Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Daily Teaser — 12-5-2015

Bloody … Hell … !

I mentioned — only a couple of days ago — that we’d had a certain amount of letterbox theft in Rollason Way.

Indeed, had written a letter to my neighbours about it.

I have to admit, things are getting … serious … 

Last night, I talked with one of my neighbours: one who’s been targeted by identity fraudsters as a result — we both felt — of letterbox theft.

He’d received four unwanted credit cards as a result of action by fraudsters.

With a credit limit, between them, of some £9000.

After post had seemingly been lifted from the front letterbox.

At any rate, that would’ve been money my neighbour would be liable to repay: if the thieves had spent anything on it.

One other point, there?   The thieves that HAVE been spotted — and caught — were spotted wearing hi-visibility jackets and carrying parcels.   It’s a modern variation of an old trick.   Burglars will scout out an area, wearing a hi-vis jacket and carrying a clipboard: disguising their activities by pretending to be surveyors or workmen, carrying out initials checks of an area.

There’s something else, too.   Yesterday, I came home, and checked my letterbox, to see if there was anything in it.

There was nothing.    But … ?   But I found that the lock on the box’s inside hatch — the hatch that let’s us get our post out, after the postman’s put it in — was jamming.   I believe my postbox has been forced: and any post stolen.

Frankly?   With my credit history, any one trying to get a credit card in my name will have trouble doing so.   But that doesn’t mean someone won’t try.

I immediately reported this too the police.   Who were brutally honest, and told me that there was little they could do, as no-one had spotted it, nor was there any CCTV footage.

And to my landlords, responsible for repairs.

As you can imagine, I’m not exactly happy about the police response.   Unhappy … 

And thinking I’d like know what on EARTH my landlords plan to do about this.    I know it takes a while for a big organisation to move.

But we’re not exactly hearing anything from them … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring four 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) 12th May, 1937, saw the coronation of George 6th: as King of the UK, and the Commonwealth.   He was the last British Emperor of where?
Q2) What had his ducal title been, prior to his coronation?
Q3) 12th May, 1862, saw Baton Rouge  occupied by US federal troops: during the US Civil War.   Baton Rouge is the capital of which state?
Q4) 12th May, 1952, saw Gaj Singh crowned as Maharaja of Jodhpur.   The title, Maharaja, translates into as English as Great … what?
Q5) 12th May, 1948, saw the abdication of Queen Wilhelmina: of where?
Q6) Finally … 12th May, 1968, saw the birth of Tony Hawks.   Hawks is best known for being what: a freerunner, a skateboarder or an extreme ironer?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 11th May, 1998, saw India announce it had done underground tests of what: nuclear weapons, particle accelerators or tachyon detectors?
Q2) 11th May, 1956, saw the British government announce an African nation would become independent of British rule.   Which nation?
A2) The Gold Coast.   (It’s now Ghana.)
Q3) The Diamond Sutra was printed for the first time: on 11th May, 868 AD, becoming the oldest known printed book in existence.   In which country was it printed?
A3) China.
Q4) 11th May, 330 AD, saw Constantine the Great rename Byzantium, ‘Nova Roma’: although the city’s more commonly known as Constantinople.   At the time, the city was capital of which empire?
A4) The Roman Empire.   (It’s been the capital of the Roman, Latin, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.   Bit of a record, that …)
Q5) Finally … 11th May, 1997, saw Gary Kasparov beaten at Chess: by the IBM super computer, Deep Blue.   How many individual games did they play in this second series?
A5) Six.
I’ll leave you with this quote …
“If somebody’s looking at me with rapture all over their face I want to throw a bucket of water over them.”

Ian Dury, 12 May 1942 – 27 March 2000
And this tune … 

Have a good day.

*        Oh, nasty … !   You’ve got my sympathies, there, Debbi!   (I still keep thinking a bionic hand would be useful for you: although I’m very aware it’d be about as useful as a chocolate teapot, given the way dystonia works.   Although I can’t help but think this would be useful: a finger with a built in flash drive … !)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Now, that's different! :)

1. India
2. Prince
3. Louisiana
4. Ruler
5. the Netherlands
6. skateboarder