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!

Basket case: Pork pies, camcorders and leg waxing have been replaced by chilled mashed potato, raspberries and exercise leggings in the basket of goods used to calculate the UK’s inflation rate.

Remains: Scientists believe that bones found on a remote Pacific island are the remains of Amelia Earhart who disappeared in 1937.

No brainer: The start-up company Nectome offers to preserve your brain for as long as it takes to develop the technology to upload your consciousness to the cloud. The downside is they have to euthanise you to do it.

Typical: When Trump and Kim Jong-un finally meet perhaps they should choose the Gyeonggi English Village as the venue. Just a few miles from the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, the village boasts a typical English pub serving warm beer, has bright red postboxes and a replica Stonehenge in the car park.

Back to the future: The BBC has taken a look at the history of the future of work and the wildly optimistic predictions of how technology would change our lives and our unfounded fears. Such as Socrates who thought that writing would ruin our memories.

OTT: Travel Oregon describes its new promotional video as ‘only slightly exaggerated‘ even though it includes a giant rabbit and a frog reading a newspaper.

Platypodes: Scientists believe that the ‘Shirley Temple’ protein found in platypus milk could be a new weapon in the war against antibiotic-resistant superbugs. (Platypodes would be the correct technical plural of the platypus, not platypi, although platypuses is acceptable.)

Back in time: A row between Kosovo and Serbia has meant that digital clocks in twenty-five European countries are running six minutes slow.

Brief lives: The astronaut who pioneered the jetpack Bruce McCandless; motorcycle manufacturer Ivano Beggio; Real Thing singer Eddy Amoo; early tv chef Zena Skinner; fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy; comedian and Bullseye host Jim Bowen; the comedy legend Ken Dodd.

And, of course, the visionary physicist Stephen Hawking who also had a wonderful sense of humour. As he said: ‘Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny‘. Listen to him below playing the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy MkII in the Hexagonal Phase broadcast on Radio 4 on 8th March.

 

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3 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 18th March 2018

    I would love to get a job at the Korean English Village. Under my guidance, the village would gradually become more authentic. Roses would be planted in every garden, wisteria would creep up the walls and there’d be pork pies, Bakewell pudding and curd cheesecake in the little “Rhodes” bakery on the corner – run by an elderly couple from south Manchester. We’d even have a Russian oligarch with a Bentley and a tanker filled with nerve gas just to underline our multicultural credentials.

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  • Trevor Rowley 20th March 2018

    After his death had been announced, a variety of comments were made about comedian, Ken Dodd – most of them complimentary. Sadly, as you might expect, Ken wasn’t to everybody’s liking and I have read some quite disparaging statements – one, from a non-Brit, even suggesting that perhaps his audiences had got drunk in the bar beforehand (the implication being that that was perhaps the only way an audience could be enthusiastic about his humour).
    Like most of us, I enjoyed Doddy’s TV appearances over the years and even managed to get to see him on stage (just once) when he did his legendary “overrunning.” The first house, at one of the Blackpool theatres (I forget which), was meant to finish at about 8-30pm yet good old Ken was still on stage, banging out the jokes, a good hour after he was meant to have finished – it was just gag, after gag, after gag.

    I think many of the non-Brits who have played down his appeal are perhaps hampered by the fact that they are just that, non-Brits. He was appreciated by ordinary British people, your dad, your grannny and the family next door. There was nothing complicated or sophisticated about his act – he knew how to get us to laugh and he went for it, time and time again. He was one of the last links we have to the old variety theatres of the post war era. A national treasure – not many of them left now.

    PS I opened my post today and read the brochure from Gawsworth Hall (in Cheshire) advertising their spring and summer entertainment. There, nestling in amongst folk/rock legend, Richard Thompson and world-renowned tenor, Russell Watson – the man himself, with the Ken Dodd Happiness Show. I rather think that’s one show that Ken’s going to arrive rather late for.

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  • Roger Green 21st March 2018

    tRump doesn’t drink; maybe he should take it up!

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