Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Daily Teaser — 7-1-2014: In Distress

Well, that went … well … 

I think I mentioned, yesterday, that I was up early, to get to the Work Programme I have to attend.

The penultimate one I have to go to, I should add.

Just so you know, if you’re unemployed in the UK — for a certain amount of time — you have to attend a government sponsored Work Programme for two years, or until they help you find a job.

They’ve not managed to find me anything.

SEETEC, the company that runs the programme I attend, pays my bus fare for me: £6 a trip, for two years, for a total of £624 over the course of the time.   All paid for by you, the taxpayer.

Given I think they won’t find me anything, by next week … ?

I have yo say, I think the government’s Work Programme has wasted £624 on me, that could’ve been better spent elsewhere.

Go figure!


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: along with letting us know that both the film and TV versions of M·A·S·H were equally as good, ALSO scoring six out of six.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s distress questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 7th January, 1904 — 110 years ago, today — saw the introduction of which radio distress signal … ?
Q2) It was introduced by a branch of which wireless company … ?
Q3) That signal was replaced — in 1908 — by which better known distress signal … ?
Q4) The radio operator of which Royal Mail Ship alternated between both signals, when it sank in 1912?
Q5) One form of audio distress signal, is to make a continuous blast: with what type of horn … ?
Q6) Voice distress message, Mayday comes from which language … ?
Q7) When making a Mayday call, how many times do you have to use the term … ?
Q8) One old fashioned form of distress signal is to put a knot in a flag, and fly it how … ?
Q9) In the Alps, traditional distress calls involve repeating a signal, how many times a minute?
Q10) Finally … the modern set of seaborne distress protocols is the ‘Global Maritime Distress and Safety …’ what … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 6th January, 1066, saw the coronation of the last Anglo-Saxon King of England.   Who was he … ?
A1) Harold Godwinson: also known as Harold 2nd.
Q2) That king was killed fighting Norman invaders of England: at which Battle … ?
Q3) 6th January, 1912, saw Alfred Wegener present his now famous — and initially controversial — theory.   WHICH theory … ?
A3) That of Continental Drift.
Q4) That same date — 6th January, 1912 — saw New Mexico admitted to the US.   Was it the 45th, 46th or 47th state to be admitted … ?
A4) The 47th.
Q5) 6th January, 1978, saw the Crown Of Saint Stephen returned to its native country: which European country WAS it returned to?
A5) Hungary.   (It’d been held in the US, after WW2)
Q6) Finally … 6th January, 1946, saw the birth of singer/songwriter, Syd Barrett: which 60s era band was he a founder of … ?
I’ll leave you with this observation from an back episode of Red Dwarf
“Mayday, Mayday! I wonder why they call it ‘Mayday’? It’s only a bank holiday. Why not ‘Shrove Tuesday’, or ‘Ascension Sunday’? Ascension Sunday, Ascension Sunday! 2nd Wednesday after Pentecost, 2nd Wednesday after Pentecost!”
Chris Barrie, as Arnold Rimmer, in Red Dwarf.
And with this tune … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        You know, I’m seriously going to have to sit down with the movie, as well, Debbi: it SHOULD be on iTunes.   (Actually, talking of the TV series … ?   Corporal Klinger always springs to mind, for me: after all, in the midst of all the lunacy of war, you’ve got a bloke in a frock.   Oh, and BIG earrings …) 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Oh, yes, Klinger! :) Radar was very different in the movie, and there were all these other characters. But you'd have to see it to understand.

1. CQD
2. Marconi International Marine Communication Company
3. SOS
4. Titanic
5. air
6. French
7. 3
8. upside down
9. 6 times
10. System