Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Daily Teaser — 20-9-2014: The Cannes Can

Hmmm … 

That’s something.

Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, the man who organised Scotland’s Independence Referendum, Leader of the Scottish Nationalists and possibly the best known conviction politician in the UK, has resigned his post.

Both as SNP leader and First Minister.

I have to say, I , personally, was expecting him to stick around for longer: but he said it, himself, it’s not the politicians leading Scotland’s politics, but “ … the energised activism of tens of thousands of people who I predict will refuse meekly to go back into the political shadows.”

The man’s career has been devoted to his country.

And frankly … ?   Frankly, I couldn’t see David Cameron, Nick Clegg or Ed Miliband doing the same,   had the referendum given a yes vote.

Cynical … ?

Of COURSE I’m cynical!

We’re talking about politicians, here.

But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring nine our of ten.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 20th September, 1946, was the date of the very first Cannes Film Festival: as it was delayed for seven years.   What had it been delayed by?
Q2) The Festival is — obviously — held in Cannes.   In which country is Cannes … ?
Q3) Cannes is on part of the coast known as the Riviera.   What’s the Riviera called, in its native language … ?
Q4) The Festival’s highest prize is the Palme d’Or.   Palme d’Or translates as Golden … what?
Q5) What Turkish film won the Palme d’Or in 2014?
Q6) The Palme d’Or was awarded — in retrospect — to which Cecil B. DeMille film: The Buccaneer, Union Pacific or North West Mounted Police … ?
Q7) At that first Festival, the Palme d’Or was awarded to several films.   What was the only UK film to share the prize?
Q8) The 1960 Palme d’Or winner was La Dolce Vita.   Who directed La Dolce Vita?
Q9) French documentary, La Monde du silence, won in 1956: and was co-directed by Jacques Costeau and Louis Malle.   The documentary was filmed on Costeau’s ship.   What was that ship called?
Q10) Finally … Jane Campion is the only female director to have won the Palme d’Or.   For which film?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 19th September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day: which has now become a holiday for members of which unorthodox church?
Q2) The modern image of pirates comes from the book, Treasure Island: who wrote Treasure Island?
Q3) The book’s best known character, Long John Silver, served as ship’s what, under Captain Flint: first mate, quartermaster ship’s cook?
Q4) Pieces of Eight — used by many pirates — were silver coins from which European country: Spain, Portugal or Germany?
A4) Spain.
Q5) Privateer, slaver and all round English hero, Sir Francis Drake was known as El Draque: to the people of which country … ?
A5) Spain.   (The Spanish price on his head — 20, 000 Ducats — is roughly equivalent to £4 million, in today’s money.)
Q6) Which Chinese pirate retired in 1810: after building up a fleet of some 80000 sailors in the South China Sea?
Q7) In the 18th and 19th Century USA, river pirates operated on two rivers.   Name either river.
A7) The Ohio and Mississippi.   (The Mississippi is possibly the only river on the planet that’s easier to sing about than it is to spell.)
Q8) Commerce raiding is piracy during wartime: committed by what?
A8) Official Naval warships.   (The last warfare of this type that I know about would have been what we now call the Battle Of The Atlantic, during World War Two: when German naval vessels attacked UK supply convoys.)
Q9) One early piece of international law declared pirates hostis humani generis.   In other words, pirates were mankind’s what: enemies, friends or helpers?
A9) Enemies.
Q10) Finally … The earliest record pirates were the Sea Peoples: operating at the end of the Bronze Age.   They raided ships in the Aegean: and which other sea?
A10) The eastern Mediterranean.
As it shares its name with a film, I’ll leave you with this tune … 

Oh, and this tune: Buster and the gang, doing their thing … 

And with this thought …
“I saw ‘Hellraiser 3’ the other day at Cannes; it’s OK, it’s a good film, I didn’t hate it or anything. I thought it was quite good, but it was all just so serious.”
Peter Jackson.
Enjoy the day … !

*        My pleasure, Debbi!   Oh, little something in your inbox, so you know … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Thanks, Paul! :)

1. war (WWII)
2. France
3. Côte d'Azur
4. palm
5. Winter Sleep
6. The Ten Commandments
7. Brief Encounter
8. Fellini
9. the Calypso
10. a really awful movie called The Piano