Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Daily Teaser — 9-5-2012

Oh, now that’s sad to hear, that.

I’ve got to admit, while I was happily upgrading the family desktop, the sad bit of news came through the BBC’s site that author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak had died.

At the age of 83: which is a pretty good innings, I’d’ve said.

But whether’s that’s a good age or not is neither here nor there, I think.

He’s left behind a body of work that, if not prolific, is influential.

After all, who’s not wanted to go on a Wild Rumpus … ?

Let’s get moving on, shall we?   Before I tell you about Nick Clegg and David Cameron’s ‘Get a Mac’ re-enactment, yesterday … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting her answers: and, along with telling us she only caught up with the Australian slang featured in Angry Boys*, AND bagging 5 out of 5.

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) 9th May, 1092, saw the formal consecration of Lincoln Cathedral: to which saint is the cathedral dedicated … ?
Q2) 9th May, 1927, saw the first convening of Australia’s Parliament, in which Australian city … ?
Q3) 9th May, 1948, saw a constitution come into force in which European country: which country … ?
Q4) More to the point, name either of that country’s two successor states?
Q5) 9th May, 1671, saw Colonel Thomas Blood attempt to steal the English Crown Jewels: from where … ?
Q6) More to the point, who was the King of England, at the time … ?
Q7) And finally … 9th May is — in countries that had been parts of Soviet Russia — the Soviet equivalent of VE Day: what’s the Soviet name for this … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 8th May, 1980, saw the World Health Organisation endorse the eradication of Smallpox: which English physician pioneered the use of vaccination, in treating Smallpox … ?   A1) Edward Jenner.
Q2) 8th May, 1945, was VE Day.   The Unconditional Surrender was ratified in Berlin: but originally signed, the day before, in which French city … ?   A2) Reims.   (Or Rheims, as it’s also spelt.)
Q3) 8th May, 1984, saw the opening of the Thames Barrier, the world’s second largest movable flood barrier: the world’s largest flood barrier is in which European country … ?   A3) The Netherlands.
Q4) 8th May, 1940, saw the birth of author, Peter Benchley: which of his novel’s was turned into a (very) famous film by Steven Spielberg … ?   A4) Jaws.
Q5) And finally … 8th May, 1970, saw the release of the last Beatles album: what was it called … ?   A5) Let It Be.
Enjoy those, everyone: as it’s David Gahan’s birthday, I’ll leave you with one of Depeche Mode’s poppier tunes … 

*        Got to admit, I’ve not seen it, Debbi, I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled.   (Which I’m fairly sure has it’s origins, Down Under: don’t quote me, though, I really couldn’t tell you where I heard that … !   Oh … And remind me to tell you about The Last Continent, at some point … )

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I'll have to search for the Depeche Mode video. Copyright issues again. *sigh*

1. St. Mary
2. Canberra
3. Czechoslovakia
4. the Czech Republic and Slovakia
5. the Tower of London
6. Charles II
7. Victory Day