Sunday Round-up

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

Drag’s Army: Photos of wartime defence forces have emerged of them manning the guns in drag after they were called into action during a panto show at the height of the Blitz.

Spell cheker: Donald Trump would be rubbish at Scrabble so he has come up with Scrabull, a game that any idiot can play as you can see from this Jimmy Kimmel video.

Neat idea: The Puy de Fou theme park in France is training crows to pick up cigarette ends and other litter in exchange for food.

Treasure trove: It is amazing what some people throw out as Max Brown when he rescued a pile of books from a skip in Nevada only to discover that one of them once belonged to Thomas Jefferson.

Thick as thieves: A burglar broke into an escape room in Vancouver then found he couldn’t escape and had to phone the police to get him out.

Face value: Australians are demanding portraits of the queen because of an obscure law that they are entitled to them.

Baffling: Strange Roman bronze dodecahedrons have turned up all over Northern Europe and archaeologists have no idea what they were used for.

Stumped: The first question in Who Wants to be a Millionaire is usually so simple that anyone can get the answer but this Turkish contestant was stumped when asked where is the Great Wall of China?

Brief lives: Actor Peter Blake who among other things starred in the 1970s Lipsmakin’ Pepsi ads; sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison and; Archers and Crossroads actress Carolyn Jones;

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 12th August 2018

    The Roman bronze dodecahedrons are indeed fascinating. I had never heard of them before. I am afraid that I cannot come up with a witty or new but feasible suggestion. Sorry.

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    • Mr Parrot 13th August 2018

      Interesting objects for sure. I wondered whether they might be used as connectors with wooden poles to form the frame of a structure like a full-size building toy but I suspect that we will never know for sure.

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  • Roger Green 15th August 2018

    You’re usually so on top of things, so I was surprised you didn’t find Harlan’s death, which was at the end of June, until now. I read a number of comic book adaptations of his work.

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