Friday, 25 January 2013

The Daily Teaser — 25-1-2013: About A Bard … 

Hmmm … 

Now, I’m going to be frank, here: my sleeping patterns are going a bit weird,  right now.

Well, weird, for me.   I had a nice early night, last night — even to the point of watching a documentary, this morning, that I recorded last night — and, of course, this morning … 

I’ve slept through my alarm.

Oh, well … At least I wasn’t too late.   This way, I get to enjoy the horror stories about the Antarctic that the documentary covers … 

Let’s move on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbiº putting in her answers: along with being impressed with the videos I’d posted for her, and being nominated by @soolebop* as a potential lifeline for the US edition of Who Want’s To Be A Millionaire, ALSO bagged 4 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) 25th January, 1759, saw the birth of Scotland’s much loved poet,  Robert Burns.   He’s also know as the Bard of where: Ayrshire, Aberdeenshire or Fife … ?
Q2) His first poem, Once I lov’d a Bonnie Lass, was inspired by a coworker called what: Amelia Pond, Nelly Kilpatrick or Elspeth MacDonald … ?
Q3) In an STV poll in 2009, Burns was named as the The Greatest Scot: narrowly beating whom … ?
Q4) Which John Steinbeck novel takes its name from a Robert Burns poem … ?
Q5) More to the point … which poem … ?
Q6) And finally … what was the first country to issue memorial Burns stamps … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 24th January, 1961, saw playwright, Arthur Miller divorce his wife: who was she … ?
A1) Marilyn Monroe.
Q2) More to the point, which of his plays won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in 1949 … ?
A2) Death Of A Salesman.
Q3) Equally to the point, his late, ex-wife was credited as the Girl in which of her films … ?
A3) The Seven Year Itch.
Q4) 24th January, 76 AD, saw the birth of which Roman Emperor: Hadrian, Vespasian or Constantine … ?
A4) Hadrian.
Q5) 24th January, 1984, saw Apple introduce the Macintosh: who was the then company chairman … ?
A5) Steve Jobs.
Q6) And finally … 24th January, 41 AD, saw the assassination of Emperor Caligula: who played him in classic TV series, I, Claudius … ?
A6) John Hurt.
Enjoy those, everyone: I’ll leave you with this line from Burns’ Will Ye Go an’ Marry Katie? … 
“Beauty’s of a fading nature

Has a season and is gone!”Robert Burns: from Will Ye Go An’ Marry Katie?, 1764
And with this sung version of one of his better known poems … 

*        Yeah, we’ve got Millionaire, @Soolebop: point of fact, it was a UK company that invented the show: in fact, I think the US version hired Regis Philbin because he comes over a lot like Chris Tarrant, the UK presenter … 

º        Actually, Debbi: I’m pretty sure the rest of Wyrd Sisters is posted to YouTube: you can probably watch it there, if not on US tv.  You probably also want to catch Going Postalª, as well.   They’ve got the Ankh Morpork City Watch to a tee!

ª        It’s also got Charles Dance as Lord Havelock Vetinari†: which was inspired casting … !

†        Vetinari’s a genuine benevolent dictator.   Unless you’re a  mime artist.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I'm certainly flattered to be considered a lifeline for that show. :) Of course, I'd need to have a computer handy. Ha ha ha ...

I've been so busy with writing and trying to redo my website, it's keeping me hopping. :)

1. Ayrshire
2. Nelly Kilpatrick
3. William Wallace
4. Of Mice and Men
5. To a Mouse
6. the Soviet Union