Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 14-5-2014: The Warsaw Pact

Oh, now, that’s sad … !

I’m assuming you follow the news, yes … ?

You can’t — in the UK, at any rate — have missed campaigner, Stephen Sutton: the young man was was dying of terminal bowel cancer, but had managed to raise a considerable amount of money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, in the mean time.

You notice I say was dying … ?

Tragically, the sad news has just come through that he died, today.

At 19.

19 … !

What on Earth can one say — to a parent or anyone else — about such a death … ?

Well, apart from offering my condolences to his parents and family.

And, while I’ll admit to being skint … ?

The one thing I can do, is point you at the Teenage Cancer Trust’s page.

You can donate there: and to them, through this link.

The Teenage Cancer Trust’s Make A Donation Page.

I hope you agree, that’s a worthwhile cause.


At any, we now go from the serious … to the ridiculous … 

As today is Wednesday, it means it’s time for the Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s, covered by the usual Creative Commons License*.
Q1) 14th May, 1955, saw many country’s sign the Warsaw Pact.   In which country is Warsaw … ?
Q2) More to the point, on which river does Warsaw stand … ?
Q3) How may countries signed the Warsaw Pact … ?
Q4) Name one of them.
Q5) How many days did the conference take: two, three or four?
Q6) The countries who signed the Pact, all followed version of which political belief: Anarchism, Communism or socialism? 
Q7) The Warsaw Pact’s enemies were the US led NATO countries: what does NATO stand for … ?
Q8) What name was given to the confrontation between the Warsaw Pact countries and the West … ?
Q9) In which Warsaw Pact country did English comedian, Norman Wisdom, gain a huge cult following?
Q10) Finally … in which year of the 1990s was the Warsaw Pact dissolved?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 7th May saw the founding of the city of New Orleans.   What was the name — between 1897 and 1917 — of the city’s famous Red Light District … ?
Q2) In which year of the 18th Century was the city founded?
Q3) In which US state is New Orleans … ?
Q4) The first recorded Jazz band from New Orleans: and called Kid Ory’s Original Creole … what … ?
Q5) What’s the French name for the oldest part of New Orleans … ?
Q6) What was the name of the hurricane that struck New Orleans, in late August, 2005 … ?
Q7) What’s the name of the river that flows through the city … ?
Q8) Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles are set — in part — in New Orleans.   What’s the name of the first book in the series … ?
Q9) New Orleans is home to the New Orleans Pelicans: what sport do the Pelicans play … ?
Q10) Finally … which 1987, Mickey Rourke film is set in New Orleans?
A1) Storyville: usually, though, locals just called it ‘the District’.
A2) 1718.
A3) Louisiana.
A4) Orchestra.
A5) Vieux Carré.
A6) Katrina.
A7) The Lower Mississippi.
A8) Interview With The Vampire’.
A9) Basketball.
A10) Angel Heart’.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you next time … 

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