Sunday Round-up

Mind the step: A passenger on a Lucky Air flight from Sanya, on Hainan Island, has been fined £8,000 after opening the plane’s emergency door ‘to get some air’.

Jesus saves: Unlikely Rochdale superfan Jesus Sanchez left his home in Spain thanks to the home supporters who raised the £500 for his trip in the hope that his presence might save them from relegation. And it worked! Read more ›››

Q is for Qiu Jin

My subject this week is Qiu Jin, feminist, poet and revolutionary who became a martyr known as the Chinese Joan of Arc.

Qiu was born in 1875 in Xiamen in the south-east of China. She endured an unhappy marriage and came into contact with new ideas, in particular, the Tongmenghui secret society which advocated the overthrow of the Qing, the last imperial dynasty. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Plastic kingdom: Canadian Robert Bezeau has built a four-storey castle out of 40,000 plastic bottles on the island of Bocas del Toro in Panama.

Out of this world: Thursday was Alien Day, but not about little green men in flying saucers, rather the Alien(s) film franchise. And let us not forget that yesterday was the eighth Ed Balls Day. although some feel it is becoming far too commercialised. Read more ›››

P is for Marina Popovich

Marina Popovich held over one hundred aviation records in forty different aircraft and yet she is probably the greatest pilot that the west has never heard of.

She was born Marina Lavrentievna Vasiliyeva in 1831 in the Smolensk Oblast in the west of Russia and was evacuated to Novosibirsk in south-central Russia during World War Two. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Treasure trove: A thirteen-year-old boy has uncovered a significant treasure trove in Germany which may have belonged to the legendary Danish king Harald Bluetooth.

Third remove: Sainsbury’s has launched a ‘touch-free’ range of meat so that millennials can enjoy the taste of meat without ever having to lay a finger on their convenience meal. Sheesh. Read more ›››

O is for Felice Orsini

A revolutionary this week in the shape of Italian nationalist Felice Orsini whose attempt to assassinate Napolean III had political repercussions throughout Europe.

Orsini was born in the small city-state of Meldola but from the age of nine, he was put in the care of his uncle, Orso Orsini, in whose care he received a strict religious education. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Awkward: The makers of commemorative tat are gearing up for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle but poor Harry has been replaced by another famous ginger in this plate available on Etsy.

Never fade away: The Troxler effect, named after a Swiss doctor in 1804, describes the optical illusion that an image can vanish before our very eyes. Read more ›››

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