Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Daily Teaser — 28-4-2016

Hmmm … 

I’ve got to make a confession, I had the day off, yesterday: ill.

With the usual intense stomach cramps.

I think I didn’t actually help myself, by walking to work.

Believe it or not, the walk up Warley Hill occasionally helps.

It didn’t yesterday: My guts didn’t actually calm down, until about four-ish.

After I’d had an emergency appointment with my doctor’s practise nurse, who prescribed a little something for me.

Which turns out to ALSO be handy for Irritable Bowel syndrome!



On other fronts … ?

I’m doing what I usually do, at this time of the morning: listening to Radio 4’s Today programme.

They’s had a piece on, telling us that the BBC is planing to work with Netflix, on a remake of Watership Down.

That’s — apparently — planned to be ‘less disturbing’ than the original.

Hmm … 

I don’t how to feel about that.

The scary bits are part of what made the original so memorable … 


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: scoring five out of five in the process.   It also saw Olga† leaving us a comment, while her windows are replaced.

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

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video

Q1) Astronomer, Jan Oort, was born on 28th April, 1900.   One object named after him — 1691 Oort — is a what: meteor, asteroid or comet?
Q2) 28th April, 1994, saw Aldrich Ames plead guilty to spying: for whom?
Q3) 28th April, 1986, saw the Soviet Union admit there had been a nuclear accident … where?
Q4) 28th April, 2001, saw who launched into space?
Q5) Finally … Lieutenant William Bligh — along with 18 members of his crew — were set adrift: on 28th April, 1789.   After a mutiny … on where?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 27th April, 1810, saw the composition of Für Elise.   Who composed Für Elise?
A1) Ludwig van Beethoven.
Q2) 27th April, 1992, saw Betty Boothroyd elected as the first female Speaker of the House of Commons.   Who’s the current Speaker?
A2) John Bercow, MP.   (Whenever I saw John Bercow in action at PMQ’s, he always makes me think of Betty Boothroyd.   Both always seemed — or seem — to be ready to haul off an MP and clump them.   Michael Martin always seemed far more civilised …)
Q3) 27th April, 1906, saw the first meeting of the State Duma.   The Duma was the parliament of which now gone empire?
A3) Imperial Russia’s.
Q4) 27th April, 1976, saw the birth of actress, Sally Hawkins.   In which 2010 film did she play Rita O’Grady?
A4) Made In Dagenham.
Q5) Finally … Pripyat was evacuated: on 27th April, 1986.   In the wake of an explosion at a nuclear power station, where: Moscow, Chernobyl or Vladivostok?
A5) Chernobyl.
I’ll leave you with this thought, from the late Sir Terry …
“It’s that moment, that brief epiphany when the universe opens up and shows us something, and in that instant we get just a sense of an order greater than Heaven and, as yet at least, beyond the grasp of Stephen Hawking.   It doesn’t require worship, but, I think, rewards intelligence, observation and enquiring minds.   I don’t think I’ve found God, but I may have seen where gods come from.”
Sir Terry Pratchett, 28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015.
And this tune … 

Have a good day … 

*        They’re SF icons, aren’t they, Debbi?   I can’t help but think those outfits must have been uncomfortable, though!   (As far as I can tell, it’s ALSO why the BBC redesigned the Daleks: the bronze ones are about 5’4” tall: and very cramped for the operators.)

†        William H. Macy, William H. Macy … I know that name from somewhere, Olga, hang on … Hmmm … I think I’m thinking of the Macy’s department store in New York: I’ve just had a look at his filmography, and missed ALL of them!  (Oh, apparently, he voiced Brian the Snail in the movie version of The Magic Roundabout‡.)

‡        My mum once went for dinner with a couple of old friends: one of whom was a native Swedish speaker.   For some reason, they got talking about The Magic Roundabout.   Mum’s friend … ? Mum’s friend managed to mispronounce Dougal’s French name: and, apparently, managed, in a crowded restaurant, to ask if that was the series with Bollocks the Dog.   One utter silence later … … … 


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Asteroid
Q2) Soviet Union and later Russia
Q3) Chernobyl
Q4) Dennis Tito the first space tourist
Q5) The Bounty
William H. Macy has been on quite a few things including Fargo, Pleasantville and the American version of Shameless (he's the father...)
I've never watched the new version of the Magical Roundabout but watching the old one as an adult is quite an experience.

Debbi said...

Imagine playing R2D2! :)

1. asteroid
2. the Soviet Union and Russia
3. Chernobyl
4. Dennis Tito
5. HMS Bounty