Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Daily Teaser — 29-11-2012

You know, I have to admit, the Leveson Report get’s published, today.

Which, just in case you didn’t know, is the report — from one of Britain’s highest judges — into press standards in the UK: after various of the country’s papers were hacking phones, amongst other assorted misdemeanours.

I’m aware that the editor of The Guardian seemed to be against statutory regulation: his point was that murder was basically illegal, but that this didn’t stop people.   Which strikes me as an absurd argument.

After all, having some form of regulation/murder legislation doesn’t mean murder — or press intrusion — stops.   It just means there’s a punishment available if it happens.

Right … rant over.   Let’s get moving on, shall we?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw both Trevor and Debbi putting in their answers.   With Trevor bagging 6º out of 6 and Debbi bagging 5, it also saw Trevor mentioning — in one answer — that Tennessee has a town called Brentwood, and Debbi telling us — via THIS post — she’s both prepping up for a speech she has to give, AND thinking of writing a book*.

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

Q1) 29th November, 1929, saw Admiral Richard Byrd become the first person to overfly what … ?
Q2) 43 years later, 29th November, 1972, saw the release of Pong: by which US company … ?
Q3) More to the point, that company’s name mean’s what, in English … ?
Q4) Moving on … 29th November, 1890, saw Japan’s parliament go into force.   What’s the name of the Japanese Parliament … ?
Q5) 29th November saw the UN Partition of Palestine: in which year of the 1940s?
Q6) And finally … 29th November, 1781, saw the crew of the Zong drown 133 — or 142, depending on who you ask — African slaves.   Why?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …

Q1) 28th November, 1925, saw the initial broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry, in the US.   But in which US state … ?
A1) Tennessee.
Q2) More to the point, it was originally broadcast as the WSM … what … ?
A2) Barn Dance.
Q3) Moving on … 28th November, 1987, saw the birth of which former Dr Who girl … ?
A3) Amy Pond, herself, Karten Gillan.
Q4) 28th November, 1660, saw the original founding of the Royal Society.   Its current HQ is in which part of London: St James’, St James’ Park or Piccadilly … ?
A4) St James’.
Q5) 28th November, 1958, saw Gabon, Chad and the Republic of the Congo become autonomous parts of which country’s empire … ?
A5) France’s.
Q6) And finally … 28th November, 1943, saw the Tehran conference of Allied Leaders take place.   Name any of the three leaders, there … 
A6) Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Franklin D Roosevelt.
Enjoy those.

I’ll leave you with this song, in memory of the late George Harrison, who died today in 2001 …

And with this thought from C. S. Lewisª …
“The Value of myth is that it takes all the things you know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by the veil of familiarity.”
C. S. Lewis,  29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963

*        Actually, Debbi, how does Indie Goes Bananas sound, as a title … ?   Or The Love Indie … ?   Indie-Anna Wants Me … ?   INDIE: Fully Loaded … ?   I’m not helping, am I … ?

º        Hang on, Trevor, there’s a a Brentwood in Tennessee … ?   We have an excuse to buy stetsons … 

ª        It’s also — with variations — a thought I’ve heard from JRR Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Gene Roddenberry, Storm Constantine, Julian May†: fill the rest in yourself … !

†        Who famously said words to the effect of “Science fiction will stop be relevant, only when humanity stops using it’s brain!

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Hmmm ... how about The Happy Fool's Journey? Or The Techno-Idiot's Guide to Publishing. Ha ha!

1. the South Pole
2. Atari Inc.
3. "to hit the target" or "to receive something fortuitously"
4. the National Diet
5. 1947
6. They said they killed the slaves because there weren't enough provisions to keep everyone alive, and so they could make an insurance claim on them, as lost cargo.

See you in a few days! Wish me luck! :)