Monday, 8 October 2012

The Daily Teaser — 8-10-2012

Ah-HA … !

That seemed to work … !

Remember me mentioning I got a tax rebate, a few days ago … ?   A very welcome one, I should add.

It let me buy some milk, a loaf or two …

And pre-order the standard-definition version of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Which is out on iTunes, today, and happily downloading, as we speak.

I’m happy.

I know what I’ll be watching at some point … !


Let’s move on, shall we?   Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi, Grub and my Mum putting in their answers.

With Debbi back from Bouchercon, and flattered to be mentioned in the same breathe as Terry Pratchett and Iain M. Banks*, it saw Grub bagging 2 out of 5, Mum getting 3 and Debbi — confirming her Big Beast status —  scoring 5 out of 5.

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

Q1) 8th October, 1962, saw Algeria join the United Nations: what’s the capital of Algeria … ?
Q2) More to the point, Sonatrach, Algeria’s largest company, deals in what … ?
Q3) Moving on … 8th October, 2003, saw Arnold Schwarzenegger named as governor of California: was he Democrat or Republican … ?
Q4) 8th October, 1973, saw LBC, Britain’s first independent radio station, begin broadcasting: what does LBC stand for … ?
Q5) And finally … 8th October, 1806, saw British forces begin a siege of which French port … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 7th October, 3761BC marks the start of the Jewish calendar.  Year one of that calendar marks what: Creation, one year before creation, or one year after creation … ?
A1) Believe it or not, one year before creation.   (If I’ve understood things correctly, it ties in with how the Jewish calendar keeps track of the cycles of the Moon.)
Q2) 7th October, 1982 saw the Broadway opening of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats: the musical is based on a book by which poet … ?
A2) T. S. Eliot.
Q3) While we’re being poetical … 7th October, 1955, saw who perform their poem, Howl , for the first time … ?
A3) Allen Ginsberg.
Q4) 7th October, 1959, saw a Soviet probe take the first ever photos of the Moon: what was the name of the probe ?
A4) The Luna 3.
Q5) Finally — and while we’re being Soviet — 7th October, 1977, saw the Soviet Union adopt its fourth what … ?
A5) Constitution.
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with this quote from the late Frank Herbert, who’s birthday it would’ve been, today …
“The thing we must do intensely is be human together. People are more important than things.”
Frank Herbert  October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986
And given it’s also the birthday of Robert Kool Bell … ?

Let’s boogie … 

*        Well, I can’t not mention my favourites, Debbi, play fair … ! :D

1 comment:

Debbi said...

You won't hear a word of complaint from me. :)

In fact, I mentioned it on my Random and Sundry blog today.

I love to travel, but it's great to be home. :)

1. Algiers
2. oil and gas
3. Republican
4. London Broadcasting Company
5. Boulogne