Friday, 14 April 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 14-4-2017: First Flight

Well, finally … 

That most precious of things I have — a day off — was something I managed to use.

Or spend, at any rate.

Look, I had yesterday off: and got paid a day early.

And … ?

Did laundry.   Made videos.   Wrote teasers.

And finally got to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

And loved it it.

But it’s the one film I’ve seen that gets me wanting a bigger telly!


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring 10/10 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) 14th April saw the launch of the first Space Shuttle mission.   It was known as STS … what?
Q2) STS stood for Space Transportation … what?
Q3) The flight pilot was Robert L. who?
Q4) Captain John Young was the mission … what?
Q5) The ‘shuttle,’ itself, is technically called the what: orbiter, ovoid or onomatopoeia?
Q6) Which of those shuttles was involved in this first flight: the Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour.
Q7) The mission was launched from the John F. Kennedy Space Centre.   The Space Centre is in which US state?
Q8) The first launch had two Extravehicular Mobility Units on board.   These allowed the crew to do what: use the space toilet, do a space walk or play golf?
Q9) Robert McCall designed which part of this first mission?
Q10) Finally … The launch was on 12th April … of which year of the 1980s?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 13th April saw Tiger Woods win the Masters Tournament.   The Tournament is held at which course?
Q2) Tournament, course, and Tiger himself, are in — or from — which country?
A2) The USA.
Q3) Tiger’s first win was in which year of the 1990s?
A3) 1997.
Q4) When did Tiger LAST win the Masters?
A4) 2005.
Q5) As part of his prize, Tiger would’ve won what colour jacket?
A5) A green one.
Q6) There’s only one player to have won the Masters six times.   Who is he?
A6) The Bear, himself: Jack Nicklaus.
Q7) Tiger, himself, has won the tournament four times.   The only other player to have done this, is Arnold … who?
A7) Arnold Palmer.
Q8) Who, at the time of writer was the last British winner of the Masters?   (6th April, 2017)
A8) Danny Willett, last year.   (As I write this, the 2017 tournament was one by Sergio Garcia.)
Q9) The Masters is one of four Major Golf Tournaments.   Name one of the other three.
A9) The US Open, the Open Championship or the PGA Championship.
Q10) Finally … who was the 2016 Masters Champion?
I’ll leave you with an observation …
“On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts have a test pilot background - the commander and the pilot.”
Sally Ride.
And an appropriate (ish) song … 

Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a good day.

*        Yeah, it was one of those, wasn’t it, Olga … ?   Just don’t ask about going to work on Wednesday.   Someone decided to jump in front of the train I was due take.   I’m sympathetic: I’ve suffered with depression for many years, and had suicidal thoughts.   But it left me very angry.   And feeling more sympathy for my fellow passengers, delayed as I was, and the station staff having to deal with the situation.   AND the driver.   It turns out he was back after medical leave.   After someone jumped in front of the last train he was driving.   At ANY rate … ?   My main hard-drive’s quiet: for now.   And I’ve got a plan in place that can deal with it’s failure.   I’m just grateful I’ve got that back up drive.

†        Now, there’s a couple of phrases, Debbi.   I don’t think I’ve heard either for a while, to be honest.   I think fag dropped out of fashion a few years ago: as I recall, most of us going a cigarette break were as or more likely to say they’re be going for a smoke, than having a fag.   Or, and poofter?   Bloody hell, there’s: I don’t think I’ve heard that for a while.   I think poof’s more frequent,  and poofter’s more often used in Australia, than the UK.   The one term of sexually derived abused I’ve noticed?   Would be nonce: old term for child abuser …   (I seem to recall bacon was the associated bit of rhyming slang‡: bacon, short for bacon bonce, rhyming slang for nonce.)

‡        Most of the time, people seem to use the non-rhyming bit of the rhyming slang term.   And I think a lot of kids — especially in big inner cities — tend to not necessarily use older form of slang.   They’d use a lot picked up from Jamaican slang.


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) 1
Q2) System
Q3) Crippen
Q4) Commander
Q5) orbiter
Q6) Columbia
Q7) Florida
Q8) Do a space walk
Q9) The artwork for the insignia
Q10) 1981
Terrible indeed for the driver. I'm a psychiatrist and have seen my share of people with suicidal thoughts and lost some patients to it. I started my training in Eastbourne and there it was common for people to jump off Beachy Head (a beautiful place. I suggested they should put A&E at the bottom of the cliff). We always had people coming from all over the place too. And several of the patients went that way (I also met a couple who survived the fall. I guess they jumped from the wrong place and a ledge broke the fall. It was curious because one of them, who suffered from schizophrenia, improved remarkably afterwards. Still ill but more responsive to medication. Not a recommended method of treatment, I hasten to add). That method didn't involve anybody else, though, but I know how people who are in the depths of depression can't see or think about anything else. It's the darkest of nights, indeed.
I saw your comments about fags... It might depend on where people are from. In particular with patients there were many still calling them fags, although mostly not the young patients.
Not sure if you saw my message on Twitter, but good luck and enjoy your day off.

Debbi said...

Thanks for the update, Paul! All I have to go by here is Monty Python. Old stuff! :)

1. 1
2. System
3. Crippen
4. Commander
5. orbiter
6. Columbia
7. Florida
8. do a spacewalk
9. the official mission insignia
10. 1981

I remember watching the Columbia (after it's first mission) land. It was displayed on a huge TV screen in the Student Union at University of Maryland. So thrilling! Back in the days before online streaming, etc. :)