You know, I think Phew is possibly the best word.
No, seriously … !
You see, we had an almost incident, last night: when the various TV channels being broadcast started acting up.
With the result that everyone in the building watching the BBC ended up with a picture like this …
Pretty unfortunate, wouldn’t you say … ? It sorted itself out, eventually: and I think it must have been done to the weather.
But given the recent problems our building has had with its communal aerial … ? Well, I wasn’t impressed … !
At ANY rate, let’s get a move on.
Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi*† putting in her answers: and bagging five out of five.
Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s teaser: here it is, along with the ‘How To,’ License and video …
Q1) 12th December, 1911, saw George 5th proclaimed as Emperor of India: who was his Empress … ?
Q2) More to the point, what name to given to the ceremony: Durbar, Durban or Turban?
Q3) Even MORE to the point, in which Indian city was it held … ?
Q4) What R was the name given to British rule of India … ?
Q5) Who was the first British monarch of India … ?
Q6) Who was the last Mughal Emperor … ?
Q7) Who was the last British Emperor of India … ?
Q8) The last British viceroy of India was Viscount Mountbatten of where … ?
Q9) 12th December, 1911, also saw the capital of India moved to Delhi: from where … ?
Q10) Finally … Name any of the modern countries that occupy territory that had been part of British India …
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 11th December saw Edward 8th abdicate the throne of the UK, the British Dominions … and where else … ?A1) The British Indian Empire.
Q2) In which year of the 1930s did this happen … ?A2) 1936.
Q3) Edward abdicated because he wanted to marry whom … ?A3) Wallis Simpson.
Q4) The pair were suspected of being very sympathetic: to which German regime … ?A4) The Nazis.
Q5) Finally … Edward 8th — and his brother, George 6th — belonged to which royal dynasty … ?A5) The House of Windsor.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one‡, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.”M. K. Gandhi, speaking of the end of British rule.
And with Vara Leela Gaana Lola, which has it’s origins in British India …
* Glad to here it got through, Debbi: you’ll love the ending … !
† Oh, by the way, Debbi, I don’t know if you’ve caught the trailer, yet: but …
‡ There’s a point, in Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty-Four, where Winston defines madness as being in a minority of one. I can’t help but wonder if this thought from the Mahatma, is the origin of the phrase.