Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Daily Teaser — 27-3-2014: The Railways

Oooh, but that’s looking exciting … !

I have to admit to following The Tomorrow People for the past few weeks.

And, granted, it’s not perfect — it’s a touch adolescent, and a few story threads haven’t been followed up — but it’s starting to shape up.

To the point where they almost — but not quite — killed off a major character, last night.

OK, it’s not quite Blake’s 7.   But it is fluffy and enjoyable.

Either way … ?   Let’s get a move on … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and bagging five out of six.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s railway themed questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) March 27th saw Dr Richard Beeching recommend shutting many railway stations in Britain: in which year of the 1960s … ?
Q2) More to the point, in which year of the 1960s was his second report about the railways … ?
Q3) What was the name of the company that ran Britain’s railways, at the time … ?
Q4) In which year of the 1940s were Britain’s Railway’s nationalized … ?
Q5) What’s then name of the company that now manages Britain’s rail network … ?
Q6) How many railway operators are there in Britain, today: 8, 9 or 10 … ?
Q7) Which train company runs the trains from Brentwood to Liverpool Street … ?
Q8) Which Japanese company has announced it will be moving its train manufacturing business to the UK, this year … ?
Q9) Moving on … Who had a 1991 hit with ‘Last Train To Transcentral’ … ?
Q10) Which 2009 Tony Scott directed film is set on a New York subway train … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 26th March, 1995, saw the Schengen Agreement go into force: allowing free movement between its signatories.   These nations are now all members of what: the European Union, the United Nations or NATO … ?
A1) The European Union.
Q2) In which European Duchy IS Schengen … ?
Q3) Which Kurdish born figure became Emir of Egypt on 26th March, 1126?
A3) Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb: better known as Saladin.
Q4) 26th March, 1484, saw William Caxton print his version of who’s fables?
A4) Æsop’s Fables.
Q5) 26th March, 1934, saw the UK introduce the Driving Test.   To pass the modern Theory part of today’s Test, how many questions must you correctly answer, out of fifty: Forty-two, forty-three or forty-four … ?
Q6) Finally … 26th March, 1964, saw the Broadway premiere of Funny Girl.   Who played the lead character … ?
I’ll leave you with this observation from the original Beeching Report …
“First, the industry must be of a size and pattern suited to modern conditions and prospects. In particular, the railway system must be modeled to meet current needs, and the modernization plan must be adapted to this new shape.”   From The Reshaping of British Railways.
And this tune … 

Oh, and this … 

And this … 

Enjoy today … 

*        I’ll be honest, Debbi, I’ve not talked to her, much: I’ve had some catching up to do, after finishing the course … !   (Personally … ?   I don’t know if I’d be bothering after all this time: but that’s me.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Yeah, I know what you mean. Still I can't understand it. Especially since all these other people have been unfriended numerous times and re-friended me with no problem. This has been a really bizarre year or so, for many reasons.

Anyway ...

1. 1963
2. 1965
3. the British Transport Commission
4. 1948
5. Railtrack
6. 9
7. the Trainline
8. Hitachi
9. The KLF
10. The Taking of Pelham 123