Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Daily Teaser — 7-5-2015: Elected … !

Right, that’s THAT done!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got books.   Quite a few books.

Just enough to always need shelf space.

Which I managed to pick up, the other day: in my local branch of B&M.

They do a fair selection of cheap furniture.   Including a bookshelf that I assembled, quickly, yesterday, and out in my bedroom.   It’s now got every one of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels I own.

Although, thinking about it … ?

I might just need another … 


Oh, one other thing … ?

Today sees a general election in the UK: as you may or may not know.   Personally?   Personally, I’m still not sure who to vote for.

I’m really not keen on voting Liberal Democrat: although I know David Kendall, I can’t forgive them for going into coalition with the Tories, in 2010.

I REALLY couldn’t vote for Eric Pickles: while I’ve personally found their policy of bigger tax breaks for those of us on the minimum wage, I still remember how bloody unhelpful the Work Programme they introduced was.

Don’t even ask me about UKIP.   Or the English Democrats.   They’re a little too right wing for my tastes.

The Greens?   Their candidate, Dr Reza Houssain, is one I’m tempted to vote for.   From what I’ve seen of him in the local papers, he’s done some genuine work for Friend of the Earth, and Greenpeace, standing up for his beliefs.   I’m VERY aware, though, that many in Brentwood and Ongar would’t vote for him: purely because he’s Asian.   Having worked in pubs in Brentwood for so long, I know exactly how racist people in this town are.

Labour?   No.   I really don’t trust Ed Milliband.

There might well be nothing else for it: except voting Green.   Or spoiling my vote …


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw no-one putting in their answers.

Let’s see how we can tempt with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video

Q1) 7th May, 2015, sees a General Election held in the UK: it sees MPs elected to the UK’s Parliament.   Are those MPs elected to the House Of Commons or the House Of Lords?
Q2) True or False: the UK’s Upper House, the House of Lords, has elected members.
Q3) Which UK party is led by Nigel Farage?
Q4) That party is known to be what: pro-European or Eurosceptic?
Q5) Natalie Bennett leads one UK party: WHICH party?
Q6) Natalie’s party had — in the last Parliament — just the one MP.   Who WAS that MP?
Q7) Plaid Cymru has many candidates standing in this election: and are lead by Leanne Wood.   The party is standing in constituencies in which part of the UK?
Q8) Many in Scotland will be voting for the Scottish National Party.   The SNP is currently led by the Scottish First Minister, who’s not standing for a seat in Westminster.   Who is she?
Q9) The Official Monster Raving Loony Party — led by Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope — is standing in 17 seats in this year’s elections.   Who was the party’s original Party leader?
Q10) Finally … Many local councils are holding elections on the same day as the General Election.   These are usually called what elections?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 6th May saw the birth of Dr Sigmund Freud.   In which year of the 1850s?
A1) 1856.
Q2) Freud is known as the father of what: psychiatry, psychoanalysis or psychology?
Q3) Dr Freud was born in a part of the Austrian Empire, that’s now in which country: Croatia, the Czech Republic or Hungary?
A3) The Czech Republic.   (In a town now called Příbor.)
Q4) Freud entered University at the age of 17: and went to what is the oldest university in the German speaking world.   Which University is it?
Q5) His career in medicine started at Vienna General what: hospital, practice or consultancy?
A5) Vienna General Hospital.
Q6) In his early years, Freud recommended what, as a painkiller: morphine, diamorphine or cocaine?
A6) Cocaine.   (He also suggested it as an anti-depressant.   And as a treatment for morphine addiction … !)
Q7) An 1899 book by Freud is considered key to his work on the human mind.   Its title, in English, is The Interpretation ofwhat?
A7) The Interpretation of Dreams.
Q8) That book also developed his views on what: the unconscious mind or conscious mind?
A8) The unconscious mind.
Q9) In 1923, Freud published The Ego and the Id.   This introduced three terms: ego, id … and which other?
A9) Super-ego.
Q10) Finally … Freud described male sexual fixation on a mother, as an ‘Oedipus complex’.   A woman fixating on her father is said to have a what?
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”

H. L. Mencken, Prejudices, First Series.
And this tune … 

Have a good day!

1 comment:

Nik Nak said...

Right … 

It’s Ten O’clock: and I’ve voted, already.

I went Green for Brentwood and Ongar’s MP.

And spoiled my voting paper in the local elections.

Will others do the same?