Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The Daily Teaser — 6-5-2014: Get An Eiffel of This …

Oh, now THAT’S what I call Snooker … !

Ahem … !

I have to admit to being something of a fan of Snooker: having grown up in during the 1980s, when the game had it’s first TV boom.

And have to add I like good matchplay snooker: where individual frames take hours, and the match can turn not on your potting ability, but on your safety play.

Safety play … and ability to both lay, and get out of, snookers*.

I was watching the final frames of the final of Snooker’s World Championship, last night: between Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Selby’s 18-14 victory … ?   Was a VERY good example of matchplay at it’s finest.

And possibly one of the most watchable finals for years … !

Now … while I point out that Stephen Fry knows how to enthuse about the game … ?

We’ll get a move on … !


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

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) 6th May, 1889, saw the Eiffel Tower officially opened to the public.   In which city is the Tower … ?
Q2) What’s the French name for the tower … ?
Q3) Who was it named after: an architecture, engineer or designer … ?
Q4) The Tower was built as part of the 1889 World Fair, and held one hundred years after the start of what: the American Revolution, the French Revolution or the Glorious Twelfth?
Q5) Finally … the Tower is roughly the same height as what: a 71 story building, an 81 story building or a 91 story building?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 5th May, 1967, saw the launch of the first British-built satellite: from Vandenburg Air Base, in California.   What was it called?
A1) The Ariel 3.
Q2) 5th May, 1937, saw the birth of Radiophonic Workshop member, Delia Derbyshire: who’d famously arranged the theme tune to Dr Who.   What was the name of the band she formed, with composer, David Vorhaus, and fellow Radiophonic Workshop member, Brian Hodgson?
Q3) Three years later, 5th May, 1940, saw the birth of actor, Lance Henriksen.   In which 1984 film did he play Detective Hal Vukovich … ?
Q4) 5th May, 1821, saw the death of Napoléon Bonaparte: on which island?
Q5) Finally … 5th May, 1905, saw the trial of the Stratton Brothers start.   The case was notable as the first use of what: DNA evidence, fingerprint evidence or blood group matching … ?
I’ll leave you with this song … 

And this thought …
“I always wish the hotels were like they are in movies and TV shows, where if you’re in Paris, right outside your window is the Eiffel Tower. In Egypt, the pyramids are right there. In the movies, every hotel has a monument right outside your window. My hotel rooms overlook the garbage dumpster in the back alley.”
Gilbert Gottfreid.
Be Seeing You … !

*         A snooker is a type of shot in the game of snooker:  it’s where you play a shot in such a way that your opponent can’t hit an object ball directly, and is guaranteed to foul if not too careful.

†        It’s possibly one of THE films to catch on the big screen, Debbi, isn’t … ?   Especially given that opening … !   (Apparently, the technique of opening in the middle of a scene is called In Media Res, or In The Middle Of Things.   Amazes me, what I’ve picked up, over the years … !)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

That technique is one of the best ways to start a story!

1. Paris
2. La Tour Eiffel
3. an engineer
4. the French Revolution
5. an 81-story building