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!

Cereal fix: East Ayrshire Council may have tripled its budget to repair road potholes but is still using Coco Pops as a temporary fix. I think someone may be having a laugh.

Snail’s pace: The cold snap put an end to the annual Snail Racing Championship at the Dartmoor Union pub because the ‘competitors’ have gone into hibernation.

Discovery of the week: A while ago, I jokingly wondered whether the word meme should be pronounced ‘meem’ or ‘me-me’ but now I know the answer. It is definitively ‘meem’ and was coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 and is short for the ancient Greek word ‘mimeme’ meaning an imitated thing.

Bunker mentality: The notion that arming teachers will make American schools less of a target for madmen must be good because more guns equal less crime right? No so – that idea was totally discredited years ago. And yet it seems that a certain President is taking a leaf out of Archie Bunker’s book as you can see on the right.

All shook up: Libertarian candidate Elvis Presley is running for Congress in  Little Rock, Arkansas.

FCK: When KFC shut its outlets because of a lack of chicken, it was very much a PR disaster but the company’s tongue-in-cheek response was a ‘masterclass in crisis management’.

Mind you, it was undoubtedly a serious situation for some and even caused one man to phone 999 to complain that he has had to go to Burger King instead.

Smelly socks brigade: The more right-wing your politics, the less likely you are to tolerate bodily odours or Body Odour Disgust Sensitivity (BODS) as the psychologists call it.

Brief lives: Boxer Scott Westgarth; Bollywood star Sridevi Kapoor; director of Alfie and Educating Rita Lewis Gilbert; punk jewellery designer Judy Blame; blockbuster author Penny Vincenzi; the once kidnapped Barcelona footballer Enrique ‘Quini’ Castro; Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Taylor and; a personal favourite, comic author Michael Green, creator of ‘The Art of Coarse…‘ series of books.

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.

2 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 6th March 2018

    Teachers with guns? I would have found that most appealing when I was a teacher. “Late again son? If you are late tomorrow you’ll get some of this baby!”…. “No homework again? You’d better duck for cover asshole!” And P.E. teachers would have found guns useful to increase laptimes at athletics meetings. The threat of being shot would have been much more effective than a lunchtime detention.

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  • Roger Green 8th March 2018

    There was a clue on the US game show JEOPARDY describing a meme, but alas no one got it; of course, I got it at home.

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