Friday, 21 September 2012

The Daily Teaser — 21-09-2012

You know, I’ve said this before, and I’ll probably say this again, I HATE it, when I set my alarm for the wrong time.


I always like to try and get up early: if for no other reason than to have something vaguely resembling a normal working day.

Not that that’s necessarily had an positive effect on my hunt for a job — I think nothing helps, there, bar keeping at it — but it means I’ve got daylight to do it in.

Well … 


The weather’s staring to look nicely autumnal … and heavily overcast … 

Let’s get moving on, shall we?   Before I start to sound bratty … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers — thankfully, without getting eating by Google!   Along with telling us she thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s tune, she also managed to bag 7 out of 7.

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) 21st September is — according to the UN — the International Day of what … ?
Q2) In which year was the first of those days observed … ?
Q3) 21st September, 1955, saw the UK claim Rockall: in order to stop the Soviet Union spying on what … ?
Q4) More to the point, what’s the one BBC programme guaranteed to mention Rockall … ?
Q5) 21st September, 1866, saw the birth of science fiction writer, H. G. Wells: what did the H. G stand for … ?
Q6) More to the point, how did many people refer to those early science fiction novels … ?
Q7) And finally … 21st September, 1792, saw the abolition of the French Monarchy: until his execution in 1793, who was the last king of the French … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 20th September, 1860, saw the first visit of a Prince of Wales to North America: which Prince of Wales was it … ?   
A1) Prince Albert Edward.
Q2) More to the point, what name did he take the throne under … ?   
Q3) Talking about North America … 20th September, 1848, saw the founding of the American Association for the Advancement of … what?   
A3) Science.
Q4) 20th September saw Saladin begin his siege of Jerusalem: in which year?   
A4) 1187.
Q5) More to the point, which dynasty did Saladin found … ?   
A5) The Ayyubids.
Q6) 20th September, 1984, saw the US Embassy attacked: in which Lebanese city … ?   
A6) Beirut.
Q7) And finally … 20th September, 1697, saw the signing of the treaty that ended which war: the Six Day War, the 100 Years War, or the Nine Years War … ?   
A7) The Nine Years War.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with this video of Mars, The Bringer of War, from the Planet Suite: as today marks the 138th anniversary of Gustav Holst’s birth … 

And with this quote from H. G. Wells.   (Who’d’ve been 146 … )
“We do not want dictators, we do not want oligarchic parties or class rule, we want a widespread world intelligence conscious of itself.”H G Wells  21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946

*        If you get the chance, Debbi, remind me to play that one to Jude: bless him, I managed to play him Jolly Roger and I Got a Jar O’Dirt on Wednesday, and he absolutely LOVED them … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

That's great, Paul! Start 'em young with the right music. :)

1. Peace
2. 2001
3. missile tests
4. The Shipping Forecast
5. Herbert George
6. scientific romance
7. Louis XVI

I posted one of my favorite songs on Random and Sundry Things today. :)