Longueur – a dull, protracted or tedious passage in a book, piece of music or performing art.
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who said: It is unnatural for a majority to rule, for a majority can seldom be organized and united for specific action, and a minority can. ?
2. In which year was Queen Elizabeth II crowned?
3. It’s dominer in French, dominare in Italian, regir in Spanish and whakahaere tickanga in Maori, what is it in English?
4. Who is the monarch most recently crowned?
5. Monarchy, republic or?
Points for answers:
Andrei got four, J. Bloggs got three, Alwyn wins a virtual bunch of tulips for five, Teletext also gets a virtual bunch of tulips for five and a bonus for extra information and Paranormal gets one and a bonus for reasoning.
Answers follow the break:
Canada and New Zealand have a lot in common.
Both were largely settled by similar people, both are still part of the Commonwealth, both tend to be overshadowed by a bigger neighbour and until recently neither would have been regarded as having a high risk of terrorism.
That changed yesterday when a soldier in Ottawa was shot dead in cold blood:
The stone halls of Parliament Hill echoed with gunfire and were stained with blood Wednesday as a terrorist struck at the heart of the federal government after gunning down a sentry at the National War Memorial.
The gunman was shot and killed near the Library of Parliament, according to Ottawa police sources, by House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, a former RCMP officer and the man responsible for security on the Hill.
A witness said the gunman, carrying the rifle at his hip, walked deliberately up the west ramp of Centre Block and through the main doors of Parliament as bystanders cowered. It was just before 10 a.m.
The gunman walked right past the Centre Block’s Reading Room — where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with the Conservative caucus — before being confronted and shot.
The dead gunman has been identified as Canadian-born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, a man who had lived in Aylmer, Montreal and Vancouver, and had a criminal record for relatively minor offences in all cities. . .
In a televised address to the nation Wednesday night, Prime Minister Stephen Harper labelled the incidents “despicable attacks” and linked them to international terrorism. “In the days to come, we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had,” Harper said. “But this week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.”
He vowed that the nation will not be intimidated, nor will it back down from its commitment to wage war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
“Canada will never be intimidated,” he repeated. “In fact, this will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts.” . . .
Parliamentary Services have closed all but two doors into our parliament as a precautionary measure:
. . . New Zealand’s Parliamentary Service has confirmed only two entrances will be open for MPs, staff and the general public, and they will be heavily monitored.
The main door to the Beehive, where people must pass through a security screen, and the entry to Bowen House from Lambton Quay will remain open.
Parliamentary Service general manager, David Stevenson said the decision to close all other entry points was made to keep staff and the public safe.
“This is an interim security measure we have decided to put in place to manage the safety and security of members, staff, officials and the general public who visit Parliament on a daily basis,” he said.
Stevenson said the access restriction might cause inconvenience and potentially longer processing times, particularly for the public given Parliament was in a sitting week. . .
This will be inconvenient for the people who regularly enter and leave parliament, including media, but it’s not an over0reaction.
The risk of a terror attack here might not be high, but it could happen anywhere and we have to have a balance between precautions to protect people and freedom of movement.
69 Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus, the commander of the Danube armies, loyal to Vespasian, defeated the forces of Emperor Vitellius.
1147 After a siege of 4 months crusader knights led by Afonso Henriques, reconquered Lisbon.
1260 The Cathedral of Chartres was dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France.
1360 The Treaty of Brétigny was ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War.
1648 The Peace of Westphalia was signed, marking the end of the Thirty Years’ War.
1795 Partitions of Poland: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was completely divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
1812 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets.
1830 – Marianne North, English naturalist and flower painter was born (d. 1890).
1838 – Annie Edson Taylor, American adventuress was born (d. 1921).
1840 – Eliza Pollock, American archer (d. 1919).
1857 Sheffield F.C., the world’s first football club, was founded.
1861 The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States was completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.
1882 Dame Sybil Thorndike, British actress, was born (d. 1976).
1892 Goodison Park, the world’s first association football specific stadium was opened.
1911 Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
1912 First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concluded with the Serbian victory.
1913 Violent clashes between unionised waterside workers and non-union labour erupted two days after Wellington watersiders held a stopwork meeting in support of a small group of striking shipwrights.
1917 Battle of Caporetto; Italy was defeated by the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany. (Also called Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo).
1917 The day of the October revolution, The Red Revolution.
1926 Harry Houdini‘s last performance.
1929 ”Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
1931 The George Washington Bridge opened to traffic.
1936 Bill Wyman, English musician (The Rolling Stones), was born.
1944 The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi were sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
1945 Founding of the United Nations.
1946 A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of earth from outer space.
1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledged United States support to South Vietnam.
1957 The USAF started the X-20 Dyna-Soar programme.
1960 Nedelin catastrophe: An R-16 ballistic missile exploded on the launch pad at the Soviet Union’s Baikonur Cosmodrome space facility, killing over 100.
1964 Northern Rhodesia gained independence and became the Republic of Zambia.
1973 Jeff Wilson, New Zealand rugby player and cricketer, was born.
1973 Yom Kippur War ended.
1980 Government of Poland legalised Solidarity trade union.
1986 Nezar Hindawi was sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow.
1998 Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission.
2005 Hurricane Wilma made landfall in Florida resulting in 35 direct 26 indirect fatalities and causing $20.6B USD in damage.
2006 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the “motive clause”, an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.
2008 ”Bloody Friday“: many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
2009 First International Day of Climate Action, organised with 350.org, a global campaign to address a claimed global warming crisis.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.