Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Daily Teaser — 25-8-2015

You know, there’s some odd stuff doing the rounds.

Odd … 

And recycled … 

I’m listening to Radio Four’s Today programme: as per usual.

And they’ve aired a brief piece that isn’t usual.   They’ve had a chap on, called James Willis.

Who’s built a miniature orchestra out of jammed floppy drives.

Now that would probably drive me a little nuts, after a while.   After all, floppies aren’t EXACTLY pleasant things to listen to.

Still, it’s an interesting thing to see.


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

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

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

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

Q1) 25th August, 1991, saw Linus Torvalds release the original version of the Linux kernel.   The kernel forms the basis of many examples of what sort of free computer software: word processors, games or operating systems?
Q2) More to the point, Torvalds was born in which European country?
Q3) Belarus gained its independence from Russia, on the same date: 25th August, 1991.   What’s the country’s capital city?
Q4) 166 years earlier and another independence day: when Uruguay gained its independence, on 25th August, 1825.   From which South American country?
Q5) 25th August, 1980, saw Zimbabwe join the United Nations.   In which year was the country suspended from the Commonwealth, over human rights abuses?
Q6) Finally … 25th August, 1930, saw the birth of actor, Sean Connery.   In which 1974 film does he play Zed?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 24th August, 2014, saw the death of director, Sir Richard Attenborough.   What was the year of his birth?
A1) 1923.
Q2) Which actress did he marry in 1945?
A2) Sheila Sim.   (That was her stage name: her married name was Sheila Attenborough, Lady Attenborough.)   
Q3) Sir Richard was the older brother of which naturalist?
Q4) Famously, he won two Academy Awards: for which film?
A4) Gandhi.
Q5) He produced and directed the biopic, Chaplin: starring Robert Downey Jr in the main role.   Which year of the 1990s was Chaplin released in?
A5) 1992.
Q6) Which serial killer did Attenborough play: in 10, Rillington Place?
Q7) He played Pinkie Brown: in which 1947 film?
A7) Brighton Rock.   (Famously, the first Doctor, William Hartnell.)
Q8) Sir Richard was a graduate — and President — of RADA: the Royal Academy of Dramatic … what?
A8) Arts.
Q9) Sir Richard was a fan of which Premiere League side: Arsenal, Barnsley or Chelsea?
A9) Chelsea.
Q10) Finally … which 2007 film was Sir Richard’s last film: as director?
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“I’ve had a lot of different experiences in music over the years.   And not everything you do can satisfy everybody’s idealised version of you.”
Elvis Costello, born 25th August, 1954.
And this tune … 

Have a good day.

*        Yes, I saw that, Debbi!   Cheers for the mention! :D   Oh, you can STILL make music … if you have a dozen or so jammed floppy drives … 

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Yeah ... but that wouldn't challenge my fingers! :)

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3. Minsk
4. Brazil
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