Monday, 13 October 2014

The Daily Teaser — 13-10-2014: GMT

Yoicks … !

I’m up late!   Where I forgot to put my alarm on … !

I’d better get a move on, hadn’t I … ?


And I was going to tell you about an email I’d got, yesterday: I had a job offer from a company who thought I’d be good at teaching English as a foreign language.

Not that it’s dodgy — although it did come out of the blue, which get’s me suspicious — but it wanted me doing this … In China … 

Oh, and — at least initially — pay me own air fare.

Yeah … 

That’s going to happen … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and bagging 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) 13th October saw Greenwich chosen as the basis for: standardized international time.   Greenwich is in which English city?
Q2) Greenwich was chosen in which year of the 1880s?
Q3) The Line of Longitude concerned is known as the Prime what: Meridian, Meanderer or  Meritocracy?
Q4) The Line’s near Greenwich’s Royal … what?
Q5) The Line through Greenwich was the basis of Greenwich what Time?
Q6) The passes through seven countries: outside the UK.   Name one of them.
Q7) The time zone is usually abbreviated to GMT.   Britain uses GMT, and BST.   BST is British what Time?
Q8) GMT was initially adopted — in 1847, in the UK — to coordinate what:  bus timetables, railway timetables or astronomical observation?
Q9) GMT is identical to Western European Time. WET is used in part of Greenland, the Faroe Isles, Iceland, Portugal and Ireland.   It’s also used in which part of Spain?
Q10) Finally … GMT started as a mean what time: sidereal, solar or synodic?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 12th October, 1875, saw the birth of the man Britain’s press called the ‘wickedest man in the world’: who was he?
Q2) 125 years later, 12th October, 2000, saw at least six sailors killed on the USS Cole: when it was attacked by suicide bombers.   The ship was docked in the Middle-Eastern port of Aden.   Aden is in which country?
A2) Yemen.
Q3) 12th October, 1773, saw the first US hospital for the mentally ill, open: in which US state?
A3) Virginia.
Q4) 12th October sees the Church of England honour Bishop Wilfrid of Ripon, along side noted nurse, Edith Cavell.   They ALSO honour which prison reformer?
Q5) Finally … 12th October, 1968, saw Equatorial Guinea become independent: from which European country?
A5) Spain.
I’ll leave you with this song … 

And this thought …
“Clocks slay time. Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”
William Faulkner, The Sound And The Fury.
Enjoy the day … !

*        Always nice to see River Song in action, Debbi … !    Seems a shame they’ve phased her out, but there you go.    (I have a theory that, every so often, science fiction shows like to have a cocky American character, if you’ll excuse the phrase, Debbi: their own version of Han Solo, in other words.   Battlestar Galactica’s had Starbuck: both of them.   Dr Who’s had both River and Captain Jack: they’re the one’s who use a gun, if and when needed.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Yes, so it seems. Of course, River is an awesome Brit character! :)

1. London
2. 1884
3. Meridian
4. Observatory
5. Mean
6. France
7. Standard
8. railway timetables
9. The Canary Islands
10. solar