Saturday, 4 June 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 4-6-2016

You know, there’s very few times I cry.

Very few times.

But, frankly … ?   I’ve tears in my eyes, this morning.

I’ve woken, like many of us, to the news that Muhammad Ali — quite probably the greatest boxer ever born — has died.

Personally … ?   I always thought of him as something of a childhood hero: a man of words who could back up those words with both beliefs and abilities.

I can remember seeing an interview with Ali: conducted by Michael Parkinson, in Ali’s later years.

At one point?

Ali seemed to fall asleep.   Parky was understandably concerned, and was discreetly trying to catch the eye of one Ali’s family: to let them know the man was drowsing.

Until’s Ali — with the biggest grin you’ve seen — catch Parky’s eye … and said “I got ya … !”

Definitely the Greatest, even with rampaging Parkinson’s.

That mouth … ?

Got him in trouble over the years: but ALSO made perfectly plain his views.    The BBC’s news channel has aired one 1960s interview with him, in the wake of his refusing the draft to join the army.

Making the very good point that he was someone who — in two fights — made enough tax money to pay for three bombers … and that the US wanted him to join the army … !


Right now?   I’m thinking, as I have for many years, that the USA has only had two authentic heroes: at least in my lifetime.

One of those was Neil Armstrong: whose feat in landing on the moon are amazing.

The other hero … ?

Died today.

My thoughts, and condolences, go to Ali’s family.

They’ve lost a father and husband.

The rest of us?   Have only lost a legend.

RIP Muhammad Ali.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting her answers: scoring five out of five in the process.

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

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

Q1) 4th June, 1794, saw British troops capture Port-au-Prince.   Port-au-Prince is the capital of which island nation?
Q2) Henry Ford completed and tested his first automobile — the Ford Quadricycle — on 4th June.   Of 4th June of which year of the 1890s?
Q3) 4th June, 1411, saw Charles 4th of France grant permission to Roquefort-sur-Soulzon: to make and age Roquefort cheese.   The cheese is made from milk from which animal: sheep, cows or pigs?
Q4) Which US state passed the first minimum wage law: on 4th June, 1912?
Q5) Finally … the maiden flight of the Falcon 9 rocket took place: on 4th June, 2010.   Which company launched it?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 3rd June, 1991, saw Mount Unzen erupt.   The volcano is in which Far Eastern country?
A1) Japan.
Q2) The trial of Chelsea Manning started: on 3rd June, 2013.   Whilst in the US Army, Private Manning had leaked important documents to which website?
A2) Wikileaks.
Q3) The High Court of Australia recognize Aboriginal land rights: on 3rd June of which year: 1991, 1992 or 1993?
A3) 1992.
Q4) 3rd June, 1865, saw the birth of Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert.   When he acceded to the throne of the UK, it was under what name?
Q5) Finally … 3rd June, 1906, saw the birth of which noted American-born dancer?
Here’s a quote from Bruce Dern …
“You know what the greatest remedy on earth is today? It’s not a pill. It’s not a shot. It’s a hug.”
Bruce Dern, born 4th June, 1936.
This song … 

I’ll also leave you with this …
“I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.”
Muhammad Ali, January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016.

Have a good day.

*        Amazing what you find out, sometimes, Debbi, isn’t it?


Olga Nunez Miret said...

I hadn't heard. They're going to do a catheterism although we don't know when yet. It seems the stenosis is in a very risky place and surgeons are not keen as it's quite dangerous to operate, so is catheterism and doing nothing is also risky. So no good options...

Debbi said...

Sad about Muhammad Ali, isn't it?

1. Haiti
2. 1896
3. sheep
4. Massachusetts
5. SpaceX

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