Filed: Brief Lives

Sunday Round-up

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.

Lead balloon of the week: Worcester City Council is to impose a £70 fine on anyone releasing a helium filled balloon which surprisingly was supported by 54% of the Wordcester News. Read more ›››

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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.

And speaking of oranged-up: A seagull was dyed orange after being rescued from a container of chicken tikka masala at an undisclosed food factory in Wales. Read more ›››

Man and Superman

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 ›››

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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 ›››

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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 ›››

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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’.

Alternatively, you could try Dead Writers which ‘evokes the feeling of sitting in an old library chair paging through yellowed copies of Hemingway, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald and Poe’. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Boris the time-travelling transvestite

Time traveller of the week: When Boris Johnson isn’t campaigning for Brexit, he is hopping into his Tardis as a time-travelling transvestite.

Meanwhile The Mirror rehashed the video which appears to show a time traveller filming a Mike Tyson fight on a mobile phone back in 1995, even though it clearly isn’t. Read more ›››

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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)

Things I didn’t know last week 2: All the blue plaques in London commemorating the great and the good are made by husband and wife team, Sue and Frank Ashworth. Read more ›››

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