Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Daily Teaser — 16-4-2015: Cops And Robbers

Right … 

It’s looks like I’m up night and early, today.

Basically, a mix up in hours now means I’m doing 14·30 until 21·00, last night, and 10·30 ’til 16·30, today.

I’m not complaining.   It means I can concentrate on working on the till, dealing directly with customers: something I think is a strength of mine.

Just as example of that?   We’re having a fund-raiser, at work: you pay a pound, which goes to charity, then pick a straw.   Depending on the piece of paper that rolled up in the straw, you stand a chance of winning a free meal.

I managed to bring in £45, yesterday.   Not that I want to blow my own trumpet — although no-one else will! — but that’s a) pretty good, and b) the best any member of staff’s managed to do.

I’m rather pleased with that.

Now … 

Does anyone else think the lead singer of Fuzzbox look like Alex Kingston … ?


But let’s get a move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring 9 out of ten.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 16th April saw the conviction of the Great Train Robbers: in which year of the 1960s?
Q2) More to the point, in which year was the robbery carried out?
Q3) How many of the Robbers were sentenced, that day?
Q4) Who was the leader of the Robbers?
Q5) He was eventually sentenced — in 1968 — to 25 years: eventually serving some nine years.   He was released in 1978: from which Kent prison?
Q6) Roughly how much — in used bank notes —  was stolen: £2.6 million,  £3.6 million or £4.6 million?
Q7) What was the name of the farm the Robbers used as a hideout?
Q8) Which (relatively minor) member of the gang famously lived in Brazil for many years: after escaping from HMP Wandsworth?
Q9) Which of the Robbers was the group’s Treasurer: and ended his days, shot dead in Marbella, Spain?
Q10) Finally … who headed the police squad that investigated the Great Train Robbery?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 15th April saw the sinking of the RMS Titanic: two hours and forty minutes after hitting a what?
A1) An iceberg.
Q2) In which year was this: 1911, 1912 or 1913?
A2) 1912.
Q3) The ship was what: passenger liner, cargo ship or oil tanker?
Q4) The ship launch from which English port: Portsmouth, Southampton or Bristol?
Q5) The ship launched from that port: and was constructed in Belfast.   Which English port was she registered from: London, Liverpool or Southampton?
A5) Liverpool.
Q6) The Titanic was heading for New York.   New York is in which US state?
A6) New York state.   (They write songs about the fact … )
Q7) The ship — in theory — could hold 833 first class passengers.   What feature — run by Luigi Gatti — was for them?
A7) The À la Carte Restaurant.   (It was on B deck: and separate from the Dining Saloon.)
Q8) The ship’s designation as RMS meant she carried a certain amount of what: meat, mail or mahogany?
A8) Mail: RMS stands for Royal Mail Ship.
Q9) What post did Edward Smith, RD, RNR, hold on the ship?
A9) Ship’s Captain.
Q10) Saved From The Titanic was the first film about the disaster: released some 29 days after its sinking.   Its writer and co-star had been on Lifeboat number 7, the first to leave the ship.   What was her name: Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy Gale or Dorothy Gibson?
A10) Dorothy Gibson.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“I was beginning to see the thief as an artist ... Nothing could match the tension, excitement and sense of fulfilment.”

Great Train Robber, Bruce Reynolds.
And this song … 

Have a good day … 

*        Oh, you’re right, here, Debbi!   Even so … !   The same applies to a planned remake of Hellraiser†.   The original’s fantastic, but it would be interesting to see what happens with a remake.   Once it gets off the ground … !

†        Actually, one of the effects men from the original series did a re-design of Pinhead, for one projected Hellraiser reboot.   Interesting stuff … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

She does look a bit like Alex. Speaking of which, we're now apparently FB friends! :)

1. 1964
2. 1963
3. 7
4. Bruce Reynolds
5. Maidstone
6. 2.6 million
7. Leatherslade Farm
8. Ronnie Biggs
9. Charlie Wilson
10. Tommy Butler