Friday, 22 July 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 22-7-2016

Imagine, if you will … 

Which sounds just a little … you know … over the top … 

Now I come to see it written down.

But do this for me.

Imagine a lawnmower.

Now rig it up, so you can drive it, through remote control.

Now … ?   Cover it it spikes.

Add a couple of axes.

And flippers.

And buzz saws.

And more spikes.

And possibly some sort of machine gun: which is the only time I’d suggest that.

Now … 

Add some more spikes.

Now you’ve done that?

Point it at the other guys lawn-mower.

Yes.   You’re right.

Robot Wars is back: on BBC 2, at 8 o’clock on Sunday, 24th July.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to it!


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring four 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) Jean Charles de Menezes was shot, on 22nd July, 2005.   De Menezes was shot, fleeing police at which London Underground station: Shepard’s Bush, Snaresbrook or Stockwell?
Q2) Alexander McKenzie reached the Pacific Ocean: on 22nd July, 1793.   After a transcontinental crossing of which country?
Q3) A British Crown Colony became self governing, on 22nd July, 1963.   Which colony: Sarawak, Tasmania, or Labuan?
Q4) 21st July, 1934, saw a noted bank robber shot outside the Biograph Theatre in Chicago.   Which bank robber?
Q5) Finally … the capital of New York was chartered: on 22nd July, 1686.   Which city IS the capital?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 21st July, 1951, saw the birth of actor and comedian, Robin Williams.   In which 1978 series did he play an alien?
A1) Mork and Mindy.   (Although the character originally appeared in a 1978 episode of Happy Days called My Favourite Orkan: either answer’s correct.)
Q2) 21st July, 1914, saw which country decide to remain neutral, during World War 1?
A2) Romania.   (Hmmm … LOOKS like the relevant entry on Wikipedia’s been moved.   Given one entry on Romanian history says the declaration was in August, and that — by the look of it — that there’s two different dates given for another event, I’m assuming it’s been moved, and moved because of the differences between the Gregorian calendar, and whatever one Romania was using at the time.)
Q3) 21st July, 1954, saw a conference decide to partition Vietnam into North and South Vietnam: at the end of the First Indo-chine War.   The two countries are now called what?
A3) Cộng hòa Xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam: or, in English, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.   But I’ll just take Vietnam!
Q4) The HMS Hermes arrived back in port: on 21st July, 1982.   It arrived back, after taking part in the Falkands War.   Which port did it arrive at?
Q5) Finally … 21st July, 1899, saw the birth of Ernest Hemingway.   Which of his novels features Robert Jordan, a fighter in the International Brigades?
A5) For Whom The Bell Tolls.   (Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, was another book about an author’s experiences in the war.)
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“If England are going to win this match, they’re going to have to score a goal.”
Jimmy Hill, 22 July 1928 – 19 December 2015.
And this tune …

Have a good day.

*        Del Toro does seem to like hiring ron Perlman, doesn’t he, Olga?   He used him again in Hellboy and Hellboy 2.   (Personally?   I’m convinced they based the villain in Hellboy 2 on Elric.)

†        Did you mean the Big Finish audio plays, Debbi?   Or some of the lost episodes‡ they’ve released as audio books?   I don’t think I’ve ever got into them, to be frank: but they SHOULD be on Amazon or iTunes in the US, under ‘Audiobooks.’

‡        That link takes you to the Wikipedia entry on the audio versions of the lost episodes, Debbi.   MIGHT just have To see if I can dig them up, myself.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Not entirely sure. I think probably the former, since they were like radio (I think) rather than audiobooks.

I can't help but notice that "The Avengers" is on there! :)

1. Stockwell
2. Mexico
3. Sarawak
4. John Dillinger (just saw this movie recently)
5. Albany