Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 24-1-2017: Caligula

Bugger … !

I managed to have a word or two!

Remember, yesterday, I told you I qualify for Tax credits?

I was feeling pleased: as it looked like — under the UK’s tax collector’s rules — I qualified for a bit of extra money.


I thought having a double check with both my local Job Centre — and with the associated help-line — about it would be good.

After all, I’m still getting help in the form of Universal Credit: which goes towards my rent.

Apparently?   Apparently, and according to them?

I can’t claim Tax Credits!

It seems Tax credits are replaced by the various allowances in Universal Credit I’m on.

Bugger seems to just about cover it!


Oh, talking of work … ?

I was travelling home, last night: by train.

Nothing new there, I know.

But … ?

Just as we got to Shenfield, the next stop down the line from Brentwood, someone pulled the emergency handbrake: that forced the train to stop: when the last carriage, the one I was on, was some 10 foot from where it should be.

It turns out the chap who’d pulled it was having a panic attack: and a fear of enclosed spaces, like train carriages!

I’m sympathetic, I really am.

But also mildly annoyed.

I actually went past where the chap, and his friends, were: and could see they were trying to another friend out of the toilet.

He’d got stuck.

I also noticed the very distinct smell: of a very strong joint.

I can’t help but think that — if you’ve got mental health issues that let you stop a train ten foot from the platform  — laying off the Moroccan tomato plants would be a goo idea!

Especially if a friend’s too stoned to open the toilet door …


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) Roman Emperor, Caligula, was deposed by the Praetorian Guard: on 24th January, 41AD.   Which dynasty was Caligula a member of?
Q2) Caligula’s name was a nickname that meant what: big boots, little boots or baby bunting?
Q3) Caligula inherited the Empire from his adopted great uncle.   Who was he?
Q4) Technically, the Praetorian Guard were what: policemen, spies or bodyguard?
Q5) Finally … Who replaced Caligula as Emperor?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) The International Opium Convention was signed on 23rd January.   In which Dutch city?
A1) The Hague.
Q2) The treaty was signed in which year: 1911, 1912 or 1913?
A2) 1912.
Q3) The Treaty was registered with the League of Nations: on 23rd January of which year: 1922, 1923 or 1924?
A3) 1922.
Q4) The Golden Crescent is one of the world’s major opium production areas.   Name any one of the three countries in the Golden Crescent.
A4) Afghanistan, Iran or Pakistan.
Q5) The OTHER major production area is the Golden Triangle.   Name any one of the three countries to make up that triangle.
A5) Myanmar, Laos or Thailand.
Q6) Opium, itself, is made from a type of what: tulip, rose or poppy?
A6) Poppy: specifically, the opium poppy.
Q7) Opiates are the substances extracted from that flower.   Artificial opiates, and drugs made from opiates, are called what?
A7) Opioids.
Q8) Opium, itself, contains a substantial percentage of what: cannabis, morphine, or cocaine?
A8) Morphine.
Q9) Heroin is made from that latter substance.   Heroin is also known as which ‘D’?
Q10) Finally?   Who said “Religion is the opiate of the masses”?
A10) Karl Marx.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Would that the Roman people had but one neck!”
Ascribed to Caligula, by Suetonius.
And this tune … 

Have a good day … 

*        I hope so, Debbi!   At ANY rate … ?   It’s from his appearance in Carry On Screaming: told you there was a few Dr Who connections!   (Don’t forget, he was a comedy actor, initially: in fact, Worzel Gummidge, the other role he’s known for, was a children’s show with a comedy bent.)


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Julio-Claudian Dynasty
Q2) Little boots
Q3) Tiberius
Q4) Bodyguard
Q5) Claudius
From my experience as a psychiatrist, I agree with you. I think they're doing a terrible job with taxes, etc, but hey...

Debbi said...

Yes, of course! :)

1. Julio-Claudian
2. little boots
3. Tiberius
4. bodyguard
5. Claudius