Friday, 30 November 2012

The Daily Teaser — 30-11-2012: Saint Andrew’s Day

Hmmm … Looks like Leveson’s managed to put the cat amongst the proverbial pigeon,

The report’s suggested the UK’s press be regulated by a watchdog: one that’s supported by statute.

Which is getting official support from both the Opposition, AND the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

And is notionally opposed by the PM.

This could be interestingly messy … 


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and, along with suggesting a few more potential titlesº, ALSO managing to bag — hmm — let’s call it 5½ out of 6*.

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

Q1) 30th November is — famously — Saint Andrews Day, the feast of the patron saint of Scotland.   Ironically, he’s traditionally considered the first bishop of where: Rome, Byzantium or Jerusalem … ?
Q2) Which Roman Catholic cathedral in Scotland claims to have some of the saints’s relics … ?
Q3) As we’re being Scottish, what’s Scotland’s capital city … ?
Q4) Who’s Scotland’s current First Minister … ?
Q5) The Scottish flag — or Cross of Saint Andrew — is also known as what … ?
Q6) And finally … what’s the largest Scottish island …
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 29th November, 1929, saw Admiral Richard Byrd become the first person to overfly what … ?
A1) The South Pole.
Q2) 43 years later, 29th November, 1972, saw the release of Pong: by which US company … ?
A2) Atari.
Q3) More to the point, that company’s name mean’s what, in English … ?
A3) Attack, or warning.  (It’s from the Japanese game of Go, and roughly equivalent to Check, in Chess.)
Q4) Moving on … 29th November, 1890, saw Japan’s parliament go into force.   What’s the name of the Japanese Parliament … ?
A4) The National Diet, or Kokkai (国会).
Q5) 29th November saw the UN Partition of Palestine: in which year of the 1940s?
A5) 1947.
Q6) And finally … 29th November, 1781, saw the crew of the Zong drown 133 — or 142, depending on who you ask — African slaves.   Why?
A6) For the insurance money.   (The mind boggles.)
Enjoy those, everyone.

I’ll leave you with a line from the Bard of Ayrshire, shall I … ?
“My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here; 
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer.”   
Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet. 25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796
And with some of Scotland’s finest, and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s finest …

Oh, and let’s throw in some identical twins, shall we?

Talking of twins … 

And lastly … Let’s have some Hibernian funk … 

*        I know, I know, Debbi!   I was always taught the term translated into something along the lines of ‘attack’: very approximately, I should add!   But I’m BLOWED if I can find the reference … !

º        Actually, Debbi … How about The Techno~Innocent’s Guide to Publishing … ?   Gives a bit more positive spin on the title … 

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