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!

Trump TattooTrump’s lasting legacy: A British fan of the president-elect has his face tattooed on his leg with the words ‘in Trump we trust’ because ‘all great art is controversial’.

Meanwhile, in Davenport, Iowa, a Bernie Sanders supporter has also ended up with a Trump tattoo on his back and all because of a stupid bet with his best buddy.

Poll of the week: The Brit with the Trump tattoo is in the minority as just 15% of British people think Trump will be a good president and 66% think he makes the world a more dangerous place according to a poll for the Independent.

Trump in PakistanTrump birther theory: A Pakistan news agency reports that DJT was born in Waziristan and his real name is Dawood Ibrahim Khan. Sadly not true. How good are you at spotting fake news stories?

The Pig Issue: Research published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters shows that pigs have personalities too. Some are positive optimists while others are gloomy pessimists, not unlike Brexiteers and Remainers or Hillary and Trump supporters. I leave it to you to decide which is which.

And pigs may fly: Meanwhile, here’s a video from 2012 of pigs in the Hunan province of China who take their exercise by diving off a three-metre board set up by the farmer who says that a healthy pig is a tasty pig.

Class action of the week: Following on from the woman I mentioned a few weeks ago who is suing KFC because her family bucket wasn’t filled to the top comes news that a Californian man is demanding $5 million compensation from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts because their fruit-filled and maple-glazed doughnuts don’t contain any real fruit or maple syrup.

We all need a hobby: 89-year-old Jimmy Kickham of Prince Edward Island, Canada, has been digging his own grave because he just loves digging.

Ready for Christmas? A plethora of Christmas ads has hit our tv screens including the much-anticipated one from John Lewis, but I prefer the parody on the right. (Hat tip John Gray)

You can see all of this year’s offerings over at the Guardian, although for me the most important ad is the one narrated by Stephen Fry for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Ready for Christmas Two? It’s never too early to get out the house bling as Michael and Lyn Farnes of Hove have proved.

Ready for Christmas Three? As town centres across the country deck the halls of commerce ready for the festive season, Leicester City Council landed itself in trouble with a Christmas tree branded a ‘disgrace’ by disappointed shoppers. They used the wrong sort of tinsel apparently.

Austerity bites: The D H Lawrence Heritage Centre is to be replaced by a tanning salon. Housed in the writer’s childhood home in Nottinghamshire, the museum fell victim to council cuts in March.

At the third stroke: Retired jazz DJ Alan Steadman is the new voice of the speaking clock. Hailing from Dundee, he is the first not to have an English accent.

Little Mix re-mix: I’m a bit late with this one but below is an audio of Bryan Cranston reading the lyrics of the Little Mix hit Shout Out To My Ex Breaking Bad style, an improvement on the original in my opinion.

Dib dib dib: Children who join the Scouts or Guides enjoy better mental health as adults according to research published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Guidance of the week:  The UN has guidance on how much air the average condom should hold. 18 litres in case you’re wondering.

Brief lives: Record free diver Enzo MaiorcaMajor General Peter Benson who once parachuted cats into the Malay jungle; Welsh rugby international Roddy Evans; Richard Nixon’s Defence Secretary Melvin Laird who came up with ‘Vietnamisation’; Pierre Picton, owner of the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and; soul revivalist Sharon Jones right with the Dap-Kings.

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 20th November 2016

    The D.H.Lawrence Heritage Centre was not Lawrence’s childhood home. I have been to Eastwood and visited the humble terraced house on Victoria Street where he was raised in a coal mining family. The Heritage Centre is on Mansfield Road. I wonder if the parcel delivery service DHL was Lawrence’s brainchild – “Excellence. Simply delivered”.

    Nevertheless, another great Sunday Round-Up in my humble opinion. Well done Mr P.

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    • Mr Parrot 20th November 2016

      My mistake. I’m sure I read that somewhere and need to review my sources!

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  • Roger Green 24th November 2016

    always love your round-ups, even when I don’t comment

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