Sunday, 15 July 2012

The Daily Teaser — 15-7-2012

Now, I’ve got to admit, THAT’S just silly … !

Did I tell you I’ve managed to get myself prescribed a pair of reading glasses?   Along with a pair of distance ones … ?

Well, I have: and at the time I had my eye test — Mac fan that I am, it’s hard to not write that as an ‘iTest’ — I was told I’d get a phone call — with in a week to ten days — to let me know when they were ready.

I got the call, last night.

And, when I asked, I got told I could pick them up, that day: so long as I picked them up, ‘before 5’.

I looked at the clock as soon as I put the phone down.

Going by Bruce’s on-board clock, it was 16:54.

I was at home, at the time.

My optician’s … ?   Is twenty minutes walk away.

There’s possibly a book about this sort of thing … … … … 


Moving on, yesterday’s Teaser saw Trevor putting in his answers: AND bagging 10 out of 10.

Let’s see how he — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 15th July is the feast day of the saint Winchester Cathedral is dedicated to: who is he … ?
Q2) More to the point, according to an old tradition, if it rains, today, for how many days will it rain for … ?
Q3) Even MORE to the point … ?   15th July is the date of the Ancient Roman festival of which pair of twins … ?
Q4) Moving on … 15th July, 2003, saw Time AOL disband its Netscape Communication arm: what product did Netscape famously make … ?
Q5) 15th July, 1985, saw the release of what was — at the time — the world’s best-selling console: what was it called … ?
Q6) And finally … 15th July, 1910, saw the naming of which disease … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 14th July is, obviously, Bastille Day: traditionally, the French President hosts a garden party, where … ?
A1) The Palais de l’Elysée.
Q2) More to the point, who’s the current president of France … ?
A2) François Hollande.
Q3) EQUALLY to the point, what’s the French President’s title … in French … ?
A3) Président de la République française.
Q4) True or False: the President of France is a monarch.
A4) True: he’s one of two co-Princes of Andorra.
Q5) As a final Bastille Day question: name any of the three colours worn in their hats, by French revolutionaries … 
A5) Blue, white and red.
Q6) Moving on … 14th July, 1223, saw Louis 8th become king of France, on his fathers death.   What was his father’s name: Phillip 1st, Phillip 2nd or Phillip 3rd … ?
A6) Phillip 2nd.
Q7) 14th July, 1958, saw a coup in which Middle-Eastern country … ?
A7) Iraq.
Q8) 14th July, 1993, saw the release of an operating system called 386BSD: what does the B stand for in BSD … ?
A8) Berkely: BSD being an acronym of Berkeley Standard Distribution: those of us who know, know it’s the standard version of Unix.
Q9) 14th July, 1965, saw the Mariner 4 probe flypast which planet … ?
A9) Mars: the probe was the first to take photos of another planet.
Q10) And finally … 14th July, 2002, saw the death of Joaquín Balaguer: the 41st, 45th and 49th president of which Caribbean nation … ?
A10) The Dominican Republic.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you with this quote from the late Iris Murdoch, who’s birthday it is, today.
“Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.”  Iris Murdoch, 15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999
And with this tune from The Buggles … 

Oh, and one from the Art Of Noise … 

Oh … And another tune from Frankie Goes To Hollywood … 

Oh … And ANOTHER tune, from faux lesbians, tATu … 

All of that lot to honour singer/songwriter, Buggles/Art of Noise founder and Frankies/tATu/ABC/Dollar producer, Trevor Horn … 

Hmm … 

Showing off my fanboy tendencies, there … 

1 comment:

trev-v said...

A1 St. Swithun
A2 40 days
A3 Castor and Pollux
A4 Netscape Navigator – a web browser – one I used in the late 1990’s
A5 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
A6 Alzheimer's disease (AD)