Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Daily Teaser — 25-6-2013: George Orwell.

Oh, well, that’s something … !

Remember, yesterday, that I said my boiler was on the blink?   Again … ?

Well, thankfully, when I reported it to my landlords, they managed to persuade the engineers out, on the same day.

To at least look at the thing.

Seemingly, it’s not only having trouble with the pressure — I’d kind of worked that out — but it’s developed a leak.

I had wondered about that, frankly

So I’m happy I know that all that’s needed is a couple of replacement valves: and replacement o-rings.   Which, seemingly, are the really fiddly bits to get hold of … !

About the only thing I need to do, now?   Is hurry up and wait until Wednesday.   Which is when the plumber turns up with the parts … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with letting us exactly what she thought about Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, also bagged three out of five.

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

Q1) 25th June, 1903, saw the birth of writer, George Orwell: what was his real name … ?
Q2) Which of his novels is based — loosely — on his experiences in British India … ?
Q3) The torture chamber in Nineteen Eighty-FourRoom 101 — is named after a conference room in a building that Orwell worked in.   For which institution … ?
Q4) Homage To Catalonia is Orwell’s account of his time fighting in which war … ?
Q5) And finally … which of Orwell’s novels is set on Manor Farm … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 24th June, 1947, saw Kenneth Arnold make what was the first widely reported UFO sighting.   In which US state was this … ?
A1) Washington.
Q2) Near which mountain … ?
A2) Mount Rainier.
Q3) How many did he claim to have seen: seven, eight or nine … ?
A3) Nine.
Q4) What’s the collective name for a group of UFO sightings … ?
A4) A UFO flap.
Q5) And finally … Arnold’s sighting was partly corroborated by a man called Fred Johnson: who’d been on Mount Adams, doing what?
A5) Prospecting.
I’ll leave you with this thought from the man himself …
“Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.”
George Orwell, 25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950.
And with Bowie’s 1984.

*        First time you’ve heard, Debbi … ?   I’m surprised, as I recall, it was a quite a hit at the time.   Mind you, that could just be in the UK.


serendipity said...

1.Eric Arthur Blair
2.Burmese Days
3.Conference Room at Broadcasting House (BBC)
4.Spanish Civil war
5.Animal Farm

lovely quiz

Debbi said...

Hi Paul,

Interesting subject.

And a great man, that Orwell was, wasn't he?

1. Eric Arthur Blair
2. Burmese Days
3. The Observer
4. Spanish Civil War
5. Animal Farm

I hope you liked my post today. I really meant it when I said I owed you and Trevor so much! Thank you, again!