Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 8-10-2014

You know, it’s got to be said, I’ve just got back from my mom’s place: over in Pilgrim’s Hatch, so you know.

And … ?

Well, I’ve got to confess to having automatically put the BBC News channel on.

Caught the dregs of Nick Clegg’s speech at this year’s Liberal Democrat conference.

I THINK I’m with comedian Al Murray, here: I don’t think I’ll be comfortable voting Liberal Democrat, again.
Certainly not at the 2015 election.

After all, I’m aware that both Nick Clegg and David Cameron have said — especially early on — the the Coalition Cabinet was collegiate: and made decisions collectively.

That’s means that the Lib Dems have been (partly) responsible for whatever growth there may have been in the economy since their were elected.   But ALSO responsible for the Work Programme introduced by this government: something that, however well meaning it was … 

Was less use to me, than a chocolate teapot.

Thanks for nothing, Mr Clegg*.


But my ranting isn’t why you’re here, is it … ?


It’s Wednesday.   Which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s, covered by the usual Creative Commons License† … 
Q1) 8th October saw Arnold Schwarzenegger elected to which Californian political post … ?
Q2) In which year of the 21st century … ?
Q3) Which US political party was Arnie a member of … ?
Q4) Who was Arnie’s predecessor in the office: Gray Davis, Wade Davis or Steve Davis … ?
Q5) Arnie has since stood down from his post.   Who’s the current holder: Jerry Brown, Jerry Maguire or Jerry Falwell … ?
Q6) Mr Davis, Jerry and Arnie, would’ve worked out of California’s capital city.   What is that capital: Sacramento, San Francisco or Saratoga … ?
Q7) As a movie star, Arnie worked in Hollywood, a suburb of California’s largest city.   What is that city … ?
Q8) Many US technology companies — including Apple, Netflix, Facebook and Google — are based in which Californian valley?
Q9) California has the largest population of what kind of prisoners in the US: sex offenders, condemned prisoners or convicted embezzlers?
Q10) Finally … name any one of the US states that border California.
Here’s last week’s question and answers … 
Q1) 1st October is the national day of China: what’s the official name of mainland China?
Q2) The holiday is also celebrated in two Special Administrative Regions: former European colonies in China.   One is Macau.   What’s the other?
Q3) The holiday marks the founding of modern China.   In which year of the 1940s?
Q4) The day isn’t observed in the Republic Of China.   The Republic Of China is better known as what?
Q5) Mainland China’s founding father was Chairman Mao: what’s his full name?
Q6) What’s China’s capital city?
Q7) What’s mainland China’s biggest city: by population?
Q8) Standard Chinese is the official version of the language: it’s based on which version of Chinese … ?
Q9) Oo-long, Pu-erh and Kuding are all types of Chinese what?
Q10) Finally … the last Imperial dynasty of China — the Qing Dynasy — ended in which year: 1910, 1911 or 1912?
A1) The People’s Republic of China.
A2) Hong Kong.
A3) 1949.
A4) Taiwan.
A5) Mao Zedong: or Mao Tse-tung, if you prefer the older way of transliterating his name.
A6) Beijing: or Peking, if you want the older version of the name.   Give yourself half a point if you answered Taipei: that’s the capital of Taiwan, the Republic of China.   Check Question 4.   (Beijing’s been the political centre of China for roughly eight centuries.   There’s been six other capitals: you can find them listed online here … )
A7) Shanghai.
A8) Mandarin.
A9) Tea.
A10) 1912: the year the last Emperor abdicated.
I’ll leave you with a tune, shall I … ?

Have a good week … 

*        OK, he’s Clegg.   Does this means Danny Alexander is Compo or Foggy … ?

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