Friday’s answers

As you read this I’m having lunch with the Prime Minister – just the two of us and a hundredish others.

 Andrei and Gravedodger provided the questions and  as I write this no-one has got all the answers.

An electronic batch of shortbread is theirs if either or both of them managed to stump us all.

It can be collected by leaving the answers here.

8 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Gravedodger says:

    “PaddockWork” is a recent party activity where hosts and or guests acquire a car no longer roadworthy but a goer, then proceed to drive it to its death on a grass paddock, preferably with no ditches,
    The case that brought it to my attention included a couple of large haybales.
    I have no idea what the Maori phrase would be to cover such behavior but am in no doubt one could be generated for a suitable koha.

    I am unaware of a legal impediment but if the latest Williamson brain fart is correct then some pansy seat warmer will have something to say sooner rather than later.

    Ele could you please keep the short bread as even thinking about the sugar and butter seems to threaten my ever shrinking clothes, ta very much for the offer though.


  2. Andrei says:

    (1) Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Charge of the Light Brigade” at Balaklava in Crimea

    (2) When Sir Winston Churchill was at the Yalta conference in February 1945 he took time out visit the battle field at Balaklava which is about an hour away from Yalta by car

    (3) War

    (4) Zouaves were light infantry noted for their baggy pants and eastern headwear as well as their less regimented, for the time, infantry tactics,

    Originally North African units raised by the French, zouave units were used in many armies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including both sides in the American civil war.

    The Zig-zag zouave was, according to the zig-zag company, a French zouave engaged in the siege of Sevastapol whose clay pipe had come to grief and so rolled his tobacco in cartridge paper

    (5) Sevastapol, Balaklava is on the Southern periphery of Sevastapol and is considered part of that city today,


  3. Andrei says:

    Friday curiosity – some who responded referred to Crimea as The Crimea.

    Why is Crimea often “The Crimea” in English whereas New South Wales or Fiji are never The New South Wales or The Fiji?

    Any ideas?


  4. Alwyn says:

    Technically only Gravedodger referred to “the Crimea” Others who used the the word “the” were doing so in terms of “the Crimean War”, where the word the is correct.
    However I suspect I might have used “the Crimea” myself if you hadn’t mentioned it. The trouble is, of course, that now I cannot be sure because I would now think about it.
    It is like the wager where you offer to bet someone that they cannot go two minutes without thinking of the word “rhinocerous”. It’s impossible once it has been mentioned.
    I wonder if it is a hangover where New Zealanders, at least in the older age group, use the names “The North Island” and “The South Island”, and tend to carry it over?


  5. Andrei says:

    More complicated than that, I think, Alwyn,

    The North and South Islands take the definite article because they don’t have proper names as of now is my understanding of the grammar

    But the use of the definite article in other geographical place names in the English language has always confused me

    eg Ukraine, Sudan Lebanon, Waikato among others often take the definite article , but you will never hear “The France”, “The Spain” or “The Otago”, or at least I have never heard these.



  6. Alwyn says:

    I must confess I owe most of my knowledge of Crimea and the war to George MacDonald Fraser’s wonderful work “Flashman at the Charge”.
    If you haven’t read any of the 12 Flashman novels you should. He was the nineteenth century equivalent of Forrest Gump.


  7. Alwyn says:

    Ah, you will have to go to France then. I agree that I have never heard “The France” but I cannot conceive of any French person saying anything but “la France”.


  8. Quintin Hogg says:


    Flashman is my favourite anti-hero.

    I have all 12 Flashman novels somewhere in the bookpiles at home.


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