Monday, 19 March 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 19th March, 2018.

19th March, 2018.

Yes, I’m right, aren’t I … ?

‘Lesser Beast from the East’ sounds just a little bit pretentious, doesn’t it … ?

At any rate, I THINK we can say that things seem to be calming — slowly — down.   Or, at least, warming up.

Not that you’d think so, looking out of my window: it’s still a bit … you know … icy … 


Can I make a confession?

Today, I’ve used a quote — and a song — from the late comedy magician, Tommy Cooper.

The man, in life, was a huge fan favourite: and, in death, something of a legend.

Actually those of us who remember his death?   Will remember his death was eye-opening, as well.

He died, on stage, of a heart attack, in front of a large theatre audience … and millions ALSO watching the live TV broadcast.

I missed it.

Until doing the basic bits of research needed for today’s Teaser.

The clip of his death?

Is on YouTube.

I don’t don’t know whether to call that sick, bad taste or unpleasant: it’s certainly unpleasant to watch.

This much I DO know.

We — understandably — encourage the likes of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to not post videos showing ISIS beheadings on their platforms: and encourage them to take these down.

The fact Tommy Cooper’s death is still on YouTube as we speak?

Seems sick, bad taste, unpleasant … 

And deeply unwelcome.


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) A study published on 19th March, 1964, proposed that south east England should have three news cities built.   Name one of the resulting cities/towns.
Q2) Which country was suspended from the Commonwealth: on 19th March, 2002?
Q3) 19th March, 1848, saw the birth of the former deputy town Marshall of Tombstone, Arizona.   Who was he?
Q4) The Emley Moor transmitting station collapsed: on 19th March, 1969.   The tower transmitted signals for what: TV, Radio or Wi-fi?
Q5) Finally … England’s House of Commons abolished what: on 19th March, 1649?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 18th March, 1608, saw Susenyos crowned as Emperor of where?
A1) Ethiopia.
Q2) Like many emperors of that country, Susenyos claimed to be descended from which Biblical figure?
A2) Solomon.
Q3) The Torrey Canyon ran aground: on 18th March of which year?
A3) 1967.
Q4) It ran aground between Land’s End … and where: the Isle of Mann, the Isle of Wight or the Scillies?
Q5) 18th March, 1950, saw the birth of actor, Brad Dourif.   Which character did he play, in the David Lynch version of Dune?
Q6) Finally … ?   In a referendum on 18th March, 1992, the voters of South Africa voted to end what?
A6) Apartheid.
Here’s a thought …
“I went window shopping today! I bought four windows.”
Tommy Cooper, 19 March 1921 – 15 April 1984.
And a song‡ … 

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

Have a good day.

*        Which reminds me, I need my hair done at some point, Olgaª: I can wait, though.   I still want to try and get out, though: purely to get out of the house.   (I’m at the bottom of the hill: walking to the bus stop, five minutes away, counts as an hour’s healthy exercise.)

†        It’s amazing what you find out on Wikipedia, Debbiª: I didn’t know she was named after a packet of candies!   (Apparently, the tin whistle is a type of fipple flute^.   Say THAT with a mouth full of tea!)

‡        I don’t think you could get away with that song, today … 

^        Pointless trivia generated by Wikipedia’s ‘Random Article’ button.

ª        Have either of you been watching The Man in the High Castle?   I caught another episode, last night, and I’m impressed, so far.


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Milton Keynes, Havant and Basingstoke.
Q2) Zimbabwe (what on Earth does it imply to be suspended from the Commonwealth? Are you sent back home like when you’re suspended from school? I’ve never known if there are any advantages to being a member of the Commonwealth but I imagine there must be something to it.)
Q3) Wyatt Earp
Q4) TV (I can see the new one on my travels often. It’s pretty close by to where I live).
Q5) The House of Lords (personally, I think they were onto something)
I agree with your comment about Tommy Cooper although I didn't know about the video (and have never watched it). I watched the first episode of the Man... but keep meaning to catch up on the rest. Not sure I'll have time (although I don't have a date for the house sale yet... Don't get me started...)

Debbi said...

Haven't seen it. Got so much to watch these days, it's positively ridiculous! :)

If watching someone die on YouTube is bad, you wouldn't believe the article I read. Apparently, people who are dying of cancer are posting videos about their experiences. A bit too gruesome for me, thank you.

1. Milton Keynes
2. Zimbabwe
3. Wyatt Earp
4. TV
5. the House of Lords

The last thing I'd want to do is YouTube videos about life with dystonia. No one wants to hear about that. Believe me! :)