Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Daily Teaser — 1-1-2013

Hmmm … 

Right … 

It’s now, officially, 2013.

And a day that — after a quick look outside — actually looks vaguely sunny.

Hopefully, that’s a good sign.

After all, 2012 was Britain’s wettest year.

Actually … ?   It was possibly Britain’s finest year in years: my only regret about it was the lack of a job meant I couldn’t afford to go see the Olympics in person.

Still … it DID set the bar: let’s hope 2013 is as good.

Let’s move on, shall we?

Yes, let’s … 


Yesterday’s Teaser — the last of 2012 — saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with telling us about this post, she also bagged 5 out of 5.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with the first questions of the New Year.

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) In which year did MOST of the UK start celebrating New Year’s Day on 1st January: 1751, 1752 or 1753 … ?
Q2) What was the only part of the UK that didn’t … ?
Q3) The one bit of the UK that DIDN’T change, went on to change the start of it’s New year … in which year … ?
Q4) Vesāk — or Vesākha — is the Buddhist New Year’s Day.   It also celebrates the Buddha’s what: birth, death or enlightenment … ?
Q5) Junkanoo is usually celebrated on New Year’s Day: in which Caribbean nation … ?
Q6) Many Churches observe the Feast of Christ’s what, on 1st January … ?
Q7) Three countries celebrate Independence Day on 1st January: name on of them.
Q8) According to an old superstition, New Year’s Day means you have to be First-Footed: by whom … ?
Q9) What’s the earliest day that the Chinese New Year’s Day can fall … ?
Q10) And finally … most of the planet celebrated the start of the Third Millennium on New Year’s Day of which year … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 31st December is, obviously, New Year’s Eve: who directed the 2011 film, New Year’s Eve … ?
A1) Gary Marshall.   (According to the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, calling the film ‘complete tripe’ … would be flattering … )
Q2) Who — in 2010 — released a song called New Year’s Eve … ?
A2) Snoop Dogg.
Q3) On the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve what carboniferous object is a Scotsman supposed to give you … ?
A3) A lump of coal.
Q4) What’s the name of the road race that takes place in Wales, on New Year’s Eve … ?
A4) The Nos Galan road race.
Q5) And finally … who released the song, It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve … ?
A5) Barry Manilow.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll wish you a Happy New Year: and leave you with this quote from a certain well known American.
“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ”   
Benjamin Franklin.
And this tune from U2.

*        Tish, Debbi: quit putting yourself down!  And remind me, one of these days, to tell you about Blitz Spirit … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thank you, Paul! :) You really are awesome. Blitz spirit. Yay!!!

1. 1752
2. Scotland
3. 1600
4. birth
5. the Bahamas
6. Circumcision (weird, huh? like celebrating a tonsilectomy ... ha!)
7. Camaroon, Haiti and Western Samoa
8. One must never leave the home before someone comes in first. First footer in the house should be ushered in with a warm welcome and should not have flat feet, cross-eyes or eyebrows stretching out to meet in the middle. Ideally, they should have certain small gifts. (Well, sure ... why not? :))
Source: http://www.happywink.org/newyearfestival/new-year-superstitions.html
9. Jan. 21
10. 2000 or 2001, depending - See this unbelievably long & arcane discussion: http://www.hermetic.ch/cal_stud/newmill.htm

I will lose no sleep thinking about it. Ha ha! :)

How's that for blitz spirit! :)