Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The Daily Teaser — 9-1-2013

Hmmm … 

You know, Tuesday’s morning’s Today programme is a fascinating thing.

The current Thought for the Day has started, with thoughts about the number of Earth-like planets.

But they’ve just had two senior clinicians on, who were both happily burbling on about the fact David Bowie’s issued a new single, yesterday.

Before that, they were talking to a couple of senior Whitehall bods about the Army’s plans to deal with attacks from cyberspace.

What got me, though … ?   Was the fact the word, cyberspace has only been around for a few years.   In fact, I think I’ve got the William Gibson short story collection it’s first used in.

I have to admit: I’m quite happy to see a word I first came across, several years ago, being used on Radio 4.

Let’s move on, shall we?   Before I start doing my best impersonation of the Dixie Flatlineº … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debb* in putting in her answers: along with giving us a quick book review, and admitting you have to be careful with the truth, also bagging 5 out of 6.

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) 9th January, 2001, saw Apple introduce its iTunes software: what’s the current version of iTunes … ?
Q2) More to the point, name any of the three families of operating system that iTunes is available on … 
Q3) 9th January, 1957, saw Sir Anthony Eden resign as British Prime Minister: due to ill health.   Who replaced him, as PM … ?
Q4) 9th January, 1947, was the last time Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Short was seen alive.   How is she better known to history … ?
Q5) 9th January, 1806, saw Admiral Horatio Nelson given a state funeral: in which church is he buried … ?
Q6) And finally … 9th January, 1858, saw the death of Anson Jones: he was the last President of an independent where … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 8th January, 1912, saw the founding — in South Africa — of the ANC: what does ANC stand for … ?   A1) African National Congress.
Q2) Which Caribbean republic also had an ANC … ?   A2) Trinidad and Tobago.
Q3) 8th January, 1918, saw the announcement of the 14 Points: by which US President … ?   A3) Woodrow Wilson.
Q4) Which of those points concerned Belgium … ?   A4) The Seventh.
Q5) 8th January, 1877, saw which Native American’s last battle … ?   A5) Crazy Horse’s.
Q6) And finally … 8th January, 1989, saw the start of the Heisei Period in Japan: marking the accession of which Japanese Emperor … ?   A6) Akhito.
Enjoy those, everyone.

As it’s the late Clive Dunn’s birthday, today, I’ll leave you with his only big hit, from back in 1971 … 

And with his words about it …
“It sold 90,000 copies in one day, I bought a house with it.”
Clive Dunn, 9 January 1920 – 6 November 2012
And some thoughts from his best know character, Corporal Jones.

*        I’m thinking you’ve got a very good point, there, Debbi!   (It’s the old saw, again, isn’t it … ?   About writing what one knows: and I’m pretty certain Constantine Stanislavski said something about it.)

º        Is it just me, or is that a fantastic name for a character, Debbi … ?   (I always hear that character’s lines in a faux, Deep South accent.   He’s supposed to be from that part of the States: Alabama, I think, but don’t quote me!)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Yeah, I can picture that. It has a nice ring to it. :)

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