Sunday, 23 July 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 23-7-2017

Hmmm … 

Have you been following the news?

If you have, you’ll know about the sad case of Charlie Gard.

Charlie has an incurable genetic condition: that means he is unlikely to live long, or well.

His parents are taking the hospital — Great Ormond Street — to court in order to keep him alive.

Great Ormond Street, on the other hand?   Feel he should be allowed to die with dignity.

It’s contentious, it’s raising passions — understandable passions — and is a legal mess with very few in the way of popular solutions.

One thing I know I’ve seen reported in the press, though?

Is that the case has drawn protests.

Which is understandable.

But it seems that hospital staff have been receiving threats: including death threats.


I can understand the protests: although I’m not sure if I totally condone them.

I feel they’re bringing in a certain element of emotional blackmail into an already fraught situation.

Saying that … ?   I ALSO think there’s a level of behaviour in these situations that isn’t condonable.

Threatening behaviour towards hospital staff?

Is one such behaviour.

One I found on a par with the behaviour of some US anti-abortionists: who feel killing doctors who perform abortions to be a good thing.

One wrong does not necessarily make a right.

These threats?

Are a good example of exactly the sort of wrongs I mean.


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 questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 23rd July, 2015, saw NASA announce the discovery of a rocky, Earthlike planet it called Kepler-452b.   NASA scientists have informally named  Kepler-452b what: Gallifrey, Vulcan or Coruscant?
Q2) A colony fleet bound for New France left Dieppe: on 23rd July, 1632.   New France was the French colonies, where: North Africa, North America or South east Asia?
Q3) Whose birthday will devout Rastafari be celebrating on 23rd July?
Q4) 23rd July, 1945, saw the war-crimes trial of Marshall Pétain, start.   The Marshal had been in charge of what: Vichy France, Quisling Norway or Occupied Poland?
Q5) Finally … 23rd July, 1992, saw the Vatican declare limiting the rights of whom wasn’t discriminatory: gay people, left handed people or muslims?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 22nd July, 1099, saw Godfrey of Bouillon named Protector of the Holy Sepulchre.   The Holy Sepulchre is in which city?
A1) Jerusalem.   (You can read more about Godfrey, here.)
Q2) Which country was struck by twin terror attacks: on 22nd July, 2011?
A2) Norway.
Q3) 22nd July is the Feast of Mary Magdalene.   In some Christian traditions, she’s seen as a repentant what: prostitute, drug addict or murderer?
Q4) Willem Dafoe was born on 22nd July, 1955.   He got nominated for playing Elias: in which Oliver Stone film?
A4) Platoon.
Q5) Finally … The USA started rationing what, on 22nd July, 1942: gasoline, sugar or rubber?
A5) Gasoline.
Here’s a song … 

And a thought …
“The members of our secret service have apparently spent so much time under the bed looking for communists that they haven’t had the time to look in the bed.”
Michael Foot, MP, 23 July 1913 – 3 March 2010.
Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a good day.

*        I have to admit, I don’t know THAT much about his music, Debbi.   Although Morning Has Broken used to get played a lot, at junior school.   I got pretty sick of it, by the time I left … !


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Have a great Sunday, Paul. My mother goes back to Spain tomorrow, so I hope from Tuesday I might be around a bit more (although then some friends come early in August).
Most of the staff at the hospital have little say and no control over what happens and they're doing a very difficult job, so no, it is never right to threaten somebody. It is very difficult to know what is right in such cases, but threats and violence always make me turn against the people using them.
Do take care.

Debbi said...

Mainly I enjoy Cat Stevens' songs from Harold and Maude. It's a great movie.

1. Coruscant
2. North America
3. Haile Selassie
4. Vichy France
5. gay people