Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Daily Teaser — 25-3-2015: La Fenice

Blimey … 

That could be interesting … 

I have to admit to enjoying science fiction TV shows.

Or, at least, TV of an fantastical nature.

One series that I tried to make a point of catching?

Was The X-Files, the Chris Carter led series following David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully: two FBI officers, dedicated to investigating the stranger case coming across the FBI’s collective desks.

Well … ?   It looks like Fox TV are doing a six episode revival: at some point in the not too distant future.

Now, while I’ve found the mid-season break that’s plague Gotham VERY off-putting, I have to admit: six episodes means (hopefully) no such delay.

I think I might look forward to that … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* — slowly starting to recover from her hand operation — putting in her answers: and scoring nine out of ten.

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

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

Q1) 12 noon, on the 25th March is the traditional date for the founding of Venice.   In which year: 420AD, 421AD or 422AD?
Q2) Venice is in which country?
Q3) Which region of its home nation is Venice the capital of: Piedmont, Lombardy or Veneto?
Q4) The city is on the coast of the coast of which sea: the Atlantic, Mediterranean or Adriatic?
Q5) Famously, the city’s on a what: lake, loch or lagoon?
Q6) The city’s founding matches that of one of its oldest churches.   That church is dedicated to whom: Saint Mark, Saint Paulo or Saint Giacomo?
Q7) Paolo Lucio Anafesto was reputed to be the city’s first leader.   As such, what was the title he would’ve held?
Q8) Shylock is a main character in The Merchant Of Venice.   The Merchant Of Venice was written by whom?
Q9) Which 13th century Venetian merchant wrote about his travels in China?
Q10) And finally … what’s the name of the traditional boat used to transport people in Venice?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 24th March is World Tuberculosis Day.   Tuberculosis is a disease that mostly affects what: the skin, the lungs or the brain?
A1) The lungs.
Q2) In many forms of English, the disease is referred to by which initials?
A2) TB.
Q3) Which ‘C’ was an older name for Tuberculosis: constipation, congealing or consumption?
Q4) The disease is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.   What is Mycobacterium tuberculosis: a virus, a bacterium or a protozoa?
A4) A bacterium.
Q5) World Tuberculosis Day, itself, marks the day the microbe that causes the disease was first shown to the world: by Dr Robert Koch.   At which German university?
Q6) He’s also credited with discovering the microbes that caused two other diseases.   Name one of those diseases.
A6) Cholera and Anthrax.
Q7) Which viral condition sees those living with it at a high risk of contracting Tuberculosis?
Q8) You’re ALSO at high risk, if you smoke twenty or more what, per day?
Q9) The BCG jab prevents Tuberculosis.   What is it: a blood transfusion, a vaccine or a pill?
A9) An injected vaccine.   BCG, in this case, standing for ‘Bacillus Calmette–Guérin’.
Q10) Finally … ?   Most modern cases of Tuberculosis occur on which continent?
A10) Africa.
I’ll leave you with this thought from Nile Rogers …
“If I could live in one city and do every single thing I do there, I would choose Venice.   You can’t turn your head without seeing something amazing.”

Nile Rodgers‡.
And this piece from Venetian native, Antonio Vivaldi … 

Enjoy your day.

*        I’m tempted to say that’s with one hand tied behind your back, Debbi† … !

†        Oh, pointless trivia, for you, Debbi, that they’ve just announced on Radio Four.   Apparently, Richard 3rd had roundworms: but not tapeworms.   Very educational, the Today programme …

‡        I’ve got to admit to correcting the spelling of ‘Rodgers’, there, courtesy of the man, himself …

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Let's see how I do today!

1. 421 AD
2. Italy
3. Veneto
4. Mediterranean
5. lagoon
6. Saint Mark
7. doge
8. Shakespeare
9. Marco Polo
10. gondolas

Think you can make your next shorter? :)