Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 23-7-2014: Telstar

You know, I hate to talk on about a dead subject.


But I’ve written — over the years — about the patch of unused ground, next to Brunel House, in Saint James’ Road.

And how angered I was to see Brentwood Council repeatedly allow building, there.

It got passed through, easily, again, only a few months back.

And, as I’ve passed the patch, today … ?

It looked like the builders are in.

At least someone is: clearing the ground.

It looks like residents who objected were wasting their time.

Which means my decision at the last local election — to deliberately spoil my vote — was the right decision as far as I’m concerned.

Voting for anyone gets nothing done.

At any rate, it’s Wednesday.

Which means it’s time for the Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this weeks, covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 23rd July saw Telstar relay the first transatlantic TV broadcast.   Across which ocean … ?
Q2) In which year of the 1960s was this relay?
Q3) A picture of a well known New York landmark was included in the broadcast.   Which landmark?
Q4) Which Parisian landmark was included … ?
Q5) Which US President made a brief appearance in the broadcast … ?
Q6) BBC stalwart, Richard Dimbleby, also featured in the broadcast: speaking from which European city … ?
Q7) The ‘most trusted man in America’ spoke in the Telstar broadcast: who was that?
Q8) Which European broadcasters handled the European end of the Telstar relay: the BBC, Eurovision, Ireland’s RTE or French broadcaster, France 2?   (For some reason, the state owned French channels are France 2, France 3, France 4 and France 5.)
Q9) The four North American broadcasters involved in the relay were NBC, CBS, ABC and CBC.   Which of those is Canadian?
Q10) Finally … Which agency launched Telstar … ?
And here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 16th July marks the formal start of the Islamic Calendar.   In which year of the Western Calendar: 622, 623 or 624?
Q2) The current Islamic year is 1435 AH: ‘AH’ stands for Anno … what … ?
Q3) That first year was chosen, as it marked the Prophet’s travels to which city … ?
Q4) 16th July corresponds to the first day of the first month of the first year of Islamic calendar.   Is that month Muharram, Rabi’ al-thani, Sha’aban or Dhu al-Hijjah?
Q5) That first month has a name that comes from the Arabic word, ‘haram’.   ‘Haram’ means what: forbidden, forbearance or forgiveness?
Q6) What’s the holiest month of the Islamic year?
Q7) Name either of the two major schools of Islam.
Q8) What’s the name of the more mystical school of Islam?
Q9) The Five Pillars of Islam — the basic beliefs common to all — include a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to which Saudi city … ?
Q10) Finally … Islam’s holiest site is in that city: what’s it called … ?
A1) 622.
A2) Anno Hegirae.
A3) Medina.
A4) Muharram.
A5) Forbidden.   The month is, apparently, the second most sacred to the Faithful: who are discouraged from doing anything sinful, or ‘haram’.
A6) Ramadan.   The month marks the time the Prophet received the Koran, and runs from late June to late July, this year.
A7) Shia and Sunni Islam.
A8) Sufism.
A9) Mecca.
A10) The Ka’aba: also spelt as ‘Kaaba’.
Enjoy those.

And enjoy the tune … 

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