It HAS to be said, I’ve spent most of yesterday, running backwards and forwards.
Up and down Warley Hill, at least. It’s amazing what can happen, when you sudden news about early birthday pressies.
The practical upshot … ? Is that I now seem to own a couple of albums I didn’t have, until yesterday.
Amazing how the Yellow Magic Orchestra seems to have influenced the whole chip-tune scene …
Let’s move on, shall we … ? Before I point you at some …
Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers. Along with letting me know she’d got my comment, she also bagged 6 out of 6.
Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) 28th February, 1928, saw C. V. Ramanª discover the Raman Effect: the scattering, in liquids, of what: neutrinos, photons or tachyons … ?
Q2) 28th February, 1980, saw which Spanish region vote to become autonomous … ?
Q3) 28th February, 1935, saw Wallace Carothers invent Nylon. Whilst working for whom: Mexichem, DuPont or Texize … ?
Q4) 28th February, 1940, saw the first ever televised basketball game, between two university teams: at which New York venue … ?
Q5) And finally … 28th February, 1922, saw the UK declare which of its protectorates to be independent … ?
And here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 27th February, 2002, saw the death of Spike Milligan: which comedy team was he a member of … ?A1) The Goons.
Q2) Which of his characters in that show was ALSO a type of cake … ?A2) Eccles.
Q3) Which of Milligan’s books was released as a film, in 2002 … ?A3) Puckoon.
Q4) Who did Milligan famously described as a “groveling little bastard” … ?A4) Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.
Q5) Famously making a documentary about it, Milligan suffered from which mental health condition … ?A5) Bipolarity.
7Q6) And finally … in which Monty Python film did Milligan make a cameo appearance … ?A6) The Life Of Brian.
I’ll leave you with this quote from noted — and only mildly dodgy — ‘businessman’, Bugsy Siegalº …
“I have no axe to grind, but if these maggots in this so-called Mafia want to come after me, I'm over here by the Celtic Club. I'm not hard to find.”Bugsy Siegel, February 28, 1906 – June 20, 1947.
It’s ALSO the anniversary of the birth of Brian Jones: given that — according to Marianne Faithful — he’s supposed to have provided an early version of the melody, I’ll also leave you with this song from the Stones …
* I’m glad to have helped, Debbi … ! Oh … I managed to dug up some footage of Spike Milligan, when he got the Lifetime Achievement Award, a few years ago: when he famously USED that line. He — quite possibly — was one of the few people in the UK to get the reaction he did: from a room full of hardened comedy professionals.
º Well, he only got convicted for murder the once. I mean, it’s not like he made a habit of it … !
ª Which I always though was a type of Japanese noodle soup, but apparently not …