I have to admit, I watch the news.
I also listen to the Today program, on Radio 4: they discussion and analysis of the day’s news makes for fascinating listening.
Especially when John Humphries is getting really intense at a politician.
At ANY rate?
They’ve mentioned one technology story, today.
The government is planning to invest £500 million into expanding fast broadband speeds.
That would be good to see.
Assuming, of course, the funds turn into fibre optic cables going from exchange to front door.
If it does?
If it does, we — at home, at work and at play — benefit from the improved speeds.
If it doesn’t … ?
We’ve got another empty promise from a politician.
But let’s move on, shall we?
Yesterday’s Teaser saw saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.
Let’s see how everyone does with today’s themed questions, shall we?
Q1) 22nd November, 1963, saw the death of writer, C. S. Lewis. What did the C stand for?
Q2) More to the point, what did the S stand for?
Q3) Which year was he born in?
Q4) Lewis famously taught at Magdalene College, in Oxford. And at which Cambridge College?
Q5) Whilst at Oxford, Lewis belonged to a literary group called the Inklings: along side the author of The Hobbit. Who was that latter author?
Q6) Lewis belonged to which denomination of Christianity: Catholicism, Protestantism or Eastern Orthodoxy?
Q7) Which Lewis novel takes the form of a series of letters from a senior demon, to his nephew?
Q8) His children’s novels, about a mythical land at the back of a wardrobe, were the chronicles of where?
Q9) Name any one of those seven chronicles.
Q10) Finally … Who played Lewis, in the biopic, Shadowlands?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 21st November, 1694, saw the birth of François-Marie Arouet. He’s best remembered as which French philosopher?A1) Voltaire.
Q2) 19 people were killed on 21st November, 1974, when the IRA set off bombs in two pubs: in which UK city?A2) Birmingham.
Q3) Which country adopted its flag on 21st November, 1918: Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania?A3) Estonia.
Q4) North Carolina was admitted to what’s now the USA: on 21st November, 1789. In doing so, it was the what state to do so: 10th, 11th or 12th?A4) 12th.
Q5) Finally … 21st November, 1898, saw the birth of a noted Belgian surrealist. Which Belgian surrealist?
I’ll leave you with this …
“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”C. S. Lewis.
And this …
* Oh, I managed something, Olga! I think a lot of caffeine’s helps, too. Funny old thing about Magritte … One of my favourite TV shows was the original sixties version of The Prisoner. One scene in the first episode, sees Guy Doleman’s version of Number 2, hold a megaphone in front of his face: in a way the fanzine always compare to Magritte’s Son of Man.
* That he is, Debbi! (Couldn’t resist a Prisoner‡ reference … )
‡ Correct me if I’m wrong, Debbi: but I seem to recall that — for that bit in Arrival — Guy Doleman couldn’t film the scene, but could do the audio. The producers came up with the megaphone image to hide the stand in …