Monday, 1 February 2016

The Daily Teaser — 1-2-2016

You know, I don’t know if it’s a sign of the times … 

But Sir Terry Wogan’s died: as has actor, Frank Finley.

I’ve got to admit, that’s sad to hear: both are losses.

I don’t know that I could tell you if I’d seen Frank Finley in much — beyond an episode or two of Merlin, a few years ago — but know he was very well thought of.

As for Sir Terry … ?   I was never a listener, it has to be said.   But, having watched the Eurovision Song Contest, a few times?

I know the man’s wit left one hell of a mark.

They will both be sorely missed.


One other quick thing … ?

I’m not sure if it’s been fixed, as yet … but am very aware the Lincolnshire County Council recently got hit by ransomware.

My personal thinking … ?   Was that it wouldn’t happen if the council had been using Macs, or Linux based systems.   From the little I know, and have experienced, there’s less such malicious software aimed at the two operating systems: a lot less than at Windows.

But … ?   I’m also aware some of the BBC reports said that the attack started after the Council received what it described as a ‘rogue email.’

From the little I’ve read … ?   I’m guessing a convincing-looking phising email has got through Lincolnshire County Council’s spam filters: or that a staff member was looking in their spam folder for an email that may have been misdirected.

Either way, it’s been opened … someone’s clicked on an innocent looking link … and … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s teaser saw both Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both 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) 1st February, 2004, saw Janet Jackson — accidentally — expose a breast during the halftime show at the Superbowl.   It’s famously been referred to as a what malfunction?
Q2) More to the point, that year’s Superbowl was being held in which Texan city?
Q3) 1st February, 1968, saw a Viet Cong officer shot by the head of Saigon’s police.   During which war?
Q4) London’s tallest building, the Shard, was opened to the public: on 1st February, 2013.   Which media company is based in the Shard?
Q5) 1st February, 1915, saw the birth of footballer, Sir Stanley Matthews.   Name either of the football clubs he played for.   (Club sides, I should stress: in this case, the national side, England, doesn’t count.)
Q6) Finally … 1st February, 1984, saw the Chancellor announce which coin was to be withdrawn from circulation?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 31st January, 2010, saw a well known film become the first to earn over $2 billion.   Which James Cameron film was it?
A1) Avatar.
Q2) 31st January, 1990, saw the first McDonald’s opened in the USSR.  Which McDonald’s product contains a sauce similar to Thousand Island Dressing?
A2) The Big Mac.
Q3) The Van Allen belt was discovered: on 31st January, 1958.   The belt surrounds planet: Venus, Earth or Mars?
A3) Earth.
Q4) Norman Mailer was born: on 31st January, 1923.   He won a Pulitzer Prize for two of his books.   The Armies of the Night was one.   What was the other?
Q5) Finally … 31st January, 1983, saw British drivers legally obliged to start wearing what: crash helmets, seat belts or spectacles?


Nik Nak said...

Quite what’s happened there, I don’t know! But I seem to have been cut off in mid flow!!!!!!!

Here’s the bits of the day’s post: complete with the footnote replies I’ve left for Olga and Debbi

Q5) Finally … 31st January, 1983, saw British drivers legally obliged to start wearing what: crash helmets, seat belts or spectacles?
A5) <a href='">Seat belts</a>.

I’ll leave you with this quote …

 “The only reason they come to see me is that I know that life is great — and they know I know it.” Clark Gable, February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960.

And this tune … 

Have a good day.

*        Never had a Big Mac, Olga?   Possibly a good thing!   They’re not as bad as a kebab, but still … (I can still remember the inter Terry Wogan did with David Icke: strange bloke, David Icke … )

†        Oh, a lot of stuff the Who did worked well, Debbi: I still remember seeing the film version of <i>Tommy</i> … !

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Wardrobe malfunction
Q2) Houston
Q3) The Vietnam War
Q4) Al Jazeera
Q5) Stoke City and Blackpool
Q6) The Halfpenny (this was before my arrival in the UK. It seems they announced the pound note’s disappearance the same day)
Not sure why your replies to the previous post appear here, Paul. I did use to listen to Terry Wogan for many years and I've laughed a lot with him. He's also died at the same age my father died and a year and a few days to the date (and I suspect of a similar thing, as my father's cancer also took him very quickly and it started with aches and pains). So it all got on top of me yesterday.

Debbi said...

Great stuff, The Who! :)

1. wardrobe
2. Houston
3. the Vietnam War
4. Al Jazeera
5. Blackpool and Stoke City
6. the halfpenny