Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Daily Teaser — 19-3-2014

I have to admit, while I’ve been putting everything together for this morning’s post, I’ver had a documentary on about World War 1.

The BBC can knock out some very good documentaries: and, given it’s the Centenary of the start of the Great War, they’re putting in some extra effort.

It’s a fascinating watch: looking over what had to be one of humanity’s maddest moments.

It leaves me thinking I should look up some of the literature around the War might an idea.

It also leaves me hoping one thing.

I hope the crisis in Ukraine doesn’t go like that … 

Hmm … 

Let’s get a move on, shall we?


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: and scoring 9½* out of ten.

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

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

Q1) 19th March, 1895, saw Auguste and Louis Lumière film some of their first film footage: of workers leaving the Lumière family factory.   In which French city was that factory?
Q2) 19th March, 1649, saw the House Of Commons vote to abolish the House of Lords.   Which of them is the Upper House of Parliament … ?
Q3) More to the point, bishops from which Church are members of the House of Lords?
Q4) 19th March, 1944, saw forces from Nazi Germany occupy which European country: Hungary, Bulgaria or Romania?
Q5) 19th March, 1918, saw the US Congress approve time-zones for the USA.   How many time-zones does mainland USA cover?
Q6) Finally … 19th March, 1964, saw the British government announce it would be building three new towns in South East, over the next few years.   Name any of the proposed towns.
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 18th March, 1314, saw Jacques De Molay, head of the Knights Templar, burned at the stake.   As the leader of the order, what had his title been … ?
Q2) How many men had preceded him as leader of the Knights Templar?
A2) 22: De Molay was the 23rd.
Q3) Technically, the Knights Templar were what: monks, nuns or farmers?
A3) Monks.   (Cistercians, if you must know … !)
Q4) The Temple the knights were named for, was in which Middle Eastern city … ?
A4) Jerusalem: strictly, it was what was left of the Temple Of Solomon.
Q5) The order’s members belonged to one of three broad classes: knights, sergeants and who else …?
A5) Chaplains.
Q6) What colour cross did the knights wear on their uniforms … ?
A6) Red.
Q7) The knights were also responsible — partly — for the rise of what: hospitals, banking or diplomacy … ?
A7) Banking.
Q8) The Knights were officially dissolved in October, 1307: on which unluckily dated weekday … ?
Q9) In which of the Indiana Jones movies is a member of the Knights Templar a key character?
Q10) Finally … in which Sir Walter Scott novel does a villainous Templar called Sir Brian feature …?
A10) Ivanhoe.
As a nod to birthday boy and singer, Terry Hall, I’ll leave you with this song … 

And with this thought …
“But what is the greatest evil? If you are going to epitomize evil, what is it? Is it the bomb? The greatest evil that one has to fight constantly, every minute of the day until one dies, is the worse part of oneself.”
Patrick McGoohan, 19 March 1928 – 13 January 2009
Have a good day!

*        Friday the 13th, Debbi: it’s supposed to be one of the origins of the superstition.   Apparently, there’s also arguments that say it goes back to the Roman calendar.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Ah, yes. Of course.

1. Lyon
2. the House of Lords
3. the Church of England
4. Hungary
5. 4
6. I don't know