I’ve got to confess, I’ve got Yesterday on, again.
In the documentary they’re show, Michæl Palin has just mentioned Private George Edwin Ellison.
The last British soldier to die in World War 1.
About an hour and a half before the Armistice went into force.
Which probably tells you everything you need to know about WW1.
Personally … ?
I believe war’s a mad way of solving international disputes.
But, at least with World War 2, we could point at Hitler’s regime and say that’s what we were fighting against.
Likewise, the First Gulf War: we could turn ’round and say we were helping to liberate Kuwait. Even if we believe it was more about liberating Kuwait’s oil, at least we can say we had an excuse.
But World War 1?
World War 1 always seemed a hell of a lot madder than most.
Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?
Before I get really depressed.
Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Trevor — quoting Silvio Berlusconi — and Kaiju — waxing lyrical by giving us Auden’s “Stop All The Clocks” — putting in their answers: and — on top of them feeling in a quotable mood — it also saw them both scoring five out of five.
Q1) 30th September saw the death of actor James Dean, in a car-crash: but in which year of the 1950s … ?
Q2) 30th September, 1994, saw a meeting between Irish PM, Albert Reynolds, and Russian president, Boris Yeltsin, rearranged: because Boris Yeltsin did … what… ?
Q3) 30th September, 1991, saw President Jean-Bertrand Aristide forced from office: where was he president of … ?
Q4) 30th September, 1967, saw the first broadcast on BBC Radio 1: which song by The Move, was the first played … ?
Q5) As we know, Tony Blackburn — the first DJ on Radio 1 — presented Radio 1’s Sunday night Chart show for many years: who took over from him, in 1981?
Q6) And finally … 30th September, 1917, saw the birth of which bandleader and drummer … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 29th September sees the Feast of Saint Michæl and All Angels: name any of the other Arch Angels it celebrates.
A1) Raphæl or Gabriel. (Oh, and possibly Uriel.)
Q2) 29th September, 1829, saw the founding of the Metropolitan Police, in London: what was the name of the British Secretary who saw the relevant bill through the Houses of Parliament?
A2) Sir Robert Peel: hence the term ‘Peelers’ or ‘Bobbies’
Q3) 29th September, 2007, saw the demolition of the world’s first commercial nuclear powered: what was it called?
A3) Calder Hall.
Q4) 29th September, 1911, saw Italy declare war on which empire … ?
A4) The Ottoman Empire.
Q5) And finally … 29th September, 1973, saw the death of poet W. H. Auden: which of his poems was quoted in Four Weddings and a Funeral … ?
A5) Funeral Blues: also known as Stop The Clock.
Enjoy those, everyone!
Now, if you’ll excuse me … ? I’m going to free and work out why Safari keeps hanging …