Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Daily Teaser — 15-4-2015: Sink The Titanic

You know I do babysitting, right … ?

Well, no, actually, no I don’t.

But, yesterday, I did manage to look after my four year old nephew, Jude.

Who’s incredibly cute, it has to be said.

Incredibly cute … 

And who thoroughly enjoys marbles.

Actually, no, that’s wrong, too.

What he likes — to the point of making sure his Uncle Paul promised to get him another — is those Marble racing things: assorted tubes and pipes you can hook together to race marbles down.

This thing!

You’ve got to love noisy stuff like that, haven’t you … ?


But let’s — after all that clacking — get a move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring five out of six.

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

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video

Q1) 15th April saw the sinking of the RMS Titanic: two hours and forty minutes after hitting a what?
Q2) In which year was this: 1911, 1912 or 1913?
Q3) The ship was what: passenger liner, cargo ship or oil tanker?
Q4) The ship launch from which English port: Portsmouth, Southampton or Bristol?
Q5) The ship launched from that port: and was constructed in Belfast.   Which English port was she registered from: London, Liverpool or Southampton?
Q6) The Titanic was heading for New York.   New York is in which US state?
Q7) The ship — in theory — could hold 833 first class passengers.   What feature — run by Luigi Gatti — was for them?
Q8) The ship’s designation as RMS meant she carried a certain amount of what: meat, mail or mahogany?
Q9) What post did Edward Smith, RD, RNR, hold on the ship?
Q10) Saved From The Titanic was the first film about the disaster: released some 29 days after its sinking.   Its writer and co-star had been on Lifeboat number 7, the first to leave the ship.   What was her name: Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy Gale or Dorothy Gibson?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 14th April, 1931, saw the first publication of the UK’s Highway Code.   How many rules does the current (online) version contain?
A1) 307.
Q2) 14th April, 1939, saw the first publication of The Grapes Of Wrath.   Who wrote The Grapes Of Wrath?
Q3) 14th April, 2014, saw bombs go off in the city of Abuja.   Abuja is the capital of which African nation?
A3) Nigeria.
Q4) 14th April, 1979, saw Yusufu Lule sworn in as his country’s president.   What country was that?
A4) Uganda.
Q5) His installation was in the wake of a civil war: after which dictator was deposed?
A5) Idi Amin Dada.
Q6) Finally … 14th April, 1929, saw the birth of Gerry Anderson.   What was the name of the puppet show that made Anderson’s name, internationally?
I’ll leave you with this observation from one of the survivors of the Titanic’s sinking …
“The Titanic sank about 2:20 a.m. April 15, 1912, according to the records.   I saw it slide down into the ocean to its horrible finish.   The moment it sank left a memory of something that haunts me till this day.   It was the eerie sound of the people groaning and screaming frantically for help, as they were hurtled into the icy water.   Almost all died from the cold water.   The sounds lasted for about 45 minutes and then faded away.”

Louis Garrett, Titanic survivor.
And with this tune: apparently as version of it, in this particular setting, was what the band were playing as the ship went down … 

Have a good day.

*        Talking of The film of the book, Debbi, guess what’s still in production limbo?   Neuromancer … !   Going by the bits I’ve seen on the net, we’re going to waiting a long time.   Either that, or Strange Days, which lifted so many elements, is the nearest we’ll get … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Takes a long time to make a movie! :)

1. an iceberg
2. 1912
3. passenger liner
4. Southampton
5. Liverpool
6. New York
7. the A Deck
8. mail
9. Captain
10. Dorothy Gibson