Thursday, 27 October 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 27-10-2016

Well … 

Well, what, I hear you ask … ?

Well, I’m tired, I’d have to reply.

I think missing my alarm, yesterday was annoying … 

Buy also mildly beneficial: it meant I got some more sleep.

Saying that … ?

I was up relatively late.

Watching a film, believe it or not.

I don’t know if you say the first one?

But The Conjuring 2 really is worth catching.

But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: scoring four out of five in the process.

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

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

Q1) 27th October saw the birth of Dylan Thomas.   In which country of the UK?
Q2) As a result, Dylan Thomas was what: English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh?
Q3) He spoke, and wrote in, which language?
Q4) What was his middle name?
Q5) Thomas was born in which city of the UK?
Q6) His most famous work was originally going to be called ‘The Town that went Mad’: originally written and performed as a radio drama.   We know it as what?
Q7) According to a Thomas poem first published in 1933, death shall have no … what?
Q8) Thomas once wrote a script for a 1948 film: directed by Daniel Birt.   The film was called The Three Weird … what?
Q9) Thomas died in which US city?
Q10) Finally … in which year was Dylan Thomas born?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 26th October, 1921, saw the opening of the Chicago Theatre.   The Theatre is a historic cinema: in which US city?
A1) Chicago.   (You thought it was in New York?)
Q2) Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowned as Emperor of Iran: on 26th October, 1967.   The actual title he held was?
A2) Shah: or Shāhanshāh, if you wish to be accurate.
Q3) The first electricity generator at the Hoover Dam went into operation.   On 26th October of which year?
A3) 1936.
Q4) The UK’s Football Association was formed: on 26th October, 1863.   The version of football it regulates is, technically, called what?
Q5) Finally … 26th October is the feast day — in the Anglican Church — of King Alfred the Great.   Technically, he was King of where: Sussex, Wessex or Essex?
A5) Wessex.
I’ll leave you with this …
“The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps in the works of the poem so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash, or thunder in. The joy and function of poetry is, and was, the celebration of man, which is also the celebration of God.”
Dylan Thomas, Poetic Manifesto.
And this … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        I’ve never actually heard the thing, Debbi: but Radio 4 did a version, a few years ago: complete with Harry Enfield as Dirk.   Possibly worth checking to see if it’s on the US Amazon.   Plus, of course, there’s always the unfinished Dr Who story, Shada: written by Douglas Adams.   Adams used elements — well … huge great chunks — of the former as the basis of the latter. Reg is a direct lift.   I believe much of the Dr’s dialogue was what turned into Dirk … (Oh, technically, it’s Association football.   ‘Soccer’ is a nickname: that actually comes from Oxford University … )

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Ah! I learn something new here all the time! :)

1. Wales
2. Welsh
3. English
4. Marlais
5. Swansea
6. Under Milk Wood
7. dominion
8. Sisters
9. New York City
10. 1914

Great poem by Dylan Thomas! :)