Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The Brentwood Gazette Weekly Teaser — 24-10-2012: United Nations Day

You know, I’ve GOT to admit, Mac fan that I am, I’ve just seen the new Mac Minis on Apple’s site.

And have to admit, I’m thinking I need to REALLY start saving up … !

I want one of those.

Or possibly one of the new iPad mini’s.

I’ll let you know … !

At ANY rate, that’s not why you’re here, is it … ?

Nope!   You’re here because you wanted to see what I’ve posted to the Brentwood Gazette.

Just in case you’ve not managed to get this week’s Gazette, you can read the questions, on their site: or keep reading on.


Here we are: given it’s the United Nation’s birthday … 

Q1) 24th October, 1945, saw the founding of the United Nations, when its Charter came into international force: how many member nations are there on the UN Security Council … ?
Q2) How many of those members are permanent … ?
Q3) More to the point: name any of those permanent members? 
Q4) Which international body has more members: the UN or FIFA … ?
Q5) More to the point, how many members does the UN have: 191, 193 or 195 … ?
Q6) Moving on, slightly, what’s the name of the UN body that deals with refugees … ?
Q7) What’s the name of the UN’s world health organisation … ?
Q8) What was the name of the UN’s predecessor?
Q9) In which US city was the UN’s inauguration ceremony … ?
Q10) Finally, who’s the current UN Secretary General of the UN?
And here’s last week’s questions and answers.
Q1) 17th September, 1931, saw Al Capone sentenced: for what crime … ?
Q2) More to the point, what was the name on Al’s birth certificate … ?
Q3) Equally to the point, what was the name of the 1987 film about Al Capone … ?
Q4) Who played Capone in that film … ?
Q5) Which city’s Mafia group did Capone lead, at the height of his fame … ?
Q6) Talking of Mafia … What’s the name of the Japanese equivalent of the Mafia?
Q7) Name either of the two types of Chinese criminal organizations.
Q8) While we’re at it: the American Mafia occasionally calls itself Cosa Nostra.   What does this mean in English … ?
Q9) Which US city — famously — has Five Mafia Families … ?
Q10) And finally … name one of those Five Families …
A1) Income Tax Evasion.
A2) Alphonse Gabriel Capone.
A3) The Untouchables.
A4) Robert DeNiro.
A5) Chicago’s.
A6) The Yakuza.   (Although they, themselves refer to themselves as ninkyō dantai, or ‘Chivalrous Organisations’: Japanese police call them bōryokudan: or ‘violence groups’.)
A7) Tongs, which have their origins in Chinese immigrant communities in the US and Canada,  and Triads, which were more influential in East Asia, the UK and Hong Kong.
A8) ‘Our Thing’.   (There’s an old joke about the Welsh Mafia being called the Taffia.   Let’s leave that one RIGHT there … )
A9) New York.
A10) Bonnano, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Lucchese.   (Funnily, the Genovese are the only one of the Five Families to NOT have their current leader named on Wikipedia.   Somebody’s worried … )
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you what’s described as the anthem of the UN.

Plinky-plonky, isn’t it … ?

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