Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 17th June, 2015: Mum’s Gone To Iceland.

I have to confess, I HATE getting cabin fever.

No, really … !


Unfortunately, I’m stuck indoors on a lovely summery day.

Get this … Waiting For Amazon to deliver!

You know, I REALLY think I should alter the safe place setting on my account.   I can’t stand be indoors: potentially all day, given the length of time I waited around for the last delivery.

It’s … 

Well, I think the most appropriate word is ARRRGGGHHHHH … !


But … ?

But it’s Wednesday.   Which means, of course, that it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 17th June, 1944 — 71 years ago, today — saw Iceland become a republic: after severing formal ties from which country’s monarchy?
Q2) Iceland had been a kingdom: since which year of the 20th Century?
Q3) What’s the name of Iceland’s Parliament?
Q4) The head of the Icelandic government is the Icelandic Prime Minister.   The head of state is?
Q5) Is the Head of State’s last name a surname … ?
Q6) The Church of Iceland is what: Anglican, Lutheran or Methodist … ?
Q7) Which Chess player made his home in Iceland in the last years of his life?
Q8) Icelandic singer, Emilíana Torrini, recorded ‘Gollum’s Song’: for which of the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ films?
Q9) Askja, Hekla and Laki are all Icelandic what: cities, volcanoes or mountains?
Q10) Finally … What’s Iceland’s capital city?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 10th June, 1829, saw the running of the first University Boat Race.   On which river is the race run?
Q2) Name either British University that takes part in the Race.
Q3) The race is run from Putney: to which part of Richmond upon Thames?
Q4) Shades of which colour are traditionally worn by the crew of the boats?
Q5) How many people are on each boat … ?
Q6) Who’s the only one of those people isn’t rowing … ?
Q7) The lead up to the 1959 and 1987 Races saw one side do what: mutiny, sink or capsize?
Q8) Which side won the 2015 Boat Race, held in April of this year … ?
Q9) True or false: the Race is raced downstream.
Q10) The Boat Race finishes by which Bridge?
A1) The River Thames.
A2) The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
A3) Mortlake.
A4) Blue.   (Oxford are the Dark Blues, Cambridge the Light Blues.)
A5) Nine: eight rowers, and one Coxswain.
A6) The Coxswain, or Cox.   (Traditionally, if your team wins, you’re allowed to throw the Cox into the river.   No one knows why: it’s just traditional.)
A7) Mutiny: Oxford, in both cases, since you ask.
A8) Oxford.
A9) False: it’s raced upstream.
Enjoy those!

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