Monday, 4 May 2015

The Daily Teaser — 4-5-2015

Have you been following the UK’s election … ?

No … ?   Yes … ?

I have.   It’s fascinating to see, sometimes.

Personally, I’ve been trying to follow the Leaders Debates, where possible.

Last night … ?   Last night saw the Scottish Leaders Debate screened on the BBC News Channel: and on the BBC in Scotland.

What grabbed me about it?   Was the fire.

Oh, not an actual fire.   Just the sheer passion of the leaders on the stands: Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP, Ruth Davison of the Scottish Tories, Jim Murphy of Scottish Labour and Willie Rennie of the Scottish Lib Dems.

I was impressed: especially by Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP and Ruth Davison of the Scottish Conservatives.

Jim Murphy seemed a little more genuine than his Westminster equivalent, Ed Milliband.

And even Willie Rennie seemed on a par with party leader, Nick Clegg: although given a choice between the two, I’d’ve go for Nick Clegg.

Ever away … ?

I have to ask … can we import the Scottish party leaders into Westminster?

Collectively, they seemed a lot more passionate, and sincere, than their UK equivalents.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser was quiet: with no-one putting in their answers.

So let’s see who we can tempt with today’s questions, shall we?

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

Q1) 4th May, 1972, saw the Don’t Make A Wave committee change its name to Greenpeace.   Greenpeace’s international co-ordinating body is in which Dutch city?
Q2) 4th May saw Ken Livingston elected as the first Mayor of London.   In which year?
Q3) 4th May, 1959, was the date of the very first Grammy Awards.   Which Champs song won that year’s Best Rhythm And Blues Performance: A Glass Of Champagne, Gertcha or Tequila?
Q4) 4th May, 1859, saw the opening of the Cornwall Railway.   Which county did it link Cornwall to?
Q5) Finally … 4th May, 1776, saw Rhode Island become the first American Colony to renounce allegiance to the British Crown.   Who was king, at the time?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 3rd May, 1896, saw the birth of novelist, Dodie Smith.   Her best best known children’s novel was published in 1956.   What was it called?
Q2) Which studio turned it into an animated film, in 1961?
A2) Disney.
Q3) Moving on … 3rd May, 1934, saw the birth of singer, Frankie Valli.   The band he fronted released their first single in 1961.   What was their name?
A3) The Four Seasons.
Q4) More to the point, what was the name of the 2014 film about the band?
A4) Jersey Boys.   (The film’s directed by Clint Eastwood.   Which always leaves me with a mental image of Dirty Harry pointing a gun at Frankie, and saying “Go ahead, punk: sing falsetto …”)
Q5) 3rd May, 1958, saw the birth of comedian, TV presenter, radio show presenter, writer, and actress, Sandi Toksvig.   Which Radio 4 quiz show did she present?
A5) The News Quiz.   (I should add that this was written before Sandi stepped down to go into politics … !)
Q6) Which ITV children’s show did she present?
A6) No. 73.   (The Sandwich Quiz was one of the highlights of Saturday mornings.)
Q7) 3rd May, 1913, saw the release of Raja Harishchandra: the Indian film industry’s first full length feature film.   The Indian film industry is informally known as what?
A7) Bollywood.   (Although, strictly speaking, the term refers to the Hindi language films, made around Mumbai.)
Q8) 3rd May, 2003, saw the collapse of The Old Man Of The Mountain rock formation.   In which US state was the formation?
Q9) In some Christian Churches, 3rd May is Roodmas.   Roodmas celebrates the apparent finding of what: the Turin Shroud, the True Cross or the Crown of Thorns?
A9) The True Cross.
Q10) Finally … 3rd May, 1802, saw the formal incorporation of the capital of the USA.   What’s that city’s name?
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Some people walk on stage and the audience warms to them. You can’t explain it, and you shouldn’t try.   It’s an arrogant assumption to say you ‘decide’ to become a comedian. The audience decides for you.”

Eric Sykes, 4 May 1923 – 4 July 2012.
And this tune … 

Have a good day.

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