Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The Daily Teaser — 12-2-2013

Blimey, THAT was a bit of a news day … !

I mean, North Korea setting off a small nuclear bomb.

And — AND — the resignation of the Pope … !

Which was a bit of a shocker.   For the past six centuries, they’ve had a tendency to die in office.

I have to admit, though, non-Catholic that I am, I can’t help that think it’s a good thing.   It turns a quasi-monarchial role, into something a touch more presidential.

And, nicely drags the Papacy into the 19th Century: let alone the 20th or 21st.

At ANY rate … ?   At ANY rate, it did manage to overshadow what I’d pencilled in, for this morning’s  post: the simple fact that, at Saturday’s DropKixx show, Kevin managed to lose his championship belt.

Knowing Kevin, I’m thinking he’s correct that, at some point … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with complimenting me on yesterday’s videos, she also managed to bag 5 out of 5.

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) 12th February, 2013 is Shrove Tuesday: in the UK, it’s also known as what Day … ?
Q2) It’s also known as Mardi Gras: or ‘what Tuesday’ … ?
Q3) Moving on … 12th February, 1912, saw the abdication of the Xuantong Emperor: where was he the last emperor of … ?
Q4) What was the name of the 1987 film about the Xuantong Emperor … ?
Q5) 12th February, 1961, saw the USSR launch the Venera 1 mission.   To which planet was the Venera 1 heading … ?
Q6) And finally … 12 February, 2013, saw the murder of which Northern Irish solicitor?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 11th February, 660BC is the traditional date of accession of the first Japanese Emperor: what was his name … ?
A1) Jimmu.
Q2) More to the point, what’s the Japanese version of he and his descendants’ title … ?
A2) Tennō.
Q3) Who’s the current Japanese Emperor … ?
A3) Emperor Akihito.
Q4) Historically, the Japanese Emperor’s home was Edo Castle: what’s it now called … ?
A4) Tokyo Imperial Palace.
Q5) And finally … the imperial seal of Japan is a stylized version of which flower … ?
A5) A Chrysanthemum.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Victorian music hall star, Marie Lloyd …
“I’m one of the ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit.”
Marie Lloyd 12 February 1870 – 7 October 1922
And one of the few surviving recordings from her.

*        How are you with Victorian music hall stars, Debbi … ?   Marie Lloyd’s up, today: and that’s what she was.   (Oh, and the Victorian era’s equivalent of … … You know, that’s actually a good thought: I don’t think there’s anyone quite like it, these days … … )

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Oh, no! I totally forgot to eat pancakes today. :( I always eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Oh, well.


1. Pancake Tuesday and Pancake Day
2. Fat Tuesday
3. China
4. The Last Emperor
5. Venus
6. Pat Finucane