Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Daily Teaser — 22-4-2014

Hmmm … 

Did I ever tell you that I’m not a football fan … ?

I didn’t … ?

I’m not a football fan.

So you know.

But one can’t live in Britain, today, without being aware of the game: love it or loathe, you can’t actually ignore it.

Or of some of it’s major players.

Manchester United being one of them.

Within the past year or so, the team’s previous manager, Sir Alex Ferguson†, retired: after a very successful, twenty-six year career.   He was replaced by ex-Everton manager, David Moyes.

It’s rumoured that Moyes will be fired — or resign — today: after a rather bad year for the team.

Speaking personally … ?

Speaking personally — and this from a non-fan, I realise — but given that it took Sir Alex, himself, some three years or so to start bringing home the silverware?

Given that, I think it would be a mistake to fire Moyes, rather than given him room to do the same.

Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answer: and scoring ten out of ten.

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

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

Q1) 22nd April, 1993, saw the release of Mosaic 1.0: the first popular web-browser.   It — and programmes like it — are known as what: killer apps, psycho apps or murder apps?
Q2) 22nd April, 1997, saw Peruvian troops liberate which country’s embassy … ?
Q3) 22nd April, 1500, saw Portugese explorer, Pedro Álvares Cabral, land in what’s now which South American country … ?
Q4) 22nd April, 1864, saw the phrase “In God We Trust” start to be used on US coinage.   How many different coins are currently minted in the US … ?
Q5) Finally … 22nd April, 1997, saw a massacre take place in Haouch Khemisti: a small village in which North African country … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 21st April saw Henry 8th ascend the throne of England: on the death of his father.   Who was his father … ?
A1) Henry 7th.
Q2) In which year of the 1500s was this … ?
A2) 1509.
Q3) Henry and his dad were the first two monarchs from which English dynasty … ?
A3) The House of Tudor.
Q4) Which country of the UK did the dynasty come from … ?
Q5) How many wives did Henry marry … ?
A5) Six.   (Possibly the only set of marriages with an accompanying nursery rhyme: “Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.”)
Q6) Name one of them … 
A6) Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.   (Curiously enough, Henry was related to all six of his wives, through Edward 1st.   What’s more, Catherine Howard and Anne Boleyn were first cousins, Boleyn was a Lady-in-waiting for Catherine of Aragon, Jane Seymour worked as a Lady-in-waiting for Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, whilst Catherine Howard was a Lady-in-waiting for Anne of Cleves.   Can we say ‘Incestuous’ … ?   Of COURSE we can … ?)
Q7) Henry’s divorce from one of his wives was a big factor in the English Reformation.   WHICH wife … ?
A7) Catherine of Aragon.
Q8) That reformation led to the founding of the Church of England: and the dissolution of what … ?
A8) English monasteries.
Q9) Name any of Henry’s children.
A9) Edward 6th, Mary 1st, Elizabeth 1st and not forgetting the illegitimate Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset.
Q10) Finally … Where is Henry buried … ?
A10) Saint George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle.
I’ll leave you with this song … 

And this thought … 
“It’s just that it was much better than pounding a typewriter eight hours a day, which gets monotonous.”
Bettie Page, April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008

As a final thought … ?

I’ve just switched over the news, to find David Moyes has been officially sacked.   That’s both sad … and possibly a bad move: he’d hardly been there, five minutes!

I can only hope Moyes get named as manager of (say) Accrington Stanley: and takes them to the top of the Premiership, by the end of the 2015 season!

Catch you later!

*        I’ll look forward to publication day, then, Debbi … !

†        Sir Alex retiring was sort of on a par with the death of Steve Jobs or FDR, the retirement of Bill Gates, and Margaret Thatcher’s ousting as PM: anyone replacing that sort of leadership giant is going to face Hell, whatever happens.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul!

1. killer apps
2. Japan
3. Brazil
4. 6
5. Algeria