Questions for June/July 2016

By the late Dr Bob … I am still travelling, see my other blog (www.stevethings.wordpress.com) for daily-ish updates of my adventures. These are good questons IMHO, that I have been saving.

  1. During the construction of London’s Westminster Bridge in the 1860’s, why was the use of a diving-bell replaced by individual diving-suits?
  2. The Great Wall of China has towers with arrow-slots so that archers can fire northwards at the approaching Mongols. But the part of the Wall near Beijing also has arrow-slots in the south face, towards China – why?
  3. In English law, situations or things can be described as existing “since time immemorial”. When did “time immemorial” officially end?
  4. What was Arthur Conan Doyle supposed to be doing, when he devised and wrote the first Sherlock Holmes stories?
  5. Peter Jackson and his crew, on their first visit to the farm which would become the location for Hobbiton in Lord of the Rings, were shoo’ed away by the farmer – why?
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5 comments

  1. Dr Bob’s answers:
    A1: The workmen got into the habit of playing cards on the river bed instead of doing any useful work; it’s hard to play cards in a diving suit
    A2: To have a second go at any Mongols who had gotten through into China and were now returning home
    A3: 6 July 1189 – the day of the accession of Richard I, the Lionheart
    A4: He was a young eye doctor with few patients, and was waiting for some patients to show up
    A5: The farmer was very busy, watching a rugby game

  2. 1. The thought of all those bare ankles was just too much for Queen Victoria sensibilities

    2. Call yourself a builder Wun Hung Low? That’s the second time I’ve caught you reading the plans upside down !

    3. 2012 surely? That’s the date the Incas (or someone) said the world was going to end.

    4. He was supposed to be preparing for his med school exams, but typical student the lazy bastard did anything he could to avoid studying.

    5. What’s the difference between a Rolling Stones song and a Kiwi farmer? The Stones sing “Hey You – Get Off a Ma Cloud”.

  3. 1. Flatulence.
    2. Walleyed builders.
    3. On the death of the Irish Queen, Emma O’Reily. The Cruel Passage of Time has corrupted her name.
    4. Blowing a Rusty Trombone.
    5. The farmer needed more time to remove the sheeps lingerie.

  4. 1. a) A result of confusion. Tea time is at 2 o’clock, as announced by Big Ben. When moving the bell, one knock was ‘down’, two knocks was ‘up’. And of course striking the diving bell produced a sound like Big Ben did.
    b) At that time suits were allowed into pubs but bell-bottoms weren’t. (Tish-boom)
    2. At the time the arrows were put in the Wall, the Chinese believed a compass pointed south.
    3. When the type used for printing legal documents had an ‘m’ shortage
    4. He was to have an annual performance review by someone with the surname ‘Moriarty’
    5. He was afraid someone would steal his carrots, potatoes and mushrooms

  5. Q1. During the construction of London’s Westminster Bridge in the 1860’s, why was the use of a diving-bell replaced by individual diving-suits?
    A1. Only one diving bell existed. It was controlled by the CFMEUU (Calamitous, Furious, Mad, Elephantine Underwater Union) which made any progress in building the bridge untenable. Meanwhile, individual diving suits were sold competitively & cheaply by K-Mart & Big W, which was much more attractive to anti-union construction company BHP (Bridgebuilders Hiring Proletarians) despite the higher loss of life from the leaky low cost made-in-China suits.

    Q2.The Great Wall of China has towers with arrow-slots so that archers can fire northwards at the approaching Mongols. But the part of the Wall near Beijing also has arrow-slots in the south face, towards China – why?
    A2. It is a little known fact that the Great Wall was built by a CIA-financed shelf company registered in Mongolia. The south facing arrow slots were included for just-in-case-the-commies-take-over-one-day reasons, which proved prescient even though arrows were a touch ‘yesterday’ some two millennia after the Wall was erected.

    Q3. In English law, situations or things can be described as existing “since time immemorial”. When did “time immemorial” officially end?
    A3. Immediately before “time memorial” officially commenced.

    Q4. What was Arthur Conan Doyle supposed to be doing, when he devised and wrote the first Sherlock Holmes stories?
    A4. He was watching “CSI” on television and decided, correctly, that he could do a vastly better job.

    Q5. Peter Jackson and his crew, on their first visit to the farm which would become the location for Hobbiton in Lord of the Rings, were shoo’ed away by the farmer – why?
    A5. The Kiwi farmer refused to believe Jackson wanted a movie location and not a ewe.

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