Thursday, 6 August 2015

The Daily Teaser — 6-8-2015

Oh, now … 

THAT was good … 

You’ve possibly realised I’ve been getting through all sorts of TV box sets.

In an attempt to rebuild the collection I lost, when the external drive I had with my media on, got knocked over.

Well … 

I’ve manage to finish binge watching the box set I had, of Blake’s 7.

Just in case you’d not seen it?   Blake’s 7 was something of a hit series from the late 1970s/early 1980s: following the story of a small group of characters, fighting against a Federation that resembled Nazi Germany’s.

And best remembered for both its gloomy tone, its tendency to kill main characters, if needed, AND for the fact the title character, Roj Blake — played by Gareth Thomas — left at the end of series two… 

It’s ALSO remembered for a series climax that — for it’s time — was shocking: in seeing ALL the main characters killed: after Blake was shot by Avon — Paul Darrow — the other main character.

Frankly … ?

I know of nothing else like it, with the possible exceptions of The Prisoner.

You … ?

Make of it what you will … 


But let’s get moving on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with Olga scoring 6 out of six and Debbi scoring four.

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

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

Q1) 6th August, 1787, saw the US Constitutional Convention, in Philadelphia, accept delivery: of proof copies of what?
Q2) 6th August, 1963, saw the birth of notorious computer hacker, Kevin Mitnick.   In which year of the 1970s did first gain illegal access to a computer system?
Q3) 6th August, 1961, saw a Soviet Union astronaut spend a day in space.   Who was he: Yuri Gagarin, Andriyan Nikolayev or Gherman Titov?
Q4) Which South American country claim its independence from Spain: on the 6th August, 1825?
Q5) Finally … 6th August, 1930, saw the disappearance of Judge John Crater: who vanished, after getting into a taxi in which US city?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 5th August, 1962, saw Nelson Mandela jailed: for crime against the regime then running which country?
Q2) More to the point, in which year of the 1990s was he released?
A2) 1990.
Q3) 5th August, 1884, saw the cornerstone laid, for the Statue of Liberty: on what’s now called Liberty Island.   What was the island’s original name: Bedloe’s Island, Brown’s Island or Bastard’s Island?
Q4) 5th August, 1925, saw the founding of Plaid Cymru: the Welsh Nationalists, in other words.   What did the party originally want to promote: Welsh independence, the Welsh language or lava bread?
A4) The Welsh language.
Q5) 5th August, 1957, saw the start of which US music show: Soul Train, American Bandstand or The Grand Ol’ Opry?
Q6) Finally … 5th August, 1301, saw the birth of Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of where: Essex, Kent or Surrey?
A6) Kent.
I’ll leave you with a line from Tennyson …
“The mirror cracked from side to side;

‘The curse is come upon me,’ cried

The Lady of Shalott.” 
Pt III, stanza 5, The Lady Of Shalott, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892.
And this tune … 

Have a good day … 

*        Have a good trip, Olga: I hope it goes well for you … !

†        I sure she will, Debbi.   (Oh … Did I mention Blake’s 7?   The clip, above, is literally, the last thing we see of the characters: as with The Prisoner, people haven’t stopped talking about it, since it aired all those years ago … )

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Looks like a fascinating show! :)

1. the Constitution
2. 1979
3. Gherman Titov
4. Bolivia
5. New York City