I didn’t know if I mentioned it, but I’m a bit of A Status Quo fan.
I’ve usually had something by the band lurking in my record collection for most of my life.
I’ve even had the pleasure of seeing them live, a few times.
So a sad bit of news has floated across my news feeds, this morning.
Rick Parfitt, one of two of the band’s members, has decided to retire from touring: as a result of his health.
Mind you, I can’t say I blame him.
He suffered his third heart attack, only a few months ago.
Still: the band’s going to be a different beast, without him!
~≈Ê≈~But let’s move on, shall we?
Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Debbi* and Olga† putting in their ideas: with Debbi scoring nine out of ten, and Olga bagging ten.
Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) 29th October, 1960, saw a noted boxer win his first professional fight: against Tunney Hunsaker. Who was that boxer?
Q2) Two computers were linked together on ARPANET, the predecessor to the Internet: on 29th October, 1969. The network was funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency. Which US government department ran the Advanced Research Projects Agency?
Q3) Prince Juan Carlos was named as the provisional Spanish head of state: on 29th October, 1975. He was provisionally replacing which dictator?
Q4) The first stages of the Marmaray tunnel were opened, on 29th October, 2013. The rail tunnel connects Europe to Asia: and is in which country?
Q5) Finally … 29th October 1991, saw the US Galileo spacecraft make its closest approach to 951 Gaspra. 951 Gaspra is what: a meteorite, comet or asteroid?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Britain launched the British built Prospero satellite on the 28th of October: of which year of the 1970s?
Q2) The satellite was the only satellite to be launched on a British built rocket. The rocket was called the Black what: Adder, Knight or Arrow?A2) The Black Arrow.
Q3) The fuel used to launch the rocket was a mixture of hydrogen peroxide. With what: paraffin, diesel or gasoline?A3) Paraffin.
Q4) The satellite — and the rocket — were launched from Launch Area 5B: in Woomera. Woomera is in which country?
Q5) Prospero was built by the Royal Aircraft Establishment. The Royal Aircraft Establishment is in which aeronautical area?A5) Farnborough. (It’s a borough of Rushmoor, in Hampshire. If you want to be picky.)
Q6) It’s named after a character in a play by William Shakespeare. Which play?A6) ‘The Tempest’. (The character is the rightful Duke of Milan, and a wizard.)
Q7) The satellite is in a low Earth orbit. This means it’s at least how high up: 160 kilometres, 200 km or 240 km?A7) 160 kilometres.
Q8) Roughly how long does Prospero take to complete one orbit: 102, 103 or 104 minutes?A8) 103 minutes.
Q9) Prospero was officially turned off in which year of the 1990s?A9) 1996.
Q10) Finally … Prospero’s signal was last publicly heard on the TV show, Coast: in which year?
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“I am not a person who can really sit around and think about regrets because with every bad experience that you have, there is weirdly something good that comes from it.”Winona Ryder, born 29th October, 1971.
And, as it’s Peter Green’s birthday?
This song …
Enjoy your day!
* Oh, isn’t it … ? At ANY rate, Debbi, did you hear about The Power of the Daleks? It Was Patrick Troughton’s first story as the Doctor: and completely lost. Aunty’s releasing a totally animated version on November 5th! (In the UK, at least: here’s the US announcement … )
† I’d love to have the cash to get there, Olga! But there we go! (I’d have to rely on a venue’s sound system, too!)