Martin McGuinness has died …
I don’t know how much you know about the UK’s history …
But you’re probably aware that Northern Ireland’s had troubles.
One of the figures instrumental in causing them? Was former IRA commander, Martin McGuinness: former IRA commander … and former Deputy First Minister.
A former IRA* commander who who worked beautifully well with the IRA archest of enemies, Ian Paisley.
McGuinness has died: of a rare heart condition.
He’s going to be missed by his family, friends …
And any one that recognised a violent past means you can’t give up the armalite, and deal peace.
Let’s move on, shall we?
Yesterday’s Teaser saw Trevor† and Debbi‡ putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.
Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) Confederate Vice President, Alexander Stephens, gave the Cornerstone Speech: on 21st March, 1861. In the speech, Stephens said what was the Confederacy’s cornerstone?
Q2) 21st March, 1935, saw the Shah of Iran formally ask the world to use his country’s native name in any correspondence. What had Iran been called, until then?
Q3) The US President announced the country would be boycotting the 1980 Olympic Games, on 21st March, 1980: in protest at Soviet actions in Afghanistan. Which US president was it?
Q4) Which famous US prison closed: on 21st March, 1963?
Q5) Finally … 21st March, 1935, saw the birth of football manager, Brian Clough. Which Martin Sheen film was about Brian’s time at Leeds United?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 20th March, 1923, saw the Arts Club of Chicago premiere an exhibition of whose work: Picasso’s, Dali’s or Caballero’s?A1) Picasso’s.
Q2) 20th March, 1760, saw a fire hit which US city?A2) Boston, Massachusetts.
Q3) Uncle Tom’s Cabin was first published on 20th March, 1852. Who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin?
Q4) Publius Ovidius Naso was born: on 20th March, 43BC. He’s best remembered as which poet?A4) Ovid.
Q5) Finally … the first Legoland outside Europe, opened on 20th March, 1999. Which Legoland are we talking about?A5) Legoland California.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Players lose you games, not tactics. There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes.”Brian Clough, 21 March 1935 – 20 September 2004.
And some music …
Have a good day.
* I grew up in England, during the Troubles. Seeing the way that McGuinness and Paisley worked so beautifully well together? Was nothing short of miraculous: and a credit to both of them. (My American readers will now doubt have heard of Bull Conner: the notoriously racist head of the Birmaingham, Alabama, police, during the Civil Rights era. The nearest equivalent I can give to the McGuinness/Paisley relationship? Was if Bull Conner and Malcolm X were named as Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Birmingham … and became friends as a result.)
† Morning, Trevor! Did you know there’s been problem’s for the Spectrum remake?
‡ Oh, I doubt it, Debbi: I think we’ve managed to avoid Trump! :D