Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Daily Teaser — 19-2-2015: The Chinese New Year

You know, I’m thinking, right now, that Jessica Hynes has done a job and a half!

For some time, now I’ve been watching her Up The Women, on BBC 2: and thoroughly enjoying it.

I’m also thinking of something else.

One of Britain’s most popular comedies?   Was Dad’s Army*: so popular, in fact, it’s been endless repeated since it’s cancellation, and being turned into a movie to be released next year.

Frankly … ?

Well, frankly, I’m finding Up The Women very reminiscent of Dad’s Army: the small group of characters, the church hall setting, the game set of characters taking on a hopeless situation … 

Personally?   I can’t think of a better comparison for Hynes’ work.

Or a more flattering one.


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 and answers, shall we?

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

Q1) 19th February 2015, marks the start of the Chinese New Year.   What — in both Mainland China and Taiwan — it the official name of it: Spring Festival, Sunrise Festival or Dawn Festival?
Q2) The years are marked according to the Chinese Calendar: obviously.   How many days are there, in a Chinese month?
Q3) How many months does a Chinese Leap Year have: 11, 12 or 13?
Q4) This Chinese year is the year of the what: Horse, Goat or Monkey?
Q5) The Chinese Zodiac is associated with twelve different animals.   We’ve named one in the last question.   Name one of the other eleven.
Q6) When was the last such year: 1965, 1966 or 1967?
Q7) Western Astrology says each sign belongs to one of four different elements.   Chinese Astrology says the signs belong to one of five.   Name one of them.
Q8) Traditionally, the Chinese hand out red envelopes on the New Year.   These are usually filled with symbolic — or real — what: money, gold or cheese?
Q9) During the Chinese New Year, many people let of what: stink-bombs, firecrackers or horns?
Q10) Finally … Chinese New Year also sees groups dancers doing routines dressed as one of two animals.   The lion is one.   What’s the other?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Mamadou Tandja was thrown out of office: on 18th February, 2010.   As president of which African country?
A1) Niger.
Q2) 18th February, 2005, saw a ban on fox-hunting introduced into the UK.   Fox-hunters in the UK, traditionally used what animal, in their hunts: cats, dogs or hamsters?
A2) Dogs.
Q3) 18th February, 2014, saw at least 76 people injured: in riots in the capital city of the Ukraine.   What IS that capital?
A3) Kiev.
Q4) Scottish singer, Lulu, got married: on 18th February, 1969.   To which member of the Bee Gees?
Q5) Finally … 18th February, 1954, saw the Church of Scientology open a church in Los Angeles.   Which science fiction author founded the church?
I’ll leave you with this …
“Xīnnián kuàilè!”
And this … 

Happy New Year … 

*        The movie sees Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, and Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson.   I can’t think of better casting.

†        Oh, talking of way out, Debbi?   Apparently, it’s a nightclub in London … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...


1. the Spring Festival
2. 29 or 30, depending on the moon's cycle
3. 13
4. Goat
5. the Monkey
6. 1967
7. water
8. money
9. firecrackers
10. the dragon