On yer bike: We are getting one of those bike sharing schemes in Manchester similar to those in China, but there can be a downside as this photo shows. This amazing pattern is made by thousands of bikes dumped by people too lazy to return them in Zhejiang Province.
More money than sense: Prada has produced a solid silver paperclip marketed as a money clip but at £145 each you will have fewer notes to keep safe.
More sense than money: While the silver paperclip might be an attractive proposition for some, more attractive is Canada's glow-in-the-dark coin and at just $2 it is a much cheaper option. Read more ›››
Flotsam and eggsam: Last week I reported the death of Kinder Egg supremo William Salice. News that thousands of the egg-based confectionery have washed up on a German beach couldn't be a coincidence surely.
Trump's lasting legacy: A British fan of the president-elect has his face tattooed on his leg with the words ‘in Trump we trust’ because ‘all great art is controversial’.
It's a face that only a mother could love, or if like me you're a Man United fan who saw him play, or better still an England fan on that Saturday of 31st July 1966 when he became immortal.
For the uninitiated, I should explain that the toothless wonder on the left is Nobby Stiles who these days they'd call a ‘holding midfielder’, loosely translated a player who kicks other players and keeps the passes simple. Read more ›››
I couldn't let the centenary of the start of World War One go by without devoting an ABC post or two to some of those who took part, starting with John Norton-Griffiths.
We all know about the horrors of the stalemate that stretched for 400 miles from the French coast to the Swiss border, but less well-known is the war that took place below the trenches... Read more ›››
It has been a sad glad day for me today as we waved our daughter off at Manchester Airport for her year long teaching position in Thailand.
I was glad because this is what she has been working towards for the last two years having taken her masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Manchester uni, but sad because we won't see her for so long... Read more ›››
I have a fairly jaundiced view of the media that stems from my working life when I had to have day to day contact with journalists. And as we know, familiarity can breed contempt.
Not that I would tar all journos with the same brush. Many I knew were very good at their job and often did a public service, but all had their moments when neutrality and accuracy went out of the window. Read more ›››