Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The Daily Teaser — 13-11-2013

You know, I love a good documentary, I really do: and it has to be said, BBC4’s been putting out a couple of interesting ones.

Including the one I’m playing, now: about the Cold War.

Fascinating stuff.   And just getting to the bit about the Cambridge Spies: including Maclean and Burgess.

Growing up in the 80s, the tale end of the Cold War, as I did … ?

Well, I personally, couldn’t help but be interested: especially as it’s also covering George Orwell’s, 1984, a novel I’ve had on my shelves for years.

Hmmm … 

You know … I think I might just sit down with that again, at some point: it still seems relevant.

Let’s move on, shall we?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi*† putting in her answers: and, along with thanking me for an email I’d sent, also bagging two out of five.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s Teaser, shall we?   Here it is, along with the ‘How To,’ License and video

Q1) 13th November, 1002, saw King Æthelred 2nd — AKA Æthelred the Unready — order the Saint Brice’s Massacre of all whom living in England … ?
Q2) 13th November, 1994, saw Sweden vote to join the EU.   What does EU stand for?
Q3) 13th November, 1974, saw Ronald DeFeo, Jnr, murder his family, in Amityville, Long Island: thus providing inspiration for which movie franchise?
Q4) More to the point, in which US state is Long Island … ?
Q5) 13th November, 1971 saw the US probe Mariner 9 reach its target.   5th November, 2013, saw India launch its Orbiter Mission: both are — or were — heading to which planet … ?
Q6) Finally … 13th November, 1918, saw Allied troops occupy which capital city … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 12th November, 1984, saw Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer announce the phasing out of the £1 note.   What was it replaced by … ?
A1) The £1 coin.
Q2) Strictly speaking, the replacement had been introduced in April of which year … ?
A2) 1983.
Q3) Who — apart from the Queen — was pictured on that £1 note … ?
A3) Sir Isaac Newton.   (Who, at one point, was the head of the Royal Mint: there’s a school of thought that says his real stroke of genius was not the discovery and measurement of gravity — ANYBODY could’ve done that — but the invention of the mill-edged coin, which helped reduce fraud.   He’s ALSO credited with the invention of the cat-flap)
Q4) In which year of the 1980s was it finally withdrawn from circulation?
A4) 1988.
Q5) Finally … What body makes coins and banknotes in the UK … ?
A5) The Royal Mint.
I’ll leave you with this thought from birthday girl, Whoopi Goldberg …
“Most of all, I dislike this idea nowadays that if you’re a black person in America, then you must be called African-American. Listen, I’ve visited Africa, and I’ve got news for everyone: I’m not an African. The Africans know I’m not an African. I’m an American. This is my country. My people helped to build it and we’ve been here for centuries. Just call me black, if you want to call me anything.”
Whoopi Goldberg, born 13th November, 1955.
And with this tune … 

Have a good day.

*        My pleasure, Debbi, I hope it helps: the Wikipedia entries on the NHS are rather good, I should add.

†        Blimey!   Was it me, Debbi, or did I come up with a really rough one, there … ??‽!?

1 comment:

Debbi said...

It's okay, Paul.

1. the Danish
2. European Union
3. The Amityville Horror
4. New York
5. Mars
6. Constantinople