Friday, 12 December 2014

The Daily Teaser — 12-12-2014: Radio, Radio … !

You know, I REALLY think I’ve got to see a doctor.

Or, at least, slow down on the beans!

No, really … !

I don’t know quite what’s going on, down there: but I’ve got one hell of a case of the farts, just recently!

To the point where, quite frankly, I’m half expecting a sound effects crew to turn up, and start recording!

That’s … 


Awkward … !


But let’s get a methane powered move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw one anonymous comment, telling me they’d be in touch‡: and saw Debbi* putting in her answers, scoring ten out of ten in the process.

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

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

Q1) 12th December, 1901, saw Guglielmo Marconi make his first transatlantic radio transatlantic radio broadcast.   Which Canadian province received that signal: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland & Labrador?
Q2) More to the point, which English county received that signal?
Q3) In which Essex town did Marconi set up his famed Marconi Company?
Q4) Which sunken ship famously carried two of Marconi’s employees, as wireless operators … ?
Q5) Radio Caroline, Laser 558 and Dread Broadcasting Corporation were all what?
Q6) In which year did the BBC start broadcasting radio: 1921, 1922 or 1923?
Q7) Who had a 1978 hit with Radio, Radio: Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Elvis Costello and the Attractions or Jonah Lewis?
Q8) Which member of Queen, wrote their hit, Radio Gaga?
Q9) Set in the 1960s, The Boat That Rocked was a 2009 film about a pirate radio station in the North Sea.   Who played ‘The Count’, the station’s rather loud resident American DJ?
Q10) FINALLY, what’s the name of the 2009 film about a small Canadian radio station, besieged by zombie like attackers?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 11th December saw Bill W, one of AA’s founders, finally stop drinking.   In which year of the 1930s?
A1) 1934.
Q2) What did the W stand for … ?
A2) Wilson.   (In common with AA’s tradition of anonymity, he was publicly referred to as Bill W for years.)
Q3) More to the point, what does AA stand for?
Q4) The group takes its name from its main text, used to help members achieve sobriety.   The book is nicknamed … what?
A4) The Big Book.
Q5) Bill W cofounded AA with Dr Robert Smith: known to many AA members as Dr … what?
A5) Dr Bob.
Q6) The group was founded in Akron: in which US state is Akron?
A6) Ohio.   (The city is also home to the band, Devo.)
Q7) The group famously has how many steps?
A7) 12.   (It’s why AA, and groups like it, are referred to as ‘12-step groups’)
Q8) What name does AA give to someone who talks a newcomer through the Steps?
A8) A sponsor.
Q9) One of AA’s offshoot groups helps drug addicts, and is called NA.   What does NA stand for?
Q10) When going through that final treatment, Bill W was treated with a drug made from which beautiful woman?
A10) Deadly Nightshade: also known as Atropa  belladonna and Belladonna, the Italian for ‘beautiful woman’.
As it’s about Britain’s best known pirate station?   I’ll leave you with this song … 

And with this thought …
“You don’t need to know this - but here goes: due to some acquired infantilism, I feel compelled to fall asleep listening to the radio.   On a good night, I’ll push the frail barque of my psyche off into the waters of Lethe accompanied by the midnight newsreader - on a bad one, it’s the shipping forecast.”

Will Self.
Enjoy your day!

*        I’ll look forward to it, Debbi!   (And keep my fingers crossed one of us gets a BIG lottery win … !)

‡        Lord knows how that was: no-one’s called me ‘Nikkers’ in years … !

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Man, that fart video was something! :)

1. Newfoundland & Labrador
2. Cornwall
3. Chelmsford
4. the Titanic
5. pirate radio stations
6. 1922
7. Elvis Costello and the Attractions
8. Roger Taylor
9. Phillip Seymour Hoffman
10. Pontypool