Saturday, 9 January 2016

The Daily Teaser — 9-1-2016: Death and Taxes

You know, it’s just occurred to me: today is the last Saturday I’ve got off, before I go back to work.

On Wednesday.

Personally … ?

I’m intent on enjoying it.   Well … enjoying the chance to go shopping in a comparatively unrushed way.

And to take my time, making the next set of Teaser videos.

Which will be good, hopefully: I’ve a few stinkers planned.

At least, I THINK I’ve got a few stinkers planned.

I couldn’t tell you.

My left nostril’s still blocked … 


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) 9th January, 1799, saw Income Tax introduced in the UK.   By which (then) Prime Minister?
Q2) He set the tax at two what, per pound of income: pence, groats or shillings?
Q3) Income tax was introduced to fund what: the Napoleonic Wars, the US War of Independence or the Industrial Revolution?
Q4) Generally speaking, Income Tax is a tax on a person.   A tax a company in the UK pays on profits, is usually referred to as what: personal tax, Value Added Tax or corporation tax?
Q5) The UK government’s third largest source of revenue is VAT.   What does the ‘VA’ stand for?
Q6) Income tax — and its business equivalents — are taxes on people, or entities.   What name is given to the tax on things made in a country: excise duty or customs duty?
Q7) What name is given to taxes on things being imported to a country: excise duty or customs duty?
Q8) Income Tax is the UK government’s biggest earner.   VAT the third biggest earner.   What — generally — is the UK government’s second biggest earner?
Q9) The tax in Question 8 was in introduced in an act dated to which year: 1910, 1911 or 1912?
Q10) Finally … What’s the name of the tax charged by local governments, in England, Scotland an Wales?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 8th January, 1981, saw a UFO spotted, outside the town of Trans-en-Provence.   The town is in which country: French Guiana, Canada or France?
A1) France.
Q2) More to the point, the case is one of the few said to have left what: physical evidence, a message or an alien life form?
A2) Physical evidence: in this case, burnt residue.
Q3) What painting was first shown in the US, on 8th January, 1963: Picasso’s Guernica, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Munch’s The Scream?
A3) Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Q4) 8th January, 1983, saw the birth of Kim Jong-un.    Kim is the leader of which Asian nation?
Q5) 8th January, 1959, saw who become President of France?
A5) General Charles De Gaulle.
Q6) Finally … 8th January, 1877, saw the last battle between a force lead by Crazy Horse, and the US Cavalry: at Wolf Mountain.   Battle, and mountain, are in which US state?
A6) Montana.
I’ll leave you with this thought from a certain Mr. Bridger …
“I have always paid income tax. I object only when it reaches a stage when I am threatened with having nothing left for my old age - which is due to start next Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Noel Cowardª.
And possibly the ONLY appropriate tune for the subject … 

Have a good day … 

*        Couldn’t resist mentioning you in the answers, Debbi^!   Oh, talking of our favourite show … ?   Accoring to this, Ridley Scott’s supposed to be working on a film version.   I don’t know about you, Debbi, but I’m curious to see if it will happen.   But also sceptical about the quality, even given it’s Ridley Scott.   After all, boiling 17 episode — about 816 minutes of TV, if my calculator’s right — into 90 minutes of movie?   Tricky … 

†        It’s one of those eternal mysteries, isn’t it, Olga^?  Up there with ‘Is there an afterlife,’ and ‘What caused the Big Bang?’  OK, maybe not, but it’s a interesting one: if you know anyone researching The common cold … ?   (Oh, wait … hang on … here … )

^        Oh, did I tell you both, I’ve treated myself to The Stone Tape: an old BBC2 play, written by Nigel Kneale of Quatermass fame?   It’s supposed to be one of THE TV dramas.   I ALSO looked up The Year Of The Sex Olympics, his other seminal work, on Amazon.   Blow THAT price!

ª        As we’ve mentioned taxes?   We can now mention Great Aunt Nelly … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

No wonder all the British musicians moved! :) Heavens!

And we complain about taxes here! Whiney, whiney Americans! :-)

1. William Pitt the Younger
2. pence
3. Napoleonic Wars
4. corporation tax
5. value added
6. excise duty
7. customs duty
8. the National Insurance Contributions
9. 1911
10. Council Tax

Wow! Interesting news about The Prisoner! Sure hope he doesn't cock it all up, like that horrible TV remake! However, if Ridley is as captivated as the headline suggests, we can hope! :)