Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 22-1-2014: Introducing Macintosh

Well, THAT was a first … 

Well, ish … 

GOT to admit, I had an old friend over, this morning: who I’d not seen in a while.

Which is why my posting of the Gazette Teasers were a touch late, this morning.

It’s amazing how distracting a cuppa, and a chat can be, some times … !

At any rate, today’s Wednseday: which means that it’s time for this week’s Brentwood Gazette Teaser: given what it’s the thirtieth anniversary of, I couldn’t resist this week’s questions, covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
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 … ?
And here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 15th January saw the British Museum open to scholars.   In which year of the 1750s?
Q2) The Museum was housed in Montagu House, on the grounds of cost.   And refused to use which palace, on the same grounds?
Q3) The Museum is in which London area: Bloomsbury, Kensington or Chelsea?
Q4) The Museum’s original collection was from Sir Hans who: Jones, Sloane, or Beckenbauer … ?
Q5) The ‘Old Royal Library’ was donated to the Museum.   By which king: George 2nd, 3rd or 4th … ?
Q6) The British Museum’s Natural History branch is in South Kensington: and shares Exhibition Road with two other famous museums.   Name either of them.
Q7) The British Library is also a branch of the British Museum: and one of the two largest libraries on the planet.   What’s the other largest library … ?
Q8) The British Museum famously contains the Parthenon Gallery: also known as the Elgin … what … ?
Q9) One of the Museum’s departments is devoted to Numismatics.   In other words, coins … and what else?
Q10) Finally … the Sutton Hoo Treasure is housed in the British Museum.   Which English county was it found in?
A1) 1759.
A2) Buckingham House: what’s now called Buckingham Palace.
A3) Bloomsbury.
A4) Sir Hans Sloane.
A5) George 2nd.
A6) The Science Museum or the Victoria and Albert.
A7) The Library of Congress, in the USA.
A8) The Elgin Marbles.
A9) Medals: both are the preserve of the appropriately named Department of Coins and Medals.
A10) Suffolk.
Enjoy those … 

*        Regulars will know already, but for newcomers … all it means is that you’re free to copy, use, alter and build on each of my quizzes: including the Teasers, Gazette Teasers and the Friday Question Sets.   All I ask in return is that you give me an original authors credit on your event’s flyers or posters, or on the night: and, if you republish them, give me an original authors credit AND republish under the same license.   A link back to the site — and to the Gazette’s, if that’s where you’ve found these — would be appreciated.

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