Sunday Round-up

Luxury vending: A dealer in luxury supercars in Singapore has created a fifteen storey high vending machine where you can pick up a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Maserati at the touch of a button.

Wrong 'un: Kim Jong-un's bid for world domination has spread as far as Teeside after a North Korean flag mysteriously appeared outside a house in Ingleby Barwick. Read more ›››

George Francis Train was an American entrepreneur, political activist and as an eccentric globetrotter possibly the inspiration for Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days.

Train was born in Boston in 1829, the son of Oliver Train, but both his parents and his three sisters died in a yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans when he was just four years old. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Shedding a light on eccentricity: The English are rather fond of their garden sheds but some things further than others as the Shed of the Year 2017 finalists demonstrate, like the 1950s police station shed on the left.

Sing a rainbow: Just how good is your colour vision? If you want to find out and have five minutes to spare try the Farnsworth-Munsell 100 hue test (Adobe Flash required). Read more ›››

Thomas Sopwith had a remarkable career as a pioneer of aviation, designing and producing the iconic planes for the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War, the Hurricane fighter plane in the Second and the world's first jump-jet in the 1960s.

And if that wasn't enough, Sopwith was also an accomplished yachtsman who challenged for the America's Cup in the 1930s. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Coulrophilia: If you have an overwhelming obsession with clowns, here is the house for you on sale in Canada for just £135,000.

Sing-a-long: The powers that be in China are concerned that the national anthem is ‘casually used and sung in an unsolemn manner’ so they are to introduce new laws that set out when and how it should be sung. Read more ›››

September 2016 saw the death of Irina Vyacheslavovna Rakobolskaya, renowned physicist and one of the last remaining members of the all-female Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment of the Red Army known as the ‘night witches’.

Rakobolskaya was born in 1919, the daughter of a physics lecturer and a school teacher, in Dankov which is about 190 miles south of Moscow on the River Don. Read more ›››

Neither strong nor stable: If you would like to demonstrate your political allegiance ahead of the general election, why not stand a life-size cut-out of Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn in your house window. Both are available from Amazon and are an obvious target for ironic customer reviews.

Speaking of cut-outs: Diane Abbott's gaffe over the cost of Labour's extra 10,000 police officers was proved do-able by the Tweet on the left. Read more ›››

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