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!

Eidelweiss toilet rollOn a roll: An unopened roll of Eidelweiss toilet paper issued to German troops is expected to fetch £100 when it goes to auction in Dublin, along with other Nazi memorabilia.

Neo-Nazi vino: Meanwhile, an Italian winemaker has angered just about everyone except neo-Nazis by producing bottles that feature pictures of Hitler and Mussolini on the labels.

Sweet tooth: Chocolate expert, Hayleigh Curtis, who works at Cadbury’s, has had her palate insured for £1 million with Lloyds of London and must now avoid eating chilli peppers and sword swallowing.

Woesrt porride in townNegative is positive:  A local café is making the most of negative comments on Trip Advisor by using them to promote its business.

Things I didn’t know last week: The sound effect of lasers firing in Star Wars was made by twanging one of the suspension wires on the Severn Bridge.

Things I didn’t know last week two: Jeremy Corbyn once signed an early day motion that looked forward to the day when an asteroid would slam into the earth and wipe out all humanity.

ice-cream-scoopsRecords of the week: The Guinness Book of Records has confirmed a number of new records, including the highest jump by a llama, the most scoops of ice cream on one cone and the youngest woman to have a full beard.

Advice of the week: Cambridge University is displaying advice for freshers first published in 1893, including the excellent: ‘Don’t, if you are a teetotaller, wear a blue ribbon. An obtruded virtue is almost as objectionable as a vice.’

Spoof of the week: The Russian liberal party Yabloko (which means Apple) released a video to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 7 with the line: ‘a unique device capable of creating a bright future… a pen! Now your future is literally in your hands.’

Brief lives: Richard Neville, co-founder and editor of Oz magazine; Hugh O’Brian who starred on 1950s tv as Wyatt Earp; photojournalist Marc Ribaud; Richard Earlham, air ambulance pioneer; tv commercial director Barry Myers responsible for the Cadbury Flake ad among others.

And that legend of Ska and Bluebeat, Prince Buster.

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.

6 comments… Add yours
  • rhymeswithplague 12th September 2016

    I was reminded of the five stages of an acting career as seen through the eyes of a casting director:

    1. Who is Hugh O’Brian?
    2. Get me Hugh O’Brian.
    3. Get me a Hugh O’Brian type.
    4. Get me a young Hugh O’Brian.
    5. Who is Hugh O’Brian?

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  • Trevor Rowley 12th September 2016

    I like that, Mr Plague.

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  • Roger O Green 12th September 2016

    Bizarro records!

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  • Trevor Rowley 12th September 2016

    Hugh O’Brian as Wyatt Earp made me recall that some time back, I stumbled across a theory that a famous American cowboy/gunslinger/badman etc had his origins in Lancashire, England. I thought it might have been Doc Holliday or Jesse James, but apparently not. It transpired that our “badboy” is Butch Cassidy whose parents were resident in Preston, Lancashire before they journeyed to America as Mormons to start a new life in Utah. “Butch”, their firstborn and real name James Leroy Parker, soon turned to a life of crime and the rest, as Hollywood reminds us, is history.

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  • Yorkshire Pudding 13th September 2016

    Earlier today I left a hilarious comment here. I clicked “submit” but it did not appear. Have I been censored or were you affronted by my suggestion that Mrs Parrot is your main carer? The comment was so hilarious that it even made me laugh!

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    • Mr Parrot 13th September 2016

      There is no censorship here YP, as you should know. But I can find no sign of your earlier comment – are you sure you didn’t dream it?

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