Monday, 31 August 2015

The Daily Teaser — 31-8-2015

Right … It’s official.

The set top box I ordered got here, yesterday: on Sunday, in others words.

All good.

This means I can — in theory — now watch and record some high definition channels.

If it wasn’t for the lack of something.


You’re right.

The connecting switch and HDMI cable I ordered … are getting sent separately … 

And will turn up later this week.

Wouldn’t you know it … ?


But let’s move in, shall we?

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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 31st August, 1056, saw Empress Theodora die childless.   She, and the dynasty she represented, ruled which empire?
Q2) 31st August, 1994, saw the Provisional IRA declare a ceasefire.   ‘IRA,’ in this case, stands for Irish Republican … what?
Q3) 31st August, 1932, saw the birth of actor and trumpeter, Roy Castle.   Which children’s show did he present, until his death in 1994?
Q4) 31st August, 1963, saw the birth of actor, Todd Carty.   In which series did he play Tucker Jenkins?
Q5) Finally … Kyrgyzstan declared independence: on 31st August, 1991.   What’s the capital city of Kyrgyzstan?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 30th August, 1836, saw the founding of the city of Houston.   The city is in which US state?
A1) Texas.
Q2) More to the point, is Houston the capital of that state?
A2) No: that’s Austin.   Houston IS the largest city in Texas, though.
Q3) Annise Parker currently holds which Houstonian political post?
A3) Mayoralty.
Q4) The Houston Dynamo are what: a football team, a baseball team or an ice hockey team?
A4) A football team.   (Although, if you’re of a US persuasion?   They’re a soccer team … )
Q5) According to a 2009 report, Houstonians spent an average of 58 hours: stuck in what?
A5) Traffic.
Q6) Chiba is one of Houston’s twin cities.   Chiba is in which country?
A6) Japan.
Q7) NASA’s Space Center is in Houston.   Which US President is it named for?
Q8) Houston’s been nicknamed what: Accelerator City, Brake City or Clutch City?
A8) Clutch City.   (After its basketball team, the Houston Rockets, won two championships in a row, in the early 1990s.)
Q9) Which alphabetically last Texas blues band come from Houston?
A9) ZZ Top.
Q10) Finally … Actor, Brent Spiner, is from Houston.   Who did he play in Star Trek: The Next Generation?
I’ll leave you with this tune … 

And this thought …
“If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.”
Eldridge Cleaver, August 31, 1935 – May 1, 1998.
Have a good day†.

*        Actually, out of the three, Debbi, it’s Clutch City: something to do with the Houston Rockets, apparently.   Here … (Lord knows where I saw the reference on the main Wiki entry … !)

†        As an extra footnote … ?   It’s just been announced that director, Wes Craven, has died.   He’s famously created the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises.   Personally … ?   I think I should check out the original The Last House on the Left: it’s supposed to be the best of his early works.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I've never seen his stuff, but apparently he was good at it.

1. the Byzantine Empire
2. Army
3, Record Breakers
4. Grange Hill
5. Bishkek