Sunday, 4 June 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 4-6-2017

Good lord … 

As I write … ?

As I write I know pine co-worker was off, last night.

As his wife was giving birth: to a daughter.

Congratulations to them … !

For me, that was some good news to hear.

When I got home, last night … ?

It was to the news that three men had driven a van down London Bridge, then got out and started stabbing people.

Six people were killed as a result.

What … the … actual … fuck … ?

How, on a night that sees something as simply beautiful as a birth happen, does a group of idiots manage to do something like this?

How, during Ramadan, which many in Britain are celebrating?

Does someone manage rationalise doing this?

How does someone manage to do this … ?

And manage — after the Manchester attacks —to interrupt British democracy and manage to cause at least one party to suspend campaigning.


God knows.

I certainly don’t.


Let’s move on.

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both 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) King Gyanendra ascended the throne: on 4th June, 2001.   After a massacre of the royal family of which country?
Q2) 4th June, 1968, saw the town of Dover announce it would start a cull of what: fish, birds or hedgehogs?
Q3) Which Literary prize was first awarded: on 4th June, 1917?
Q4) 4th June, 1919, saw the US Congress approve the Amendment to the Constitution: that allowed women the vote.   Which Amendment was it?
Q5) Finally … 4th June, 2010, saw the first flight of the Falcon Nine rocket.   Where was it launched from: Cape Canaveral, Silicon Valley or Woomera?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

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?
A1) The National Guard.
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?
A2) Paris.
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?
A3) France.
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?
A5) Dunkirk.
I’ll leave you with a song … 

And a thought …
“Because I’m the only actor who ever killed John Wayne in a picture, producers have pegged me for a villain.”
Bruce Dernª, born 4th June, 1936.
Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a nice day.

*        It’s worth a watch, Olga‡ª, I know that: it always stuck in my mind, because it sees the characters do stuff — chat, watch entertainment, introduce malware into an automated factory — over an computer connection.   At a time when the general public where just getting used to the idea of a computer, at home.   A computer: just having a computer indoors, back then, was eye-opening!   An internet connection was unheard of.   (And yes: Edward 8th was King for a while: but was never crowned, never formally named so.)

†        Sad is the least of it, Debbi^ª.   What I think happened?   Was that her and Brainstorm co-star, Christopher Walken finished Brainstorm: and she’s decided to invite Walken back to the boat for a beer or two, so he and Robert Wagner could meet, and they could mark finishing the film.   Somewhere along the line?   Everyone’s had more beer than they thought, and got into an argument.   And Natalie Woods angrily decided to go back home, back ashore.   Having had enough beer to make getting back into the dinghy extremely dangerous.   Beer and water don’t mix.   Brian Jones can tell us that …

‡        I don’t know if I mentioned it, Olga, but I did a set about CompuServe, the first company to offer an internet connection to the public, a short time before Brainstorm was supposed to be released.   That’s why the film stuck in my mind.   Chatting to someone over IRC, over the ’net?   Was REALLY radical.

^        Mysterious drownings, arguing Hollywood stars, drunken boat trips … What’s Sam up to, lately, Debbi … ?

ª        Ironically?   Brainstorm’s director was Douglas Trumbull: who’s only other film as director was Silent Running, starring Bruce Dern.   The fact  Trumbull gave up directing in disgust at MGM’s behaviour in handling Brainstorm?   Was another small part of the Natalie Woods tragedy.


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Nepal
Q2) birds
Q3) Pulitzer
Q4) 19th Amendment
Q5) Cape Canaveral
I hadn't heard about what had happened in London until I read your post. I disconnected the computer early yesterday and was, of all things, watching 'Howards End'. There are no words...
I remember Silent Runnings although I wouldn't mind watching it again. Douglas Turnbull seems to have been a great loss to directing and he was quite prescient... No, I didn't know about that. Amazing how much computer sciences have progressed...

Debbi said...

I'm working on a new series about an opioid-addicted female former Marine who's trying to kick her addiction and get a private eye license. In the meantime, she's operating as an unlicensed investigator. Sam is alive and well and waiting her turn. I have more than a few ideas for her stories. Especially with the Donald in charge! :-O

I think you might like Erica Jensen (the drug addicted investigator). She has a tart tongue that would give Sam a run for her money! :)

I'll be re-releasing the out-of-print Sam McRae novels. Hopefully sooner than later!

1. Nepal
2. birds
3. the Pulitzer Prize
4. the 19th
5. Cape Canaveral