Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Daily Teaser — 24th-August-2013: The Gutenberg Bible

Well, there’s a thing.

You’ve heard of the Edinburgh Festival, haven’t you … ?

Of course you have.

It’d be hard not too, actually.

I’ve never actually been: I’ve never been able to afford it, frankly.

So it’s sort of nice that Radio 4 broadcast’s some of its shows from  the Festival is something: including today’s Today programme.   It means I get to soak up the atmosphere, even if it is at one remove.

It’s also about the only time you’ll get James Naughtie grilling a folk singer about Scottish devolution.

Quite something to catch … !

At any rate … ?

Let’s move on … 


Yesterday’s Teaser* saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with letting know Hong Kong’s full name was a bit of a mouthful, she also bagged five out of five.

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) 24th August, 1456, saw printing completed on the Gutenberg Bible.   How many lines did each page: thirty-two, forty-two or fifty-two … ?
Q2) What was the name of the Gutenberg Bible’s printer … ?
Q3) Famously, this edition of the Bible was printed with movable what … ?
Q4) In which language was the Gutenberg Bible printed: German, Latin or English … ?
Q5) The Gutenberg Bible was an edition used by the Roman Catholic Church: known as what … ?
Q6) Finally … In which Germany city was the Gutenberg Bible printed: Munich, Mainz or Berlin … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 23rd August, 1839, saw Britain capture the port of Hong Kong: at the start of the First Opium War.   Opium is made from which flower … ?
A1) The Opium Poppy.
Q2) More to the point, in which year of the 1990s did the UK hand Hong Kong back to China … ?
A2) 1997.
Q3) Who was the last British Governor of Hong Kong … ?
A3) Chris Patten.
Q4) Equally to the point, who was the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong … ?
A4) Tung Chee-Hwa.
Q5) Finally … what’s Hong Kong’s name … ?
A5) 中華人民共和國香港特別行政區: or the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, if you’d prefer English …
Enjoy those: I’ll leave you with this thought from Pope Pius 2nd …
“All that has been written to me about that marvellous man seen at Frankfurt is true. I have not seen complete Bibles but only a number of quires of various books of the Bible. The script was very neat and legible, not at all difficult to follow—your grace would be able to read it without effort, and indeed without glasses.”
Pope Pius 2nd.
And with this footage of one of the remaining copies of the Gutenberg Bible, held in Texas … 

*        You’re right, Debbi: I’d hate to try and say it in Mandarin … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Yeah, it would be hard!

1. 42
2. Johannes Gutenberg
3. type
4. German
5. Vulgate
6. Mainz