Thursday, 12 July 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 12th July 2018

12th July, 2018.

Yep: England is officially out of the World Cup.

And frankly?

I couldn’t be happier.

I’m — if you hadn’t guessed — not a fan.

Oh, well done to the team for getting that far.

It has been a while.

But frankly, I’m just glad the rabid, noisy nationalism that always turns up at these dos!


I’m also … ?

Still stuck indoors!

The engineer didn’t turn up, yesterday.

OK, there’s still more that needs doing.

But, my word, getting out of the house would be nice!


I have to admit, in the midst of all the sitting around?

I’ve been form filling, teaser writing … and keeping an eye on the news.

I couldn’t help notice that we’re getting a visit from Mr Trump.

I don’t like the guy.

From what I’ve seen of the man’s general policies, I think the US head of state is … 

Objectionable: not only for his opinions on migrants, but also in his attempts to undo President Obama’s healthcare reforms.

Frankly?   Anywhere — or anyone — that decreases public health care provision is not somewhere I want to be: nor want to have hanging around the UK.

I’d love to join the protests, in other words.

And can’t help but notice he’s not spending that much time in London, where the bulk of them — and the balloon — will be.

Strikes me that NOT letting protests get to you?

Is a good thing for a politician … 


The other thing I noticed?

You realise it’s the Twelfth July?

A date importent to Unionists in Northern Ireland: and a date when Orange marches are a cause of contention in the area.

That’s the other thing I noticed, over the past couple of days.

There’s problems — and potentially armed, masked, men — in Northern Ireland.

Since the Good Friday Agreement, and the Troubles finished, there’s not been issues in the region.

But … ?

For me, seeing reports of burning cars, pipe bombs and masked men in the area?

Isn ’t good.


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) 12th July, 1997, saw the birth of which education activist?
Q2) Henry 8th married his sixth wife: on 12th July, 1543.   Who WAS his sixth wife?
Q3) Which former US Treasury Secretary died on 12th July, 1804?
Q4) Which Roman politician was born on 12th July, 100 BC?
Q5) Josiah Wedgewood was born: on 12th July, 1730.   He found fame, making and selling, what?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 11th July is World Population Day.   According to Wikipedia, the World’s population — in May of this year — stood at how many people: 6.6 billion people, 7.6 billion people or 8.6 billion people?
A1) 7.6 billion.   (They took the figure from this site.)
Q2) What’s the world’s most populated continent?
A2) Asia.
Q3) What’s the world’s least populated continent?
A3) Antartica.   (It’s all the penguins, that’s bound to stop people reproducing.)
Q4) 11th July, 1987, is estimated to be when the Earth’s population hit what: three billion, four billion or five billion?
Q5) Finally … ?   The world’s population — according to the UN’s Population division — hit seven billion in which year?
A5) 2011.
Here’s a thought …
“You know how I’m smart? I got people around me who know more than I do.”
Louis B. Mayer, July 12, 1884 – October 29, 1957.
And a song …

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

Have a good day.

*        Well, it’s nothing too serious, Olga.   I’m just a little concerned about the time these things take.   I’ve another appointment at Basildon Hospital … on Christmas Eve.   Yes … As for football … ?   The TV front sounds a LOT like my dad, when I was growing up.   As for fans in bars?   I’m an ex barman.  I’ve been there, done that, and am very aware that British football fan behaviour is … not one of the UK’s better exports!

†        Well, England’s officially out, Debbi.   As you can possibly tell, I’m not a fan: so it means less yelling.   At least, until Euro 2020 … !   Oh, the Stanley Cup’s awarded in ice hockey?   It always looks like skating for psychotics!   (Actually, my sister, Ruth, played goal in field hockey.)   As for wickets?   I’d imagine it’s a bit like a strike in baseball: except you need to take ten wickets to knock a team out, rather than the three strikes per man in baseball …

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