Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Daily Teaser — 3-9-2015: The Day We Entered The War …

*Contains upsetting images*

Oh, crikey … 

I’ve got Radio 4 on: as per usual.

And, as it was playing, was going to tell you about how work went, yesterday: we had an inspection, and I came off rather well.

But one news item caught my ear.   It seems 12 Syrian refugees have drowned on the coast of Greece: apparently trying to get to Canada.

One was a little boy of three.

The little boy in the picture: who’d been with his family.   Apparently, his older brother, who was five, and his mother, also died.

His father survived.

I’m usually very cynical.

But that … 

Well … 

I can only offer my sympathies to the boy’s father.

A man trying his damnedest to get out of hell, and to somewhere safe … 

Only to lose the most precious things he has.

That’s not how life should go …

Either way … ?   That photo should encourage European governments to help those fleeing Syria as a result of its Civil War: AND the actions os Islamic State.

But my other thought?

Is “Who is showing this photo to the likes of Islamic State, and others fighting in the region.”

I think photographic evidence of what the fighting is doing won’t — won’t — stop it.

I can only hope it will make someone think … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring five 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) 3rd September, 1939, saw Great Britain declare war on Germany: after Germany invaded where?
Q2) Germany invaded in order to gain access to which city?
Q3) Britain declared war on Germany: in alliance with three other countries.   Name one of those allies.
Q4) Britain and its allies eventually became known as what?
Q5) Germany and its allies were collectively known as the what Powers?
Q6) Name either of Germany’s two main allies.
Q7) 3rd September, 1939 saw Britain and France blockade Germany.   Which of the allies armed forces would’ve carried out much of the blockade: their armies, navies or air-forces?
Q8) The period from September ’39 to the start of the Battle of France is known as what: the Phoney War, the Fake War or the Philistine’s War?
Q9) In which year was the Battle of France: 1940, 1941 or 1942?
Q10) Finally … roughly how many civilian deaths did Britain suffer, during World War 2: 67000, 77000 or 87000?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 2nd September, 1192, saw Richard 1st cosign the Treaty of Jaffa: hastening the end of the Third Crusade.   Which Islamic ruler co-signed the Treaty?
A1) Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb: better known, in the west, as Saladin.
Q2) 2nd September, 1901, saw the Vice President of the USA famously say “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”   Who WAS that Vice President?
Q3) 2nd September, 1945, saw which country declare its independence?
A3) Vietnam.
Q4) Jean Paul Akayesu was found guilty of nine counts of genocide: on 2nd September, 1998.   He’d been the mayor of a small town, and involved in the killings in which African country?
A4) Rwanda.
Q5) Finally … 2nd September is the feast day of Saint Agricola of Avignon.   He’s traditionally invoked, if you have which disease:  AIDS, the Black Death or Bubonic Plague?
A5) Bubonic Plague.   (Agricola is also the patron saint of storks.)
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“It is evil things that we will be fighting against—brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution—and against them I am certain that the right will prevail.”

Neville Chamberlain.
And some Vera … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        That’s a thought, Debbi, has news of that photo hit the US, yet … ?   (Oh, Saint Agricola, the patron saint of people suffering from Bubonic plague?   Is ALSO the patron saint of storks.   The phrase ‘well rounded’ seems appropriate …)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Quite a combo! :)

1. Poland
2. Danzig
3. France
4. the Allies
5. the Axis powers
6. Italy and Japan
7. navies
8. the Phoney War
9. 1940
10. 87000