Saturday, 3 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 3-6-2017

Hmmm … 

I usually don’t get political.

Well … usually … 

But I have noticed that Craig MacKinley, the Conservative candidate for South Thanet, has been charged — under The Representation of the People Act, 1983 — for over-spending during the 2015 Election.


I’m surprised.

Not by the charges: there’s always someone, and it always seems to be a Tory.

But I’m also thinking something else.

Any given election is a job interview.

You hire who you think is best for the job.

Most employers will happily take someone without a criminal record.

Some will — and some won’t — hire someone with a criminal record.   Depending on the employer, and the record.

I don’t think I know of any who would hire someone facing criminal charges.   After all, there’s a possibility that the potential employee will be leaving: if they’re imprisoned.

As I say, I’m surprised.

I know it means a lot of expense: in re-printing ballot papers, and re-running the postal vote.

But I have to ask why Craig McKinley is still standing as a candidate.

He’s faces charges: and the possibility of a one year prison sentence.

I think that — for this election — he should stand down.

A sitting MP going to prison?

Regardless of why?

Means the waste of a vote.

That’s undemocratic.


Let’s move on, shall we?

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

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 National Defense Act became law in the US: on 3rd June, 1916.   That act increased the size of what: the US Army, National Guard or Navy?
Q2) 130 people died at an air-crash at Orly Airport: on 3rd June, 1962.   Crash, and airport, were near which which French city: Paris, Marseille or Lyon?
Q3) 3rd June, 1906, saw the birth of singer, dancer and actress, Josephine Baker.   Baker found fame in the USA, and her adopted homeland.   Which European nation WAS her adopted home?
Q4) The Duke of Windsor married Wallace Simpson: on 3rd June, 1937.   Had he acceded the throne of the the UK, the Duke would’ve ruled under which name?
Q5) 3rd June, 1940, saw the end of the Battle of where?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) June 2nd, 1919, saw Anarchists set off bombs across the USA.   How many bombs?
A1) Eight.
Q2) Which jockey celebrated his seventh Derby victory on 2nd June, 1976?
Q3) The first papal visit to a communist country took place on 2nd June, 1979.   Which pope made the visit?
Q4) The UK’s first major televised event took place: on 2nd June, 1953.   Whose coronation was it?
A4) The Queen’s.
Q5) Finally … The Surveyor 1, first US probe to land on the Moon, did so on 2nd June of which year?
A5) 1966.
Here’s a tune … 

And a thought …
“I’m one of those rare breed of rock n’ rollers with a brain, probably because the brain’s still intact.”
Suzi Quatro, born 3rd May, 1950.
Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a good day!

*        Wish you’d commented, Trevor: would’ve been nice to have a photo linked to the page.

†        Her death gets scandalous, Olga.   Her last film, Brainstorm^, was delayed when the film studio closed the set after her death.   They tried to claim the cost of the film on the insurance, as a result of it.   It was only when the insurers — the insurers — told MGM they’d not be paying out, that MGM released the thing.

‡        I might just have to keep an eye open for the relevant UK and US release dates, next year, Debbi: I’m pretty sure I haven’t a Sgt Pepper set.   And Brainstorm’s^ an interesting film.   I think it’s the only one that (sort of) accurately predicted the future.

^        Basically, and so you know?   Natalie Woods died after finishing her part in the filming.   I think she had a couple of scenes to reshoot, and some overdubbing to do: but nothing that was drastically important.   At any rate, she died, after finishing the film, died, falling off a yacht, and no-where near the set when she died.   None the less, MGM tried claiming the insurance money.   Lloyds of London?   Told MGM where to go.   (The director, Douglas Trumball, gave up his directing career in disgust, and went back to special effects.)


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) National Guard
Q2) Paris
Q3) France
Q4) Edward VIII (He was king for a few months, wasn’t he? January to December 36 but had to abdicate. Oh well… Not sure how things would have gone with their sympathies)
Q5) Dunkirk
Fascinating stuff about Natalie Wood. I can't remember if I've watched the movie. I'll investigate

Debbi said...

I remember there was controversy surrounding Natalie Wood's death, but didn't know the details. Very sad.

1. the U.S. Army and National Guard -- see:
2. Paris
3. France (Viva la France!)
4. Edward VIII
5. Dunkirk