Monday, 23 April 2012

The Saint Georges Day Teaser — 23-4-2012

Hmm …

Now that’s something … !

I’ve got to admit, I WAS going to start by telling you about the seriously vivid dream I had last night.

Where I was wondering around what felt like a seriously gothic version of London Below Neverwhere.

But, easily distractable so-and-so that I am … ?

I’ve just heard on Radio 4 that Ronnie O’Sullivan’s first round opponent in this year’s Snooker World Championship is to be Peter Ebdon.

Which SHOULD be on HELL of a match … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

While I wish those of us that celebrate it, a Happy — and Literate — Saint Georges Day …


Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Tim and Debbi putting in their answers: with Debbi admitting she was chasing down more footage from Rumpole of the Bailey*, it saw her bagging 6 out of 6, and Tim scoring 2ª.

Let’s see how they — and you — do with today’s Teaser: here’s those questions, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) Saint Georges Day is informally celebrated in which North American country … ?
Q2) More to the point, in which of that country’s provinces is it an official holiday … ?
Q3) In many Orthodox countries, Saint Georges Day is celebrated on which date: 9th April, 23rd April, or May 6th … ?
Q4) Which famous George was created by John Le Carre?
Q5) Who wrote the play Pygmalion?
Q6) Name any of the three famous writers — one English, one Spanish, one Peruvian — who died on 23rd April, 1616.
Q7) Because of those three men, 23rd April is considered World Book Day: organized by which UN body … ?
Q8) More to the point … Name any of the 25 UK World Book Night Books for this year … 
Q9) Moving on … 23rd April, 1661, saw Charles 2nd crowned as king of England, Ireland and Scotland: in which church … ?
Q10) And finally … 23rd April, 1993, saw which part of Ethiopia vote for its independence … ?

And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …

Q1) 22nd April is — according to the United Nations — International what day … ?  
A1) International Mother Earth Day.

Q2) More to the point, which South American country introduced the UN resolution that founded the day … ?  
A2) Bolivia.

Q3) 22nd April, 2000, was Big Number Change Day, marking Britain’s most recent change of dialling codes.   What — after that change — was the dialling code for London … ?  
A3) 020.   (Or +4420, from outside the UK)

Q4) 22nd April, 1998, saw Disney open Animal World: but in Disney World, Disney Land … or Shanghai Disney … ?  
A4) Disney World.

Q5) 22nd April, 1994, saw the death of former US president, Richard Nixon: who played him, in the 2008 film, Frost/Nixon … ?  
A5) Frank Langella.

Q6) And finally … 22nd April, 1930, saw the signing of the London Navy Treaty: name any of the three countries who signed it.  
A6) The UK, the USA and Japan.

Enjoy those, everyone.

As it’s Saint George’s day … ?

I’ll leave you with a hymn about a city in the Middle East … 

*        Remind me to keep an eye peeled, Debbi: I’m now officially curiousº … 

º        I seem to recall the original Rumpole pilot was recorded under the Play for the Day banner, in case that’s any help.

ª        And that’s me being generous, Tim: but have a try at today’s … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I have the videos bookmarked to use on the Midlist blog. Hopefully, I'll remember. :)

1. Canada
2. Newfoundland
3. 23rd April
4. George Smiley
5. George Bernard Shaw
6. William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
8. A Tale of Two Cities
9. Westminster Abbey
10. Eritrea