Friday, 4 October 2013

The Daily Teaser — 4-10-2013

You know, I’ve just had a quick glance out of the window.


And I’ll be frank: I’m thinking you can tell it’s the start of October.

It’s looking rough out there … !

Oh, not, roughly rough.   I mean, it’s a force 12 hurricane, out there.

But I think a coat’s going to come in handy.


Let’s move on, shall we … ?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with letting us know she’s got an idea for a video, also bagging nine out of ten.

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

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

Q1) 4th October, 1883, saw the first run of the Orient Express.   Over the life of the classic route, the train departed from Paris: and terminated in one of two cities.   Name either of those terminal cities.
Q2) The Simplon Orient Express — which ran through Lausanne, Milan and Belgrade — was the setting for which Agatha Christie novel … ?
Q3) The Arlberg Orient Express terminated at Bucharest or Athens.   But started where … ?
Q4) Which 1963 James Bond film saw Bond fighting one of the villains on the Orient Express … ?
Q5) Finally … Which EastEnders characters spent their honeymoon on the Orient Express, back in 1986 … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 3rd October saw the UK Minister for Food, announce the end of tea rationing.   In which year … ?
A1) 1952.
Q2) Who WAS that Minister … ?
A2) Major Gwilym Lloyd-George, 1st Viscount Tenby, and younger son of David Lloyd-George.
Q3) As of 2009, which Arabian country was THE biggest tea drinkers on the planet … ?
Q4) Britain comes 7th on that list of tea drinking nations, drinking how many ounces, per capita: 67, 69 or 71 … ?
A4) 67 ounces.   the US comes 69th on the list, at 12 ounces, with South Africa and Australia at joint 55th, at 18 ounces.   Finland comes in at 85th, on 7.8 ounces.   Nina, if you’re reading this, your countrymen are not making the effort … !
Q5) In the UK, there’s been ongoing debate — for many years — about putting what in first or last: milk or sugar … ?
A5) Milk.
Q6) What’s the scientific name for the Tea bush … ?
Q7) More to the point, in which far Eastern country does that bush come from … ?
A7) China.
Q8) Assam tea, Darjeeling tea and Nilgiri tea, all come from which country … ?
A8) India.
Q9) In the UK, the ‘TV Pickup’ is a surge in the use of what, during the ad-breaks in popular TV shows.
A9) Electricity: basically, it’s the surge in electricity when — during a commercial break in popular programmes, or, on the BBC, at the start or end of popular shows — everyone puts the electric kettle on, to make a cuppa.
Q10) Finally … Tetsubins, Brown Bettys and Yixings are what … ?
A10) Teapots.   (The Tetsubin is a cast iron Japanese teapot, the Brown Betty is the classic brown British teapot, whilst a Yixing is from China.)
Enjoy those: I’ll leave you with what the chap in Seat 61 said …
“Let’s get one thing clear.  There isn’t, and cannot be, any such thing as the ‘original’ Orient Express”  
Mark Smith, The Man In Seat 61
And with this tune from Jean-Michel Jarre … 

Have a good day.

*        You might want to download MPEG Streamclip, in that case, Debbi: the Windows version isn’t as far along as the Mac version, but it’s a user friendly video editor, on either platform.   (AND it can export to quite a few different formats.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

So many websites to check into. Thanks, Paul! I must confess, I'm thinking of investing in an Apple product. Possibly! :)

1. Paris & Istanbul
2. Murder on the Orient Express
3. Innsbruck
4. From Russia With Love
5. Den and Angie Watts