Monday, 6 May 2013

The Daily Teaser — 6-5-2013: The Bank Of England

That’s a bit of a worry.

Seemingly, over in the US, a group called Defence Distributed, has made a working gun: and fired it.

A working gun from plastic part produced on an easily obtainable — with the right money — three-d printer.

Please notice the easily obtainable bit.

What’s more, the chap running the group … ?   Plans to make the plans easily accessibly on the Web.

I’m … unnerved … to be frank.   Cody Williams, who heads the group, SAYS that he believes that you should be able to own anything you want: which is why he’s planning to make them accessible.

In this case, I’m going to disagree.   I believe he shouldn’t: and believe Internet Service Providers should block the designs where-ever they turn up.   We’re talking about a gun, here, not a hooky video or laptop.

Yes, he’s given me a way to own a gun and kill someone.   Sorry, defend myself.   He’s ALSO given that same ability to crook with the brains to find and use a three-d printer.   There’s a few of them.

Personally … ?   Mr Williams has a good point that we, as consumers, should be able to own what we want.   I personally ALSO feel that doesn’t include guns.

Right … Rant over … Let’s move on …


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers.   Along with giving both Trevor and I a mention in the acknowledgements of the new edition of Identity Crisis*, she also bagged 5 out of 5.

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

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

Q1) 6th May saw the Bank Of England given independence from political control.   In which year … ?
Q2) This was done by Britain’s then Chancellor of the Exchequer: which Chancellor … ?
Q3) In which year was the Bank Of England founded: 1693, 1694 or 1695?
Q4) The current Governor of the Bank Of England is Mervyn King.   Who is he to be replaced by … ?
Q5) The Bank is one of eight UK banks that can issue sterling notes.   Name one of the other seven … (This doesn’t include any of the Channel Island banks: they’re Crown dependancies and, as such, NOT part of the UK.)
Q6) The bank takes its nickname — the Old Lady Of Threadneedle Street — from a ghostly nun said to haunt its garden.   According to the stories, what’s the ghost’s name … ?
Q7) And finally … 6th May, 2013, is a public holiday in the UK: under what name are these known … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 5th May saw the birth of Karl Marx, founder of Communism.   In which year … ?
A1) 1818.
Q2) More to the point, in what’s now which European country … ?
A2) Germany.
Q3) In May of 1849, Marx moved to which UK city … ?
A3) London.
Q4) Who co-wrote many of Marx’s works … ?
A4) Friedrich Engels.
Q5) And finally … In which cemetery is Karl Marx buried … ?
A5) Highgate.
Enjoy those.

I’ll leave you with this quote from the current governor of the Bank Of England.
“So, I’m far from relaxed or complacent, Mr Love. I am actually rather concerned about it. I want to see something that makes sense economically, not something which is just a gesture”
Sir Mervyn King, speaking before the Treasury Select Committee in 2012.
And with this tune from the Flying Lizards …

Have a good day … 

*        Debbi … ?   I think I owe you a MASSIVE thank you, there … ! :D

1 comment:

Debbi said...

You're very welcome, Paul! :) The pleasure is all mine, believe me.

1. 1997
2. Gordon Brown
3. 1694
4. Mark Carney
5. Bank of Scotland
6. The Black Nun
7. Early May Bank Holiday