Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Daily Teaser — 9-10-2014: John Lennon

You’ve gotta love a nephew, haven’t you … ?

Bless him, Jude — my (almost) four year old nephew — has finally worked out he likes Batman!

Well, you kind of HAVE to at his age, don’t you … ?

But I have to admit, when my sister, Anna — Jude’s aunty — sent me this photo, it put a smile on my face.


Weeeeell … 

That sort of sheer cheeky usually does.


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s Lennon themed set, shall we?   Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 9th October saw the birth of John Lennon.   In which year?
Q2) More to the point, in which city?
Q3) His Aunty Mimi — famously sceptical about his childhood musical ambitions — told Lennon that “The guitar’s all very well, John, but you’ll never make a … ” what?
Q4) What was the name of the skiffle band Lennon formed, in 1956?
Q5) Lennon’s better known, second band, The Beatles, were formed in 1960.   The name was suggested by the band’s original bassist: what was his name?
Q6) More to the point, the name was a nod to which classic US rock and roll band?
Q7) The Beatles early gigs were played in clubs in and around which German city?
Q8) Moving on … What was the name of Lennon’s debut solo album?
Q9) In an interview three days before his death, Lennon was quoted as saying that he’d “I’ve selected to work with only two people.”   Name either of those people.
Q10) Finally … released three weeks before his murder in New York, what was the name of the last album John Lennon released, during his lifetime?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 8th October, 1990, saw Britain’s first day as a member of Europe’s ERM.   ERM standing for Exchange Rate … what?
A1) Mechanism.
Q2) Being part of the ERM meant the Pound had to peg it’s value to the then currency of Germany.   What WAS that currency?
A2) The Deutsche Mark.
Q3) What IS the symbol for the Pound Sterling?
A3) £ª.
Q4) The ERM affected what’s now the European Union.   What currency is now used in many countries in the EU?
A4) The Euro.
Q5) What’s that currency’s symbol?
A5) .
Q6) The currency is used by eighteen of the EU’s member nations.   Name one of them …
A6) Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
Q7) Ten EU countries don’t use the EU’s currency.   Which of them uses the Forint?
A7) Hungary.
Q8) Which of them uses the Lev?
A8) Bulgaria.   (Which is divided into one hundred Stotinki.   Which sounds vaguely rude …)
Q9) One country is due to start using the EU currency: at the start of 2015.   Which country?
A9) Lithuania.
Q10) Finally … The country in Question 9 is one of only two countries that’s a member of ERM2.   What’s the other … ?
A10) Denmark.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“I’ve always considered my work one piece and I consider that my work won’t be finished until I am dead and buried and I hope that’s a long, long time.”

John Lennon: from his last radio interview, on the day of his death, on 8/12/1980.
And this song … 

Enjoy the day … 

*        I’m looking forward to it turning up, Debbi†.   (It’s one of those series, I think, a bit like The Prisoner and The Singing Detective: setting a bar for their respective genres.)

†        Oh, today might be a good day to try and see if you can use Tor to access the BBC iPlayer, here in the UK.   Radio Four’s Today programme has just had an interview with John Lydon …

ª        That’s universally referred to — in the UK — as the pound sign: and this — # — as a hash sign.   Our US cousins call the latter a pound sign as — historically — it was used in the original 13 colonies to show pounds, weight: something generally shown — in the UK — as lbs.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I always learn something from reading your blog! :)

And Lennon is still my fav Beatle. Along with George, of course.

"I know we're here." -- George in the movie "Help! :)

1. 1940
2. Liverpool
3. living out of it
4. The Quarrymen
5. Stu Sutcliffe
6. Buddy Holly and the Crickets
7. Hamburg
8. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
9. Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney
10. Double Fantasy