Sunday Round-up

My round-up of news, events and stuff and nonsense from the last seven days –
if it’s news to me, it must be news to you!

CALANcoroner_eccentric_480x320 Things I didn’t know last week: Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and morgue has a gift shop where you can buy personalised body bags, toe tags and beach towels with a chalk body outline design. Sadly the store is offline at the moment. (Via the Danny Baker Show podcast)

Things I didn’t know last week 2: All the blue plaques in London commemorating the great and the good are made by husband and wife team, Sue and Frank Ashworth.

Two bucks sucks: Two-dollar bills are legal tender in America, but not when you’re trying to use one to buy chicken nuggets in a Texan school cafeteria apparently.

LeicesterCartoon of the week: In light of Leicester winning the Premiership title. (And here are 11 things more likely to have happened)

Racist of the week: Rhodes protestor (and Rhodes scholar) Ntokozo Qwabe who refused to tip a waitress because she was white. The Obz Cafe is where Mrs P dislocated a rib back in 2010 and is in Observatory, one of the most vibrant, multi-cultural areas of Cape Town in my experience.

Ban of the week: Eurovision Song Contest organisers after banning the Welsh flag: The flag of the European Union will be allowed, as will the rainbow LGBT flag, provided it is not waved in a ‘political manner’.

Wacky RacesBoys will be boys: Tetbury held its annual Wacky Races on Bank Holiday Monday with its usual wacky entrants. (Yes I know its named after the cartoon series, but in English, whacky really should have an H)

Boys will be boys 2: The UK Scouting Association has at least 35,000 youngsters on its waiting list thanks to a lack of volunteer supervisors put off by the bureaucracy of back ground checks and suspicion of anyone wanting to be involved with young people.

Adage has its day: Ella Fitzgerald may have sung ‘cry me a river’ but researchers at Leicester University have demonstrated that this is a feat that not even the whole of humanity could manage. They could fill an Olympic sized swimming pool though, so not all bad.

Toilet paper: Farmers in Africa are supplementing their incomes by making paper out of elephant dung. Which is all very well, but what about the dung beetles?

Unstable table of the week: A fixed roulette table built for Al Capone is uncovered in Guildford.

Malick Sidibé, Brief lives: One I missed last month, Malick Sidebé, the shepherd turned photographer who captured Malian pop culture; Castleford and Hull Kingston Rovers rugby league legend, Roger Millward; Guardian crossword setter, Gordon Holt; Ruth Terry, last of the screen cowgirls and; Daily Mail astrologer, Jonathan Cainer, but the question is, did he see it coming?

Sir Harold Kroto, Nobel Prize winner for the joint discovery of ‘bucky-balls’, the new form of carbon in which the atoms are arranged in a ball; Frank Levingston, the oldest US World War Two veteran; Michael ‘Dandy Kim’ Caborn-Waterfield, adventurer, womaniser and gun-runner who also set up the first Ann Summers sex shop.

And The New Day newspaper just nine weeks after it was launched.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

3 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 9th May 2016

    Hang on, I very much doubt that dung beetles require toilet paper. The dirty little devils just defectate and carry on with their dung beetle lives. I am envious of them as in my life I have used forty seven and a half miles of toilet paper and sometimes there hasn’t even been any!

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    • Mr Parrot 9th May 2016

      I was worried that this innovation might make them redundant. Or maybe they are like lovable puppies and will come scampering down the stairs, unravelling the bathroom toilet roll behind them.

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  • rhymeswithplague 9th May 2016

    I have never heard Ella Fitzgerald’s version of Cry Me A River but I bet it can’t hold a candle to Julie London’s, which makes grown men go all weak in the knees.

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