Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Daily Teaser — 2-1-2014

Did I tell you I like having the radio on, when I’m doing these posts?

I didn’t … ?

Well, I do: it’s good to have a human voice in the background, and frankly … ?

Well, frankly, Radio 4*— my default station, and one that’s possibly unique on the planet — is preferable to the usual reprobates on TV.

It’s very, very, very civilised.

Well … 

As civilised as listening to John Humphrys savaging a politician can be …

With that in mind, let’s get a move on … 


Yesterday’s saw Debbi† putting in her answers: along with reinforcing what she’d said about Robert Crais, the day before, also scored seven out of seven.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To,’ License and video … 

Q1) 2nd January, 1911, saw the start of the Siege Of Sidney Street.   That gun battle got the UK’s then Home Secretary into a lot of trouble: who was that Home Secretary?
Q2) 2nd January, 1967, saw which actor sworn in as Governor of California?
Q3) 2nd January, 1981, saw the arrest of killer, Peter Sutcliffe: otherwise known as who … ?
Q4) 2nd January, 2011, saw the death of actor, Pete Postlethwaite.   In which 1993 film did he play Giuseppe Conlon … ?
Q5) Finally … 2nd January, 1914, saw the birth of wartime heroine, Noor Inayat Khan, GC.   Which wartime British agency had she been working for, when killed by the Nazis … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 1st January is New Year’s Day: which the ancient Romans dedicated to which god … ?
A1) Janus, the Roman god of gates, door and new beginnings: the month of January is named after him.
Q2) Oshōgatsu is the Japanese New Year’s Day: on which day is it celebrated … ?
Q3) New Year’s Day under the Nanakshahi calendar is (usually) on 14th March.   Which religion uses the Nanakshahi calendar … ?
A3) Sikhism.
Q4) 1st Muharram is which religion’s New Year’s Day … ?
A4) Islam’s.
Q5) Until 1751, New Year’s Day, in England, took place on 25th March.   Which is also known as Lady Day: and the Feast of the what … ?
A5) The Feast of the  Annunciation.
Q6) The Jewish New Year is variously called Rosh Hashanah, Yom Teruah and the Feast of Trumpets.   What’s traditionally blown on the day … ?
A6) A ram’s horn trumpet, or shofar.
Q7) Finally … what’s your star sign, if you’re celebrating your birthday, today … ?
A7) Capricorn.
I’ll leave you with this thought from the late Dr Isaac Asimov … 
“Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”
Isaac Asimov, January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992.
And this song.

Have a good day.

*        One point that’s had a mention, on today’s edition of the Today programme, was simply the the UK’s National Health Service is considered by the World Health Organization to be the best on the planet.   I know it’s not perfect: and that the NHS can be turned into a bloody great political football, sometimes … but that’s good to know … !

†        I might just have to put him next to Harry Turtledove’s Southern Victory series, Debbi: you’ve got to love an alternative history story, haven’t you … ?

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Indeed! Nice song! :)

Very much in the punk rock vein, I'd say. Hmm ...?

1. Winston Churchill
2. Ronald Reagan
3. the Yorkshire Ripper
4. In the Name of the Father
5. Special Operations Executive