So it’s done …
The last surviving Moors Murderer, Ian Brady, has died in Ashworth Secure Hospital: at the age of 79.
We can honestly say that’s …
The man who, with his partner, Myra Hindley, committed some the the most notorious crimes in British history — and there’s few worse than the killing and torture of children — is dead.
I’m glad he didn’t die as a result of the palliative care being withdrawn.
It’s taken me a while to come around to the idea of assisted dying: but still don’t support the idea of a death sentence, even for someone like Brady.
Withdrawing that care, for me, would look too much like a death sentence for my comfort.
On the other hand?
His death is still a sad thing.
As he’s gone to his grave … without revealing where he and Hindley hid the body of Keith Bennett, the only victim whose body was never found.
Keith Bennett’s remaining family now have no hope of finding Keith’s body and giving him a decent burial.
That’s a final cruelty.
Let’s move on, shall we?
Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with Debbi scoring ten out of ten, and Olga scoring nine.
Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) Mary, Queen of Scots, fled Scotland: on 16th May, 1568. She fled to which country of the UK?
Q2) The May 16th Notice was released on 16th May, 1966: by the Chinese Communist Party. It kickstarted what: the Great Leap forward, the Cultural Revolution or the Great Firewall of China?
Q3) John Prescott, MP, punched a protestor who’d egged him: on 16th May, 2001. Which government post did Mr Prescott hold?
Q4) Theodore Maiman switched on the first optical laser: on 16th May, 1960. That first laser had a red coloured beam. Because it used a what, to focus the light: a synthetic ruby, a synthetic sapphire or a synthetic emerald?
Q5) Henry Fonda was born: on 16th May, 1905. In one of his last roles, he played Norman Thayer, Jr. In which film?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) The first McDonald’s opened: on 15th May of which year?A1) 1940.
Q2) That first restaurant opened in which small Californian town?A2) San Bernardino.
Q3) It was founded by the McDonald brothers: name either.A3) Richard or Maurice.
Q4) The brothers sold the McDonald’s concept to the man who made it a success: in 1961. He was Ray … who?A4) Ray Kroc.
Q5) More to the point, who plays Ray, in the 2016 film, The Founder?
Q6) The Golden Arches, the company logo, is a stylized version of what letter?A6) M. (Althought, strictly speaking, the Arches are a version of the Arches that hold up the original store.)
Q7) According to a 2012 BBC report, the company’s the world’s second largest private employer. Who’s the largest?A7) Walmart’s.
Q8) True or false: there’s an asteroid, 449 Hamburga named after the McDonald’s hamburger.A8) False: 449 Hamburga is named after the German city of Hamburg.
Q9) Which McDonald’s burger originally weighed four ounces, when uncooked?A9) The quarter-pounder. Ahem … )
Q10) Finally … which McDonald’s product was introduced in 1968?A10) The Big Mac.
Here’s a thought …
“I’m not that pristine pure, I guess I’ve broken as many rules as the next feller. But I reckon my face looks honest enough and if people buy it, Hallelujah.”Henry Fonda, May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982.
And Liberace, doing his thing …
Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.
Have a good day!
* Sorry about the score, Olga, I wanted ‘true’ or ‘false’ as the answer. Still … You have to have a smile about asteroid named for a hamburger! (There’s a 79144 Cervantes, if it’s any help. And a 127005 Pratchett: so I’m happy! Oh, and one named after Motorhead … !!)
† Oh, the Attorney General, you mean, Debbi? I seem to recall reading about his appointment: he sounds like a nasty piece of work. Oh, enjoy that episode: it’s genuinely scary! Oh, the next episode looks fun!