It’s been a decidedly mixed day.
On the downside, the country fell apart a bit more, with more appalling economic news, kidnapping, murder, violent protests and looting.
However, tonight marks the start of series 15 of Only Connect.
So there is at least something of a glimmer of hope upon the horizon.
Well, apart from this one, obviously.
I was going to write reams about really exciting stuff when I sat down yesterday evening, but then an accidental click here (or there), and suddenly I was down the rabbit hole that is Only Connect Series 9.
It even beat the football for my viewing pleasure.
I might still be watching as I – they’re the only countries to have those as their last letter of their name – as I am writing this. Maybe I’ve just given away the fact that I’m writing this yesterday evening.
Maybe I’ll pop something up later in the day. But then again, I might not.
I have a very busy day planned.
So, I wouldn’t hold your breath.
I mean, I couldn’t if I tried.
I was binge-watching Only Connect again last night.
I got as far as Series 11. Episode 21.
The Scientists vs The String Section.
And while there were many brilliant questions on offer, there was one which stood out for me, so I’ve elaborated upon it a little and reproduced it here.
All you’re looking for is the thing which connects these clues. The sooner you get it (correctly, of course), the more points you score.
Here we go:
Sleeping Cat (Finland)
Monkey’s Tail (The Netherlands)
Elephant’s Trunk (Denmark)
Curled Alpha (Norway)
Wild A (Serbia)
That’s your lot, I’m afraid. If you’re still struggling (or if you’re not), the answer is down below. How quickly did you get it? Did you get it? Leave me a comment and tell me how you got on.
I’m guessing that my resident Israeli reader might have got this one sewn up. Unless she actually went for “apple pies”. Because it’s not them.
The earliest yet discovered reference to this thing is a religious one; it features in a Bulgarian translation of a Greek chronicle written by Constantinos Manasses in 1345. Held today in the Vatican Apostolic Library, it features it in place of the capital letter alpha “A” in the word Amen. Why it was used in this context is still a mystery.
It first appeared on a typewriter in 1889.
And it has no official name in English.
The answer is… the @ symbol.
Well done if you got it.
[Day 57 in the Big Brother House, and 6000 is getting twitchy.]
Truth is, it’s actually only Day 8. But this is post an operation that was supposed to take 3 days to recover from. And I’m nowhere near yet.
The good news is that I think that the bleeding in my knee has now stopped. So it’s now “just” a case of keeping it raised and iced and getting rid of all that fluid that’s stuck in my leg. That leg is a mess, physically and visually. My modelling career may be over (long) before it had even begun.
And while lying in bed binge-watching back episodes of Only Connect might be some peoples idea of heaven (me included, actually), it’s tempered somewhat by the pain each time I move anything anywhere.
So yes, I am a bit twitchy and a bit grumpy and a bit down. But then so might you be if you were stuck in my condition, forced to stay at home, and with this week’s lab work already a large blot on next week’s horizon.
Maybe a bit (more) of Series 12 will help with my situation…