Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The Daily Teaser — 6/2/2013

It’s got to be said, sometimes Radio 4 can’t help but remind you of things you’d known, already.

For example, they’ve just had a piece about influential German electronic band, Kraftwerk.   The band’s playing a series of gigs at Tate Modern: something my kid sister, Anna, tried, unsuccessfully, to get tickets for.

Which is a shame: but one that prompted me, at least, to get hold of one more of the band’s albums.   Autobahn, off the top of my head.

But what DID tickle me about the Radio Four report … ?   Was the simple fact that one person who did bag a ticket was Kraftwerk fanboi — and co-founder/front-man of Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark — was Andy McCluskey.   Good luck to him!

I’m just seriously disappointed about not being able to go, myself … !

Let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with admitting she’d thoroughly enjoy the Snow White quiz, and was over the moon about some Dr Who jewellery she’d been gifted by Trevor, ALSO bagged 6 out of 6.

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

Q1) 6th February, 1819, saw Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles found the city of Singapore: name either of the colours on the Singaporean flag.
Q2) More to the point, name any of Singapore’s four official languages … ?
Q3) Moving on, 6th February, 1900, saw the founding of an international arbitration court: in which European city … ?
Q4) 6th February, 1914, saw pro-monarchical demonstration in which European country: Norway, Denmark or Sweden … ?
Q5) 6th February, 2001, saw Ariel Sharon elected as Prime Minister of Israel: which Israeli party did he head … ?
Q6) Finally … 6th February, 1649, saw Charles 2nd named as king of England and Scotland: by the Parliament of where … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 5th February, 1924, saw the Royal Greenwich Observatory — and the BBC — start broadcasting the Greenwich Time signal: a series of pips, or beeps, marking the hour.   Which of the pips actually marks the hour … ?
A1) The last and longest.
Q2) How many pips are there … ?
A2) 6.   (Go count them …)
Q3) How many pips get played, when marking an hour with a leap second … ?
A3) 7.
Q4) The pips are regularly played on two BBC Radio Stations: Radio Four … and which other … ?
A4) The BBC World Service.
Q5) What frequency are the pips: 500 Hz, 1 kHz or 1.5 kHz … ?
A5) 1 kHz.   (Going by the Wolfram Alpha entry, that’s inaudible to bats.   See … ?   You can’t say I never tell you anything … )
Q6) And finally … in modern times, Greenwich Mean Time is often referred to as what … ?
A6) Universal Time, or UTC.   (Although there are subtle differences.)
I’ll leave you with this quote from noted Baseball player, Babe Ruth …
“A man who knows he's making money for other people ought to get some of the profits he brings in.”
Babe Ruth February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948
And, as it’s Axl Rose’s birthday, with this tune from Guns and Roses … 

Oh, and as I’ve already mentioned them … !

Enjoy today … !

*        Glad you enjoyed it, Debbi: and don’t forget, I wouldn’t mind seeing those photos … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I've posted photos on my blog, and I'll put the one of me on Facebook, too. :)

I'd be interested in your thoughts about my Top 10 list. :)

1. red and white
2. English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil
3. The Hague
4. Montenegro
5. the Likud party
6. Scotland