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!

Final countdown: Channel 4 released an old video they call ‘Countdown’s WTF moment‘ that shows one contestant’s amazing solution to the maths puzzle. And it’s made all the more amazing because he seems to be winging it.

Speaking of videos: The Blockbuster video rental shops were once as common as nail salons and tattoo parlours on the high street but they are not quite yet a thing of the past. There are a few in Alaska of all places although news this week that the North Pole branch is to close.

Grin and bear it: It was the International Day of Happiness on Tuesday but not in the UK apparently. Research released this week shows that only 29% of Britons think this is a happy place to live and 58% would prefer to live elsewhere.

Sacre bleu: Brexiteers worst fears have come to pass with the news that our ‘new’ blue British passports will be made in France. But the real irony is that the EU never made burgundy passports compulsory so we could have stuck with blue passports in the first place.

Russian gold: With Russian oligarchs in the news, word from Siberia last week that 200 gold bars littered a runway after a plane’s cargo doors failed on take off.

Referee! Nothing infuriates football fans more than ‘simulation’ but this video from a match in Chile must be the best (worst?) example of diving ever.

Seriously? Melania Trump’s campaign to end cyber-bullying is beyond satire given her husband’s Twitter antics.

Get rich quick: I had thought that pyramid-selling schemes had long been discredited but it seems they are alive and well and rebranded as ‘multi-level marketing‘.

Brief lives: Trade union leader Brenda Dean; shamed RC church leader Cardinal Keith O’Brien; Toys “R” Us founder Charles Lazarus as all the company’s UK stores close; M*A*S*H actor David Ogden Stiers and; actress, Eurovision presenter and agony aunt Katie Boyle.

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.

3 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 27th March 2018

    I feel quite sad that so many of my fellow countrymen think that Britain is not a happy place to inhabit and would like to live elsewhere. The other man’s grass is not always greener and in fact we have a great deal to be thankful for – living in such a beautiful, culturally stimulating and historically fascinating country. I wonder where the research was conducted and how statistically valid the “findings” were.

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  • Trevor Rowley 27th March 2018

    Katie Boyle belonged to that immediate post-war era of British television. If you disregard its origins immediately before the outbreak of WWII, this was the infancy of BBC television. We still had the prominence of “cultured” broadcasting to the state (we were led to believe that, before the war, radio newsreaders addressed the microphone wearing dinner jackets and black bow ties) and we were regularly broadcasted to by “posh boys” like Peter Haigh (ex-British Forces Broadcasting) and Peter Dimmock (complete with RAF ‘tash). Katie Boyle added a touch of glamour to the proceedings but there was no hiding her roots – although her mother had Yorkshire origins, Katie’s daddy came from the Italian nobility and she had been educated at expensive private schools throughout Europe. A pleasant lady, nonetheless.
    We had no television in those days and a typical Saturday evening was spent three doors away as the guests of the Wright family as we watched “Cafe Continental” on their rather small, black and white set. No doubt our viewing was also accompanied by sandwiches and steaming cuppas. We were easily pleased in the Dukinfield of the early Fifties.

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  • Roger O Green 28th March 2018

    If Melania could get her husband to stop tweeting, THAT would be a miracle worth noting!

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