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!

Howling at the moon: An American anthropologist believes he has found evidence that shows that Donald Trump is descended from the infamous 16th-century serial killer Peter Stumpf, also known as the Werewolf of Bedburg.

Loop to send you loopy: I man in Hull has a rare medical condition which means he ‘hears’ God Save the Queen being sung in his head for around 1,700 times a week.

Mummy’s room: Scientists have discovered a hundred-foot-long secret room in the Great Pyramid at Giza that could reveal how it was built.

Bonfire of vanities: It has been a febrile week for so many ‘outed’ celebrities and politicians and it culminated yesterday with the burning of a giant Harvey Weinstein Guy by the Edenbridge Bonfire Society in Kent.

But bonfires themselves are not immune from criticism. The Lewes Bonfire Society has agreed to end its blacking-up and Zulu costumes for their annual festival. Apparently, this is a tradition that goes back eighty years. You can only wonder why this tradition started in the first place.

Don’t feed the fish: If a sign on a shark tank says ‘don’t tap the glass’ what would you do? Hopefully not what the man on the right did during his visit to the International Spy Museum in Washington.

Don’t lose your head: The Met Office celebrated Halloween with a spooky headless weather forecast.

Meanwhile, it was the 25th anniversary of Ghostwatch, the BBC mockumentary fronted by Michael Parkinson that scared the socks of a nation and prompted thousands of complaints from people who thought it was the real deal. If you missed it the first time around, you can watch it here.

They’re at it again: After their edible chicken flavoured nail polish, KFC has launched a limited edition bath bomb that will leave you smelling like a bargain bucket.

Brief lives: Trade unionist Derek Robinson, better known as Red Robbo; songwriter and producer George Young who found fame with the Easybeats; SOE agent and concentration camp survivor Yvonne Burney; American Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur; founder of London’s Marquee Club Harold Pendleton; Star Wars costume designer John Mollo; Anthony Simonds-Gooding who came up with ‘Heineken refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach’ and; ironically for Halloween, Donald Bain, one of the great ghostwriters.

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.

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  • Yorkshire Pudding 6th November 2017

    Another eclectic and quirky mix. Thanks for sharing. I hope that KFC launch a men’s aftershave before Christmas as Madam Parrot must have great trouble buying gifts for a man who has everything he needs apart from the aroma of fried chicken about his person.

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