Saturday, 18 February 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 18-2-2017

Did anyone catch Donald Trump’s big news conference on Thursday?

I caught some of it.

And have to admit, I turned over.   But occasionally went back, to see if he’d stopped.

I’m not a fan of politics.

But, usually?   I’ve noticed politicians usually try to say something: even if it’s something you couldn’t vote for.

I’m also very aware the man has won an election: and therefore can be said to be the legitimate leader of the US.

But that Thursday conference?

It struck me that that was a press conference: something usually done when you’ve got something to tell people.

Except … 

Well, it struck me that all Donald Trump had to say was “Hilary cheated.”

Despite the fact he won.

And “You guys are all lying about me!!!!!”

Which strikes me as sensible: accusing a room full of journalists of being liars, seems a good way of getting them to cooperate.   (That’s on top of getting your facts wrong: in front of a room full of internet connections.)

Oh, and “This administration is going well!!!!!!!!!”

This, despite the already reported back news his presidency faces: things like the travel ban being overturned, the delays in getting administration jobs posted, and various aides handing him free adverts.


I think the rally he’s planning to hold, today, is planned to appeal directly to his electorate.   And got me think ‘Nuremberg rally,’ the minute I heard of it.

It’s all show: masking little, or unpalatable, content.

I’m also thinking something else.

That Trmup is vaguely reminding me of George W Bush: who I only ever took seriously, after the 9/11 attacks.

Trump could possibly do his presidency a favour.   If he has to face — and react well to — his own version of 9/11.

I just hope so-called Islamic State have more sense.


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: scoring nine out of ten in the process.   The day ALSO saw Olga† leaving us a comment on this post.

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

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

Q1) 18th February, 1943, saw the Gestapo arrest members of Germany’s Resistance group.   The group was known as the White what movement?
Q2) The first Church of Scientology was opened: on 18th February, 1954.   In which US city?
Q3) 18th February, 2013, saw a major diamond heist take place.   At which city’s airport: London’s, Brussels or Rome’s?
Q4) 18th February, 1906, saw the birth of Hans Asperger.   The syndrome named for him is a type of what: dementia, autism or psychosis?
Q5) Which country became independent of the UK: on 18th February, 1965?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …

Q1) 17th February marks the birth of writer, Ruth Rendell.   In which year: 1929, 1930 or 1931?
A1) 1930.
Q2) In which part of London: South Woodford, Woodford Green or Woodford Wells?
A2) South Woodford.
Q3) Her best known detective character is Chief Inspector Reginald who:    Swinford, Tarbert or Wexford?
A3) Wexford.   (Five minutes with a list of Irish place names comes in handy, sometimes … )
Q4) The first book he appeared in was called From Doon with what: Love, hate or death?
A4) Death.
Q5) He also appeared in a 1983 Rendell novel, called The Speaker of Mandarin.   Mandarin is a version of which Eastern language: Japanese, Chinese or Thai?
A5) Chinese.   (In English, the word has also come to mean a a senior bureaucrat.)
Q6) The most recent novel featuring the Chief Inspector was ‘No Man’s Nightingale.’   The book was published in which year: 2012, 2013 or 2014?
A6) 2013.
Q7) Her most recent standalone novel was published in 2015.   It’s called ‘Dark …’ what: Holes, Corners or Pits?
A7) Dark Holes.
Q8) She also wrote ‘The St Zita Society.’   Saint Zita is a patron saint of whom: chefs, carpenters or maids?
A8) Maids.
Q9) Ruth Rendell wrote 14 novels under which pen name: Barbara James, Barbara Vine or Barbra Streisand?
A9) Barbara Vine.
Q10) Finally … Ruth Rendell was Baroness of Babergh.   Babergh is in which country: Sussex, Suffolk or Surrey?
A10) Suffolk.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“If you got the job in the first place mainly because you look nice, I can’t see why you should keep it when you don’t.”
Michael Buerk, born, 18 February 1946.
And this song …

Have a good day.

*        Lord knows where the word comes from, Debbi!   (Enjoy the package.   Oh, I found the DVD on the US branch of Amazon.   Joanna Lumley and David McCallum, you know: I can still remember seeing him in The Invisible Man, back in the day … !)

†        You know, Olga, I’m going to have to pencil Casablanca and Nosferatu in at some point!   In between working and writing!


trev-v said...

a1 Rose

a2 Los Angeles

a3 Brussels

a4 autism

a5 The Gambia

"Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star."

Paul Dirac

Debbi said...

So many movies and books, so little time! :)

BTW, I think I answered #7 correctly. Don't worry--I won't flounce! :)

1. Rose
2. Los Angeles
3. Brussels
4. autism
5. The Gambia