the pelvic cavity. It is an excellent idea (for weight loss and mental health) to do exercise post-partum. However, waiting until 3 – 6 months post-delivery is advised to allow for any internal and external healing. Running too soon can cause incontinence, injury or prolapse. So please don’t rush! Extra caution is needed to avoid injury for those who did not run pre- or during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the hormones relaxin and progesterone increase, allowing your ligaments to become looser to accommodate and support your body shape and size change. It takes 6 – 12 months for the ligaments to return to normal, so therefore some women find exercise more difficult post-partum, especially high impact or core strength workouts.”

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That We Might Not Instantly Love Our Baby

We talked and sang to our bumps like our pregnancy yoga teachers told us. And to be honest, we expected our babies to be the ones with a bonding issue – not us! But is it normal to not feel maternal love instantly?

Kari Health Psychotherapist Chloe Pollock says, “Bonding can be immediate for some, but for others, it can take time. And this is entirely normal. The process isn’t linear. You may find the attachment grows as you provide care for your newborn. Having a c-section or having a traumatic birth, which meant you did not get to see your newborn straight after birth, can make the bonding process challenging. Post-partum depression can also impact the mother’s ability to bond with their child. Challenging family dynamics can also be a factor. Bonding occurs in many ways, like skin-to-skin touch, feeding time, breastfeeding, and general care like bathing or rocking them to sleep. The love you have for your child grows and grows, and it’s ok if you don’t feel an instant rush of love. If a few months have passed and you still feel a lack of connection, speak to your GP or Health Visitor, and they can determine if a psychological or health issue may be playing a part in the challenges.”

That We’d Be SO Sweaty

Motherhood is one hell of a journey! And in those early days, we seemed to be leaking from every orifice. But why the sweats and a high temp? And when should you worry?

Nurse and Midwife, Jasmine Sneyd says, “Hormone levels are high during pregnancy, and after birth, they decline. This fluctuation and your body’s attempt to regulate itself leads to night sweats. The most apparent sign of post-partum night sweats is waking up from sleep drenched or soaked in sweat. It’s completely normal and should only last a couple of days. You might get a mild fever when you first start producing milk, and it happens because the breasts can swell too much and become inflamed when your milk starts to come in. However, there are a few reasons why you might have a high temperature after birth, and it’s always best to get checked out by your GP or midwife, especially if you’ve had a c-section.”

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That Our Periods Could Bring Us New Levels of Agony

Many women say that when their periods finally returned, they were heavier and or more painful. But why? Will they be like this forever? And is there anything you can do?

“Some women mistake heavy periods post-partum for the very normal phase of Lochia. Lochia is heavy at first but gradually subsides to a lighter flow until it goes away”. Some women experience heavier periods because their uterine cavity is bigger after having a child, so more endometrium is produced each month to shed. However, many women experience much lighter, shorter periods. If your periods are much heavier, more painful and longer following childbirth, it is advisable to see your GP.”

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That We Wouldn’t Want Sex *for a Laaang Time

We knew it would take a while to get ‘it’ back, but we didn’t realise we’d lose our want and need for anything sexy. Why does this happen? Can you get it back?

Midwife Jasmine Sneyd says, “When one resumes personal and sexual relationships is a very individual and often cultural decision”, so please don’t feel there’s a rush. “Due to hormone changes during pregnancy and after birth, vaginal dryness may occur. It is important to have a postnatal check-up so you can discuss any concerns with a Midwife but try not to worry as it does take time. When you want to have sex and you’ve been given the go-ahead, a lubricant can moisten the area if you’re experiencing dryness. And your pelvic floor exercises are essential in this area too! As they can help with sexual health by bringing a good blood supply to the area.” And all of the things that help improve your emotions can also help here! If you’re happy and well-nourished, you’ll be far more likely to want to get it on with your partner.”

That Our Hair Would Make Us Look Ridiculous

We’re not sure what was worse, the fallout or the regrowth. Why does it happen? How long does it last, and is there anything you can do?

Midwife Jasmine Sneyd says, “Again, due to the pregnancy and afterbirth hormone changes, some mothers may experience hair loss. It is considered completely normal and usually begins within five months of giving birth and then tends to slow down. It often corrects itself as time passes, and there are different thoughts on why this may happen. Good nutrition will help. And you can make sure your body receives the proper nutrients required for healthy hair. Some professionals may advise additional supplements to support your diet. Try to be gentle with your hair and avoid harsh shampoos and hair dyes until things improve.”

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Why You Need to Know About Kari Health

Kari Health is a Women’s Health Platform that is changing the way women view and care for their health. Designed and run by a team of women’s health experts, you can find expert advice, and articles as well as solutions for your health. Kari Health covers topics other platforms may not.

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Recipe of the Week: Christmas Robin Cake Pops

“Booths are making Christmas seriously easy this year, with an incredible food range that can be pre-ordered or bought in store – they also have tons of easy to follow recipes on their website.
And these (*impress everyone) cake pops are so easy to make. You can even do it with the kids or pre-make some on your own and then let them go wild with a few!”


1 Booths Madeira Loaf Cake
200g tub ready-made vanilla buttercream
300g milk chocolate
100g ready-made red fondant
100g ready-made white fondant
50g ready-made yellow fondant
1 pack candy eyes
1 pack food colouring gels
Paper straws


1. Crumble the sponge between your fingers until you get a fine breadcrumb consistency.
2. Add the buttercream and mix until it comes together.
3. Mould the cake mix into round balls, using a small ice-cream scoop to make them evenly sized. Freeze the balls for 1 hour.
4. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie and cool to 30°C, use a temperature probe to help you. This will temper the chocolate and give a nice snap to the texture.
5. Press each cake ball on to a straw and dip into the melted chocolate until they are fully coated, then allow to set (they will set quickly).
6. Using some of the white fondant and food colouring gels, create your desired wing colour and cut them out.
7. Dip the cakes into the melted chocolate again and decorate with the fondant and decorations, using our robins as inspiration.

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Reviewed By Us: Forma Facial at Bio Lite Clinic, Al Thanya St, Umm Suquim2 

Reviewed By: TMC Dubai Franchise Co-Owner, Jo Hartley

Pro IconPros

It’s a special treat

It’s Relaxing

It brightens your skin

Con IconCons

It’s expensive

Overall thoughts:

Forma facial is a non-invasive skin treatment that uses heat and radiofrequency to increase collagen production in your face. Also known as the ‘Red Carpet express facelift.’

What to expect:

Walking in, you are instantly transported to an oasis of calm. The smells, the music and the décor, transport you away from the busyness of the city. After completing the consultation form and a friendly chat, they took some pictures of my skin, which are kept on file for result purposes.

After this, the treatment started with a cleanse and then a cold gel was applied, and the radio frequency wand glided over my skin and felt like a hot stone massage. It was so relaxing I fell asleep. After an hour of this, a generous application of moisturiser and SPF was applied, and I was sent merrily on my way. My skin looking dewy and glowing.

Aftercare is sent to you via WhatsApp, but it is minimal and what you’d expect – just stay out of the sun.

Was it good value?

There’s no denying that the Forma Facial has a high-end price point, but I always say – you get what you pay for! It is recommended for the ultimate results that you have a course of six treatments and have them every week for six weeks. A single treatment costs 2310 AED, but you get 20% off if you purchase three or more facials. I would definitely recommend it if you’re like me and you’ve noticed your skin is looking less than youthful.

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