Friday, 24 August 2012

The Daily Teaser — 24-08-2012

I think I’m starting to loathe Fridays, I really am … !

Or Google, at least: they’ve just — without me realising, or giving me a clue — logged me off.

Which made for an entertaining few minutes, trying to upload today’s poster … !

And leaves me — mentally — going Arrrgh.

Let’s get moving on, shall we?

AFTER I mention the fact Dr Who’s seventh series starts next Saturday … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with being boggled by a mention of both Keith Moon AND Harry’s Cafe De Wheels*, she ALSO managed to bag 5 out of 6: Wikipedia’s gone and made the reference harder to find, Debbi!

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) 24th August, 1812, saw a coalition of British, Spanish and Portuguese forces lift the Siege of where … ?
Q2) More to the point, during which war was this … ?
Q3) 24th August, 1989, saw Columbian drugs barons declare war on whom … ?
Q4) 24th August, 2006, saw the International Astronomical Union redefine what word … ?
Q5) More to the point, this meant that what got redefined as a Dwarf planet … ?
Q6) And finally … 24th August, 1456, saw the printing completed of the Gutenburg Bible: in which German city … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 23rd August, 1305, saw the death of Scottish hero, Sir William Wallace: who played Wallace, in the film, Braveheart?
A1) Mel Gibson.
Q2) More to the point, Wallace was hung at Smithfields, in London: Smithfield is the site of the last surviving London … what … market?
A2) Meat.   (You know … I HAVE to ask if the the hangman got Wallace’s body mixed up with a batch of pig trotters … )
Q3) 23rd August, 1839, saw the UK capture which Chinese port city … ?
A3) Hong Kong.
Q4) This capture saw the start of the First Opium War: between the UK and which Chinese Imperial dynasty … ?
A4) The Qing dynasty.
Q5) 23rd August, 1994, saw Eugene Ballard commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.   Ballard was the only black pilot to serve in the US Airforce, during which war … ?
A5) World War 1.
Q6) And finally … 23rd August, 1991, saw who punish those involved in a coup, four days earlier … ?
A6) Mikhail Gorbachev.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you a poem from noted Anglo-Jamacan dub poet, Linton Kwesi Johnson … 

And a quote from him, as well … 
“That the language of the poetry of Jamaican music is rastafarian or biblical language cannot simply be put down to the colonizer and his satanic missionaries. The fact is that the historical experience of the black Jamaican is an experience of the most acute human suffering, desolation and despair in the cruel world that is the colonial world..”
Linton Kwesi Johnson, born 24th August, 1952

*        Actually, Debbi, I think Harry’s nearest US equivalent would be Louis’ Lunch, which claims to have been the place that invented the Hamburger.   Although Harry’s does get a nod in The Last Continent.   Oh … And does a veggie floater … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul! That's interesting about Louis' Lunch. I had no idea. :)

1. Cádiz
2. the Peninsular War
3. the Colombian government
4. planet
5. Pluto
6. Mainz