Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weeky Teaser — 29-7-2015: Boy Scouts Out Camping.

Oh, well that’s official, then.

It looks like Windows 10 has its official release: today.

And my cynical side … ?   Is noting that whole ‘free’ aspect: Mac fan that I am, my first thought is that MS are copying Apple, who’ve been giving away the current version of  OS X for about five years, at a guess.

AND taking a leaf out of the open source movement’s book.   Every shade of Linux has been handed out of the asking for even longer.

By the sounds of it, though … ?  Microsoft, under its new CEO, Satya Nadella, seems to be trying something new.

Going for hardware sales, á la Apple, with the various shades of Xbox.   And going for offering the Windows 10 for free: with highly pricey technical support, á la Canonical: who’ve been doing the same with Ubuntu for about a decade, at least.

Good luck to them.

But personally?

Either my next computer’s a Mac … or I’m getting an iPad … !


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

It is, after all, a Wednesday: which means that it’s time for the Brenwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s questions: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 29th July saw the founder of the Scouting movement set up the original Scout Camp.   The Camp was on Brownsea Island: in WHICH Harbour?
Q2) Town, harbour and Island are in which English county?
Q3) The founder of the Scouts — and organizer of the camp — was Lieutenant General Sir Robert whom?
Q4) The Camp formally STARTED on which date in August?
Q5) Sir Robert wrote the book that’s considered the basic text of Scouting.   It’s calling ‘Scouting for’ whom … ?
Q6) That book was first published in which year?
Q7) Sir Robert formed his ideas on Scouting, whilst in the British Army.   Specifically, during the Siege of Mafeking.   Mafeking is in which African country?
Q8) In the UK, the Girl Guides are the female branch of the Scout movement.   What’s the junior branch of the Guides called?
Q9) Upcoming comedy horror film,‘Scouts vs Zombies’, sees a small group of scouts facing a horde of … what?
Q10) In the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip, Woodstock the bird, and some of his friends, are members of a Scout troop led by which beagle?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers
Q1) 22nd July saw England and Scotland agree to the Treaty of Union, 1707.   In which year?
Q2) The Treaty was agreed by the respective nations’ what?
Q3) The resulting united nation was called … what?
Q4) Who was King of England at the time of the Treaty of Union?
Q5) More to the point, who was King of Scotland?
Q6) The negotiations were conducted at what was a theatre.  The theatre was called the Royal what: Cockpit, Bear-pit  or Snake-pit?
Q7) The provisions of the Treaty Of Union meant which legal body stayed as Scotland’s Supreme Court?
Q8) What else got merged, as part of the Treaty of Union: the two nations’ Privy Councils, churches or Crowns?
Q9) Ireland joined England and Scotland, to form the United Kingdom, when: 1800, 1801 or 1802?
Q10) Scotland’s silver coinage was recast as a result of the Treaty, by the Royal Mint.   Which scientific genius was Master of the Mint, at the time?
A1) 1706.
A2) Parliaments.
A3) Great Britain.
A4) No one: the monarch on the throne was Queen Anne.
A5) Again: no-one.   Queen Anne was on that throne, too.
A6) The Royal Cockpit.   (The building’s currently used by the Foreign Office.   The Snake Pit’s in No 10 …)
A7) The Court of Session.
A8) Privy Councils.   (The Church Of Scotland became an established church: but a separate one from the Church of England.   The Crowns had been united since 1603, when James 6th and 1st acceded the throne of England.)
A9) 1801.
A10) Mathematician, physicist and alchemist, Sir Isaac Newton.
Enjoy those.

And enjoy the tune … 

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