Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Daily Teaser — 23-9-2015

Right, it’s now a Wednesday.

You’d guessed that, hadn’t you?

Which means, of course, that I’m back at work.   I’m actually looking forward to it.

In part … ?   Because we have an official up selling contest: that runs for six weeks.   Having won the first one, but missed out on the second, I’d like to see what this weeks results are.

It’s not that I’m competitive.

Good lord, no!

I’d just like to know I’m doing better at it than everyone else … !


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Olga* and Debbi† 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) 23rd September, 63 BC saw the birth of the man history remembers as Rome’s first emperor.   Born Gaius Octavius, how is he known, today?
Q2) More to the point, he didn’t call himself an Emperor.   He called himself what: First Citizen, First Amongst Equals or First Lord?
Q3) 23rd September, 1459, was the date of the Battle of Blore Heath.   The battle was the first major battle in one of England’s best known dynastic wars.   Which war are we talking about?
Q4) In the northern hemisphere, 23rd September, 2015, is the date of the Autumn Equinox.   What — in theory — will therefore be longer: day or night?
Q5) The Karlstad Treaty was signed: on the 23rd September,  1905.   This dissolved the political union between two countries.   Name one of the countries.
Q6) Finally … 23rd September, 1215, saw the birth of Mongolian — and Chinese — Emperor, Kublai Khan.   What was the name of the Chinese imperial dynasty he founded?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 22nd September, 1888, saw the publication of the first issue of which magazine: Private Eye, National Geographic or ¡Hola!?
Q2) Two Middle Eastern countries started a war on 22nd September, 1980: when one of them bombed the other.   Name either country.
A2) Iraq and Iran.   (If I’ve understood my history correctly, modern suicide bombings date back to this conflict.   Ayatollah Khomeini came up with the theological justification for them, after   Mohammed Hossein Famideh, threw himself, and a grenade, under a Iraqi tank.)
Q3) UK broadcaster, ITV, first aired: on 22nd September, 1955.   To combat this, the BBC aired a major episode of which of their soaps: Eastenders, The Archers or Mrs Dale’s Diary?
.   (The episode saw the death of (then) core character, Grace Archer)
Q4) BBC correspondent, John Simpson, made the only broadcast from Taleban-held Afghanistan: on 22nd September, 2001.   He’d been smuggled into Afghanistan: whilst wearing what?
A4) A burqa, the traditional full-length clothes the Taleban insisted women wear.
Q5) Finally … which European country proclaimed its independence: on 22nd September, 1908?
A5) Bulgaria.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“As long as young people feel they have got no hope but to blow themselves up you are never going to make progress.”
Cherie Blair, born 23rd September, 1954.
And this tune … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        Yeah, I got that Spectrum in, what, the early 1980s?   About 1982, if I recall correctly, Olga: pre-internet, so to speak.   You’re right about loading applications on that, they took a while.   There’s YouTube videos about it!   (Now I think of it, I don’t think the family’s first PC‡ wasn’t TOO bad: although it didn’t have a sound card.   But connecting to the ’Net was interesting: pre-broadband, you couldn’t stay connected to the ’Net, when someone wanted to make a phone call!   A lot of family conversations at the time consisted of “GET OFF THE PHONE, I WANT TO CALL WHO-EVER!!”)

†        Oh, lordy, yes!   Davros and Missy … ?   I should say so!   Is it me, Debbi^, or were they getting the best lines?   I have to admit, I love Julian Bleach’s performance as Davros: fascinating to see what he’s done with it.   (Actually, Bleach crops up in series two of Torchwood: he’s in an episode called From Out Of the Rain.)

‡        Just don’t get me started on mice, Olga: the PC mouse is the reason I feel in love with a Mac … 

^        Which reminds me, Debbi, I’m going to have to record the repeat on my new set-top box: the one that let’s me watch and record high-definition channels.   I’ve still not totally worked how it’s recording stuff!


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Augustus
Q2) First Citizen of the State
Q3) War of the Roses
Q4) They will be the same
Q5) Norway and Sweden
Q6) The Yuan dinasty
What memories! Yes, the drama of the phonecalls. I hope your discover how the equipment works...

Debbi said...

They were amazing. I must admit to enjoying the Doctor on guitar. :)

1. Octavius
2. First Citizen
3. the English Wars of the Roses
4. neither, they're equal in theory
5. Norway and Sweden
6. the Yuan Dynasty