Saturday, 29 March 2014

The Daily Teaser — 29-3-2014: Keep On Running

You know, I like a good read, now and again.

You wouldn’t think so, would you?

But yes, I like a good read.

I’ve also kept half an eye on an on-going news story: restrictions introduced by Justice Minister, Chris Grayling, on the number of books sent in to those in prison.

I personally can’t help but think that that is the stupidest possibly move.

Not just from a rehabilitation view point.

From the little I know, prison officers rarely have time to take inmates to the equally undermanned prison library.

What’s more … ?   A book being sent in by family is a good way of encouraging prisoner literacy, and occupied: and, I believe out of trouble.

And quite possibly, from ALSO joining a riot.

Let’s call a spade a spade, here.   I think Justice Minister Chris Grayling is being an outright idiot, for promoting these restrictions.


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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) 29th March was the date of the first ever London Marathon.   Name either of the first winners of the race.
Q2) In what year was that first Marathon … ?
Q3) The race’s ‘Red’ Start point is in which London Park … ?
Q4) The Marathon race is named for the Battle of Marathon: when courier, Pheidippides, took the news of Greek victory at the battle, to his home city.   Which Greek city was it … ?
Q5) More to the point, the Greeks fought the battle of Marathon against whom: the Romans, Egyptians or Persians … ?
Q6) The London Marathon is — like other marathons — run over a distance of 26 miles: and how many yards … ?
Q7) Finally … the London Marathon usually finishes on which London Road: The Mall, Oxford Street or Birdcage Walk … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 28th March, 37 AD, saw the Roman Senate hand Rome’s Imperial titles to Emperor Caligula.   How were those titles collective known at this point in the Empire’s history: the Dominate, Principate or Caliphate … ?
A1) The Principate.
Q2) 28th March, 1990, saw President George Bush senior award a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to athlete, Jesse Owens.   In which year’s Summer Olympics did Owens famously insult Adolf Hitler by winning four Gold medals?
Q3) 28th March, 19779, saw James Callaghan lose a Vote Of No Confidence in the House of Commons.   Who became Prime Minister as a result of the subsequent election … ?
Q4) More to the point, who’s the current holder of the office?
Q5) 28th March, 1939, saw General Franco win the Spanish Civil War: by finally entering which besieged Spanish city … ?
A5) Madrid.
Q6) Finally … 28th March, 1908, saw the birth of actress, Dame Flora Robson: in which 1965 film did she play a Mother Superior?
A6) Those Magnificent Men In their Flying Machines.   (The full title is Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes.   So you know … )
I’ll leave you with this song … 

And this observations …
“Forget everything you’ve done. It’s just a Sunday 10k left to do!”
Sign seen at Mile 20 of the London Marathon.
Have a good day … !

*        You know, Debbi, I haven’t spoken to Nina for a while!   I should, really!   Have you managed to put an FB request … ?   This is her … !


Debbi said...

That link was to an article about a prison standoff. Surely Nina isn't there! :)

1. 1981
2. Dick Beardsley
3. Greenwich Park
4. Athens
5. the Persians
6. 385
7. The Mall

Nik Nak said...

Blast, that’s what happens when you’re not concentrating … !

She’s actually HERE … !