Monday, 23 May 2016

The Daily Teaser — 23-5-2016

Oh … 

I usually have the radio on, at this time of the morning.

Usually?   Usually, you can guarantee I’ll be listening to Radio 4’s Today programme: as I am at the moment.

The Thought for the Day?   Told us that the relics of Saint Thomas à Becket are being transported back from Hungary: to Canterbury Cathedral, the church where he was killed by Knights Templars on the apparent orders of the king.   (The ‘Who will rid me of this troublesome priest’ incident, if you know your history.)

The reason that caught my attention?

Is the fact I grew up in Brentwood.

The major Anglican Church is Saint Thomas’s, and the town was on the pilgrimage route from the north, to Canterbury, the site of the saint’s veneration.

Amazing what you learn, growing up.


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) 23rd May, 1907, saw the first meeting of which country’s Parliament: Finland’s, Greece’s or Hungary’s?
Q2) Raoul Salan received a life sentence: on 23rd May, 1962.   He was deeply opposed to which country’s independence from France?
Q3) 23rd May is World Turtle Day.   Are turtles reptiles, mammals or viruses?
Q4) Mathematician, John Forbes Nash, Junior, died on 23rd May, 2015.   What was the name of the film of his life, starring Russell Crowe?
Q5) Finally … four people were killed, and dozens injured: on 23rd May, 1984.   At an explosion in a water plant in which English county?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Which version of Windows was released: on 22nd May, 1990?
A1) Windows 3.0.
Q2) What’s the current version of Windows called?
A2) Windows 10.
Q3) Who makes Windows?
A3) Microsoft.
Q4) A stripped down version of Windows is used on the current version of the company’s games console.   What’s that console called?
A4) The Xbox One.
Q5) Windows is a family of operating systems: originally developed for the PC.   What’s the operating system used on the Mac?
A5) OS X.   (Variously called Mac OS, Mac OS X and OS X over the years: the current version is OS X 10.11.4, El Capitan)
Q6) There’s a phone based version of Windows.   Apple made iOS for their phones and tablets.   What’s the operating system Google make for phones and tablets?
A6) Google Android.
Q7) Finally … Windows is what’s called ‘closed source.’   Meaning you can’t casually access the code that powers it.   Linux — and other, similar, free software — is known as what?
A7) Open source.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“That movie was all right to make, but you know Stanley likes to do a lot of takes. It gets kind of boring, but when you take a job you do it.”
Scatman Crothers, May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986, speaking of his role in The Shining.
And a panrific little theme tune …

Have a good day!

*        Worrying is putting it mildly, Olga!   Oh, you may want to let your friend know to make sure her phone or laptop battery is working well.   The last bit of news I saw, there was talk an exploding battery could have been the issue!

†        That she was, Debbi!   (I didn’t see the remake of The Bionic Woman, but she popped up as the villain, in that.   Michelle Ryan, who played the Bionic Woman in the reboot?   Was better known, over here, for being in EastEnders: and cropped up as a guest star in Dr Who.   She’s the cat burglar in Planet of the Dead.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Ah, interesting! :) Are you ready for Towel Day? I got a video all set for that.

1. Finland
2. Algiers
3. reptiles
4. A Beautiful Mind
5. Lancashire