Wednesday, 8 January 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 8-1-2014: Mona Lisa … !

You know, it HAS to be said, I’ve managed to dig up my old copy of an old BBC 3 series, called The Fades.

Following the story of a small group of people as they battled a group of undead known as ‘fades’: basically ghosts that learn to eat human flesh, in order to bring themselves back to life.

Gruesome … and gorgeous stuff.

And a series that I — personally — think should never have been cancelled … !


At any rate: today is Wednesday.

Which means it’s time for this week’s Brentwood Gazette Teaser: here they are, covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 8th January, 1963, saw the ‘Mona Lisa’ exhibited in the USA.   In which US City: New York, Washington DC or Boston?
Q2) In which US state is that city … ?
Q3) Whilst touring the US, the ‘Mona Lisa’ was also exhibited in which other US city: New York, Washington DC or Boston?
Q4) Who painted the ‘Mona Lisa’?
Q5) Which of that painter’s other works gets a mention in a VERY well know Dan Brown novel … ?
Q6) Strictly speaking, that latter painting is actually a mural, on a wall in a church in which Italian city: Rome, Milan or Naples?
Q7) One of our painter’s better known drawings — ‘The Vitruvian Man’ — is stored in a museum in which city: Venice, Vilnius or Volgograd … ?
Q8) The ‘Mona Lisa’ is painted on to a panel made made from wood from which tree: poplar, ash or beech … ?
Q9) What’s the ‘Mona Lisa’s’ usual name, in Italian … ?
Q10) Finally … the ‘Mona Lisa’s’ present home is which Parisian museum … ?
Here’s the Christmas questions and answers …
Q1) Which King of England was crowned, on Christmas Day, 1066?
Q2) Which Roman nativity festival took place on 25th December?
Q3) In which of the New Testament books of the Bible is the Baby Jesus visited by the Three Magi … ?
Q4) More to the point, what are the traditional names of those three Magi … ?
Q5) The earliest reference to the birth of Jesus being on the 25th of December is in a calendar for which year: 354AD, 356AD or 357AD?
Q6) Who made the headlines in 1906 by refusing Christmas dinner?
Q7) In the Gregorian calendar, 25th December, is on the 25th December.   Obviously.   When is the December 25th, in the Julian calendar, used by many Eastern Orthodox churches?
Q8) Christmas Day is the traditional date of Jesus’ birth.   In which year was this … ?
Q9) More to the point, Jesus’ birth was supposed to be during the reign of which Jewish king … ?
Q10) Name either of the Gospels that give accounts of Jesus’ birth.
A1) William the Conqueror.
A2) The Nativity of Sol Invictus.
A3) The Gospel of Matthew.
A4) Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar.
A5) 354 AD.
A6) Jailed Suffragettes.
A7) January 7th.
A8) There’s no one year: instead historians suggest — at most — anywhere from 7 to 2 BC.
A9) Herod the Great.
A10) Matthew and Luke.
Enjoy those!

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