Saturday, 28 July 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 28th July 2018

28th July, 2018


We’ve had — for the first time since at least May — we’ve had …

Wait for it … 

Rain … !

Frankly, I’m thankful.

It means today looks like’s going to be genuinely cooler than it’s been.

Than. heavens for that!


As another point … ?

And just quickly?

It seems the cast of Star Wars Episode 9 have been announced: and adds Richard E. Grant to the regulars.

You can just tell the former Great Intelligence will be playing a member of the First Order, can’t you … ?

It sounds good.


I don’t know about you, but I’m very aware there’s no new footage of the late Carrie Fisher in there.

Nothing new from one of the cast members who shaped both modern sci-fi, the Star Wars franchise, and — in her role as a script doctor — even Hollywood, itself.

Nothing … 

I … am still sad about that woman’s death, even now …

I can only hope Star Wars Episode 9 is a good memorial.


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) 28th July, 1993, saw the birth of England footballer, Harry Kane.   How many goals — overall — did he score in the 2018 World Cup?
Q2) The Sutton Hoo helmet was found: on 28th July, 1939.   The helmet, Sutton Hoo, and the dig, are in which English county?
Q3) The first swimmer to win six Gold medals at one World Championship, did so on 28th July, 2001.   Which Australian swimmer achieved this feat?
Q4) The Spetsgruppa A were formed on 28th July, 1974.   Which country’s Special Forces are Spetsgruppa A?
Q5) Finally … 28th July, 2000, saw the last batch of prisoners released from which prison?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 27th July saw the release of A Wild Hare: the first cartoon to feature Bugs Bunny.   In which year was the short released?
A1) 1940.
Q2) The ’toon was distributed by Vitaphone: and which other movie company?
Q3) Bugs uses his famous catchphrase for the first time, in A Wild Hare.   That phrase is “What’s Up … ” who?
A3) Doc.
Q4) Bugs was being hunted in the cartoon.   By whom?
Q5) Finally … who provided Bugs’ voice?
A5) Mel Blanc.
Here’s a thought …
“Let the dogs of the empire bark, that’s their job; ours is to battle to achieve the true liberation of our people.”
Hugo Chávez, 28 July 1954 – 5 March 2013.
And a song …

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

Have a good day.

*        Bloody hell, that look’s rather good, Olga!   The blood cash situation’s really frustrating, sometimes!   I’m assuming the chap on the left is the … ah … recovering Inquisitor?   He’s just got that look to him!   (Oh, hang on, no: there’s a character called Ernesto Jimenez: there was an Inquisition cardinal, wasn’t there … ?)

†        I grew up on it, Debbi: it’s Britain’s other sci-fi icon!   I read it, and Starlord, growing up.   I don’t know if I’d call it underground, either: it was right on the borders of mainstream and has been for years.   Judge Dredd, Halo Jones, Nemesis, the ABC Warriors, Rogue Trooper, I could go on … !   (Halo Jones never got finished, which is sad.   And Mega City One‡, the setting for Judge Dredd^?   Again, is one of those settings that just rears up over the top of everything else.)

‡        Take central New York.   Turn up the volume to eleven, throw in homicidal grandmas, madder police, controlling laws, ninety nine per-cent unemployment, pollution, mutants, illegal aliens — who get kicked off the planet because some of their internal organs are recreational drugs — and a dry sense of humour that makes Peter Capaldi’s look slapstick.   Then stretch it down the eastern coast of the US.   You’ve got Mega City One.

^        I’m fairly sure I’ve mentioned this to Olga, Debbi: but Carlos Ezquerra, the artist who originally drew Dredd, threw in a lot of images, influenced by growing up in Fascist Spain.   Lots of eagles … 


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Six
Q2) Suffolk
Q3) Ian Thorpe
Q4) Russia
Q5) The Maze Prison in Northern Ireland
Oh, you're right about Ernesto Jiménez. The character who was an inquisitor is not in that picture (he is not a member of the team we follow, although he appears very often, as do some others who work at the Ministerio).
Here he is:
Of those characters in the picture, the main team, the one on the left (he turns up later, because one of the main characters from the first series, who was a paramedic from the present, decides to go back in time and help in the Philipines during the 1898 War and he disappears for a while) is a 1970s policeman. The one on the right, the tall and skinny guy, plays a knight from the XVII century (he is a great character, as he is forever flummoxed by modern life, democracy, women having important posts, but he's noble and loyal). The woman in the group is a historian, from the 1920s in Barcelona, who has a university degree, and she's the team leader. She is the most knowledgeable, but, of course, she does not know so much about modern history.
There are some truly quirky scenes (the two men can't get over the microwave and the television) and the main content of each episode is based on true historical episodes (oh, Velazquez, the famous Spanish painter, who is another agent and does sketches for them, is obsessed with meeting Picasso and keeps trying to sneak out). Some of the episodes are funny and some, not so much. I'm sure it will catch on, although it seems that a few countries have bought the rights to use the same format, I imagine with historical episodes relevant to their own countries, but there is enough background and explanation for anybody to follow it, I think. (They also showed a documentary series whereby they would explain how they made each individual episode, the facts behind the story, and relevant information).
I feel the same about Carrie Fisher. I have Diaries of a Princess on my Kindle although it will probably be a while before I feel up to reading it.

Debbi said...

Oh, my word! I hope you'll listen to the upcoming Crime Cafe podcast (on YouTube and iTunes). The writer I interviewed likes to cross genres. Or, to be more precise, prefers not to be categorized by genre! Which is awesome! :)

1. 6
2. Suffolk
3. Ian Thorpe
4. Russia
5. the Maze