Thursday, 3 December 2015

The Daily Teaser — 3-12-2015: Another Fine Mess

Hmmm … 

Which is an especially thoughtful way of putting it.

But … ?   As I’m sure you’re aware, British MPs voted, last night, to take part in bombing raids on IS targets in Syria.

Personally … ?

I’m not convinced that’s a good idea.   I don’t know that I followed ALL of the arguments, nor do I think I’ve seen ALL of the evidence.

I don’t feel as strongly about it as I did about Tony Blair’s Iraq War: but I’m still not convinced it’s the right thing to do.

I’m ALSO think that David Cameron and company have not put down any plans — from what I could see — for what’s supposed to happen, AFTER any such raids are done with.   Given we have a government that’s made a big thing of making cuts in public services?   I think the current Tory administration spending money on this bombing campaign is unjustified: and somewhat hypocritical.

Especially given they made no statement — from what I saw of yesterday’s debate — about the ongoing cost, or of when Britain’s forces would stop bombing.

There’s also the argument this would ‘protect’ Britain from IS.   I know at least one of the 7/7 bombers stated their reasons blamed Britain’s actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I’ll happily admit, IS — IS Daish, or whatever we’re calling them, this week — are a nasty peace of work.   And likewise admit I have no idea of any alternative.

But can’t help but feel this is a mistake … 


But let’s 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) 3rd December saw the release of the first Laurel and Hardy film: in which year of the 1920s?
Q2) The film was called Putting Pants on whom: Phillip, Phyllis or Fred?
Q3) The whom concerned, needed pants — or trousers, for those of us who aren’t American — as he was constantly wearing what: a skirt, a sarong or a kilt?
Q4) Putting Pants was the first time Laurel and Hardy were credited as a team.   They first worked together on The Lucky Dog, when: 1920, 1921 or 1922?
Q5) Was Putting Pants a silent film?
Q6) Unaccustomed As We Are was one of the pair’s early talkies. When was it released: 1927, 1929 or 1931?
Q7) Their first feature film was released in 1931.   What was it called: Excuse Us, Pardon Us or Pardon Me?
Q8) Laurel and Hardy’s fan club takes its name from what’s arguably their best film.   The film’s called The Sons Of The … what?
Q9) Which of the pair was English: Stan Laurel or Oliver Hardy?
Q10) Finally … the other half of the pair was from which US state?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 2nd December, 1971, saw the formal founding of the United Arab Emirates.   Name any of the member Emirates.
A1) Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain.
Q2) Barney Clark became the first person to receive an artificial heart: on 2nd December, 1982.   At a University in which US state?
A2) Utah.
Q3) The Touro Synagogue was dedicated: on 2nd December, 1763.   The first synagogue in what was to become the USA is in what’s now which US state?
Q4) 2nd December, 1942, saw a team start the world’s first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction: at the Manhattan Project.   The team was led by which noted Italian physicist?
Q5) Finally … The Ford Motor Company started selling its replacement for the Model T: on 2nd December, 1927.   What WAS that replacement?
A5) The Model A.
I’ll leave you with an old joke of Stan and Ollie’s …
Ollie: Call me a cab.

Stan: You’re a cab.
And possibly the only embeddable version of this tune I could find … 

Oh, and this …

Have a good day!

*        BLAST!   I missed it, Debbi!   I’ll get looking when I get home from work!

†        I just about managed all of mine, Olga: I think I’ve one of two more to get, and I’m done for this year.   (I’ve got to admit, I did a bit of haggling, setting up my connection: I don’t use BT’s TV service, or their mobile phone services, which helps.   I can’t help but think something’s gone wrong, somewhere, though … )


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1927
Q2) Phillip
Q3) A kilt
Q4) 1921
Q5) Yes
Q6) 1929
Q7) Pardon Us
Q8) Desert
Q9) Stan Laurel
Q10) Georgia
Probably... Bizarre things seem to happen. I have BT's mobile too (as I use it little and it allows me to use their wifi via phone. Only £5 a month).
I agree with you on your argument. I'm not sure what the answer is but..

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul! :)

1. 1927
2. Philip
3. a kilt
4. 1921
5. yes
6. 1929
7. Pardon Us
8. Desert
9. Stan Laurel
10. Georgia