Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 15-1-2014

Hmmm … 

Well, that’s a thing … I think … 

I have to admit, I’ve just signed on.

In other words, been to my local Job Centre*, to officially confirm I’ve not been in work, since the last time I did so.

As part of that … ?   I’ve also let the Job Centre know that this coming Monday’s appointment with the Work Programme will be my last.

So the Job Centre’s let me know what’s to happen, the next time I sign on.

Frankly … ?   I can only hope the government’s actually managed to give the Job Centre’s the funding to actually give me — and others like me — some functional help.

Lord knows the Work Programme, after almost two years, hasn’t†.


At any rate, today is Wednesday: which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s questions, covered by the usual Creative Commons License‡ …
Q1) 15th January saw the British Museum open to scholars.   In which year of the 1750s?
Q2) The Museum was housed in Montagu House, on the grounds of cost.   And refused to use which palace, on the same grounds?
Q3) The Museum is in which London area: Bloomsbury, Kensington or Chelsea?
Q4) The Museum’s original collection was from Sir Hans who: Jones, Sloane, or Beckenbauer … ?
Q5) The ‘Old Royal Library’ was donated to the Museum.   By which king: George 2nd, 3rd or 4th … ?
Q6) The British Museum’s Natural History branch is in South Kensington: and shares Exhibition Road with two other famous museums.   Name either of them.
Q7) The British Library is also a branch of the British Museum: and one of the two largest libraries on the planet.   What’s the other largest library … ?
Q8) The British Museum famously contains the Parthenon Gallery: also known as the Elgin … what … ?
Q9) One of the Museum’s departments is devoted to Numismatics.   In other words, coins … and what else?
Q10) Finally … the Sutton Hoo Treasure is housed in the British Museum.   Which English county was it found in?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 8th January, 1963, saw the ‘Mona Lisa’ exhibited in the USA.   In which US City: New York, Washington DC or Boston?
Q2) In which US state is that city … ?
Q3) Whilst touring the US, the ‘Mona Lisa’ was also exhibited in which other US city: New York, Washington DC or Boston?
Q4) Who painted the ‘Mona Lisa’?
Q5) Which of that painter’s other works gets a mention in a VERY well know Dan Brown novel … ?
Q6) Strictly speaking, that latter painting is actually a mural, on a wall in a church in which Italian city: Rome, Milan or Naples?
Q7) One of our painter’s better known drawings — ‘The Vitruvian Man’ — is stored in a museum in which city: Venice, Vilnius or Volgograd … ?
Q8) The ‘Mona Lisa’ is painted on to a panel made made from wood from which tree: poplar, ash or beech … ?
Q9) What’s the ‘Mona Lisa’s’ usual name, in Italian … ?
Q10) Finally … the ‘Mona Lisa’s’ present home is which Parisian museum … ?
A1) Washington.
A2) None: Washington’s been separate from any US state, ever since 1790: it’s, effectively, a non-state.
A3) New York.
A4) Leonardo da Vinci.
A5) The Last Supper’.
A6) Milan.
A7) Venice.
A8) Poplar.
A9) La Gioconda’.
A10) The Louvre.
Enjoy those!

*        Just so you know, Britain’s Job Centres — or Jobcentre Plus, as they’re branded — are the combined Benefits agency and employment service run by the UK government.   They’re where we us official scrounger and layabouts — or unemployed people, for anyone who’s not a tory — can claim social security benefits, look for work, and access employment training services.

†        Next Monday will be the last time I have to go to Basildon for the Work Programme: and also the last time I spend £6 on the bus fare to Basildon.   I can claim that money back from SEETEC, the company that runs the work programme I attend.   They claim that bus fare back from the UK government.   By next Monday, that means they would have given me some £312 of taxpayers money. Whilst not being able to place me in employment.   My time has been wasted, by this, doing little more than I could’ve done myself.   As has £312 of your money.

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