Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 23-5-2017

You know, I was going to tell you I’m back at work, today — I’m back at work, today — and tell you that I’d seen two more episodes of Mr Robot.

Great episode, by the way: the fact the main character uses the old cantenna trick to break into a wifi network, tickled me.

I was … 

But I’ve woken up, this morning … to find that, overnight, a bomb has gone off at the end of an Ariana Grande gig at the Manchester Arena, last night: killing twenty-two concert goers.

From what I read, it’s assumed to be a suicide bomber: that ISIS have claimed responsibility for.

Some of the dead are, I believe, Muslim.

Some are children. 

I’m … 


And rather surprised: here in the UK, we’ve been very lucky to have avoided the sort of attacks that have hit parts of France.

I’m also concerned: both for the safety of anyone missing, and for the safety of any of my Muslim co-workers.

As I’m sure some of my Irish friends will tell us, terrorist attacks generate a not just fear and terror … 

But a backlash* against those seen as ‘involved,’ somehow.


Right now … ?

Right now, I’m feeling … conflicted, to say the least.

I’m hoping a lot of things.

Chiefly?   That this has a minimal effect on the Election.

This sort of thing?

To the best of my knowledge, this sort of thing has never happened during an election.   I hope this has as little an effect on the General Election as possible.   But doubt it: someone will make political mincemeat of the thing.

I’m ALSO mildly angry.

The man that’s done this?   Has killed himself as part of the process.

The coward has taken his own life, and cannot be questioned about his motives, or face the law.

Yes, a coward.

I hope ISIS are listening.

The coward who ISIS claim has acted for them …

Has taken his own life rather than justify killing children.

There is never an excuse for killing kids.


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga† and Debbi‡ putting in there answers: scoring six out of six 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) The Federal Republic of Germany was founded: on 23rd May, 1949.   Was that country East or West Germany?
Q2) More to the point, what — in fact if not in law — was that Germany’s capital?
Q3) Emergency laws came into force in the UK: on 23rd May, 1966.   The laws dealt the problems caused after who went on strike: miners, seamen or firemen?
Q4) Which programming language was first released, on 23rd May, 1995: Java, Coca or Python?
Q5) Finally … 23rd May is World Turtle Day.   Are turtles water dwellers or land based?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 49: on 22nd May, 1949.   It ordered a cease fire, where: Palestine, Lebanon or Syria?
A1) Palestine.
Q2) The Yorkshire Ripper was convicted: on 22nd May, 1981.   Of killing how many women?
A2) Thirteen.
Q3) Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia, all joined the United Nations: on 22nd May, 1992.   Which Communist country had they been part of?
Q4) The very first Rugby World Cup tournament started: on 22nd May, 1987.   Was the tournament a Rugby League or Rugby Union contest?
A4) Union.
Q5) Finally … Ceylon adopted a constitution, became a republic and changed its name: on 22nd May, 1972.   What did it change its name to?
A5) Sri Lanka.
I’ll leave you with a thought …
“Whenever people reach out the hand of friendship towards me, I am not going to refuse that hand.”
Martin McGuinness, 23 May 1950 – 21 March 2017.
A song by Jewel … 

And a tune by Ariana Grande: just because … 

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

Have a good day.

*        I’m listening to the Today programme on Radio 4.   Presenter, Justin Webb, interviewing Tessa Jowell, the minister responsible for security during the 7/7 attacks … has just mentioned they is hate speech on various social media.   The coward responsible for the attack?   Will have a lot to answer for … 

†        Well … I think I’ll be having an OK week, Olga.   But, good lord, that’s not news to hear.   We have peace in Northern Ireland.   And then, someone does that … (Got the question corrected, Olga: cheers for that.   Hmmm … I might just need a researcher … … … … )

‡        Glad to be of help, Debbi!   Here’s hoping something comes of it.   Enjoy the time off, as well …  Say hi to Rick for me, please: and if you can play an Ariana Grande record, while you’re on the road …

1 comment:

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) West Germany
Q2) Bonn
Q3) Seamen
Q4) Java
Q5) Water dwellers (in British English. It seems that in American English all of them can be called turtles)
Terrible news indeed. I lived and worked in the outskirts of Manchester for around two years...