Thursday, 13 September 2012

The Daily Teaser — 13-09-2012

You know, I have to admit, I’ve now got a chance to say ‘Well, finally’.

For one thing … ?   Apple’s released it’s new iPhone and iPod Touch.

And I have to admit, I’m enough of an Apple fanboi to admit I WANT one.


I’m so very tempted to mug the nearest person holding £250 … !

But on a more serious note … ?

On a more serious note, yesterday also say the release of the complete set of papers on the Hillsborough disaster.

Which has confirmed what the victims’ families have been saying for many years.   That the police had altered witness statements, to shift the blame from the emergency services, to the victims.

I’ll let you work out the implications of the Hillsborough papers … 

Moving on … 

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and, along with admitting A Town Called Mercy looks goo, also bagged either 5 out of 6 or 6 out of 6, depending on your sources.

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) In non-leap years, 13th September is the 256th day of the year: how is 256 shown in binary … ?
Q2) 13th September, 1994, saw the Ulysses probe pass the south pole of what … ?
Q3) More to the point, Ulysses is the Latin translation of the name of which Greek hero … ?
Q4) Moving on … 13th September, 1788, saw which city become the temporary capital of the USA?
Q5) 13th September, 1953, saw Nikita Khrushchev elected as General Secretary of the USSR: what was his full title … ?
Q6) And finally … which New York prison was stormed by National Guardsmen, in order to end a prison riot, on 13th September, 1971?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 12th September, 2001, saw President George Bush declare a war on … what … ?
A1) Terror.
Q2) 12th September, 1846, saw Elizabeth Barrett elope with Robert Browning: in which European country did the two poets live much of their married life … ?
A2) Italy.
Q3) More to the point, in which town did they initially live … ?
A3) Pisa.
Q4) 12th September, 1910, saw the premiere of the last of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies to be premiered during his lifetime.   Which symphony was it … ?
A4) His 8th Symphony in E♭ Major.   (If you follow that first link, to a performance of the symphony, you can see why it’s been nicknamed Symphony of a Thousand.   When Gustav said “Let’s go BIG”, he didn’t muck about!)
Q5) 12th September, 1977, saw the death of which activist … ?
A5) Steve Biko.
Q6) And finally … 12th September, 2003, saw the death of legend, Johnny Cash: what was the name of the last UK Top Forty single he released, while he was still alive?
A6) Hurt.
Enjoy those, everyone.

Given it’s Arnold Schœnberg’s birthday, today, we’ll have something classyº, shall we?

I’ll leave you with this though from playwright, J. B. Priestley.
“In plain words; now that Britain has told the world she has the H-Bomb, she should announce as early as possible that she has done with it, that she proposes to reject, in all circumstances, nuclear warfare. This is not pacifism. There is no suggestion here of abandoning the immediate defence of this island...No, what should be abandoned is the idea of deterrence-by-threat-of-retaliation. There is no real security in it, no decency in it, no faith, hope, nor charity in it.”
J. B. Priestly, 13 September 1894 – 14 August 1984

*        I know you’ve probably got access to a lot more of the original records, Debbi: and memories, as well.   But I had to depend on the BBC’s report … 

º        And that’s one of his less way-out compositions … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Oh, that's cool. :) And I like the classy music!

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