Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Daily Teaser — 23-5-2013

Oh, dear LORD … !

I don’t know if you’ve been following the news, but yesterday saw an off-duty soldier attacked, in Woolwich, by two Islamic extremists.

Attacked … and killed … 

Apparently, because they were annoyed at deaths caused by UK forces in places like Afghanistan, and Iraq.

It’s tempting to call the pair who’ve done this bloody idiots.

Because they won’t have helped their cause.

And … ?   From what I’ve seen of this report, there’s already been an attack on a mosque in Braintree and in Gillingham: and members of the English Defence League have been attacking police in Woolwich, itself†.

This isn’t a 7/7 style of bombing attack.

This was politically motivated murder.   And a murder will give idiots an excuse to kill more, rather than talk.

Right … 

Let’s move on … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers.   Along with admitting was listening to yesterday’s tune while she was typing her answers, also managed to bag six out of six.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions: here they are, along with the ‘How To’, license and video … 

Q1) 23rd May, 1962, saw General Raoul Salan, given a life sentence for his part in the OAS: a French extremist group opposed to the independence of which North African country … ?
Q2) Salan’s trial — and associated events in France — provided inspiration for which Frederick Forsyth novel … ?
Q3) 23rd May, 1945, saw Heinrich Himmler commit suicide, whilst in Allied custody.   Which notorious Nazi organization had he lead … ?
Q4) 23rd May, 2004, saw the eruption of Mount Cleveland: in which US state is Mount Cleveland … ?
Q5) Which famously gaff-prone Republican was that state’s Governor until 2009?
Q6) And finally … 23rd May, 1617, saw the birth of antiquarian, Elias Ashmole.   In which English is the Ashmolean Museum, named after him?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 22nd May, 1176, saw the Ḥashshāshīn attempt to assassinate which Sultan … ?
A1) The man, himself: Saladin.
Q2) More to the point, the Ḥashshāshīn belong to which branch of Islam: Sunni or Shia … ?
A2) Shia.   (Strictly, they belong to a branch of Shia Islam called Nizari Ismāʿīlism)
Q3) According to Marco Polo, the Ḥashshāshīn’s leader was the old man ofwhere … ?
A3) The mountain.
Q4) The man behind Marco Polo’s story was called Hassan-i … what: Subaru, Sabbah or Sulu … ?
A4) Sabbah.
Q5) The Ḥashshāshīn’s fortress, Alamut, translated into English as the what’s nest … ?
A5) Eagle’s.
Q6) Finally … Alamut was in what’s now which country … ?
A6) Iran.
Enjoy those: I’ll leave you with this thought from Anatoly Karpov …
“People knew about 110 years of chess history. Nowadays, nobody is able to tell you the name of the world champion of 2000.”
Anatoly Karpov, born May 23, 1951
And this piece from Artie Shaw … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        Got to admit, Debbi, I always liked Market Square Heroes, meself.   The unfortunate thing, is that there’s going to be TONS of people — on both sides of the line — who’ll want to be right-wing market square heroes … 

Oh, to hell with it … Debbi, let’s party … 

†         As a follow up… ?   Radio Four has just announced that Nick Griffith of the BNP has tweeted about holding an anti-Muslim demo.   My personal thinking … ?   Is that I wondered how long it would take the arsehole to weigh in.   (As far as I’m concerned, Griffiths should have been thrown to the pædophiles at birth.   And then killed.   But I’m a liberal)


Mr Strict said...

1> Algeria
2> The Day of the Jackal.
3> The Schutzstaffel, or SS.
4> Alaska.
5> Sarah Palin.
6> Oxford.

Debbi said...

Paul, I was so saddened by the news about that horrible act in London, I was tempted to avoid Facebook altogether.

I've spent most of the day writing.

Here's a song I hope will lift your spirits. :) I'm a liberal, too, but there comes a point, where you just have to shake your head and wonder why?

1. Algeria
2. The Day of the Jackal
3. the "Schutz-Staffel" or SS
4. Alaska
5. Sarah Palin
6. Oxford University