Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 24-9-2014: The New Year.

Oh, now THAT’S something to know.

India’s first big — BIGspace project has got off the ground.

Some time ago, in fact.

And is now in orbit around Mars!

Good for them!

But I can’t help think about the UK’s Black Arrow project: that launched four rockets, between 1969 and 1971.

We cancelled it.

On economic grounds.

Whilst simultaneously throwing money at Concorde, if I’ve got the timing right.

That makes my country the only one to have started work on a rocket programme: and never kept it going.

So … ?   Good luck, and congratulations to the Republic of India.

From a blogger in a nation that’s got no right to call itself ‘Great’ Britain.

At any rate …

At any rate, me whinging about Britain’s late rocket programme is not why you’re here, is it … ?


Nope, it’s Wednesday: which mean’s it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s, covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) Sunset of the 24th September, 2014, marks the start of the Jewish New Year.   The traditional name for the festival is Rosh … what … ?
Q2) The phrase translates as the what of the Year: head, tail or stomach?
Q3) The festival is in which month of the Jewish calendar: Tishrei, Cheshvan or Kislev?
Q4) One traditional Hebrew equivalent to the phrase ‘Happy New Year,’ is ‘Shana Tova’.   ‘Shana Tova’ roughly translates as ‘Have a’ what: good year, bad year or long year?
Q5) Shana Tova’ is usually used by Ashkenazi Jews.   The Ashkenazi lived where: the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire or the Byzantine Empire?
Q6) By contrast, Sephardic Jews lived in two southern European countries.   Name either.
Q7) Many Orthodox Jews have a ‘Mikva’ on the Jewish New Year.   A Mikva is a ritual what: bath, meal or glass of wine?
Q8) Traditionally, the New Year sees the ritual blowing of the Shofar.   The shofar is a wind instrument made from the horn of what: bull, ram or toad?
Q9) The rituals for the Jewish New Year are recorded in the Mishnah and in the Oral Torah.   The Written Torah are the first books of the Jewish Bible.   How many books: five, seven or nine?
Q10) Finally … Christianity has vicars and pastors, Islam has Imams.   Who leads Jewish religious services … ?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 17th September saw Baron von Richthofen win his first aerial combat: during which year of World War 1?
Q2) The fight took place over which French town: Lille, Cambrai or Dunkirk?
Q3) One of the men he shot down was Captain Tom Rees.   Captain Rees was a member of what: the British Army, the Royal Air Force or the Royal Navy?
Q4) Over all, the Baron made how many confirmed kills: sixty, eighty or one hundred … ?
Q5) What was Baron von Richthofen’s first name … ?
Q6) He was also known as the ‘Bloody’ … what?
Q7) Von Richthofen’s German title — Freiherr, the German equivalent to Baron — translates as what: free man, free lord or free mason?
Q8) The squadron von Richthofen led — Jagdgeschwader 1, or JG1 — became known as Baron von Richthofen’s Flying … what … ?
Q9) “10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or more,” is a line from a song about the Baron: released by The Royal Guardsmen.   What was the song called?
Q10) Finally … The Baron was mentioned in the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip, as the flying enemy of who: Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty or Snoopy?
A1) 1916.
A2) Cambrai.
A3) The British Army: he was on secondment to the Royal Flying Corp, the predecessor to the RAF.
A4) Eighty.
A5) Manfred.
A6) Red Baron.
A7) Free Lord.
A8) Baron von Richthofen’s Flying Circus.   (Named after the TV show … )
A9) Snoopy vs The Red Baron’.
A10) Snoopy.
Enjoy those!

And Shana Tova … !

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