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!‘

Back to the ’50s: Teresa May’s plans for a Festival of Brexit Britain echoing the 1951 version did not meet with universal approval and prompted graphic artist Richard Littler to reimagine the original poster.

What a lovely bunch: Police in Rome blew up a suspicious bag only to discover it contained nothing more than a bunch of coconuts.

Pay cut: The salary premium of a university degree has fallen by more than 40% in the last fourteen years. Who could have predicted that having a larger proportion of the population with degrees would devalue the qualification? Not the politicians who sold us the idea of student loans, obviously.

Whisky galore: A bottle of the ‘holy grail’ for whisky drinkers sold for a world record £850,000 at auction this week. That makes the rare 1926 Macallan Valerio Adami at £28.000 a dram.

Typo: The sign for the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge in New York that has been misspelt for more than fifty years is to be corrected after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to add the extra Z.

Pick up a plastic penguin: The Telford Exotic Zoo in Shropshire has been forced to install plastic penguins in it new £60,000 enclosure because an outbreak of avian flu has meant there is a shortage of the real thing.

Look on the bright side: Eric Idle and James Corden duetted a topical version of Idle’s greatest hit now titled ‘We Are Probably All Going To Die’.

Red, red wine: A Rwandan graduate who couldn’t find a job took to growing beetroot for a living and now uses it to make the reddest wine you can think of known as Karisimbi.

Rock and roll: A piece of rock used by a university professor as a doorstop turns out to be a meteorite worth $100,000.

Speaking of money: Banksy’s Girl with a Balloon shredded itself moments after selling for £1 million at Sotheby’s. Does this make Banksy a) an anarchist artist b) a product of social media or c) a very clever marketer?

Brief lives: Professional hoaxer Alan Abel; co-founder of Jefferson Airplane Marty Balin; Peggy Sue Gerron who inspired the Buddy Holly song; soprano Montserrat Caballé who sang Barcelona with Freddie Mercury (right); French chanteur Charles Aznavour and; Geoffrey Hayes who presented the children’s tv show Rainbow for over twenty years.

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
  • Kate 8th October 2018

    I love the re-working of the Brexit poster. Very clever. And now I’ll be singing the Eric Idle song all day. It’s my old Dad’s favourite. Well, the original is. I wonder if he’ll like this one. Have you listened to the ‘I’m So Worried’ song?
    As for Banksy. I think it makes him a very clever conceptual artist and all-round ethical person. And funny.

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  • Roger O Green 11th October 2018

    What? Charles Aznavour died? I’m usually catching the deaths of people that I’ve heard of.

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