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!

Black ice creamBack in black: After writing about doughnut ice cream cones last week, the latest food fad is the perfect accompaniment – black ice cream coloured with coconut ash. Or if you really want to pile on the pounds, try an Eccles cake burger.

Healthy bad habits: As someone who bit his fingernails as I child, I now know that I was doing myself a favour since this bad habit, along with thumb-sucking, sparks your immune system and prevents allergies.

Goliath was no giant: A burial site unearthed in Ashkelon proves that the Philistines were normal sized, and neither were they philistines.

Jam jar mafia: Britain’s biggest organised crime syndicate has finally been revealed as the Women’s Institute for its ill-gotten gains from illegal jam sales.

Things I didn’t know last week: The late great Gil Scott-Heron was the voice of You know when you’ve been Tango’d (right) as well as the It’s Frothy Man Cresta ads apparently. And his dad was the first black player for Glasgow Celtic.

Things I didn’t know last week two: The late Lemmy of Motorhead took his stage name from the character played by David Kossoff (among others) in the 1950s BBC radio drama Journey Into Space.

Jaws jamboree: Every year, all the great white sharks that normally live off America’s west coast swim for over a month for a deep-sea get together halfway between Mexico and Hawaii. And nobody knows why.

Supermarket sweep: We all hate to get stuck at the till when we go shopping, but the secret to speedy service is to go left and always follow a full shopping trolley.

And speaking of shopping: Lucy Nesbitt-Comaskey who said of the outrage in Nice: ‘The sad thing about it, I know this is awful and maybe a bit selfish, but it did spoil our shopping trip.’

Ghostbusters ThreeWho you gonna call?: With Ghostbusters Three in a cinema near you, there are people for whom spotting spooks is a real job. Here’s all you need to know.

Muffler men: No American road trip would be complete without spotting one of the roadside giants advertising everything from exhausts to theme parks, so it’s good to know that they are being preserved.

Brief lives: Sydney Schanberg whose reports from Cambodia was the basis for The Killing Fields; Frank Dickens, creator of the Bristow comic strip; French Resistance fight Charles Gonard; Tom McCaffery, early political spin doctor; the real life Don Corleone Bernardo Provenzaro; 13th Earl of Haddington, member of the House of Lords and explorer of the paranormal and; ultra-marathon runner, Al Howie.

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6 comments… Add yours
  • Mosh 17th July 2016

    I don’t know if it’s coloured with ash, but Kraken Rum are doing an ice cream for Bloodstock which is black also.

  • Yorkshire Pudding 17th July 2016

    My comment is simply this – I have read your “Sunday Round-Up” again but next week can we have a proper “Sunday Round-Up” in which you get on a horse and literally “round up” all the domestic pets in your neighbourhood? They could be corralled in Edgeley Park.

    • Mr Parrot 17th July 2016

      We have been training Dottie to round-up critters, but so far she has only managed two rats, now deceased.

  • Lee 18th July 2016

    I’ve just finished eating my lunch of steamed vegetables and grill salmon fillet…but now I’m going to have something black….some licorice! I love licorice!!! 🙂

  • Trevor Rowley 18th July 2016

    How strange that Lemmy would want to change his name from Ian.


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