Sunday, 8 April 2012

The Daily Teaser — 08-04-2012

Hmmm …

Yes, let’s put the poster over there, today, shall we … ?

Just for once … !

At any rate … ?

As you’ve probably guessed, I’ve got Radio 4 on, at the moment.

And their Sunday programme … ?

Has just had a piece about a singing New York cabbie.

OK, I think most New Yorkers would probably raise an eyebrow, there, but here’s the twist.

The cabbie they highlighted was of Pakistani origin … and sang ancient Sufi poetry!

Now THAT’S probably going to have interesting results in a generation or two … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser sawDebbi putting in her answers: and along with letting us know about how she felt about Billie Holliday’s Strange Fruit*, also bagging 6 out of 6.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s Teaser, shall we?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video
Q1) 8th April, 1959, saw a team of computer scientists meet, to discuss the creation of the programming language, COBOL: what does COBOL stand for … ?
Q2) 8th April, 1892 saw the birth of actress Mary Pickford: name any of the people who co-founded United Artists with her.
Q3) More to the point, in which year was this … ?
Q4) 8th April, 1886, saw William Gladstone introduce a bill into the House of Commons: designed to give Home Rule to which Dominion … ?
Q5) 8th April, 2008, saw the completion of the first building to have integrated wind turbines: where IS that building … ?
Q6) And finally … 8th April, 1986, saw Clint Eastwood elected as Mayor of Carmel: he was elected to fight the city council’s law banning the eating of what in public … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 7th April is World Health Day, celebrating the founding of the World Health Organisation: in which year … ?A1) 1948.
Q2) What’s the theme of this year’s World Health Day … ?A2) Aging and Health.
Q3) 7th April, 1969, saw the publication of RFC1, considered by many to mark the birthdate of the Internet.   What does RFC stand for … ?A3) Request for Comment.
Q4) 7th April, 1827, saw chemist, John Walker, sell his first what: aspirin, friction match or ulcer cure … ?A4) Friction match.
Q5) 7th April, 1986, saw Sir Clive Sinclair sell his computer business to Amstrad.   How was his most successful product, the ZX Spectrum, marketed in the USA … ?A5) The Timex Sinclair 2068.
Q6) And finally … 7th April, 1989, saw the K-278 Komsomolets sink off the coast of Norway: was it a a seaplane, freighter or submarine … ?A6) A submarine.

Enjoy those, everyone.   I’ll leave you with birthday boy, Julian Lennon’s Much Too Late For Goodbyes.
Oh … there’s a fascinating interview  with Julian on YouTube: VERY interesting what he has to say about his father …
I’ll wish you a Happy Easterª.

*        I think resonate is definitely the word, Debbiº!   Strange Fruit certainly does that: I think I always get thrown, whenever she looks at the camera.   She’s singing at us … 

º        And, yes, looking forward is DEFINITELY the phrase: I’m still waiting for Least Wanted to come through at Brentwood Library, I’ll have to chase that up, come Tuesday … 

ª        And a Happy Passover for those of us that celebrate it … !


Anonymous said...

Charlie Chaplin 2
1920 3
Canada 4
Dubai 5
Chewing Gum 6

Freda Downie

Debbi said...

The interview with Julian was well worth it. Thanks for posting it. :)

1. Common Business Oriented Language
2. D.W. Griffith, Charles Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
3. 1919
4. Ireland
5. Manama, Bahrain
6. ice cream (Can you imagine? A law against eating ice cream in public. How silly is that?)

Dirty Harry is awesome! :)

Nik Nak said...

I know: would you believe it, Debbi, you need a permit for high heels … ?