Sunday Round-up

My round-up of news, events and stuff and nonsense from the last seven days –
if it’s news to me, it must be news to you!

BraiteaserMaths test of the week: Can you work out this little brainteaser? I’ll give you a clue: if you think the answer is 15, then you’re wrong.

Comeback of the week: ‘Ooo Betty’ – Michael Crawford is set to reprise his Frank Spencer role from Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em for the first time since 1978 in aid of Sports Relief.

This comes hard on the heels of news that Are You Being Served will also return to our screens in 2016. What does this tell us about the state of British tv comedy?

Workout of the week: Bell-ringers want their passion to be recognised as a sport because it is said to ‘improve muscle coordination, improve agility and tone muscles’. Word has it that there could be a bit of a ding-dong if they try to introduce campanology to the Olympics.

Comeback of the week II: The Flying Scotsman makes its return in the original green livery that my dad remembers, rather than the black paint job it had in January.

Experiment of the week: Ever wondered what it must be like to stick your tongue in a mousetrap? Me neither, but this video from the Slo-Mo Guys gives you some idea.

Warning – not for the squeamish.

Addiction of the week: Research by Prof Ofir Turel of California State University  proves that Facebook is as addictive as cocaine. So just say no, okay?

Tea and toast‘What is the world coming to?’ of the week: I really find this one hard to believe – tea and toast is falling in popularity in the UK. I blame Europe and Donald Trump…

Hairy Panic of the week: We know that the entire ecosystem of Australia conspires to kill all humans who try to live there, but it has now found a new way to make life miserable.

Stat of the week: According to a YouGov survey, 28% of Labour voters would be upset if their child married a Tory, while only 19% of Tory voters are equally prejudiced on behalf of their offspring.

Flash mob of the week: See what happens when a group of people dress up as Mario Kart characters and drive their go-karts round a London shopping centre?

Promise of the week: Kate Middleton wouldn’t hesitate to send Prince George for therapy if he developed mental health problems. Note the word if rather than when.

Harper LeeBrief lives: Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary General, so good they named him twice; Norman Hudis who scripted the first six Carry On films, as well as episodes of The Saint and Hawaii Five-O; Teddy Antolin, David Bowie’s hairdresser for Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups and Diamond Dogs.

And Harper Lee at the age of 89 and Umberto Eco at 84.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

2 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 21st February 2016

    Another well-constructed Sunday Round-Up. As for the Maths teaser, it is just more evidence to demonstrate why I always hated Maths at school.

  • rhymeswithplague 22nd February 2016

    Well, now, I’m really confused about the math problem because I can’t tell how many bananas there are. If there are the same number of bananas in each illustration then the answer is 13-1/2 but if my eyes are playing tricks on me then I have no idea what the answer might be.

    I wish our election cycles were as short as yours. Our has been dragging on since 2014 now and still has nine months to go.

    Too bad about Harper Lee. Did you read Go Set A Watchman last summer?

    Fun post, Ian.


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