Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Daily Teaser — 28-08-2012

Right, then … 

That’s the bank holiday done with: or public holiday, just in case you didn’t know the term.

Hopefully, that means that — as I was informed on Friday — I’ll be getting a visit from the contractors my landlord has on the books to fix the boiler.

Somehow I’m sceptical: granted, I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but I’m still sceptical.

Actually … ?   About as sceptical as I am about the Essex lion.   That’s about as genuine as the Picasso I’ve got.

Not very, so you know.

At ANY rate … ?

At least we know Dr Who starts its seventh series, this Saturday: we can sit back and enjoy part one of Pond Life … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and, along with feeling a touch happier that’s she back on form*, also bagging 6 out of 6.

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

Q1) 28th August, 1917, saw ten suffragettes arrested for picketing which US landmark … ?
Q2) 28th August, 1789, saw William Herschel discover a second moon orbiting which planet of the Solar System … ?
Q3) 28th August, 1985, saw a couple charged with spying, at Horseferry Road Magistrates: which country was that couple from … ?
Q4) 28th August, 1531, saw an Ottoman Turk army occupy which European city … ?
Q5) And finally … 28th August, 1609, saw Henry Hudson discover Delaware Bay: name either of the US states that border it.
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 27th August, 1883, saw which volcano begin erupting … ?
A1) Krakatoa.
Q2) More to the point, what was the name of the 1969 film about this eruption … ?
A2) Krakatoa, East of Java.   (Krakatoa’s actually west of Java … )
Q3) 27th August, 1928, saw the signing of the Kellogg-Briand Pact: what did this outlaw: the illegal drug trade, war or arms dealing?
A3) War.
Q4) 27th August, 1962, saw the launch of the Mariner 2 probe: by which space agency … ?
Q5) More to the point, where was that probe heading … ?
A5) To Venus.
Q6) And finally … 27th August, 1967, saw the death of Beatles manager, Brian Epstein: who was the only female artist he managed … ?
A6) Cilla Black.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll catch you later.

As a nod to singer Kim Appleby, whose birthday it, today, I’ll leave you feeling Respectable … 

And with a quote from Jack Vance …
“The less a writer discusses his work—and himself—the better. The master chef slaughters no chickens in the dining room; the doctor writes prescriptions in Latin; the magician hides his hinges, mirrors, and trapdoors with the utmost care.”
Jack Vance  born August 28, 1916

*        You’re right about war, by the way, Debbi: and I think that’s a cue for a song … 

Or two … 

Oh … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Those are totally awesome videos! Thanks for posting them. :)

I hope your migraine is better. :)

1. the White House
2. Saturn
3. East Germany
4. Belgrade (in 1521)(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suleiman_the_Magnificent)
5. New Jersey and Delaware