Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Daily Teaser — 29-7-2015

You know, Radio 4 can still surprise me.

I usually like getting an early morning start by doing two things.

Doing a blog post: that’s why you’re here, after all.

And listening to Radio 4.

At this sort of time?   It’ll be the Today programme: the show’s been doing in-depth reports and asking politicians awkward questions, since 1957.

Apart from today.   Well … apart from today … ish … !

In amongst the usual in-depth reporting … was a brief article, telling those of us with gardens that the Big Butterfly Count is on.

And that the Common Blue Butterfly is something the people organising the Count would like to know more about.   Planting the Bird’s Foot Trefoil helps, too.

Don’t look at me, I’m in a block of flats!

At any rate … ?   At any rate, it’s sort of nice to know the Today show’s doing its usual thing.

Of being possibly the most varied show on the radio.

~≈Ï≈~

But let’s get a move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* and Olga† putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.

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

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

Q1) 29th July, 1973, saw the people of Greece vote to abolish what: the monarchy, the Armed forces or the Drachma?
Q2) Astronomers announced the discovery of dwarf planet, Eris: on 29th July, 2005.   What’s the name of Eris’ moon?
Q3) 29th July, 1905, saw the birth of silent era actress, Clara Bow.   What was the name of her final film?
Q4) 29th July, 1567, saw James 6th crowned as king of where: England, Scotland or Wales?
Q5) Finally … The Tipperary Revolt was put down: on 29th July, 1848.   The revolt took place during which Irish famine?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 28th July, 1996, saw skeletal remains found: of an early human.   The bones were found near the town of Kennewick.   The town is in which state of the USA?
Q2) 28th July, 1976, saw an earthquake hit the city of Tangshan.   Where is Tangshan: China, Taiwan or Japan?
A2) China.
Q3) 28th July, 1635, saw the birth of noted scientist, Robert Hooke.   Which chair — or professorship — did he hold at Gresham College: Astronomy, Geometry or Physic?
A3) Geometry.
Q4) The Grand Pier burnt down: on 28th July, 2008.   The pier in question was in which English seaside town?
Q5) Finally … 28th July, 1948, saw the Flying Squad foil an especially large bank robbery.   The Squad are part of which UK police force?
A5) The Metropolitan Police: also known as the Met.

I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Some ISPs are blocking all BitTorrent traffic, because BitTorrent can be used to share files in a piratical way.   Hollywood lobbying groups are trying to pass laws which would force ISPs to block or degrade BitTorrent traffic, too.   Personally, I think this is like closing down freeways because a bank robber could use them to get away.”

Wil Wheaton, born July 29, 1972.
And this tune from Elise Testone …


Enjoy your day.






*        You know, Debbi, I keep thinking I should learn another language, I REALLY do!   On the other hand?   I’m still trying to get the hang of the apostrophe!   I’m as bad as your average greengrocer … 

†        History’s got a lot of little oddities like that, Olga.   Did you ever hear about Darien, for example?   It’s the failed Scottish colony, and collapsed around 1700: back before Scotland and England became the UK.   In fact, if I’ve understood things correctly, the fact the Darien scheme nearly destroyed the Scottish economy was a big factor in Scotland joining the Union in 1707: it was the only way Scotland come keep their economy going.

2 comments:

Debbi said...

Nice song! :)

1. the monarchy
2. Dysnomia
3. Hoop-La (or Screen Snapshots, if you count that very last one -- a short)
4. Scotland
5. the potato famine

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 29th July, 1973, saw the people of Greece vote to abolish what: the monarchy, the Armed forces or the Drachma? The monarchy
Q2) Astronomers announced the discovery of dwarf planet, Eris: on 29th July, 2005. What’s the name of Eris’ moon? Dysnomia (It seems Eris was initially informally called Xena, so they called the moon Gabrielle. And according to the article it seems the planet was identified in January but not officially announced until later. Funnily enough the main character in my YA series, Pink, at the very end of the book, nearly, during a fancy dress party, is dressed as Xena. Ah, and the book is published tomorrow.)
Q3) 29th July, 1905, saw the birth of silent era actress, Clara Bow. What was the name of her final film? Hoop-La (love the title).
Q4) 29th July, 1567, saw James 6th crowned as king of where: England, Scotland or Wales? King of Scotland.
Q5) Finally … The Tipperary Revolt was put down: on 29th July, 1848. The revolt took place during which Irish famine? The Potato Famine.
I had same answers and got about answering them before I read Debbi's comment. Oh well...