Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 27-5-2015: Saint Petersburg.

Well, that’s a thing … 

If you were reading me this morning, you’d know a thing or two.

The main one … ?

Being that several officials from FIFA — the governing body of football across the world — have been arrested by members of the Swiss police, working with the USA’s FBI.

On corruption and — surprise surprise — racketeering charges.

I’m no fan of football.

Never HAVE been.

But I’m very aware many people I’ve met, whilst working as a barman, have been.

The general opinion, from those fans … ?   Was that, if a body the size of FIFA wasn’t corrupt, then I,  — the 5ft 2in barman, over there — was tall enough to be a basketball player.

Go figure!


But me talking about football is not why your here: now IS it … ?


You’re here so you can read the latest of the teaser I’ve written for the Brentwood Gazette.

Here’s this week’s (recycled) set: covered, as ever, by the Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 27th May, 1703, saw Tsar Peter the 1st — Peter the Great — found Saint Petersburg.   On which river does the city stand: the Moskva, Volga or Neva?

Q2) Which gulf does that river empty into?

Q3) The city was renamed by Russia’s Tsar, during World War 1.   What did he call it?

Q4) Which Tsar was it?

Q5) The city was re-named in 1924: renamed what?

Q6) Saint Petersburg is Russia's second biggest city, by population.   What’s the biggest?

Q7) Which Saint Petersburg museum was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great?

Q8) Natalia Makarova, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov have all lived or worked in the city: what have they all worked as … ?

Q9) Russia's president — Vladimir Putin — was born in Saint Petersburg: in which year of the 1990s did he enter politics?

Q10) Finally … Saint Petersburg is twinned with two cities in the UK.   Name either.
Here’s last week’s questions and answers.

Q1) 20th May, 1873, saw Jacob Davies and Levi Strauss receive a patent for a design feature on Strauss’s jeans: the reinforcing rivet.   What was the rivet made from?

Q2) Those rivets went on the base of the fly, and on what: the corners of the pockets, the bottom of the legs or the hems of the knees?

Q3) According to an old tradition, the cloth originally used to make Jeans came from which Italian port?

Q4) That same cloth was also, supposedly, sourced from a city in France.   Which city?

Q5) The fabric used to make Jeans is a type of what: cotton, flannel or linen?

Q6) What — traditionally —  is the dye to used to turn Jeans blue: woad, indigo or añil?

Q7) Whitcomb L. Judson contributed to Jeans, after inventing what: buttons, sewing machines or zips?

Q8) What model of Jeans are Levi’s most popular make?

Q9) Expensive, premium price, jeans are known as what?

Q10) Finally … leggings made to look like skin-tight denim jeans, are known as what: leggings, jeggings or pegging?


A1) Copper.

A2) The pockets.

A3) Genoa.   (The French name for Genoa, I should add, is Gênes.)

A4) Nîmes.   (Which is why the cloth’s called ‘denim’: it’s a corruption of ‘de Nîmes’, or ’of Nîmes’.)

A5) Cotton.

A6) Indigo.

A7) Zips.

A8) The 501s.

A9) Designer jeans.

A10) Jeggings.   (Leggings are usually made of spandex: or a similar stretchy material.   Pegging … no, don’t ask.   No, really don’t ask!)
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you next time.

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