Monday, 17 June 2013

The Daily Teaser — 17-6-2013

Oh, now that was … um … 

Slightly unnerving, certainly.

Just so you know … ?   I had something of a nightmare, last night: or possibly this morning, it did seem to be in the run-up to waking up.

I’d moved back into my old bedsit in Ingrave Road: the bit that was disturbing was seeing how things had both changed, and simultaneously hadn’t.   If you follow me … ?

Now I think about it … ?   Slightly unnerving is possibly the right phrase.

Especially when it came down to the paintwork.

You really don’t want to ask …

Hmmm … Let’s move on, shall we?   Before you do … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers.   Along with bagging 4 out of 5, she also quietly admitted to picking up a lot from tv*.

Let’s see if that’s helps her — and you — with today’s questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 17th June, 1900, saw Allied and Japanese forces capture the Taku Forts: in the Chinese city of Tianjin.   During which Rebellion … ?
Q2) Talking of which … 17th June, 1953: during an uprising, Soviet troops were  called into which East German city … ?
Q3) 17th June, 1967, saw which Far Eastern country announce it had successfully tested a thermonuclear weapon … ?
Q4) 17th June, 1980, saw the UK Government announce that US missiles would sited at two RAF bases in the UK.   Which RAF bases … ?
Q5) And FINALLY … 17th June, 1944, saw which country declare independence … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 16th June, 1586, saw Mary Queen of Scots recognise who, as heir and successor … ?
A1) Phillip 2nd of Spain.
Q2) 16th June, 1955, saw Pope Pius 12th excommunicate which political figure … ?
A2) Juan Perón.
Q3) 16th June, 2012, saw China launch its Shenzhou 9 craft: complete with three astronauts.   What’s the Chinese term for an astronaut … ?
A3) Depending on context, either yǔ háng yuán, (宇航员, “space navigating personnel”) for astronauts or cosmonauts — those from the US or Russian —, háng tiān yuán" (航天员, “space navigating personnel”), or taikonaut: used by the Xinhua News Agency, in its English language media.
Q4) 16th June, 1915, saw the founding of the Women’s Institute: which hymn is especially associavideoted with it … ?
A4) Jerusalem.
Q5) And finally … 16th June, 1911, saw the founding of the company that eventually became IBM.   What does IBM stand for … ?
A5) International Business Machines.
I’ll leave you with this thought from artist, M. C. Escher …
“It is human nature to want to exchange ideas, and I believe that, at bottom, every artist wants no more than to tell the world what he has to say.”
M. C. Escher 17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972

And — as today marks the birth of Igor Stravinsky — I’ll leave you with The Rite Of Spring.   It started a riot.   Lord knows what he’d make of the UK’s weather, rite† now …

Oh …

And as this turns been earwoming its way through my head …

*        Will do, Debbi … !   (Talking of educational TV: did I tell you that the BBC turned down Sesame Street … ?   Yes, I know that sounds mildly scandalous … but they were, and still are, concerned to keep British English as British as possible.   AND preferred the UK pronunciation of ‘Z’)

†        That’s a pun, in case you hadn’t noticed … 


trev-v said...

Hi Debbi Hi Paul

I see that yesterday Paul put up a question about IBM. Well with my over 40 years in Computing (Man & Boy) I worked on many manufacturers computers and we had a list of what IBM stood for. Here are a few of the cleaner ones.

It Be Madness
Its Beyond Mankind
It be motionless
Its being Mended
Its bloody Madness
I be Masturbating
It be mayhem
I be motivated.


Debbi said...

Well, nothing wrong with that. In fact, if you're on Pinterest, I have a cartoon board. I included Pinky and the Brain, as well as Wallace and Grommitt, along with Bugs Bunny, of course! :)

1. the Boxer Rebellion
2. East Berlin
3. China
4. RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth
5. Iceland