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 dream and reality: One of the dreams of the Brexiteers is the return of the blue British passport. Ironic then that the companies in the running to produce them are French and German.

Small portions: If you’re in the mood to lose a little weight then pop over to Tiny Kitchen where you can learn how to make teeny-weeny cupcakes and eclairs. Apparently, miniature cooking is very popular in Japan.

A walk on the wild side: A coded letter written over 300 years ago by an Italian nun who claimed it had been dictated to her by the Devil has been deciphered by scientists using code-breaking software found on the Dark Web.

All wind and water: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have brought out the best and worst in people, especially the latter when it comes to the spelling of this warning to would be looters. As one wag pointed out ‘L’otters are not afraid’.

Pet politics: A five-year-old Australian cattle dog is running for mayor of St John’s in Newfoundland which when you think about it would be a more appropriate candidate. Either that or a Labrador.

Famous last words: With the Doomsday Clock having moved to two and a half minutes to midnight, officials will be dusting off the speech prepared for the Queen in 1983. Listen to it while you still have the chance.

A lot of hot air: Thirty plus hot air balloons flew over London on Sunday as part of the 30th-anniversary celebrations of London City Airport.

Living dead: I mentioned last year that the American Centers for Disease Control has published its plans for the zombie apocalypse. You may snigger but a YouGov poll shows that only one in ten Brits are prepared for the night of the living dead.

Fact of the week: More than 2.5 million damaged or discontinued Mills & Boon titles were pulped and poured onto the M6 toll road to strengthen and soundproof it. That’s 46,000 titles (or bonks) per mile.

Lost for words:  Language experts at the University of York have compiled a list of lost words from the English language. My Favourite is Betrump which means to deceive, cheat or elude. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

Brief lives: American country music star Don Williams; left-wing lawyer Michael Seifert; WWII Typhoon pilot and later a champion glider David Ince; cult actor Harry Dean Stanton; the power of positive thinking author Louise Hay; novelist JP Donleavy; Sopranos actor Frank Vincent and; Peter Hall, the godfather of British theatre.

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.

5 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 17th September 2017

    46,000 bonks per mile would be challenging even for an extremely virile Yorkshireman… or were you seeking to betrump your faithful readership?

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  • Steve 18th September 2017

    I’ve never heard of Mills & Boon. I’ve learned something new! (Well, two things, if you count the fact that their books are used in road construction.)

    It’s shocking that apparently not one of the FIVE people in that “Lotters” photo realized the dreadful spelling on that sign.

    I don’t get the blue passport nostalgia. It’s amazing how often that comes up in Brexit conversations. Who CARES what color the passport is?! (I get that it’s symbolic, but still…)

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    • Trevor Rowley 20th September 2017

      I take it you aren’t a native of these parts, Steve. Mills and Boon were (I believe) a publishing house who churned out paperback titles aimed at romantically inclined females. They can best be described as “fodder for the masses.” The company may still be going but their success period was fifties and sixties as far as I can recall.

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  • Trevor Rowley 18th September 2017

    It is the symbolism, Steve. It’s nothing to do with the colour. In many ways it’s totally irrelevant but try telling that to someone who feels it’s special.

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  • Roger Green 20th September 2017

    Nostalgia is a peculiar thing. They brought back these blue on orange license plates in New York State, and they issue them for more money than the white plates.

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