Now, that’s … strange … that really is.
I’ve got Radio 4’s Today programme on in the background: the show — as a few BBC news and current event shows — mentioned the shootings of some British tourists in France.
The strange bit — at least for me — is that I’ve always had the impression that there’s not that much gun crime in France: it’s always struck me as being relatively peaceable, in that sense.
Either way, what’s sad is the fact that it’s members of a family that seem to have shoot: and the two daughters seem to have survived the shooting.
That’s a shame: they’ve been orphaned on what should’ve been a happy family holiday.
Let’s get moving on, shall we?
Yesterday’s teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with giving me some very good advice, also 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) 6th September, 1968, saw Swaziland become independent: from which colonial power … ?
Q2) More to the point, which star of Withnail and I was born in Swaziland … ?
Q3) 6th September is a national holiday in Pakistan, in memory of those killed in its war with India: in which year was that war… ?
Q4) 6th September, 1972, saw nine athletes from Israel killed: those athletes had been killed during the Summer Olympics in which German city … ?
Q5) 6th September, 1522, saw the only surviving ship from Ferdinand Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world arrive home: what was that ship’s name … ?
Q6) And finally … 6th September, 1991, saw a well known Russian city change its name back to Saint Petersburg: what was its name between 1924 and 1991?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 5th September, 1960 saw Muhammed Ali — Cassius Clay, as he was then — win an Olympic boxing Gold medal. Who played Ali in the 2001 film of the same name … ?A1) Will Smith.
Q2) 5th September, 1941, saw Nazi Germany occupy all of which Baltic state … ?A2) Estonia.
Q3) 5th September, 1959, saw Britain’s first trunk call made from a call box: from which English city … ?A3) Bristol.
Q4) 5th September, 1927, saw the release of Trolley Troubles: which cartoon rabbit did this feature … ?A4) Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Q5) And finally … 5th September, 1836, saw Sam Houston elected as President of Texas. In which year did Texas join the USA?A5) 1845.
Enjoy those, everyone.
As it’s Roger Waters’ birthday, today … ? I’ll leave you with Brain Damage …
And a quote from the Marquis de Lafayette …
“I read, I study, I examine, I listen, I reflect, and out of all of this I try to form an idea into which I put as much common sense as I can.”Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette 6 September 1757 – 20 May 1834
* Yeah, that’s what I though you might suggest, Debbi. Hmmm … There might just be something coming through in a week or so’s time that I can follow up. And yes, I think Karen is: although I think she’s planning to do that through Apple’s iBookª scheme.
ª DAMN … ! It’s only for Mac OS X 10•7•2 and up! Bugger … !