If it’s news to me, it must be news to you!
The George Washington effect: Chances are that have never and never will be asked to take a lie-detector test, but if you are there is one sure fire way you can beat the polygraph.
Grand theft avocado: Three men in Southern California have been arrested on charges of grand theft of fruit and vegetables, specifically the unauthorised sale of up $300,000 worth of avocados.
Car polish: Ladies, have you ever been about to start your car only to find that its colour and your nail polish simply don’t match? Now Renault has launched a range of nail polish to match your Twingo so that you will always be coordinated.
Dedicated followers of fashion: Mattel has brought out a new range of ‘fashionista’ Barbies and Kens featuring more skin tones, eye colours, body shapes, fashions and hairstyles, including a manbun for Ken.
Sadness of the week: The announcement that Henry Blofeld is to retire from commentating on Test Match Special after 45 years. This BBC link features a compilation of a few of his moments behind the microphone. Fact of the week: Ian Fleming was at school with Henry’s father and used the name for his villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Fake news: A spoof mock up of the Daily Mail demanding that Theresa May should quit went viral this week in a fit of wishful thinking.
But one newspaper article that sounds fake but isn’t is the Daily Express free Brexit calendar with twelve stars to scratch off to reveal ‘high-quality caricatures of Brexit champions such as Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, our new blue passport and more’.
European culture: If proof were needed of the folly of breaking from Europe, their superior civilisation is again demonstrated in France where McDonald’s customers can ask for a knife and fork to eat their burgers instead of getting grease all over their fingers.
Bumbling: The Conservative leader in waiting, Boris Johnson, demonstrates his grasp of the policy issues outlined in the Queen’s speech in the clip from this BBC interview below.
Wheel science: Anyone who has tried to move at speed with a wheeled suitcase will have experienced how it can start to wobble, drag you in an unintended direction or even attempt to flip itself over. This is a serious physics question that scientists are trying to understand although the reason seems fairly obvious to me.
Welcome return of the week: The Crystal Maze returned to our screens much to the delight of the Parrot household. And it was as good as ever, even if it was only a celebrity special.
Brief lives: British and European saloon car champion Sir John Whitmore; Playschool presenter Brian Cant; and another loss from children’s tv, Andy Cunningham creator of Bodger & Badger; John Avildsen who directed Rocky and The Karate Kid; Italian goalkeeping legend Giuliano Sarti and; Wales and Lions rugby star John Faull.