Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Daily Teaser — 30-6-2013: Eclipsed.

Bloody hell, that caught my attention … !

I was going to tell you how (mildly) tired I was feeling.

After all, while I was putting together the next batch of Teaser videos, I was watching the first half of the Rolling Stones* performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

After all, that’s my only chance of affording a ticket to see them.

Then, of course, I switch on the radio — or, at least, turn the telly over to the Freeview version of Radio 4 — to find out, on the news, that the USA has been spying on the European Union.

You should’ve my face: comedy double-takes weren’t in it!

At ANY rate  … ?   That’s going to cause a bit of a rumpus.

Certainly a fracas.

We could even be looking at a diplomatic incident … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi† putting in her answers: along with leaving us a comment about the Queen, she also bagged five out of five.

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) 30th June, 1954, saw the first solar eclipse to be visible in the UK, take place.   Which Shetland Isle was the eclipse theoretically visible from … ?
Q2) Why — in actuality — was the eclipse not visible there … ?
Q3) Hindu pilgrims watching the eclipse in the Punjab, believed — as part of their religion — that the eclipse was caused by two gods.   Name either of those gods.
Q4) The 1954 Eclipse was the first such eclipse visible in Britain since which year of the 1920s … ?
Q5) And finally … the next eclipse to be visible in the UK, will be on 23rd September.   Of which year … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 29th June, 1881, saw Muhammad Ahmad claim to the the Islamic equivalent to a messiah: what title did he assume … ?
A1) Mahdi.
Q2) Eight years later, 29th June, 1889, saw several Illinois towns voted to become part of which US city: Chicago, Knoxville or Nashville … ?
A2) Chicago.
Q3) 29th June, 1974, saw Mikhail Baryshnikov defect to Canada.   Whilst on tour with which ballet company … ?
A3) The Kirov.
Q4) 29th June, 2007, saw Apple release its first mobile phone: what was it called … ?
A4) The iPhone.
Q5) And finally … the early hours of 29th June, 1967, saw the death of Jayne Mansfield: in a crash, whilst heading for which US city … ?
A5) New Orleans.
I’ll leave you with this tune from Bonnie Tyler: which seemed appropriate, when I wrote today’s questions … 

And with this thought from the time of Claudius 1st …
“As there was going to be an eclipse on his birthday, through fear of a disturbance, as there had been other prodigies, he put forth a public notice, not only that the obscuration would take place, and about the time and magnitude of it, but also the causes that produce such an event.”
Referring to the eclipse of 45AD, during the reign of Claudius.
Enjoy your Sunday … !

*        I think the only band who would get more attention performing there, would be The Beatles.   If that ever happens, it’ll be a bloody miracle.

†        Blimey, Debbi, there’s a tune I think she never liked: I saw the look on her face, when it floated past as part of the 2012 Opening Ceremony … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Hey, Paul! :) Hope you're having a good one.

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