Friday, 12 October 2012

The Daily Teaser — 12-10-2012

Blimey, THAT’S a result … !

I’ll be frank, I’ve had a bit of extra money from the local Benefits Office: basically, where they suspended my benefit payments for a fortnight, and I had to go through the whole lengthy appeals process.

They found in my favour, thankfully.

That’s a good thing.

I can now buy a new pair of trousers, and a train ticket for Tuesday.

Believe it or not, I’ve got an interview at the Liverpool branch of Maplins.

Here’s hoping* … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?

Yes, let’s … !


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbiº putting in her answers: and, along with admitting she though Tim Berners-Lee was awesome, ALSO bagged 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) 12th October, 1979, saw the first publication of the book version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.   Who was the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy … ?
Q2) More to the point, how many books did he write in the series … ?
Q3) Moving on … 12th October, 1492, saw discovery of the the Americas by Christopher Columbus.   Which islands had he reached: the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands or the French Antilles … ?
Q4) More to the point, how is that day celebrated in the USA … ?
Q5) 12th October, 1978, saw Sid Vicious arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.   What was the name of the hotel Vicious was arrested in … ?
Q6) More to the point, what was the name of the Gary Oldman film about Sid Vicious … ?
Q7) And finally … 12th October, 1968, saw which African nation become independent of Spain … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 11th October, 1929, saw department store, JC Penney open its branch in Milford, Delaware: marking the store’s spread, nationwide.   How many US states were there, in 1929 … ?
A1) 48.   (Alaska and Hawaii both joined in 1959.)
Q2) 11th October, 1962, saw the convening of the Second Vatican Council: by which Pope … ?
A2) John 23rd.
Q3) 11th October, 1852, saw the founding of Australia’s oldest university: in which city is that university … ?
A3) Sydney.
Q4) 11th October, 1976, saw the arrest of the Gang of Four: the four people, organising an attempted coup in which country … ?
A4) China.
Q5) Name one of the Gang … 
A5) Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, Wang Hongwen and Jiang_Qing: who, ironically, was Chairman Mao’s widow.
Q6) And finally … 11th November, 1982, saw the raising of Henry 8th’s flagship, the Mary Rose.   The ship originally sank, off the coast of which isle … ?
A6) The Isle Of Wight.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with this quote from newsreader, Angela Rippon …
“I am usually very careful about what I wear when I appear on television; I restrict to wearing colours which don't distract the viewer and so therefore I have two wardrobes at home, one for home and the other for work. I'm not employed to be a shambles”
Angela Rippon, born 12th October, 1944.
And with THIS tune from Status Quo: after all, it is Rick Parfitt’s birthday … 

*        Actually … I think I should ALSO say something similar to my by now ex-neighbours, Claire and Andy and their family: here’s hoping the new house goes well, folks!

º        Oh, definitely, Debbi … !   (I still want one of those Cubes, though: it’ll look good in the collectionª … )

ª        Briefly … The one next to the monitor is a vintage Performa 6400/200: the other is a PowerMac  G4/AGP.   The gift shop is in the kitchen.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Great news about your benefits! Good luck with your interview. :)

1. Douglas Adams
2. five
3. the Bahamas
4. it's officially celebrated on the second Monday of October; however, it's a controversial holiday and not all the states observe it; it's usually celebrated with parades and big events
5. Hotel Chelsea
6. Sid & Nancy
7. Equatorial Guinea