Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser

Would you know it … ?

I’m jobhunting, at the moment: as people who follow me for a while, will already know.

As part of that, I have to sign at my local Job Centre/Benefits office, in order to claim any money: and to show what I’m doing to find work.

Until recently … ?   Until recently, I also had to attend the government’s Work Programme.   My last Appointment … ?   Was last week.

Today, I was due to sign on — which went well — and speak to my new personal adviser, who’s supposed to help me find work, now I’ve come off the work programme.

He was off ill.


I’ll get to see him next time I sign on, but even so … ?   That’s just about my luck … 


At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, today is Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s questions, covered by the Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 29th January saw the VC medal first instituted.   What does VC stand for … ?
Q2) Which Queen introduced it … ?
Q3) In which year of the 1850s was the VC introduced … ?
Q4) The Queen introduced the VC and saw it awarded: for which ‘V’?
Q5) The VC is awarded for that ‘V’, in the face of whom … ?
Q6) During which war was the VC first awarded … ?
Q7) Who was Britain fighting against in that war … ?
Q8) The medal’s shape is a cross what: pattée, paté or pattern … ?
Q9) How many times — since World War 2 — has the original VC been awarded … ?
Q10) Finally … who’s the most recent British Army soldier to have received the VC … ?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 22nd January, 1984, saw the airing of the first ad for the Apple Macintosh computer.   Which George Orwell novel was the ad named after … ?
Q2) Which well known British director directed it: Barry Scott, Tony Scott or Ridley Scott?
Q3) The heroine of the advert was played by athlete and model, Anya Major.   She also appeared in the video for which Elton John song: ‘Nikita’, ‘Sad Songs,’ or ‘I’m Still Standing’ … ?
Q4) The ad was famously shown during a well known — and very American — sporting event.   WHICH sporting event: the World Series final, the Superbowl or the NBA Basketball finals … ?
Q5) Name either of the teams in that year’s event … ?
Q6) Apple itself was founded by two Steves: the late Steve Jobs, and who else?
Q7) The original Mac was the first commercially successful computer to use a ‘GUI’, or Graphical User … what … ?
Q8) It was also the first commercially successful computer to use what handheld device … ?
Q9) Apple’s currently range of Macs include its famous all-in-one desktop: what’s the name of that desktop … ?
Q10) Finally … Apple’s current computer operating system — the one on the Mac, not the iPad and iPhone — is called OS X.   What does the X stand for … ?
A1) 1984.
A2) Ridley Scott.
A3) Nikita’.
A4) The Superbowl.
A5) The Washington Redskins or the LA Raiders.
A6) Steve Wozniak.
A7) Interface.
A8) The computer mouse.   (The Apple mouse is partly why I went mad for Macs: it only has one button, so you don’t need to fiddle about, changing  hard-to-find settings.   That came as a revelation to a southpaw, like me)
A9) The iMac.
A10) It doesn’t stand for a word: it’s actually the Roman numeral for ten.   (There’s a bit of a clue in the question number.)
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you later … !

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