Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The Daily Teaser — 2-7-2013

Blimey, that’s a thing … 

I’ve got Radio Four’s Today programme on, this morning: they’ve just had an interesting piece go past.

I’ve met a few people in my time: including one or two folks who’ve had serious mental health issues.

Including various shades of schizophrenia.   So the fact Today had a news item about a new therapy, interested me.

Seeming, the treatment — called Avatar Therapy — helps schizophrenic patients by using computer generated versions of the voices that plague them.   Then, in specially designed therapy sessions, get them to confront the voices.

Apparently, the treatment was incredibly successful.

It’s only been used on a small group of patients.   But hopefully, it could offer an alternative to those who have issues around more conventional medications.


Moving on … 

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with bagging five out of six, she also managed to suggest keeping cool to me*.

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) 2nd July, 1930, saw the birth of politician — and palindrome — Carlos Menem.   Menem served between 1989 and 1999 as the 50th President of where … ?
Q2) 2nd July, 1698, saw Thomas Savery patent the first example of a what … ?
Q3) 2nd July, 1934, saw — as part of the Night Of The Long Knives — the death of which prominent Nazi … ?
Q4) 2nd July, 1986 saw Rodrigo Rojas DeNegri burnt alive: in protest against whose rule … ?
Q5) Finally … 2nd July, 1897, saw who file a patent for radio … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 1st July, 1979, saw the first Sony Walkman go on sale.   In which country … ?
A1) Japan.
Q2) The company’s last Walkman branded device was released in 2011: what was it … ?
A2) A mobile phone: a Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman, if you’re picky.
Q3) Moving on … 1st July, 1963, saw the US Postal service introduce ZIP Codes: it’s version of what … ?
A3) Postal Codes.
Q4) More to the point, what is ‘ZIP’ an acronym of … ?
A4) Zone Improvement Plan.
Q5) 1st July, 1991, saw the formal ending of the Warsaw Pact: in which city … ?
A5) Prague.
Q6) And finally … 1st July, 1960, saw Somalia become independent.   On which continent is Somalia?
A6) Africa.
Enjoy those: I’ll leave you with this tune, as a way of marking the late Gene McFadden’s birthday … 

And with this quote …
“People accuse me of being prejudiced but in fact there is nothing I like more than being surprised by a film turning out to be good when I was expecting the worst - and I can prove it.”  Mark Kermode, born 2 July, 1963.
Have a good day.

*        Oh, I managed, Debbi: eventually!   (I opened a window, frankly … !   Hopefully, we’ll get a thunderstorm, hopefully, at some point: that should clear the air … )

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Awesome, Paul! :) I'll have to send you and Trevor copies of my new edition of Identity Crisis!

BTW, have you seen the new blog and website? Much cleaner. One blog instead of five. Jeez! :)

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