Monday, 21 January 2013

The Daily Teaser — 21-1-2013: Mr Orwell

Hmmm … 

That’s going to make things interesting … 

If you’re in the UK — or the same bit of it as me — you’ve probably noticed the weather.

It’d be hard not to … !   At any rate, I have to be in Basildon, today, for the Work Programme I’m on.

Given we’ve only had more snow since I took this photo, on Saturday.

Hmmm … 

I’ll see if I can fill something in later, for you: let’s move on, shall we?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with bagging 6 out of 6, she also managed to be very flattering*!

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s rather literary questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the ‘How To’, license and video … 

Q1) 21st January, 1950, saw the death of writer, George Orwell: what was his birth name … ?
Q2) Orwell did lots of work on 1984, his last published novel, on which Hebridean island … ?
Q3) 1984 notoriously features a torture chamber called Room 101: where IS the real-world Room 101 … ?
Q4) Which of his novels features Napoleon, Snowball and Boxer … ?
Q5) How many of Orwell’s poem’s have been published, over the years: 13, 17 or 19 … ?
Q6) Which well known, left wing, magazine did Orwell write for … ?
Q7) In which war did Orwell take part … ?
Q8) More to the point, what was the name of the novel he wrote about that war … ?
Q9) Burmese Days is loosely based on Orwell’s days as a policeman in Burma: Burma is also called what … ?
Q10) And FINALLY … in his essay, A Nice Cup Of Tea, he insisted on the use of what: teabags, teapots or urns … ?
And here’s yesterday’s Presidential questions and answers …
Q1) 20th January, 1977, saw the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter: what product did he earn money farming … ?
A1) Peanuts.   (He’s also the only US president to have lived in public housing.)
Q2) More to the point, was he the 38th, 39th or 40th President … ?
A2) The 39th.
Q3) EQUALLY to the point: who was inaugurated as US President on 20th January, 2009 … ?
A3) President Barack Obama.
Q4) 20th January, 1945, saw who inaugurated as US president … ?
A4) Franklin Delano Roosevelt.   (One oif the few US Presidents to die in office … of natural causes.)
Q5) Was that for his fourth, fifth or sixth term … ?
A5) Fourth.
Q6) And finally … 20th January, 1961, saw John F. Kennedy inaugurated as US President.   Was he the first Catholic, Mormon or Muslim President … ?
A6) Catholic.
I’ll leave you with this tune from The Eurhythmics: well, it does match the theme.

And with this quote from the Man, himself …
“Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.”
George Orwell
Enjoy the day, folks … 

*        Oh, bless you for saying so … !   Oh … Enjoy today’s Teaser: there’s a theme … !


Mr Strict said...

1> Eric Arthur Blair.
2> Jura.
3> BBC Broadcasting House.
4> Animal Farm. (Boxer is now a 100% beef patty o_O)
5> 17.
6> Tribune.
7> Spanish Civil War.
8> Homage to Catalonia.
9> Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
10> A teapot made of china or earthenware.

Debbi said...

You're most welcome, Paul! :) And what a perfect theme, as it turns out.

I'm going to update this post to reflect it: Ha!

1. Eric Arthur Blair
2. Jura
3. a conference room at Bush House
4. Animal Farm
5. 17
6. the Tribune
7. the Spanish Civil War
8. Homage to Catalonia
9. Myanmar
10. teapots