Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Daily Teaser — 20-3-2014: It’s All Relative, M’Dear … !

You know, it look’s like it’s starting to get a touch … 

Well … 

Springy … 

Which means that — if you know how these things go — that yesterday was Budget Day, here in the UK: when the Chancellor of the Exchequer announces government spending plans.

One of them … ?   Was a cap on the nation’s Welfare benefits spending.

Now, I can understand the thinking on that.

But as a job seeker … ?   And on who’s seen more help from the Department of Work and Pensions, in the past month, than he has from the Government’s sponsored Work Programme?

Frankly, I see anything that threatens to cut help for me to find work — especially from a government that wants to actively do the opposite — to be both inherently hypocritical, completely contradictory … 

And something I think will be totally self defeating: especially if it reducing the financial help people like me — who need as much, if not more, help as out of work teens — actually get.

Personally … ?   As Labour plan to do something similar, and Liberal Democrats have not spoken one way or the other, I’m thinking I should quite deliberately spoil my voting paper at both the next European and General elections.

I see no other way of protesting this.


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

Here it is, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 20th March saw Albert Einstein publish what: his General or Special Theory of Relativity … ?
Q2) What force does Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity concern: gravity, magnetism or electricity … ?
Q3) Classical physics — when you’re talking about Relativity — usually gets called Galilean relativity: named after which astronomer … ?
Q4) Classical physics gets called Newtonian mechanics, when discussed by quantum mechanics: which Newton is it named for … ?
Q5) Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity talks about the speed of light: which is 186, 282 miles per what: second, minute or hour … ?
Q6) Name any of the seven colours of the visible light spectrum.
Q7) Can things travel faster than the speed of light … ?
Q8) In Einstein’s famous equation, E=mc², which letter represents light: E, m or c … ?
Q9) Which singer’s eleventh album was called E=mc²?
Q10) And finally … who played Einstein in the film, Young Einstein … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
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?
A1) Lyon.
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 … ?
A2) The House Of Lords.
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?
A4) Hungary.
Q5) 19th March, 1918, saw the US Congress approve time-zones for the USA.   How many time-zones does mainland USA cover?
A5) Five.
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.
A6) Milton Keynes, Havant and Basingstoke.
I’ll leave you with this tune from Landscape … 

And this thought …
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. ... I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.”
Albert Einstein.
Have a good day.

*        That’s a thought, Debbi, while I’m in a rant mood: you know I’ve come off the Government’s Work Programme, don’t you?   In January.   Complete waste of two years, in my experience.   They actually phoned me a couple of weeks ago, to ask if I’d got a job or some training, after I’d left them.   It seems that, if I do, in the six months after I’ve left their care, they still get paid! Despite not having had to lift a finger … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Oh, dear. Sorry to hear that. I could rant a bit myself. Mainly on medical issues. But what can one do, right? :)

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