Thursday, 26 October 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 26-10-2017 — Alfred the Great

There are times seriously hate my guts, I really do.

I was supposed to be working, yesterday.

Which had a stop put to it: because of a potato!

I’ve finally worked out — after chatting to a friend or two — that it’s the spray-on oil I’m using to help crisp up my baked spuds, and cook my roast spuds!

Looking back?

I think I was extremely heavy handed.

With the result I had extreme stomach cramps, all morning.

The only upside to the day?

The only upside to the day, was two fold.

I managed to catch a movie, last night.

Life isn’t necessarily the best sci-fi horror I’ve seen, but it’s well made, and watch, and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Unless that was the cramps …


The other thing I managed to do — in the afternoon, once my innards had calmed down? — was head of the Brentwood High Street.

To my opticians!

I’ve managed to get the process started, to replace my glasses.

Which they’re doing at no cost.

So, while I’ve lost a day’s pay?

The day wasn’t a complete lose … 


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring nine out of ten.

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

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

Q1) 26th October is the feast day of Saint Alfred the Great: king of where?
Q2) He’s celebrated by which Christian church: the Roman Catholic, Anglican or Russian Orthodox?
Q3) Alfred was born in Wantage.   Wantage is in which modern English county?
Q4) He famous — and successfully — saw off an invasion of his kingdom.   By whom: the Mercians, Vikings or Martians?
Q5) The name, ‘Alfred,’ translates roughly as ‘wise …’ what?
Q6) Alfred also encouraged learning: in which language: English, French or Saxon?
Q7) He’s also believed to have had what: Crohn’s, Arthritis or Jaundice?
Q8) What was Alfred’s capital?
Q9) Who played Alfred, in the 1969 film, Alfred?
Q10) Alfred’s childhood is shown in which MGM series?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 25th October, 1917, saw the start of the October Revolution in Russia.   It started when revolutionary forces protested against the Provisional Government.   In a city then called what?
A1) Petrograd.
Q2) What’s that city now called?
A2) Saint Petersburg.   (Or Санкт-Петербу́рг, if you want in in Russian.)
Q3) That government was led by Alexander who?
A3) Alexander  Kerensky.
Q4) The group doing the revolting were the … who: Mensheviks, Bolsheviks or Trudoviks?
A4) The Bolsheviks.
Q5) That revolutionary group were led by Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov: also known as Vladimir Ilyich … whom?
A5) Lenin.
Q6) The Revolution saw revolutionaries attack the Winter Palace.   The Palace was the official of the Russian monarch.   What ‘T’ was that monarch’s title?
A6) The Tsar.
Q7) The start of the Winter Palace assault was signalled by a shot from a famous battleship.   What was that battleship called?
A7) The Aurora.
Q8) The Revolution was aided by paramilitaries: called what?
A8) The Red Guard.
Q9) Those paramilitaries — and other aspects of the October Revolution — were organised and led by workers councils: called what?
A9) Soviets.
Q10) Finally … Because of the differences in the older and newer calendars, The October revolution took place in which month?
A10) November.
Here’s a thought about doom …
“Doom very evenly! Do not doom one doom to the rich; another to the poor! Nor doom one doom to your friend; another to your foe!”
From The Doom Book, the Law Code attributed to Alfred the Great.
And some opera … 

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

Have a nice day.

Don’t burn any cakes: you’ll turn into a fungus

*        Yeah, I had trouble accessing it, yesterday, Olga‡.   Not TOO sure what happened, there: I’ll try again.   I DO know I’ll have to pencil in more of Gaiman’s work.   Apparently?   His book, Norse Mythology, is supposed to be quite the read.

†        I managed not, yesterday, Debbi‡!   Curse my innards!   (Still, I caught a movie, so that’s something … !)

‡        Sorry about the score, by the way.   But, apparently?   The Potemkin mutiny was in 1905: and made famous by the Eisenstein film, Battleship Potemkin in 1925.   The Aurora, which did take part?   Wasn’t as photogenic …


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Wessex
Q2) Anglican
Q3) Oxfordshire
Q4) The Vikings
Q5) Elf (?)
Q6) English
Q7) Crohn’s
Q8) Winchester
Q9) David Hemmings
Q10) Vikings
Sorry about your IBS, although I hope if you're right about the cause your yesterday's flare up you might be able to avoid at least some instances in the future.
Good about the glasses.
And great video. My student was very pleased to learn about the two episodes of Dr Who by Gaiman. It has inspired her to catch up (she's Japanese).
I haven't watched Life.
The Potemkin thing is Eisenstein's fault but I forgive him. He revolutionised cinema after all.
Take care.

Debbi said...

Sorry to hear that, Paul. Hope you feel better soon.

1. Wessex
2. Roman Catholic
3. Oxfordshire
4. Vikings
5. elf
6. English
7. Crohn's
8. Winchester
9. David Hemmings
10. Vikings