Friday, 31 August 2012

The Daily Teaser — 31-08-2012

Hmm … 

It’s Friday.

You’ve possibly already worked that out, haven’t you … ?

But at any rate, that means today is possibly the day that my boiler’s supposed to finally get fixed.

The sooner the better, I hope.

According to the Today programme’s weather report, last night was one of the coldest August nights on record.

Hmmm … 

Did I tell you the boiler also powers the central heating?

Yeah … 

Like I say … !

Let’s move on … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and, along with bagging 4 out of 5*, also told us about thisº post.

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) Oslo 31st August is a 2011 film set in Oslo: in which country is Oslo … ?
Q2) More to the point, what’s the name of the main character … ?
Q3) Moving on … 31st August, 1896, saw Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patent his famed aircraft: what was it … ?
Q4) Which former Soviet republic declared independence, on 31st August, 1991 … ?
Q5) And finally … 31st August, 1962, saw the independence of two islands: name either …
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 30th August, 1982, saw the leader of the PLO forced out of Beirut: what was his name … ?
A1) Yasser Arafat.
Q2) More to the point, what does PLO stand for … ?
A2) The Palestine Liberation Organisation.
Q3) 30th August, 2001, saw Slobodan Milosovic informed he was to be charged with genocide: Milosovic was the former president of where … ?
A3) Yugoslavia.
Q4) 30th August, 1963, saw the hotline between Washington and Moscow:  2008 saw a similar hotline established between Washington and which capital city … ?
A4) Beijing.
Q5) And finally … 30th August, 1984, saw the Space Shuttle Discovery launched on its maiden voyage: how many communications satellites did it put into orbit … ?
A5) 3.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you with this rather charming quote from the famously pyschotic Caligula …
“Utinam populus Romanus unam cervicem haberet!”
Translated as “Would that the Roman people had but one neck!”Words attributed to Caligula (Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus 31 August AD 12 – 24 January AD 41
And as it’s Squeeze co-founder and singer, Glenn Tilbrook’s birthday, here’s one of the band’s better known tunes … 

*        Sorry, Debbi: it was actually Beijing: but at least we can say it doesn’t involve a duck, Peking or otherwise.   Or pressedº, come to that … 

ª        Nice piece of work, there, Debbi … !

º        That’s got to be up there with Klingon food.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul! :) I'd rather avoid Klingon food. I prefer food that isn't moving! :)

1. Norway
2. Anders
3. the Zeppelin
4. Uzbekistan
5. Trinidad and Tobago

Good luck with the boiler.