Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Daily Teaser — 4-7-2015: Independence Day

Right … That’s THAT sorted … !

I’ve mentioned, before now, that I’d had an external drive: with a lot of TV series on them.

One now long gone, after it fell off a table.

I’m rebuilding my TV box set collection: slowly but surely.   And have the box set of both The Prisoner and Sapphire and Steel on order.

I wish someone locally sold them.   I do tend to get impatient, waiting for stuff … !

At ANY rate … ?   I’d managed to borrow copies of the first four series of Game of Thrones: but couldn’t, for the life of me, rip Series 1.

I think my computer’s optical drive had trouble reading the discs.

Saying that … ?   My local CeX had a copy of Series 1: at a very reasonable price.

How could one say no?   Well … not very easily.

I’m happy about that.   Means I’ve got a series completed.

Well … 

You can’t go having holes in a series, now can you … ?


But let’s get a move one, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* leaving us a comment about Sapphire and Steel: and saw Debbi† putting in her answers, scoring six out of six on the way.

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

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 4th July marks Independence Day, in the USA.   The date is when Congress approved the Declaration of Independence: in which year of the 1770s?
Q2) Originally, the Declaration applied to the original Thirteen Colonies: or States, as they now are.   Name one of them.
Q3) How many states does the USA now have?
Q4) What’s the most recent state to join the USA: and thus to start celebrating Independence Day.
Q5) What — by area — is the largest US state?
Q6) What — again by area — is the smallest?
Q7) As of the US Census Bureau’s best 2014 estimates, what’s the largest US city … by population?
Q8) What’s the USA’s capital city?
Q9) The USA’s national anthem — The Star Spangled Banner — is based on a poem written in which year: 1812, 1813 or 1814?
Q10) Finally … which USA state was the first to recognize Independence Day as a holiday: Vermont, Maryland or Massachusetts?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 3rd July, 1852, saw the US Congress establish the 2nd US Mint.   At least, its second coining facility.   That facility is in which Californian city?
Q2) 3rd July, 2013, saw Mohammed Morsi deposed: as President of where?
A2) Egypt.
Q3) 3rd July, 1996, saw the Stone of Scone returned to Scotland.   In which London church had it been?
Q4) More to the point, the Stone had been in whose chair?
A4) King Edward’s Chair: the chair the monarch sits on, when being crowned.
Q5) 3rd July, 1883, saw the birth of writer, Franz Kafka: in what’s now the Czech Republic.   Which European language did he write in?
A5) German.
Q6) Finally … 3rd July, 1927, saw the birth of the late film director, Ken Russell.   Which of his films famously has a soundtrack by The Who?
A6) Tommy.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states.   Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory.   I can see that the end is worth all the means.   This is our day of deliverance.”

John Adams.
And this tune … 

Enjoy your day.

*        She’s possibly one of Britain’s best loved — and most capable — actresses, Olga: and a National Treasure in Nepal, after her actions on her behalf of the Gurkha regiment.

†        It’s a great little series, Debbi: Episode three is where it starts REALLY warming up … !   (Oh, my Prisoner box set should be here during the week.   I hope so: the wait’s getting frustrating … !)


Debbi said...

Enjoy it, Paul! It's worth the wait. Not that I have to tell you that! :)

1. 1776
2. Maryland
3. 50
4. Hawaii
5. Alaska
6. Rhode Island
7. New York City
8. Washington, DC
9. 1814
10. Massachusetts

Olga Nunez Miret said...

I hope you can replace all your content. You're right, she's great. I've seen her live in theatre once. Very good. I hope you're enjoying the fourth.