Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Daily Teaser — 20-09-2012

You know, I HAVE to admit, right at the moment, I’ve got the telly happily playing in the background.

Would you believe me if I told you I was watching last night’s episode of Dalla … ?

Probably not.

But I am.

And the new series is looking fantastic: and reminding me, certainly, both how much fun it was … 

And quite how menacing Larry Hagman could be, as JR Ewing.

OK, he’s was always a cartoon Mephistopheles.

But I don’t think anyone played a better devil.

Let’s get moving on, shall we?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi managing to put her answers in, after Google ate them, the day before.   Along with admitting she had her fingers crossed her answers got through, she also bagged 8 out of 8 in the Talk Like A Pirate Teaser*.

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) 20th September, 1860, saw the first visit of a Prince of Wales to North America: which Prince of Wales was it … ?
Q2) More to the point, what name did he take the throne under … ?
Q3) Talking about North America … 20th September, 1848, saw the founding of the American Association for the Advancement of … what?
Q4) 20th September saw Saladin begin his siege of Jerusalem: in which year?
Q5) More to the point, which dynasty did Saladin found … ?
Q6) 20th September, 1984, saw the US Embassy attacked: in which Lebanese city … ?
Q7) And finally … 20th September, 1697, saw the signing of the treaty that ended which war: the Six Day War, the 100 Years War, or the Nine Years War … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) In the Pirates Of The Caribbean films, Captain Jack Sparrow is played by Johnny Depp.   Name either of the two series that feature Captain Jack Harkness …    
A1) Dr Who and Torchwood.
Q2) Who played Captain Jack, in those series … ?   
A2) John Barrowman.
Q3) Moving on … what was the real name of pirate, Calico Jack … ?   
A3) John Rackham: you’ll see his surname spelt Rackum or Rackam.
Q4) More to the point, who was Calico Jack’s famed lover … ?   
A4) Anne Bonny.
Q5) Even more to the point, which iconic piratical item is Calico Jack supposed to have designed …    
A5) The Jolly Roger.
Q6) What name is given to the letters used to hire a privateer … ?   
A6) Letters Of Marque.
Q7) Notorious privateer, El Draque was better known how … ?   
A7) Vice Admiral Sir Francis Drake. .
Q8) And finally … which Strait — near the South China Sea — sees a lot of modern day piracy … ?   
A8) The Strait of Malacca.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you with this quote from George R. R. Martin.

“Ten years from now, no one is going to care how quickly the books came out. The only thing that will matter, the only thing anyone will remember, is how good they were. That's my main concern, and always will be.”
George R. R. Martin born born September 20, 1948.

And wish Thompson Twins co-founder, Alannah Myles, a Happy Birthday, with a tune that she co-wrote … 

*        Debbi, you DO realise that means you’re allowed to have a parrot on your shoulder, wear an eyepatch, and do your best Blackbeard routine … ?

1 comment:

Debbi said...

What a lovely pirate tune! :) Thank you!

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