Monday, 25 August 2014

The Daily Teaser — 25-8-2014

Oh, now that’s sad … !

Dickie’s died … 

Just in case you don’t know who I mean … ?

I mean Sir Richard Attenborough: the man behind Gandhi, Oh, What A Lovely War! and Magic.   AND who’d been Pinky Brown in Brit Gangster, Brighton Rock.

He’s died: just a few days short of his ninety-first birthday.

After a full life.

Full … ?   I’m surprised to find out exactly how much he quietly did … !

The British film industry — and quite possibly the world — is going to be the poorer for his loss.


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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 25th August, 1991, saw the start of the Battle of Vukovar.   Vukovar is now in which small European country: Croatia, Slovenia or Macedonia … ?
Q2) Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia had all been part of which Communist country?
Q3) 25th August, 1989, saw the first non-Communist Prime Minister named, in any Communist European country: which country?
Q4) 25th August, 2012, saw the Voyager 1 probe become the first man-made object to enter what: the deep sea, interstellar space or the atmosphere of Neptune?
Q5) Finally … 25th August, 1912, saw the founding of the Chinese Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang.   The Kuomintang is now the party of government in which country … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 24th August, 2010, saw the bodies of 72 illegal immigrants found: after their murder by the Los Zetas drug cartel.   In which American nation … ?
A1) Mexico.
Q2) 24th August, 1954, saw the US federal government outlaw what: the US Nazi Party, the International Workers of the World, or the US Communist Party?
Q3) 24th August, 1991, saw which country declare itself independent from the USSR?
A3) Ukraine.
Q4) That same day — 24th August, 1991 — saw who step down as the head of the Communist Party of the USSR?
Q5) Finally … 24th August, 1952, saw the birth of Linton Kwesi Johnson: dub poet, reggae star and writer in residence for which London Borough?
A5) Lambeth.
I’ll leave you with this song … 

And this thought …
“I suppose more than anything else I’d like to be an old man with a good face, like Hitchcock or Picasso. They know that life is not just a popularity contest.”
Sean Connery, born 25th August, 1930.
And with this thought, as well …
“And I believe we need heroes, I believe we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by.”
Sir Richard Attenborough, 29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014.
Have a good day.

*        I might just be adding Brighton Rock to my list of films, Debbi, just to mark Sir Richard’s passing.  It’s been a while since I’ve watched it.   Might just grab your attention, as well: William Hartnell’s in it …    (I might just check out Magic, as well, at some point: it’s another one Sir Richard directed.   It’s supposed to be the film that made Anthony Hopkin’s career.)

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