Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Daily Teaser — 16-08-2012

You know, I have to admit to feeling vaguely distractable, this morning.

After all, I have managed to spend quite some time floating around the BBC’s Dr Who site, checking out both the reports on the BFI showing of Asylum of the Daleks, and the various galleries.

Rather impressive looking, I have to admit.

Can I be honest … ?

I’m looking forward to this one.

Just to see a Dalek asylum is somewhere where Daleks are safe … or going bonkers … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers.   Along with admitting she like the sound of the Thereminª, also bagged 7 out of 8: only missing on the fourth questions*.

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) 16th August, 1977, saw the death of Elvis Presley: what was his middle name?
Q2) More to the point, what was his last UK solo No 1 … ?
Q3) Equally to the point, what was his first US hit single … ?
Q4) Moving on … 16th August, 1896, saw three men discover gold: in a tributary of which river … ?
Q5) 16th August, 1989, saw solar flares knock out which North American city’s stock market … ?
Q6) And finally … 16th August, 2003,saw the death of Idi Amin: who won an Oscar for playing Amin, in The Last King Of Scotland … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 15th August, 1040, saw Duncan 1st defeated in battle, by his cousin: who was his cousin?   A1) MacBeth.
Q2) More to the point, in which year was Shakespeare’s play about that cousin, first published?   (Published, I should stress.   A2) 1623.
Q3) That play is frequently known both as The Bard’s Play: and what else … ?   A3) The Scottish Play: and occasionally as MacBee
Q4) As a final curséd question: in Polanski’s 1971 version of the play, who played Fleance, son of Banquo … ?   A4) Actor and TV presenter, Keith Chegwin.
Q5) Moving on, 15th August, 1483, saw Pope Sixtus 4th consecrate the Sistine Chapel: in which year did Michaelangelo start painting the ceiling?   A5) 1508: it took him four years.   That’s what happens when you get the cowboys in … … … … 
Q6) More to the point, which MAJOR Catholic event usually occurs in the Sistine Chapel … ?   A6) The Papal Conclave: or election of a new pope.
Q7) 15th August, 1947, saw India become independent: who was its first Indian Prime Minister … ?   A7) Jawaharlal Nehru.
Q8) And finally … 15th August, 1977, saw a student manning Ohio State University’s radio telescope pick a suspected alien broadcast: what was that signal named … ?   A8) The ‘Wow’ Signal.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with a tune from the one and only Elvis, shall I … ?

And a quote from him, too …
“Man, I was tame compared to what they do now. Are you kidding? I didn't do anything but just jiggle.”Elvis Presley January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

*       Sorry, Debbi … !

ª        Actual, Debbi, did you know one gets used on Good Vibrations … ?   Lord knows what was going on in Brian Wilson’s head, at the time, but he knocked out a good one°, there … 

º        Mind you … I always preferred this … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Those are great songs! :) Brian Wilson was a genius. Way ahead of his time.

1. Aaron
2. "Heartbreak Hotel" (the reissue of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" was his first Country #1 song in the U.S.)
3. "It's Now or Never" (reissue)
Source of Elvis Presley info:
4. the Yukon River
5. Chicago
6. Forest Whitaker

BTW, your blog has been nominated -- again! :)