Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Daily Teaser — 8-1-2015: The Mona Lisa

Hmmm … 

Looks like the good folk at the Gazette haven’t managed to post up the front page to their website.


At any rate … ?   Going by that, it seems Brentwood Council’s in discussion with the independent chain, Genesis Cinema, to build a cinema.

With at least one screen.

Unfortunately, the way the article reads, it seems to imply that’s ALL we’d be getting: although on closer reading?   On closer reading it looks like the Council want’s to use the five screen Genesis owned — on the Mile End Road — as the model for a cinema in Brentwood.

Hmmm … 

Personally, I think a five screen venues could be a touch too small: and that Genesis could well be charging premium prices that would make it unaffordable for many.

If, as the Council says, building does start by November?

We’ll see.


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 8th January, 1963, saw the Mona Lisa exhibited in the USA.   In which US City: New York, Washington DC or Boston?
Q2) In which US state is that city?
Q3) Whilst touring the US, the Mona Lisa was also exhibited in which other US city: New York, Washington DC or Boston?
Q4) Who painted the Mona Lisa?
Q5) Which of that painter’s other works gets a mention in a VERY well know Dan Brown novel?
Q6) Strictly speaking, that latter painting is actually a mural, on a wall in a church in which Italian city: Rome, Milan or Naples?
Q7) One of our painter’s better known drawings — The Vitruvian Man — is stored in a museum in which city: Venice, Vilnius or Volgograd?
Q8) The Mona Lisa is painted on to a panel made made from wood from which tree: poplar, ash or beech?
Q9) What’s the Mona Lisa’s usual name … in Italian?
Q10) Finally … the Mona Lisa’s present home is which Parisian museum?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 7th January, 1985, saw the launch of Sakigaki: the first space probe to be launched by a country other than Russia or the USA.   Which country launched it?

A1) Japan.
Q2) 7th January, 2005, saw the Saint Lawrence Lime tree — in Canterbury, Kent — blown over.   The tree was the only one in what: a football pitch, a cricket field or a rugby pitch?

A2) A cricket ground.   (Apparently, hitting it scored four runs: and a batman couldn’t be caught out, as a result of a rebound from it.)
Q3) 7th January, 1797, saw the first use of what’s now the flag of modern Italy.   Name any one of the three colours used in it.

A3) Green, white and red: with the green stripe on the hoist side.
Q4) 7th January, 1925, saw the birth of naturalist, author and conservationist, Gerald Durrell.   His book, My Family And Other Animals, tells of his childhood on which Greek island?

A4) Corfu.
Q5) Finally … 7th January, 2007, saw the death of journalist and TV present, Magnus Magnusson.   Which quiz show did he present for many years?

A5) Mastermind.   (Mastermind’s creator, Bill Wright, based the show’s format on his experiences at the hands of the Gestapo, during WW2.   I can well believe that … )
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“All the rest of Leonardo’s œuvre would not enable us to visualize the Mona Lisa”

André Malraux.
And this song … 

Enjoy your day!

*        You’ve gotta love a Borg, haven’t you?   (You know, Debbi, I’m sure I read — somewhere — that the producers of Star Trek had been inspired — in part — by the Cybermen.   It’s the old thing, isn’t it?   The UK does screaming Nazi Sci fi villains, the US does rampaging communists.   It’s when it’s the other way around, it get’s confusing.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Ha! Yeah, it sure do. :)

1. Washington, DC
2. None. It's in the District of Columbia, which isn't a state.
3. New York City
4. Leonardo da Vinci
5. The Last Supper
6. Milan
7. Venice
8. poplar
9. Monna Lisa or La Gioconda
10. the Louvre