Thursday, 4 April 2013

The Daily Teaser — 4-4-2013

Hmmm … 

You know, Wilde’s last words were — reportedly — ‘Either that wallpaper goes, or I do’.

Yep … I’ve got a documentary on in the background: about killer Victorian-era domestic gadgets.

I don’t know if you count wall-paper as a gadget.   But it turns out our Victorian ancestors had a lot of wall-paper that used arsenic-based pigments.

Turns out arts and crafts champion, William Morris produced a lot of it!

Oy Veh … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we?   Before I start wondering about my paint … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with admitting she’d thoroughly enjoyed the video with yesterday’s Gazette Teaser, also bagging 7 out of 7.

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) 4th April, 1973, saw the dedication of which New York landmark … ?
Q2) More to the point, how many stories high was that landmark: 100, 110 or 120 stories … ?
Q3) 4th April, 1721, saw Sir Robert Walpole named as the UK’s first Prime Minister.   Under which king … ?
Q4) 4th April, 2002, saw the signing of the peace treaty that ended which African country’s civil war … ?
Q5) 4th April, 1975, saw Bill Gates and Paul Allen formally found Microsoft: the pair’s first computer product, sold a few weeks earlier, was a version of which computer language … ?
Q6) And finally … 4th April, 2000, saw surprise blizzards block which British airport … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 3rd April, 1882, saw who gunned down by Robert Ford … ?
A1) Jesse James.
Q2) More to the point, what was the name of the 2007 film about the latter’s death at the hands of Robert Ford … ?
A2) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Q3) Who played the murdered man in that film … ?
A3) Brad Pitt.
Q4) Moving on … 3rd April, 1981, saw the release of the world’s first portable computer: what was it called … ?
A4) The Osborne 1.   (The thing had 64 whole kilobytes of RAM.  WOWSA!)
Q5) 3rd April, 1975, saw Chess Grandmaster, Bobby Fischer refuse to play who … ?
A5) Anatoly Karpov.
Q6) 3rd April, 1045, saw who crowned as King of England … ?
A6) Edward the Confessor.
Q7) And finally … 3rd April, 1895, saw who start a rather notorious Libel case … ?
A7) Oscar Wilde.
I’ll leave you with the late Gary Moore’s take on Over The Hills And Far Away … 

And with this quote from director, Andrei Tarkovsky … 
“The film needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewers who walked into the wrong theatre have time to leave before the main action starts”
Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky 4 April 1932 – 29 December 1986
Have a good day … 

*        It was a nice fit, wasn’t it, Debbi … ?   Especially given the subject matter!   I’m just hoping I don’t get any kind of negative feedbackº: which wouldn’t be too good.   If I just get a funny look from a vicar, I’ll be laughing … 

º        That’s from the Brentwood Gazette, by the way: written a day or two before I wrote that Teaser.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

An excellent fit, Paul! :) And laugh you should!

1. the World Trade Center
2. 110
3. King George I
4. Angola
5. BASIC (I learned that in college!)
6. Heathrow