Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The Daily Teaser — 2-4-2013: Haile Selassie.

Well … 

That was a jolly bank holiday … !

Gosh, that sounds unbelievably cynical, doesn’t it?

But frankly, I’m feeling vaguely cynical.

After all, I’d like a job: but the government’s changes to many of the benefits I and others, rely on, yesterday, left me saying “Surprise, surprise”.

Especially the bit where many government figures — Conservatives in particular — tell us these are supposed to “incentivise people back into work”.

When — as I and at least one of my neighbours can tell you — there’s not that many vacancies going.

I personally think a cynical attitude about politics is perfectly excusable.

Hmmm … Let’s move on, shall we … ?   Before I start to sound like Ben Elton in full on rant mode … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with posting up chapters 4 to 6 of Riptide*, she also bagged four out of five.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s rather Imperial questions, shall we … ?

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

Q1) 2nd April, 1930, saw Haile Selassie proclaimed Emperor of Ethiopia.   Was he the first, second or third of that name … ?
Q2) More to the point, what was his birth name … ?
Q3) The Emperor was also known as a Ras, before he was crowned.   What is a Ras generally equivalent to: a duke, an earl or a marquis … ?
Q4) Which Jamaican religion sees Haile Selassie as its central figure … ?
Q5) And finally … in which year of the 1970s was Haile Selassie deposed … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 2009 saw the Swiss Tourist Board announce they’d be needing volunteers cleaners for what … ?
A1) Swiss mountains.   (Birds … Ahem!!)
Q2) 1st April, 1957, saw which BBC show claim the Swiss Spaghetti Harvesters were bringing in a bumper crop … ? 
A2) Panorama.
Q3) 1st April, 1972, saw the British magazine, The Veterinary Record, issue its definitive study of the diseases of the Brunus edwardii: how is the Brunus edwardii better known … ?
A3) The Teddy Bear.
Q4) 31st March, 1998, saw Guinness issue an April Fools Day prank, claiming that Greenwich Mean Time was to be renamed Guinness Mean Time.   Which newspaper did this release famously fool … ?
A4) The Financial Times.
Q5) And finally … 1st April, 1998, saw the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announce that it had apparently been sold to whom … ?
A5) The Walt Disney Co.
In lieu of a soundtrack … ?   I’ll leave you with this footage of Haile Selassie’s coronation … 

And this thought from the man, himself …
“A qualified man with vision, unmoved by daily selfish interests, will be led to right decisions by his conscience. In general, a man who knows from whence he comes and where he is going will co-operate with his fellow human beings. He will not be satisfied with merely doing his ordinary duties but will inspire others by his good example. You are being watched by the nation and you should realize that you will satisfy it if you do good; but if, on the contrary, you do evil, it will lose its hope and its confidence in you.”
Emperor Haile Selassie
Have a good day … 

*        Debbi’sº own site will let you know where to get a copy … !

º        Hope that helps, Debbi!   (Oh, hope yesterday went well. and I’m glad the videos went down well: those typography animations have been around for a while, and I have to admit, I’m always fascinated by the things.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul! :) I also have a page on my blog with links to where you can buy my books, too. So, I've got links all over. :)

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2. Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael
3. Duke
4. the Rastafari movement
5. 1974