What a bust: Footballing heartthrob Cristiano Ronaldo didn't look quite so handsome when a sculpture of him was unveiled at the ceremony at Madeira airport which has been named after him. I think it looks like Niall Quinn.
Now that Christmas has passed, I'm afraid I have some bad news for you – if you add up the value of the presents you bought for other people and subtract the value of those you received then you almost certainly made a loss.
It has nothing to do with your relative generosity or having children to buy for, but something that clever economists call a deadweight loss. Read more ›››
I wish it could be Christmas every day: The self-proclaimed Mr Christmas who has celebrated Christmas every day of the year for 23 years vowed to quit the habit last year but quit quitting after just two weeks.
As mentioned above, certain letters are getting harder to fill and none more eXasperating than X. So given the time of year I decided what better that to resurrect my post about Father Xmas.
The Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca-Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››
No Wonder Woman: There is one less woman in politics after Wonder Woman was sacked as an honorary UN ambassador.
She was meant to front a female empowerment campaign but an online petition complained that a ‘large-breasted, white woman of impossible proportions’ was not a suitable symbol of global equality. Read more ›››
First Scrooge of Christmas: The landlord of the Lion and Key pub in Hull has banned anyone wearing Christmas jumpers or fancy dress for the duration of the festive period.
Written in the sky: An unknown pilot is using his plane to make art in the sky for users of the Flightradar24 tracking website. He or she has drawn a flower, a plane and the word 'hello' in the skies above Germany. Read more ›››
I've been rather busy of late, too busy to do much by the way of blogging, except for my ABC Wednesday and Sunday Round-up posts, and too busy visit other people's blogs as often as I would like.
It all started when Mrs P decided we needed a new carpet in the hall. She had a point if I'm honest, the old one looking rather worse for wear after so much heavy traffic over the years. Read more ›››
Branded: When a café came up with a new smoothie they called Nutzy they thought it sounded enough like Nazi to include a swastika on the label. Big mistake.
But even Nazis have a heart: Former Waffen SS soldier has left £364,000 to the Scottish village where he was held as a PoW. Uncle Heinz as he was known to villagers has been repaying the kindness shown to him since he was released. Read more ›››