Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 28th November, 2017.

Oh … 

It’s officially official.

Prince Harry has got engaged to actress, Meghan Markle.

Good for them: the wedding, next spring, will make for something cheerful.

I can still remember seeing this letter from the Prince’s press: about how Ms Markle faced a lot of flack during their relationship, some of an racist nature.

And will possibly face more.

Even though — having worked in pubs for many years — am very aware there’s some pub customers who will be making comments.

The sort who I know for a fact think Enoch was right, and Hitler, too soft.

Not views I agree with, I should add.

I still think think to judge a person on their ethnicity is simply wrong: and hope it stops.


I’m ALSO aware that that I watched Casablanca, last night.

It’s a fantastic film.

But I’ noticed — and was shocked by — one thing.

When we’re introduced to Ingrid Bergman’s character, it’s when she and her husband walk into Rick’s Café, she recognises Sam: as her ex-lover’s band leader and pianist.

And, to confirm her suspicions?

Turns around and to ask a waiter about the African American man on the piano: by saying “Who’s the boy playing the piano?”

That caught my attention.   The term ‘boy’ was used for a long time by many in the US: as a way of describing African American men.

One that’s not used‡, these days, as, understandably, a lot of black people object.

But it does shows you times have changed: hopefully for the better.

But I fully expect my black readers to say something!


Let’s move on, shall we?

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

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 director of the short film, Coward, was born on 28th November, 1987.   Which Jumanji star is that director?
Q2) Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto was publicly on 28th November, 1811.   It’s also know as the what concerto?
Q3) Albania declared its independence: on 28th November, 1912.   From where: the Russian Empire, France or the Ottoman Empire?
Q4) 28th November, 1967, saw two astronomers discover PSR B1919+21.   The object is a what: quasar, pulsar or enigma?
Q5) Finally … 28th November, 1904, saw the birth of writer, Nancy Mitford.   Her best known work was Love in a Cold … what?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) 27th November saw the birth of actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee.   What was his birth name?
A1) Lee Jun-fan.   
Q2) In which year?
A2) 1940.
Q3) Bruce was born in which US city?
Q4) He was brought up in Kowloon.   Kowloon is in which autonomous Chinese area?
A4) Hong Kong.
Q5) Lee’s best known TV appearances — in the US and Kowloon — were in which 1966 series?
Q6) Lee taught a version of Kung Fu: whilst living in which S?
A6) Seattle.
Q7) His versions of Kung Fu — Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do — were based on one called what?
A7) Wing Chun.
Q8) One of Lee’s best known feature films was The Big Boss.   What’s the film’s other title?
A8) Fists of Fury.   Although it was ALSO due to be released as The Chinese Connection: which eventually went unused.
Q9) Way of The Dragon was released in China in 1972.   It was released in the US, as what?
Q10) Finally … What’s the name of Lee’s best known film?
Here’s a thought …
“Motown was about music for all people - white and black, blue and green, cops and the robbers. I was reluctant to have our music alienate anyone.”
Berry Gordy, born November 28, 1929.
And a song … 

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

Have a good day.

*        Fair enough, Olga: say hello to your mother for us!

†        My pleasure, Debbi!   Oh, I saw Casablanca: fantastic film, with a bombshell!

‡        At least it’s not used deliberately: as far as I know

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Yes, I'm afraid many of the classic films would not pass modern muster when it comes to racial issues.

I'm sure they didn't intend to be demeaning. Racism was so entrenched in our society, sadly, that I'm sure no one gave the term "boy" a second thought.

1. Karen Gillan
2. Emporer
3. the Ottoman Empire
4. pulsar
5. Climate

The movie does have SO many classic lines!

"Round up the usual suspects!"
"Here's looking at you, kid."
"I'm shocked ... shocked ... to find there's gambling going on in here!"
"I stick my neck out for nobody."
"Louie. This may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship." (Or words to that effect.)