Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 8-2-2017: Midnight at the Rue Jules Verne

Did I mention I’ve a friend and neighbour, called Faye?

Lovely woman, Faye: and usually good for a tip of two about an interesting horror movie.

Faye’s got a kid sister called Lorna, who work’s at a London-based charity called Ability Bow.

The charity’s purpose?   Is the gym it runs for the disabled: that enables those with disabilities, and serious physical health conditions to get back on their feet, sooner.

Like most charities?   Ability Bow has a website, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed … 

Ands a shortage of funds.

Which is why Lorna, much to her pleasure, found herself plastered all over the BBC’s London news, yesterday.

Both at one-thirty and six-thirty.

They’re facing closure inside of eight weeks, if they don’t.

Personally?   I’ve been teasing her relentlessly: she’s now a singer, dancer, actress, model, page 3 stunna, charity campaigner, origami specialist … and doing all of this with one hand tied behind her back, whilst defeating Evil Harry Dread.

All teasing aside?

I’m thinking if a charity’s made the local news?

Especially one that someone I know’s involved with?

The least I can do is mention it: and point everyone at Ability Bow’s donation page.


You’ll be doing a good cause a favour.


Let’s move on, shall we?

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

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s Jules Verne^ themed questions, shall we?

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

Q1) Jules Verne was born on 8th February: of which year?
Q2) Which country was he from: Switzerland, France or Canada?
Q3) Around the World in Eighty Days was written by Verne.   Who was the central character?
Q4) Verne’s publishers released Journey to the Centre of the Earth in which year of the 1860s?
Q5) Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was made into a movie with James Mason.   In which year was that movie released?
Q6) Finally … Verne is regarded as one of the fathers of science fiction.   Along side H. G. Wells: and which Hugo?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) Disney’s second full length animated movie premiered on 7th February.   Of which year?
A1) 1940.
Q2) What WAS the film?
A2) Pinocchio.
Q3) 7th February, 1962, saw the USA ban imports from which country: the USSR, China or Cuba?
A3) Cuba.
Q4) Mississippi certified the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution: on 7th February, 2013.   This finally meant WHAT was abolished in the US?
A4) Slavery.   (There’s possibly a lot that could be said, there … )
Q5) Finally … The Maastrict treaty was signed: on 7th February, 1992.   What did the treaty formalize: the African Union, the European Union or the UN Atomic Energy Commission?
A5) The European Union.
Here’s a thought …
“Les poëtes sont comme les proverbes : l’un est toujours là pour contredire l’autre.”
(Translation: “Poets are like proverbs: you can always find one to contradict another.”)
From The Survivor of the Chancellor, by Jules Verne.
And something of a … you know … tune … !

Here’s the link to Ability Bow’s donation page, again … 

Have a good day …

*        You know, I could swear I’ve seen William H. Macy in something, Olga: but apart from this uncredited appearance in WarGames?   There’s not a thing!!  Joe Mantegna, on the other hand?   I can at least say I’ve seen him in The Godfather Pt iii!   (Best gangster film Andy Garcia ever did … ?   Was Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead.)

†        I think, Trevor, we can safely say Japan’s had a few more!   There’s been a couple, today

‡        Ha!   Debbi, it’ll possibly happen when Trevor bags a smart phone!   (I mean, it’s not like there’s not a few good deals on Android jobs!)

^        Just so everyone knows?   I lifted today’s title — ‘Midnight at the Rue Jules Verne’ — from William Gibson’s Neuromancer.


trev-v said...

It seems strange that I gave the same answers as the other 2 but got 1 point less.

Well that is 1 less person answering your questions.

Nik Nak said...

Sorry, Trevor!`

But, play fair, I HAVE managed to correct it for you!

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1828
Q2) France
Q3) Phileas Fogg
Q4) 1864
Q5) 1954
Q6) Hugo Gernsbacher
Haven't you watched Fargo? He's also played in millions of things, including American Shameless, Pleasantville, Magnolia (he's the guy who used to win all quizzes as a child). Boogie Nights, Happy, Texas, Seabiscuit, Thank You For Smoking... I'd be surprised if you haven't seen him on anything, really. You're missing a treat. (I saw him playing Teach from American Buffalo at the Donmar Warehouse many years back and have his autograph. Fabulous)

Debbi said...

Oh, Trevor. Don't pout! :)

1. 1828
2. France
3. Phileas Fogg
4. 1864
5. 1954
6. Hugo Gernsback

Interesting about the title. I'd forgotten. :)