Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 1-4-2015: April Fool’s … !

Right, well, that’s THAT done.

“Wha … ?” I hear you say.

Well, I’ve taken a book back to the library.

I have to Admit to having started reading Robin Hobb’s Farseer.

Now I have to admit, all three books are well written.

But the third in the series, Assassin’s Quest … ?

Frankly, and at 742 pages, Assassin’s Quest was starting to be a bit of a drag … !


But, at any rate, it’s a Wednesday: which means you’re not here to listen to me burbling on a book I can’t finish.

Wouldn’t expect you to be!

No, you’re here because it’s Wednesday: and you’re after this week’s Brentwood Gazette weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s questions: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 2009 saw the Swiss Tourist Board announce they’d be needing volunteers cleaners for what … ?
Q2) 1st April, 1957, saw which BBC show claim the Swiss Spaghetti Harvesters were bringing in a bumper crop … ? 
Q3) 1st April, 1972, saw the British magazine, The Veterinary Record, issue its definitive study of the diseases of the Brunus edwardii: how is the Brunus edwardii better known?
Q4) 31st March, 1998, saw Guinness issue an April Fools Day prank, claiming that Greenwich Mean Time was to be renamed Guinness Mean Time.   Which newspaper did this release famously fool?
Q5) 1st April, 1998, saw the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announce that it had been sold to whom?
Q6) In 2007, sculptor and illusion designer, Dan Baines, came up with a fake, dead what, for April Fools Day?
Q7) 2005 saw Google announce a fake drink, as an April Fool’s day joke: called Google what?
Q8) 31st March, 1989, saw an apparent UFO land in a field in Surrey.   It was, in fact, a balloon built by which British millionaire?
Q9) 1st April, 1972, saw claims the dead body of what, had been found: Elvis, an alien or Nessie?
Q10) April 1st, 2008, saw the definitive BBC report … on flying what: penguins, emus or saucers?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 25th March saw the birth of Aretha Franklin: in which year?
Q2) Ms Franklin was born in which Tennessee city?
Q3) Which genre of music did she start singing: soul, gospel or rhythm and blues?
Q4) Her first studio album was called Songs Of Faith.   It saw its US release in which year of the 1950s?
Q5) Her second album was released in 1961: and called Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo.   Which record label released it: Atlantic, Columbia or Motown?
Q6) Her fist US Top Ten hit was I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You): released in which year of the 1960s?
Q7) That same year of the 1960s saw her first UK Top Ten single: which reached Number 10.   Was it ‘I Never Loved a ManRespect or (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’?
Q8) With who — in 1985 — did Ms Franklin record Sisters (Are Doin’ It For Themselves)?
Q9) Which 1968 song was Ms Franklin’s biggest (solo) UK hit?
Q10) Finally … In which 1980 film, did Ms Franklin perform a version of her 1968 hit, Think?
A1) 1942.
A2) Memphis.   (Elvis Presley famously lived there, many years later: but was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.)
A3) Gospel.   (Her father, Baptist minister, Clarence LaVaughan Franklin, was one of the best known ministers of his day: and his daughter’s earliest manager.)
A4) 1956.
A5) Columbia.
A6) 1967.
A7) Respect.
A8) The Eurhythmics.
A9) Bacharach and David’s I Say a Little Prayer.
A10) The Blues Brothers.
Enjoy those … 

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