Thursday, 1 September 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 1-9-2016

Hmmm … 

That could be good news … 

You’re — possibly — aware I’m a long term fan of writer, Terry Pratchett.

And one who not only saw Alzheimer’s Disease kill both his favourite writer, and a much loved grandmother.

So … ?   As you can imagine, I’m not a fan of the condition.

And usually keep an eye on news about the condition.

News came in, yesterday: that the early studies of a new drug — Aducanumab — seem to show it has had very good results on a group of 165 patients.

I know the drug’s in it’s early stages.

I’m VERY aware it comes too late for both my grandmother, and Sir Terry.

But … ?

I can only hope this is a good sign.

Alzheimer’s may not be curable.

But this drug, if it can be shown to work well?

Sounds like a very good treatment.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Angel* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with Angel scoring four out of five, with Debbi nudging a point ahead, on five out of five.

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

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

Q1) 1st September, 1831, saw the formal founding of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great.   By which Pope: Gregory 16th, Gregory 17th or Theodoros 2nd?
Q2) The Tremont Street Subway opened: on 1st September, 1897.   It’s the oldest subway in the USA: and in which US city?
Q3) Georges Méliès released A Trip to the Moon: on 1st September, 1902.   The film’s considered to be one of the earliest films in which genre: western, science fiction or crime?
Q4) The last version of which German medal was instituted: on 1st September, 1939?
Q5) Finally … Which former Soviet republic celebrates its independence: on 1st September?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) The Provisional IRA declared a ceasefire: on 31st August, 1994.   What name’s given to the political party long associated with the IRA?
A1) Sinn Féin.
Q2) 31st August, 1959, saw Britain’s PM, and the US President, make a first joint broadcast from Downing Street.   Name either of the men holding the relevant posts.
A2) Harold Macmillan or Dwight Eisenhower.
Q3) Mary Ann Nicholls, generally considered Jack the Ripper’s first victim, was found dead on 31st August, 1888: on what’s now called Durward Street.   What was it then called?
Q4) The Crown Colony of North Borneo achieved self-governance: on 31st August, 1963.   Now part of Malaysia, it’s now called what: Sabah or Sarawak?
A4) Sabah.
Q5) Finally … William Livingston assumed office, on 31st August, 1776.   As the first governor of which US State?
A5) New Jersey.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“The larger picture is really to swing people’s awareness of what really is moral.”
Lily Tomlin, born 1st September, 1939.
And this tune … 

Have a good day … !

*        Hopefully, Angel, they won’t have charged for the replacement: BT can HANG, if they add the cost to my bill!   (They’ve suggested switching power sockets.   Honestly … )

†        Oh, lord, yeah, I can remember them, Debbi!   I think it all started with Channel 4, here in the UK.   Now … ?   There’s channels all over.   And that’s before we get to the online catch-up services.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

It's all too much to take in sometimes! :)

1. Pope Gregory 16th
2. Boston
3. science fiction
4. the Iron Cross (which reminds me -- ever see the old war movie "Von Ryan's Express"; it's really great! It's got Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, and a bunch of other great actors; Trevor Howard keeps telling Sinatra, "They're going to give you the Iron Cross, Von Ryan!"; but I digress ...! :))
5. Uzbekistan