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!

Orange SeagullPerformance of the week: Meryl Streep took on her most challenging role when she ‘oranged-up’ to play Donald Trump at the annual Shakespeare in the Park Public Theatre Gala in New York.

And speaking of oranged-up: A seagull was dyed orange after being rescued from a container of chicken tikka masala at an undisclosed food factory in Wales.

Received pronunciation: The early BBC tied itself in knots over the pronunciation of words like margarine, garage,ski and whether vegetable should have three or four syllables.

Filling in the gaps: Historic England is looking for your help to fill in our missing history with knowledge or photos of listed buildings near you.

One’s little stick of Blackpool rock: Queen Elizabeth reveals that she’s a fan of an old-fashioned sing-song and wanted to be a patron of the George Formby Appreciation Society.

Fishy story of the week: Goldfish aren’t as dim as we thought. Scientists have demonstrated that they can pick out an unfamiliar face in a crowd, which is handy if you want to take your goldfish to a party or a football match.

Mystery of the week: The Body on the Moor. A genuine mystery beautifully presented by the BBC. Why did this man travel halfway round the world to end his life on Saddleworth Moor?

Fred the tortoise with his new shellMedical miracle of the week: A tortoise who lost his home in a fire in Brazil had a prosthetic shell fitted by a group called Animal Avengers, thanks to the wonders of 3D printing.

Punctuation of hate: The humble parenthesis has been transformed into a symbol of hate by white supremacists and anti-Semites, but in turn the ‘echo’ has been turned into a symbol of defiance.

Leap of faith: What happens when you take a sledgehammer to the highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world? Rather him than me.

Abel Fernández and Robert Stack in The UntouchablesBrief lives: Playwright Peter Schaffer, author of Equus, Royal Hunt of the Sun and Amadeus; Ernest Montego, juggler extraordinaire; Sir Tom Kibble, Nobel laureate and joint discovered of the Higgs-Kibble Mechanism; chess grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi; Abel Fernández,Elliot Ness’s sidekick in the Untouchables; Jean-Claude Decaux who made a fortune out of posters in bus shelters and lavatories.

And Ethel Bush, one of two policewomen awarded the George Medal for courage.

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.

4 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 12th June 2016

    Thanks for the “Historic England” link. I shall see what I can do to enrich their image bank re. listed buildings. I didn’t realise that Donald Trump had a beak – it must be his answer to Pinocchio’s nose but it’s a stunning picture of the Republicans’ favoured presidential candidate. I guess he’ll soon be flying all over the place crapping on people… or has he already done that?

  • rhymeswithplague 14th June 2016

    Of course vegetable should be pronounced with four syllables, and diamond and vacuum should be pronounced with three. I have spoken.


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