Thursday, 14 July 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 14-7-2016: Bastille Day

Right … 

Looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me, today: catching up with the Teasers — and the appropriate videos — after a week that’s been … busy.

Not least yesterday, I should add.

I had an interview in London.

Which I was worried about, frankly.

The interview was in Southwark, on London Underground’s Jubilee Line.   And — me being me — I got off at Liverpool Street.

Which, as it turns out WASN’T … !

More fool me!

The upshot?   Was it only took twenty minutes to get from Liverpool Street to Southwark: a lot less than Google Maps said it would.

Which means I got to the interview an hour early.


At any rate?   The event went well enough.   But I won’t know until I hear back, if I’ve got a second interview.

Here’s hoping!


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Mr Strict*, Olga† and Debbi‡ putting in their answers: with all three scoring five out of five.

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

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

Q1) 14th July is Bastille Day: the French national day.   It marks the storming of the Bastille: on 14th July of which year?
Q2) The Bastille, itself, was a fortress and prison: in which French city?
Q3) The Storming, itself, took place, during the French … what?
Q4) That event overthrew the French king.   Who WAS that king?
Q5) Finally … France has traditionally held a military parade on Bastille Day: on the Champs-Élysées.   It started, when: 1879, 1880 or 1881?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 13th July, 1962, saw Harold Macmillan — Britain’s then PM — fire seven members of his Cabinet.   In a reshuffle known as the Night of the Long … what?
A1) Knives.
Q2) 13th July, 1527, saw the birth of Dr John Dee.   He was an advisor to which English monarch?
Q3) 13th July, 1942, saw the birth of actor, Harrison Ford.   In which film does he play Rick Deckard?
Q4) Two years later, 13th July, 1944, saw the birth of Ernő Rubik: inventor of Rubik’s Cube.   He invented the Cube, whilst working as a Professor of what?
Q5) Finally … 13th July, 1993, saw officials in Manchester get approval.   To apply for what?
A5) The 2000 Olympic Games.   The Games were eventually held in Sydney.
I’ll leave you with this wish …
“Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!”
The French National Anthem … 

And a couple of extremely French tunes … 

Enjoy your day.

*        Welcome back on boar, Mr S^: how IS the day?

†        I think it went well, Olga^: although I won’t know until I hear!   (You’ve got stones in your head?   There’s possibly an app for that! :D At ANY rate?   I seem to recall reading — somewhere! — that that’s how shrunken heads were made.)

‡        I’m just hoping I get called back for a second interview, Debbi^: the company concerned is notoriously picky.

^        An Englishman, a South African, a Spaniard and an American read a blog post to mark a French national holiday.   Has any one got a punchline?   In German?


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Although I'm studying German with Duolingo, according to it I've only learned 47% (I wish!) and we don't seem to have got to the jokes yet (99.999999% perhaps?) so I won't be of help in that matter. On the other hand I must admit I've always liked the Marseillaise, that as national anthems go I find it does what it says on the tin (I can't say I like many of them. I'm definitely not fond of the Spanish one and well... I'll keep my mouth shut but most are quite pompous)
Q1) 1789
Q2) Paris
Q3) Revolution
Q4) Louis the XVI
Q5) 1880
Oh, good luck! The London Underground... I love it but I sometimes contemplate the map as if it was an abstract painting. I've found that most of these things always estimate that people walk really slowly...

Debbi said...

I don't but, "Viva la France!" :)

1. 1789
2. Paris
3. Revolution
4. Louis XVI
5. 1880