Sunday Round-up

My round-up of news, events and stuff and nonsense from the last seven days.
If it’s news Lito me, it must be news to you!

Awkward: The makers of commemorative tat are gearing up for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle but poor Harry has been replaced by another famous ginger in this plate available on Etsy.

Never fade away: The Troxler effect, named after a Swiss doctor in 1804, describes the optical illusion that an image can vanish before our very eyes.

One step beyond: The impact of Brexit is worse than we feared as England is listed as an African country in the Commonwealth Games programme.

Neon showcase: Artist Mark Campau has a cheeky take on social media on his Instagram page.

Dino McDinoface: The skeleton of a new species of dinosaur is up for auction in June and if you are the lucky bidder, you get to name it after yourself, assuming you’ve got £1 million to spare.

Bum note: A ‘singing’ road in the Netherlands has hit the wrong note with local residents. The road has rumble strips designed to play the Friesland anthem if driven over at the correct speed, but the constant droning is driving the locals nuts.

Game fail: A contestant on the American Wheel of Fortune show failed to answer the board correctly even though all the letters had been revealed.

Quote of the week: ‘No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up’ – Lily Tomlin.

Brief lives: Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt; Johan van Hulst who saved 600 children from the Nazis in WWII; Swedish popstar Lill-Babs seen on the right singing It’s My Party (or Live Life in this version which has very different lyrics – right-click Google translate); founder of Japanese animation Isao Takahata: abstract artist Gillian Ayres; director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Milos Forman; Five Easy Pieces actress Susan Anspach; W1A actor Alex Beckett and; Paralympian Rob Matthews.

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.

6 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 15th April 2018

    It’s surprising that this Sunday Round-Up did not include the “precision” bombing of certain targets in Syria. I wonder how many civilians were killed. We shall probably never know as such information tends to sully the propaganda… ‘No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up’

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    • Trevor Rowley 16th April 2018

      If only it were that simple – having to check on how many civilians might have got caught up in the recent air strikes on Syria. Compared to the thousands killed by their own government (half a million?) and the millions displaced (largely to Lebanon), these recent actions are small. Sadly, the whole thing is a mess regardless of whose side you might support.

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      • Yorkshire Pudding 16th April 2018

        I wasn’t for a moment suggesting that it were “that simple” Trevor. The only “side” I support is innocent civilians.

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        • Trevor Rowley 16th April 2018

          I would rather we send no British ordnance or military into Syria at all, Yorkie. That protects us, in the short term at least, but does precious little for the poor folk in Syria who are on the receiving end of the gassing, barrel bombs and rocket launches that they appear to have been subjected to on a regular basis. We have Syrian exiles in the UK coming on talk radio programmes, more or less daily, pleading with the west to do something wholesale to stop whatever Assad is hell-bent on doing. We’re currently “damned if we do and damned if we don’t.” Russia continues to block anything meaningful being decided at the United Nations and, in the meantime, it has now been suggested that the international community commence the formalities to process Assad for war crimes.

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  • Roger Green 21st April 2018

    I think the pronunciation that guy gave on Wheel of Fortune was how I learned it too!

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  • Roger Green 21st April 2018

    I think the pronunciation that guy gave on Wheel of Fortune was how I learned it too!

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