Thursday, 1 May 2014

The Daily Teaser — 1-5-2014. The Penny Black: Philately Will Get You Nowhere

Hmmm … 

That seemed to go well … !

Did I tell you I had an interview, yesterday … ?

Well, I did.

And I can’t help but think it went rather well.

For STARTERS, I got on with the interviewer: it’s always nice if the person you have to deal with is another left-handed Mac-fan.

Freemasonry, hey … ?

At ANY rate … ?   I believe the interview went well.

But will only find out, tomorrow.

Wish me well on that … !


But let’s move on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) 1st May, 1840, saw the introduction of the Penny Black, in the UK.   The Penny Black was the world first postage stamp that was … what … ?
Q2) The stamp bore an image of the then British monarch.   Who was that monarch … ?
Q3) The stamp effectively formed the basis of the UK’s Uniform Penny Post.   The body that operated it is now called the Royal Mail: but was then called what … ?
Q4) 1854 saw the introduction of what to the UK’s stamps … ?
Q5) Finally … the Penny Black was replaced in 1841: by what … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 30th April, 1975, saw the end of the Vietnam War: as the Vietnamese government, in the country’s capital, surrendered.   What WAS the then capital?
A1) Saigon.
Q2) 30th April is also International Jazz Day: the celebrations, this year, kick off in which Japanese city … ?
A2) Osaka.
Q3) 30th April, 2013, saw the abdication of Queen Beatrix: in favour of her son, Willem Alexander.   Both are — or were — monarchs of which European country … ?
A3) The Netherlands.
Q4) 30th April is ALSO the day Queen Beatrix ascended the throne: in which year of the 1980s?
A4) 1980.
Q5) 30th April, 311, saw the end — in the Roman Empire — of the Diocletianic Persecution: of whom … ?
Q6) Finally … 30th April, 1812, saw the Territory of Orleans become the 18th State of the USA.   Under which name … ?
A6) Louisiana.
I’ll leave you with this tune … 

And this observation …
“The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.”
Napoleon Hill.
Have a good day.

*        I’ll be queueing up at the library for it, Debbi.   (They’re getting better at ordering stuff by  Baltimore-based, Hardboiled authors who are also recovering lawyers.   Can’t think why … !)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Best news ever! Now if I can just arrange a signing and meet Karen Chilvers in the flesh.

1. adhesive
2. Queen Victoria
3. the King's Post
4. perforations
5. the Penny Red