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!

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.

Heart warmer of the week: This video of Zola gorilla at Dallas Zoo clearly enjoying his paddling pool must be the life-reaffirming image of the week.

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.

Now and then: I’ve never been to New York but feel that I know it well through film and tv. Here is a fascinating split screen video from the New Yorker showing the same sights of the city from the 1930s and today in which much of the architecture remains the same and only the cars and fashions change.

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.

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.

4 comments… Add yours
  • Steve 25th June 2017

    You find the best news. Seriously. I love that gorilla video. And I have taken a polygraph, actually — when I was hired in college as a cashier for a hardware store. They wanted to make sure I wasn’t a habitual thief. (Apparently they didn’t take into consideration that I might have been a skillful liar.)

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  • Yorkshire Pudding 26th June 2017

    This week my favourite item was the “New Yorker” split screen video. It was skilfully put together and yes – it does demonstrate that New York City today is in many ways little different from the the 1930’s. Perhaps you and Madam Parrot should treat yourself to three or four nights in New York City. I believe you can fly from Manchester these days. I feel sure you would enjoy the experience and you could buy yourself an NYC baseball cap.

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  • rhymeswithplague 26th June 2017

    I have never taken a lie detector test, but if I ever do I shall now be fully prepared. Thank you for the most helpful piece of advice I have ever read save for Phyllis Diller’s famous household hint, namely, if your children write their names in the dust on your dining room table, don’t let them write the date.

    The most noticeable difference I was able to detect in the New York films eighty years apart was the removal of the trolleys and trolley tracks in Harlem and the addition of lane striping for cars and zebra crosswalks for pedestrians everywhere else. Unless you’re a thoroughly urban person (and I’m not), the two views seem equally undesirable.

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  • Roger O Green 29th June 2017

    I enjoyed the NYC thing too!

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