I’ve TIME OFF!
Although some of today … ?
Will be chewed up at the local benefit office. As I’m still claiming the Housing Costs part of Universal Benefit, I still have to report in once a month.
Quite what I’m supposed to have done over the past few weeks — beyond working at my new job — I couldn’t tell you.
Here’s where I get to find out …
But let’s move on.
Yesterday’s Teaser saw Michelle* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with Michelle scoring nine out of ten, and Debbi on ten.
Let’s see how every one does with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) 1st November is All Saints Day. Name any one member of the band, All Saints.
Q2) Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to assassinate the US president: on 1st November, 1950. Which US president?
Q3) 1st November, 1838, saw the birth of Khedrup Gyatso. His Holiness was the eleventh person to hold which Tibetan post?
Q4) During the Vietnam War, 1st November, 1966, saw the Viet Cong bomb the South Vietnamese capital city. What city was it?
Q5) More to the point, that city is now called what?
Q6) Finally … Alfred Wegener was born: on 1st November, 1880. He’s the scientist who came up with the theory of continental … what?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 31st October is Halloween. The Jack O’Lantern displayed by many, today, is usually carved out of which squash?
Q2) However, in some parts of the British Isles, Jack O’Lanterns are made out of what: cabbages, turnips or potatoes?A2) Turnips.
Q3) A headless horseman — with a Jack O’Lantern instead of a head — features in versions of which story?
Q4) Trick or Treating is said to have its origins in the handing out of what cakes?A4) Soul cakes.
Q5) It’s also said to have its origins in a tradition called what: girting, guising or galavanting?A5) Guising. (Because the people doing it are in disguise.)
Q6) The Coco — or Coca — is a ghostly creature: with its origins in Galicia, in Spain. It’s also said to have roots, in which other country?A6) Portugal. (Although I’m HOPING Olga can correct us, if it’s from another part of Spain.)
Q7) If you’re bobbing for apples, you’re playing a traditional Halloween game: involving getting apples from a tub of water. With what?A7) Your teeth.
Q8) The Halloween Tree was written by which writer?
Q9) The Crow was set around Halloween. Its star made his last appearance in the film. Who was that star?
Q10) Finally … Halloween is the night before which Christian festival?A10) The one know variously as All Saints Day, All Hallows day, and by various terms.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“As I see it, the sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself.” Larry Flynt, born November 1, 1942.
And this tune …
Enjoy your day …
* Oh, I don’t know, Michelle: some of the odder bars in Bangkok might be doing something … !
† I’ll try and head over, later, then, Debbi … ! (Blast! Got Bradbury mixed up with Aldiss: that’ll teach me! Helliconia is superb … )