Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 10-12-2014: The Nobel Prizes

Hmmm … 

I have to say, my computer — a second hand Mac Pro — is running a little slowly, at the moment.

Mind you, I’m not surprised.

I’ve got it doing some SERIOUS video recoding: basically changing some films on my external drive from one format — .mov — to another, the .m4v used my Apple TV.

I’m not actually complaining.

It’s jogging along at the sort of rate my (now-retired) Mac Mini couldn’t cope with!


But that’s not way you here, is it … ?


No, it’s Wednesday.

Which means, of course, it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s questions: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* … 
Q1) 10th December saw the first Nobel Prizes awarded: in which year … ?
Q2) More to the point, who won the first Nobel Physics Prizes … ?
Q3) More to the point, who — in 1989 — won the Nobel Peace Prize … ?
Q4) How many Nobel Prizes, currently, are there … ?
Q5) Name one of them … 
Q6) Albert Nobel, the man who founded the Prizes, owned which armaments company: Bofors, Bushmaster Firearms or Lürssen … ?
Q7) Nobel famously invented dynamite: in which year of the 1860s did he patent it … ?
Q8) More to the point, in which year of the 1850s did he register his first patent … ?
Q9) Moving on … In which country is the Nobel Peace Prize awarded … ?
Q10) Who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize?   (The award ceremony is today: 10th December, 2014.)
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 3rd December saw the release of the first Laurel and Hardy film: in which year of the 1920s?
Q2) The film was called Putting Pants on … who: Phillip, Phyllis or Fred?
Q3) The who concerned, needed pants — or trousers, for those of us who aren’t American — as he was constantly wearing what: a skirt, a sarong or a kilt?
Q4) Putting Pants … was the first time Laurel and Hardy were credited as a team.   They first worked together on The Lucky Dog, when: 1920, 1921 or 1922?
Q5) Was Putting Pants … a silent film?
Q6) Unaccustomed As We Are was one of the pair’s early talkies. When was it released: 1927, 1929 or 1931?
Q7) Their first feature film was released in 1931.   What was it called: ‘Excuse Us’, ‘Pardon Us’ or ‘Pardon Me’?
Q8) Laurel and Hardy’s fan club takes its name from what’s arguably their best film.   The film’s called The Sons Of The … what?
Q9) Which of the pair was English: Stan Laurel or Oliver Hardy?
Q10) Finally … the other half of the pair was from which US state?
A1) 1927.
A2) Phillip.
A3) A kilt.   (The earliest known ones have been dated to the 1600s: the modern ‘walking’ kilt was designed by a Quaker from Lancashire.)
A4) 1921.
A5) Yes.
A6) 1929.
A7) Pardon Us.   (I’m not counting two earlier features — The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and The Rogue Song — as the pair weren’t the headlining stars of the films.)
A8) The Sons Of The Desert.   (The club, itself, has some 150 chapters.)
A9) Stan Laurel: the skinny one.
A10) Georgia.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you next time … !

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