Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Daily Teaser — 27-5-2012

Hmmm … 

You know, you’ve got to love the BBC’s news service, haven’t you … ?

I mean, no other tv station — bar the BBC’s News Channel — manages to move from the horrific to the ridiculous, in the space of a few minutes.

I mean, on the one hand … ?

On the one hand, they’ve had coverage of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest: the UK’s come 2nd from last, the Russian Grannies have done themselves proud, and the contest itself, has been won by Sweden.

I’ll have to check that out, I think.

At the other end of the scale … ?

Is the news that there’s been a massacre of of some 90 civilians — including some 32 children — in the city of Houla, in Syria.

And I have to admit, there’s a phrase, I’m thinking, that sums up my feelings, certainly.

Someone’s going to swing for that … ”.

Yes.   Quite.

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and, along with some VERY helpful links about Amazonº, also bagging 6 out of 7*. 

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 27th May, 1927, saw Ford Motors cease making the iconic Model T: what was the name of the car they replaced it with … ?
Q2) More to the point, in which Huxley-penned, science-fiction novel is Henry Ford — and the Model T — regarded as almost holy … ?
Q3) 27th May, 1937, saw what Californian landmark open to pedestrian traffic … ?
Q4) 27th May, 1997, saw the US Supreme Court rule Paula Jones could pursue a sexual harassment charge … against whom … ?
Q5) And finally … 27th May, 1957, saw CHUM-AM become Canada’s first Top 40, Rock and Roll station: which city did it broadcast from … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 26th May, 1897, saw the publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.   What — in the original Romanian — does Dracula mean … ?
A1) Son Of the Dragon’.
Q2) More to the point, the book is partly set in which Romanian province … ?
A2) Transylvania.
Q3) Even more to the point, Dracula’s castle is in which mountain range … ?
A3) The Carpathians.
Q4) As a final riff on the theme: which of Stoker’s novels was filmed by Ken Russell … ?
A4) The Lair of the White Worm
Q5) 26th May, 1896, saw Nicholas 2nd become the last Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias: in which year did he and his family die … ?
A5) 1918.
Q6) 26th May, 1998, saw who apologize for Japanese behaviour during World War 2 … ?
A6) Emperor Akhihito of Japan.
Q7) And finally … 26th May, 1908, saw the opening of which London Bridge … ?
A7) Vauxhall Bridge.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll catch you later … 

After I’ve left you with this tune from Split Enz: just so we can say Happy Birthday, to singer, Neil Finn.

Or, and with last night’s Eurovision winner, Loreen, from Sweden, with the song, Euphoria

Right … now about those Russian Grannies … 

*       Actually, Debbi, it’s son of the dragon, as far as I can tell: dragon is just Dracul … 

º        What got me with the Waterstones move, Debbi … ?   Was the simple fact that it seems like, in agreeing to sell Kindles, it strikes me they’ve shot themselves in the foot.   (Hmmm … Normally, I’d’ve thought selling the Kindle equivalent of an iTunes gift cards would’ve been a more profitable way of doing it: but it all comes down to how much they can make off those, versus the actual hardware.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

You've hit the nail square on the head, Paul. Waterstones is basically allowing themselves to become Amazon's free showroom:


1. the Model A
2. Brave New World
3. the Golden Gate Bridge
4. Bill Clinton
5. Toronto