Monday, 21 October 2013

The Daily Teaser — 21-10-2013

You know, I’ve been watching, over the past couple of weeks, the BBC documentary about the old Ottoman Empire.

I’ve got the last episode on, as I write.

And it has to be said, Rageh Omaar’s presenting a series … not revelatory.   But certainly very informative.

Especially in his coverage of the man who basically turned what was left of the Empire into what’s now Turkey: Ataturk.

And it has to be said, the more I learn of the chap … ?

The more I keep thinking of people like Augustus Caesar, Stalin and Mao Zedong.

People who left a footprint on entire countries … 


Moving on …

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers — twice!: along with letting us know she’s pinned the trailer I featured, also scored seven out of seven.

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) 21st October is — apparently — Apple Day, here in the UK.   In which year of the 1990s was it first celebrated … ?
Q2) 21st October, 1929, saw the birth of writer, Ursula K. LeGuin.   Who’s the central character in her best known novel, A Wizard Of Earthsea … ?
Q3) 21st October, 1854, saw who — with a staff of thirty-eight — sent to the Crimean front … ?
Q4) 21st October, 1910, saw the HMS Niobe arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia: and named as the first ship of which navy … ?
Q5) Finally … 21st October, 1895, saw the Republic of Formosa collapse: after being invaded by whom … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 20th October, 1632, saw the birth of Sir Christopher Wren.   His most famous church, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, is on which London Hill … ?
Q2) He ALSO designed fifty-two churches, after the Great Fire of London: in which year was that fire … ?
A2) 1666.
Q3) The Monument to the Great Fire was designed by Sir Christopher and Robert Hooke.   It’s near the northern end of which London bridge … ?
Q4) That fire had been preceded — in the previous year — by the Great what of London … ?
A4) Plague.
Q5) Sir Christopher also designed the Royal Observatory, in Greenwich: home of the Prime … what … ?
Q6) Which naval building in Greenwich did Sir Christopher design … ?
A6) The Royal Naval College, in Greenwich.   (Although it had originally been used as a hospital, when Wren designed it.)
Q7) Finally … 1680 to 1682, Sir Christopher was President of what … ?
A7) The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge: usually just referred to as the Royal Society.
I’ll leave you with this thought from guitarist, Steve ‘The Colonel’ Cropper, speaking of his time as guitarist for The Blues Brothers
“My favorite moment of the whole thing was when John Belushi suggested that I get a hold of all the blues records I could so I could research the music.”
Steve ‘The Colonel’ Cropper, born 21st October, 1941.
And — as you can’t go FAR wrong with the Colonel — this tune from another band he was in … 

Have a good day … !

*        Blimey … !   What happened, there, Debbi … ?

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I have no idea. I only submitted them once, as far as I know. :)

Must have been some Google quirk, maybe. I had trouble with the codes and had to try a couple of times.

1. 1990
2. Ged
3. Florence Nightingale
4. the Royal Canadian Navy
5. Japan

I finished Neuromancer and have put it on my recommended books on Pinterest.