I’m sorry if you’ve arrived here expecting my weekly Sunday Round-up but I have been otherwise engaged what with Christmas and family obligations. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed next week.
Isoroku Yamamoto was the ‘mastermind behind the dastardly sneak attack on Pearl Harbour’ in 1941 and who died as a result of equally sneaky tactics by the American air force.
Born Isoroku Takano in Nagaoka in 1884, his first name translates from the old Japanese as the number 56, the age his schoolmaster father was when his son was born. Read more ›››
More Christmas gift ideas: Keep your loved one warm and whacky with one of these Freak Show Hats but be sure to follow the instruction not to use it as a terrorist. Or how about this talking Donald Trump figurine?
Jingle all the way: A Boston University professor has had to defend her controversial research that uncovered the racist origins of the beloved Christmas song Jingle Bells. Read more ›››
Certain letters are getting harder to fill and none is more eXasperating than X. So yet again I have decided what could be more timely than to resurrect my post about Father Xmas.
Actually, 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 ›››
More Christmas gift ideas: For a new take on the Christmas angel, why not this praying mantis porcelain figure? An ideal present for Mrs –Trump this fake news lariat necklace – or maybe a Trumpisms day-to-day 2018 calendar.
Great expectations: In a tongue in cheek article in the BMJ, Dr Catherine Bell blames Peppa Pig for encouraging unrealistic expectations of family doctor services. Read more ›››
Adrian Carton de Wiart is known as the unkillable soldier who served in the Boer War and World Wars One and Two.
Along the way he was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a prisoner-of-war camp and; tore off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. Read more ›››
The sound of silence: Take a look at this animated GIF. Do you ‘hear’ a thudding noise as the skipping pylon hits the ground even though the GIF is silent? If so, you are demonstrating the McGurk effect. Read more ›››