Monday, 13 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 13th November, 2017

Hmmm … 

Radio Four’s Today programme has just told me UK’s intelligence chiefs have against using anti-virus software.

To be specific, against using anti-virus software from Kaspersky Labs.

There are worries the company has too many links to the Kremlin: or, at least, to it’s intelligence agency.

I couldn’t tell you.

I AM surprised about the fuss being made about it.

I have a personal belief: that, while the FBI, and other law enforcement bodies are concerned about the encryption involved with apps like WhatsApp, and Apple’s Messages, US intelligence agencies will have equally friendly relationships with various US software makers.

And bagging whatever help, information and cooperation they can.

In other words, doing the exact same thing.

Let’s face it: you’re reading this in a version of Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Edge or Firefox.

All bits of US software.

Who’s looking at your browser history?


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with Olga scoring five out of five, and Debbi scoring four.

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

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

Q1) 13th November is the feast day of Frances Xavier Cabrini.   She’s the patron saint of whom: nuns, immigrants or Italian Americans?
Q2) Nevado del Ruiz erupted: on 13th November, 1985.   Eruption and volcano are in which South American country?
Q3) Prince Albert 1st was born on 13th November, 1848.   He, and the rest of the Grimaldi dynasty, are princes of where: Andorra, Liechtenstein or Monaco?
Q4) Prince Hans-Adam 2nd started his reign: on 13th November, 1989.   Of where: Andorra, Liechtenstein or Monaco?
Q5) Finally … Sweden voted to join the European Union: on 13th November, of which year?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …

Q1) This year, Remembrance Sunday is held on 12th November.   It’s the UK’s formal commemoration of anniversary of Armistice Day: at the end of which war?
A1) World War One.
Q2) The main UK ceremony will be held in Whitehall, in London.   At the memorial called what?
A2) The Cenotaph.
Q3) Traditionally, the Queen lays a wreath on Remembrance Sunday.   Who’s doing it for her, this year?
A3) Prince Charles.
Q4) A church in Leicestershire has — for its Remembrance Sunday service, this year — dropped which hymn?
A4) Onward, Christian Soldiers.
Q5) Finally … ?   In their games over November, 2017, the UK’s various home nation football teams have sought permission to wear what?
A5) Poppies.
Here’s a thought …
“The name was a fluke. A joke. It started when I was doing A Christmas Carol in San Diego. We’d sit backstage and talk about names we’d never give our children, like Pork Pie or Independence. Of course, now people are walking around with those names.”
Whoopi Goldberg, born 13th November, 1955.
And a song …

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

Have a good day.

*        That’s something, Olga: it’s not often TV shows show you the bits of town you don’t otherwise see.   Not that I watch it … but The Only Way is Essex, supposedly based in my home town?   Only really ever shows you one street, and the bar over the road from it.   It’s ALSO convinced people we’re all blonde, orange and wear vajazzles‡.   (Actually?   I’m sure Debbi’s said the same thing about the legal profession.   Have the pair of you thought about gag writing … ?)

†        I certainly TRY, Debbi: doing it that way’s a lot easier than grabbing a VHS tape and a pair of scissors.   I mean … left handed scissors cost … !   (Oh … gag writing, Debbi^ … any thoughts?)

‡        Those things itch, for a start!

^        Actually, Debbi?   One of the UK’s best loved comic actors was a chap called Tony Hancock: his shows were everywhere back in the sixties, and both funny and popular.   One of his best known gagwriters was a chap called Terry: who eventually argued with Hancock, and moved on.   Out of work, Terry wrote a spec script for a new SF show … the monsters in it are famous …


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Immigrants
Q2) Colombia
Q3) Monaco
Q4) Liechtenstein
Q5) 1994
I think you might be onto something. Debbi and I must get together at some point...
And talking about gags... I was going for one of my walks today on the Transpennine Trail and what do I see coming towards me but nine turkeys? (Walking? Strutting... the male even fanning its tail at some point). It was close to a bit where there is a road that goes by and a few farms so I was talking to a couple of guys and one was convinced they must have come from the farm up the road, but really... Considering the time of the year it made me think of Chicken Run... (In the States it would work even better because Thanksgiving is around the corner).

Debbi said...

Gag writing. Sounds like fun, actually. I've been considering writing in a lighter vein myself. Unfortunately, I have more ideas than time to write them out. Not to mention hands to type with! :) Although, I've started using speech recognition more.

1. immigrants
2. Colombia
3. Monaco
4. Liechtenstein
5. 1994

As for Terry the gag writer, we all have to start somewhere, don't we? :)

And I remember seeing videos of Hancock on your blog, a few years back.