Friday, 7 April 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 7-4-2017

You know, I was going to open by telling you I’d watched The Girl With All the Gifts, last night.

Fantastic little film, I should add.

If I’ve understood what I’ve been told by friends who’ve served in the army?   British military doctrine holds that one should only use one — one — bullet per enemy soldier.

You only need one bullet, if you’re doing your job properly.

And it’s cheaper in ammo.


When I’ve woken up, this morning, and switched on the radio.

I’m aware that, a few days ago, the Syrian government ordered a chemical weapons on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, a few days ago.

In response, the US has launched a missile attack last night: on the airfield they say launched the chemical attack.   With, I should add, the support of the UK and Australian governments.

Right now?

I’m a mix of emotions.

I’m as horrified as any of us, seeing children killed in the initial attack.

As they have been in many such actions, before now.

To an extent?   I can understand a US president wanting to take action as a result.

If my nephew, Jude, was in that crowd of children hit in the attack?

Well … 

On the other hand?

I’m very aware I’m not the US president.

That some people’s actions have serious repercussions.

9/11 had repercussions.

That chemical attack has brought down reprisals from the US.

I fell the response from the US Government, its military attack?

Could be as world changing as 9/11‡.


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Michelle* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with Michelle scoring nine out of ten, and Debbi bagging ten.

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

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

Q1) 7th April, 2009, saw protest erupt: against apparently fraudulent elections.   The protests were in which former Soviet country: Moldova, Lithuania or Uzbekistan?
Q2) 7th April, 1999 saw the World Trade Organization issued a ruling: in favour of the USA.   The ruling concerned the USA’s trade dispute with the EU.   About what: computer parts, bananas or petrol?
Q3) The Mars Odyssey Probe started: on 7th April, 2001.   The probe launched in which year?
Q4) Will Keith Kellogg was born on 7th April, 1860.   His company’s most famous products were toasted what?
Q5) Finally … 7th April, 1920, saw the birth of Ravi Shankar.   Which musical instrument did he play?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 6th April saw ABBA win Eurovision.   In which year of the 1970s?
A1) 1974.
Q2) Where were the band from: Norway, Sweden or Denmark?
A2) Sweden.   (Althought Ani-Frid — the brunette — is Norwegian.)
Q3) Where was the contest held, that year: Brighton, Bristol or Birmingham?
A3) Brighton.
Q4) The band’s name was an acronym: with each letter representing one of the members.   Name one of the members.
A4) Singer, Agnetha Fältskog, songwriter and guitarist, Björn Ulvaeus, writer and keyboard player, Benny Andersson and singer, Anni-Fryd Lyngstad.
Q5) The band’s winning song was called Waterloo.   The song takes its name from the Battle of … where … ?
A5) The Battle of Waterloo.   (OK … Who said the Battle of Jenkins’ Ear … ?)
Q6) The song also featured on ABBA’s second album.   What was that LP called: Ring Ring, Waterloo or ABBA?
A6) Waterloo.
Q7) The song, itself, reached which number in the UK Charts?
A7) Number 1.
Q8) The band’s next UK Top Forty hit —I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do — got to where: 37, 38 or 39?
A8) 38.
Q9) There’s been a musical — both on stage and on film — named after one ABBA song.   Which ABBA song?
A9) Mamma Mia.
Q10) Finally … what was the name of ABBA’s last UK number one?
A10) The Winner Takes It All.   (Purely as a matter of personal opinion?  I think it’s the best thing they ever did.)
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Thank you, if you appreciate the tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing more.”
Ravi Shankar, 7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012.
And a song … 

Have a good day.

*        Morning, Michelle!   Nice to see we can dig up a music fan!

†        That it is, Debbi!   Oh … there’s news doing the round that Pearl Mackie is to leave after one season.   And that John Simm is due to pay a return visit.   The old Yiddish phrase … ?   Is ‘Oy veh’ …

‡        The Today programme, BBC Radio Four’s premier current events programme, has informed us that Russia has stated it believes the US bombing was a pre-prepared responses.   And that they are to end US/Russian airforce co-ordination in Syria.   A) Events are escalating as we speak.   B) World War Three has always been science fiction for most of my life.   I can only hope the US actions, overnight, don’t turn World War Three into history.


Debbi said...

You and me both, Paul, on the World War III front. Fingers crossed! :)

1. Moldova
2. bananas
3. 2001
4. cornflakes or corn flakes
5. sitar

Nik Nak said...

You can find the answer to today’s questions, here