A rose by any other name: These posters have been appearing all over the country. If you want to take the bizarre pseudo-legal advice of those who say you’re committing legal name fraud by using your own name.
Filed: Brief Lives
Performance of the week: Meryl Streep took on her most challenging role when she ‘oranged-up’ to play Donald Trump at the annual Shakespeare in the Park Public Theatre Gala in New York.
I haven’t added much to the universal outpouring of sadness at the death of Muhammad Ali, apart from a short mention in my Sunday Round-up, mainly because others can do him justice better than I can, but I had to include a short post on something that passed me by at the time.
In 1978, DC comics published what must go down as the greatest fictional bout of all time – Muhammad Ali versus Superman. Read more ›››
The last trump: He has helped our understanding of space and time, but even Stephen Hawking finds it a lot harder to explain Donald Trump.
And while some sport ‘Trump 2016: Make America Great Again’ and ‘I’m with Hillary’ bumper stickers, others take a more jaundiced view of the presidential election. Read more ›››
Baby Boom: You see a lot of posh prams about these days, but if you really want to splash out you need tickets to The Private Pregnancy Show. How about £30,000 for a life-size sculpture of your baby bump in glass or bronze? Or if that’s a bit steep, how about a newborn photography package from £750 to £4,000? Or for £1,575, you can store your baby’s stem cells in case they need them in the future. Read more ›››
Smell of the week: For the librarian in your life, perfumier Christopher Brosius brings you In the Library, a scent that promise ‘a whisper of the frayed cloth and the wisp of wood polish from the shelves’.
Time traveller of the week: When Boris Johnson isn’t campaigning for Brexit, he is hopping into his Tardis as a time-travelling transvestite.
Things I didn’t know last week: Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and morgue has a gift shop where you can buy personalised body bags, toe tags and beach towels with a chalk body outline design. Sadly the store is offline at the moment. (Via the Danny Baker Show podcast)