Happy birthday Athol Guy – born on this day 1940.
Monday’s questions were:
1. What did you do on New Year’s Eve?
2. What was your best New Year’s Eve celebration?
3. What was your worst?
4. What was the most unusual?
And by way of training for next week when normal quiz questions will resume:
5. Who wrote: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning?”
Rob and Paul T tied with 4 right but Rob gets a bonus for fuller answers to questions 2 & 3 (and another bonus for dedicated parenting); he also gets a commendation for reasoning for his answer to 5 and Paul gets a bonus for imagination for his answer to that question.
Rayiinz gets 2 and a bonus for being the only one to answer 5 correctly.
The answer to 5 was T.S. Eliot, from Little Gidding.
There were no incorrect answers to 1-4.
1. Conducted a wedding ceremony at Elephant Rocks and drove back to Wanaka to find our daughter, a couple of friends, my brother, his wife and three daughters had arrived in my absence. We had a bbq, wandered in to town (which wasn’t nearly as busy as past years) called on friends, went down to the waterfront for the midnight fireworks and retired.
2. For 10 years we invited family, friends and neighbours to our place for a BBQ – ages ranged from babies to grandparents. We had good people, good food, moderate amounts of alcohol, lots of laughs plus fireworks.
3. Last year we left our hotel in Buenos Aires at 9pm on the 30th, got to the airport after 10 to be told our flight had been delayed until 5am. We took off about 5.30 on the morning of the 31st and landed in Auckland on the 1st with no mention of New Year’s Eve en route.
4. Most memorable: A party in San Nicolas, Argentina – pot luck meal followed by singing and dancing (including tango – though I don’t dance well in English and found it even harder in Spanish). Everyone kissed everyone on arrival, at midnight and on departure. As we left my farmer said it was a long time since he’d kissed that many women and he’d never kissed that many men.
There are the imitation Cardrona Hotels which have popped up around New Zealand and more recently in London.
Then there’s the real, original Cardrona Hotel in the Cardrona Valley. . .
. . . which serves Cardrona merino lamb chops . . .
. . . which were delicious, though four was two more than I could cope with.
On January 5:
“Washington’s Family” by Edward Savage, painted between 1789 and 1796, shows (from left to right): George Washington Parke Custis, George Washington, Eleanor Parke Custis, Martha, and an enslaved servant: probably William Lee or Christopher Sheels.
1767 Jean-Baptiste Say, French economist, originator of Say’s Law, was born.
1889 – Preston North End was declared winner of the original football league.
1917 Jane Wyman, American actress, was born.
1918 – The Free Committee for a German Workers Peace, which would become the Nazi party, was founded.
1932 Umberto Eco, Italian writer, was born.
1933 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Francisco Bay.
1938 King Juan Carlos I of Spain, was born.
1969 Marilyn Manson, American singer, was born.
1977 The occupation of Bastion Point started.
1993 – The oil tanker MV Braer ran aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.
1993 – Washington state executed Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (the last legal hanging in America).
2005 – Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, was discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
Eris (centre) and Dysnomia (left of centre).
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.