2016 has been one heck of a year, hasn’t it?
I mean …
It’s seen quite a few celebrity deaths: people whose lives and work meant much to many.
Another one has been added to the list.
Rick Parfitt of Status Quo died in hospital, yesterday: of blood poisoning from complications of a shoulder injury.
My condolences go to his family.
On a personal level?
The Quo were and are musical favourites of mine.
Not great, perhaps, but providing fantastic music, over the course of five decades: driven, partly, by Parfitt’s song-writing skills, and abilities on rhythm guitar.
He’ll be missed.
Let’s move on, shall we?
Yesterday’s Christmas Eve themed Teaser saw Debbi* and Olga† putting in their answers: with both scoring ten out of ten.
Let’s see how everyone feels about today’s Christmas themed questions, shall we?
Q1) 25th December is Christmas Day. The earliest recorded celebrations — by Roman Christians — were in which year: 334, 336 or 338 AD?
Q2) The period leading up to Christmas starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This period is known as … what?
Q3) Christmas Day in the UK is a public holiday: usually known as a what holiday?
Q4) Priests traditionally wear what colour vestments in the period up to Christmas: Red, Purple or brown?
Q5) Finally … Who was crowned as Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day, 800AD?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Eve is the first woman mentioned in the Bible. Which Book of the Old Testament does she appear in?
Q2) Eve’s pudding is named for her. The pudding has a sponge topping: over which fruit?A2) Apples.
Q3) Eve’s Cone is what: an Italian ice cream, a Canadian volcano or a French pine tree?A3) A Canadian volcano.
Q4) 2008 film, Eve, was directed by whom?
Q5) That director played Evey Hammond: in which 2005 film?A5) V for Vendetta.
Q6) Humanity’s most recent common female ancestor is called Eve: strictly, she’s what Eve?A6) Mitochondrial Eve.
Q7) In Cryptography, the name, Eve, is usually given to an eaves … what?A7) Dropper.
Q8) Eve is also an episode of a well known TV series: starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. Which series?A8) The X-Files.
Q9) Eve is also an upcoming Mauritian TV show. The show is a remake of which US sitcom?
Q10) Finally … The Bloodbath of B-R5RB was a 21-hour space battle: in which video game?A10) Eve Online.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“At some point, someone who worked at Rockefeller Center must have said, ‘Boys, I have a great idea for Christmas. Let’s kill a beautiful tree that’s been alive for seventy-five years and bring it to New York City. We’ll stand it up in Rockefeller Plaza and conceal its natural beauty by hanging shiny, repulsive, man-made objects on it, and let it stand there slowly dying for several weeks while simpleminded children stare at it and people from Des Moines take pictures of it. That way, perhaps we can add our own special, obscene imprint to Christmas in Midtown.’”George Carlin.
And, as Greg Lake died, this year? This tune …
Happy Christmas, everyone.
Here’s hoping’s joy can be brought to the day!
* Happy Christmas to you, too, Debbi‡. Here’s hoping the big fella isn’t doing his regular job, today …
† Oh, I’m hoping so, Olga‡, I really am! I’d hate to see Carrie Fisher — or anyone else — go on top of Rick Parfitt, and the rest of the obituary gang.
‡ Seems Jude lost a tooth, yesterday: and was rather worried … about being visited by the Tooth Fairy. I THINK he’s worried that, if she hasn’t got change, she will have pliers …