Monday, 9 April 2012

The Daily Teaser — 09-04-2012

Hmmm … 

OK, let’s go for having the picture in the centre, today, shall we … ?

Hmmm … THAT seemed to work … ?

But just as a point … ?    I’ll happily admit to having Radio 4 on, again: I’ve said it before and I’ll no doubt say it again, but it’s a lot less distracting than most tv stations on Freeview.

They’ve also just had the news on.   And apparently … ?

The Duchess of Cornwall — Prince Charles second wife, in case you didn’t know — has just been given a gong by the Queen.   She’s now officially a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.

Nice for her.

But I can’t help but vaguely feel it’s jobs for the boys, so to speak. Or, at least, gongs for the girls.

But there we go.

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Debbi, and my mother, putting in their answers: with Debbi admitting she loved Dirty Harryº, and thinking that a law against eating ice cream in public was and is daft*, it also saw Mum bagging 1 out of 6, and Debbi bagging one.

Let’s see how they — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video
Q1) 9th April, 1682, saw Robert Cavelier de La Salle discover the mouth of the mouth of the Mississippi: in which US state is it … ?
Q2) More to the point, which gulf does it empty into … ?
Q3) 9th April, 1976, saw which member of the Young Liberals cleared of robbery … ?
Q4) More to the point, which party is he now a member … ?
Q5) 9th April, 1937, saw the first Japanese built plane land in London: what model of plane was it … ?
Q6) 9th April, 1865, saw the surrender of General Robert E. Lee.   In which US state was this … ?
Q7) And finally … 9th April, 1969, saw the British built version of which plane make it’s maiden flight … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
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 … ?   A1) COmmon Business-Oriented Language.
Q2) 8th April, 1892 saw the birth of actress Mary Pickford: name any of the people who co-founded United Artists with her.   A2) D. W. Griffiths, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks.
Q3) More to the point, in which year was this … ?   A3) 1919.
Q4) 8th April, 1886, saw William Gladstone introduce a bill into the House of Commons: designed to give Home Rule to which Dominion … ?   A4) Ireland.
Q5) 8th April, 2008, saw the completion of the first building to have integrated wind turbines: where IS that building … ?   A5) Bahrain.
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 … ?   A6) Ice-cream.   (Apparently … one of the OTHER law’s means you require a permit for high heels.   Not that Clint needs stiletto heels, obviously.   (Just as a point … ?   It’s illegal to die in the House of Commons.   There’s a comment, there … ))

Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you with Paul Robeson’s performance of Shenandoah.

*        That’s not the worst of it, Debbi: APPARENTLY, you need a permit for any heels over 1 inch highª.

ª        Hopefully, the government will get rid of some of these … 

º        Don’t know if you’re a fan, Debbi, but did I tell you one of my favourite TV shows was Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.   My favourite character on the  show was a Cardassian tailor called Garak, who always swore blind he wasn’t a spy: despite being a retired member of — in the shows background universe — the Cardassian KGB.   The reason I mention it, is that the actor who plays him, Andrew Robinson, crops up in both Hellraiser … and as the sniper in Dirty Harry.


Debbi said...

Yes, I watched Deep Space Nine. And I recognized that actor as the sniper from Dirty Harry. He played a good Cardassian tailor/spy. :)

BTW, I think I got more than one right answer to yesterday's teaser, yes? :)

Like it matters. Ha ha ha ...

1. Louisiana
2. the Gulf of Mexico
3. Peter Hain
4. the Labour Party
5. the Kamikaze or the Mitsubishi Ki-15 Karigane aircraft
6. Virginia
7. the Concorde

Nik Nak said...

Oh, … Yeah, that’s right, you did … !

I’m embarassed, now … !