Friday’s answers

Andrei and Teletext posed the questions for which they get my thanks.

Should they have stumped us all they can claim a virtual Ladybird Hill smoked salmon by leaving the answers below.

3 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Andrei says:

    Hommage a Hassiba Ben Bouali et Ali La Pointe

    (1) Who were Hassiba Ben Bouali and Ali La Pointe?

    (2) What was their fate and what year did they meet it?

    (3) What is the song that backs the video paying tribute to them?

    (4) When was it first released and who originally sung it? (The version used in the video is not the original but far more recent) take a bonus for naming the artist who performed this version

    (1) They were both members of the FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) who died together with two others in circumstances detailed below

    Hassiba Ben Bouali with two other women planted bombs in Cafes and Bars – a terrorists or a freedom fighters?

    The other two women were Djamila Bouhired who was captured by the French and sentenced to death by Guillotine – outrage in Algieria and France over the events described below saw this commuted and her imprisonment in France until Algerian independance when she was realeased – She is still alive

    The third was Zohra Drif Bitat who was also imprisoned but pardoned on the occaision Algerian independence – she was for a time in the early 1980s the 1st Lady of Algeria being married to the President and today is vice-president of the Council of the Nation, the upper house of the Algerian Parliament.

    (2) By second half of 1957 the senior FLN leadership apart from Ali La Pointe were all dead along with several thousand of others

    Ali La Pointe was tracked down to a house in the Casbah where he was hiding with Hassiba Ben Bouali, and a boy about 16 known as Petit Omar. When they wouldn’t surrender the house was demolished with explosives killing them.

    These events caused outrage in Algeria and in France and though the FLN was temporarily defeated they ultimately triumphed

    All of this was studied intensively by the American Military before the 2003 Iraq invasion as an example of how not to deal with an insurgency – to no avail it seems

    (3/4) The song is “Mon Amie La Rose” an iconic 1960s hit for Francois Hardy in 1964, the height of Beatlemania – I was surprised no one recognized it, its often referenced to conjure up that era and has been recorded many times since

    The particular version used was that of Belgian singer Natacha Atlas who is of Moroccan origin and sings (and converses) in Arabic, French and English with equal facility – she had a minor hit with it around 2000

    Here is the original – is it familiar or did bypass New Zealand?

  2. Teletext says:

    Who are the following people better known as?

    1. Arthur Wellesley
    1st Duke of Wellington

    2. Farrokh Bulsara
    Freddie Mercury

    3. Frederick Austerlitz
    Fred Astaire

    4. Michael Lee Aday
    Meat Loaf

    5. Franceso Castelluccio
    Frankie Valli

    6. Edson Arantes do Nascimento

    7. Robert Zimmerman
    Bob Dylan

    8. Raymond C. Robinson
    Raymond Charles Robinson aka Ray Charles

    9. David Cornwell
    John Le Carre

    10. Antonio Oaxaca
    That famous Mexican Zorba the Greek, Anthony Quinn

    Now that you have named the son, I do remember it. It didn’t make it to NZ.

  3. Teletext says:

    I believe that we both stumped everyone so a virtual smoked salmon would be wonderful

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