Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 31-5-2017

Yay … !

Time off!

Yes, today is a day off: one that I intent on using well.

Well … at least get my laundry done!

I’ve got my work shirts drying as we speak: although why I’ve got them in the tumble dryer, in this weather, I couldn’t tell you.

Oh, yes I could!

I haven’t got a washing line.

And even if I did, I don’t have a back garden to put it in … !

You have to love living in a flat, don’t you … ?


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* 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?

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

Q1) 31st May, 1669, saw Samuel Pepys makes the last entry in his diary.   What did he blame for this: his failing eyesight, hearing or sense of smell?
Q2) 31st May, 1973, saw the US Senate vote to stop bombing where: Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam?
Q3) Vanity Fair named names on 31st May, 2005: in saying that former FBI special agent Mark Felt was Deep … whom?
Q4) English football teams were banned from playing Europe: on 31st May, 1985.   After a disaster caused by rioting English fans: at which Brussels stadium?
Q5) Finally … 31st May, 1860, saw the birth of artist, Walter Sickert.   Sickert is said to have been involved in the murders committed by whom?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …

Q1) 19 year old Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, on 30th May, 1431.   During which war?
A1) The 100 Years War.
Q2) The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated: on 30th May of which year of the 1920s?
A2) 1922.
Q3) Henry 8th married Jane Seymour on 30th May, 1536.   His third wife was a former what: lady-in-waiting, chamber maid or actress?
A3) Lady-in-waiting.
Q4) What was founded on 30th May, 1975: the Free Software Foundation, the European Space Agency or the Scottish Premier League?
A4) The European Space Agency.
Q5) Finally … President Zia Rahman was assassinated: on 30th May, 1981.   President Rahman was president of where?
A5) Bangladesh.
Here’s a thought …
“Imitation is the sincerest form of television.”
Fred Allen, May 31, 1894 – March 17, 1956.
And a tune …

Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a good day.

*        Yeah, that’s the thing with the Alien franchise, Olga: it was and is a stunning looking thing!   Interesting little read, that post: and near enough what Mark Kermode was thinking.   (Terry Gilliam doing Dune … Dunno about that … I do know Gilliam wanted to do a film version of Pratchett and Gaiman’s Good Omens‡: he’d be ideal … !)

†        Well, it only seemed right, Debbi! :D   Actually, did you know that Gary Lockwood, the chap that played Frank Poole, ALSO appeared in Where No Man Has Gone Before: it’s the second pilot for Star Trek.   Two bits of iconic SF: where CAN you go wrong … ?

‡        Pointless trivia for you and Debbi, Olga.   At one point, Hollywood was looking at turning Mort, one of Sir Terry’s earlier novels, into a movie.   One of the book’s central characters is Death: who, on the Disc, is a rather sympathetic pychopomp.   The book tells the story of what happens when Death takes on an apprentice.   The studio loved the scripts, the concept, the ideas, the humour, the background, the writing, the look, feel and budget … but asked Terry to take Death out.   One of the two central characters.   Terry cancelled the deal …


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Failing eyesight
Q2) Cambodia
Q3) Throat
Q4) Heysel
Q5) Jack the Ripper
Your anecdote is right on the money. Hollywood has done some terrible things to books. I know a Spanish writer who's been chased to sell the rights of one of his crime series, but he told me he would only do it if he had control over the scripts... I wonder if it will come to pass.

Debbi said...

I'll bet Death could stay in the show today. Entertainment has changed a lot in the last few years.

1. his failing eyesight
2. Cambodia
3. Throat
4. Heysel Stadium
5. Jack the Ripper

I knew that about Gary Lockwood. He looked pretty creepy with silver eyes!

Did you know that the woman who played the other crew member with powers was Sally Kellerman, who played Hot Lips Houlihan in the movie M*A*S*H?