Friday, 16 December 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 16-12-16: Hangin’ Around …

Hmmm … 

Looks like there’s another strike on Southern Railways.

Again … !

They’re striking, so you know, about who exactly should close the train doors: guards, or drivers.

I have to admit, I’m … caught.

On the one hand?

I’m sympathetic to workers wanting a better deal.

On the other?

I think the union’s claim that the strike’s are about safety are a load of old twaddle.

I travel to Chelmsford by train, don’t forget: where the drivers close the train doors, after receiving a signal from a member of station staff.

Either way … ?

Were I a passenger on one of the affected routes, I’d be fuming at the delays.

To put it mildly.


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) 16th November saw MPs in the House of Commons vote to abolish hanging.   In which year of the 1960s: 1965, 1967 or 1969?
Q2) The original, relevant, act had suspended the Death sentence for some five years, and had come into force, when: 1963, 1965 or 1967?
Q3) This particular vote covers Great Britain.   In other words, Hanging was abolished in all countries of the UK … except one.   Which one?
Q4) The act — and the vote — effectively abolished hanging as a punishment, for one capital offense.   Which one: arson in naval dockyards, murder or treason?
Q5) The then leaders of each of Britain’s major political parties voted for abolition: including Britain’s then Prime Minister.   Who was he?
Q6) The then Home Secretary opened the debate on Abolition… Who was he?
Q7) After this vote, hanging remained as punishment in the UK.   For what: piracy without violence, manslaughter or espionage?
Q8) Hanging was traditionally carried out on what?
Q9) Early forms of hanging killed the hanged person by strangulation.   Later versions were supposed to break the victim’s … what?
Q10) Finally … Hanging, as a punishment for any capital crime, was finally abolished in which year of the 1990s?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 15th December, 687AD, saw Sergius 1st named as Pope.   He was born, where: Palermo, Rome or Milan?
A1) Palermo.
Q2) The Bosman Ruling was made by the European Court of Justice: on 15th December, 1995.   The ruling was about freedom of movement for workers.   Which workers: rugby players, footballers or jockeys?
Q3) The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights was created on 15th December, 1989.   It commits the countries who signed it to the abolition of what: slavery, fertility treatment or the death sentence?
A3) The death sentence.
Q4) L. L. Zamenhof was born: on 15th December, 1859.   The man behind Esperanto was born in which country?
A4) Poland.   (Apparently?   He also spoke Volapuk.)
Q5) Finally … the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway was opened: on 15th December, 1906.   It’s now part of which tube line: the Piccadilly, Northern or Central line?
A5) The Piccadilly.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”
Samuel Johnson.
This tune … 

This cover … 

Think I prefer Hazel’s, but there you go!

Oh … 

Better have some Lou Reed, before I go … 

Have a good day … !

*        Well, kebob is just the American spelling of kebab.   And a shish is one that’s cooked on a skewer. (I always go for the doner kebab, myself, but like I say … )


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1969
Q2) 1965
Q3) Northern Ireland
Q4) Murder
Q5) Harold Wilson
Q6) James Callaghan
Q7) Espionage
Q8) Gallows
Q9) neck
Q10) 1998

Debbi said...

Well, I can go for a kebab in any form. :)

1. 1969
2. 1965
3. Northern Ireland
4. murder
5. Harold Wilson
6. James Callaghan
7. piracy with violence, according to this source:
8. the gallows
9. neck
10. 1999