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!

Grammar vigilante: Known as the Banksy of grammar, one man has been waging a war on misplaced apostrophes on the shop signs of Bristol for the last thirteen years, armed with his trusty ‘apostrophiser’.

Naked ladies: No, not the usual internet stuff but naked bodies hidden in the landscape through the use of very clever camouflage by Swiss artist Filippo Ioco.

Only in Cambridge: It isn’t often you see graffiti written in Latin, but you do in Cambridge where protesters have sprayed ‘locus in domos’ and ‘loci populum!’ on a new house development. Roughly translated that mean local homes for local people.

Per ardua: GP Dr Peter Brueggemann has fulfilled a childhood dream having spent eight years building a replica of the Fokker triplane flown by the Red Baron. And he’s German.

Ad astra: However, I doubt that the Fokker would be a match for the World War Two Spitfire which is flying again more than seventy years after it was shot down near Caen in France.

Speaking of plane crazy: 66-year-old Bruce Campbell of Portland, Oregon, has spent a small fortune converting a Boeing 747 into a home and he’s planning to do the same in Japan where he spends part of each year.

Pasta joke: If you fancy something different for a snack, try the spaghetti doughnuts created by Pop Pasta in New York.

Event horizon: Unless black holes are shortcuts in interstellar travel as some sci-fi films would have you believe, getting close to one isn’t a good idea so scientists a building a telescope that can zoom in on the event horizon of the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.

What a way to go: If you’re looking for an interesting way to check out of this life, the authors of And Then You’re Dead have come up with some novel suggestions, including getting too close to a neutron star and jumping into a hole in the earth.

Small change: I haven’t come across any of the new pound coins yet, but they are said to be the most secure coins ever produced thanks to holograms and a hidden ‘secret’ security measure. And if you find one with the word ‘trial’ on it, it could be worth more than £200.

No surprise of the week: Support for bringing back incandescent light bulbs,  blue passports and pre-decimal currency is three times higher among Brexiteers than among Remainers.

Brief lives: Drum machine pioneer Ikutaro Kakehash; civil rights activist Darcus Howe; Hiroshima doctor Shuntaro Hida; Pop Art pioneer James Rosenquist; The Jewel in the Crown actor Tim Pigott-Smith  and;

The Sound of the Sixties DJ Brian Matthews on the right with the Fortunes.

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.

6 comments… Add yours
  • Tony 9th April 2017

    To heck with predecimal coins, blue assports and bulbs that don’t make you look like some discarded cadaver if you sit too close.

    We want “The Woodentops” back again. And “Torchy the battery boy”. Oh, and “Space Patrol”.

    Do that for us, and you can import as many Swedish prostitutes and Romanian catamites as your hearts’ desire!

  • Yorkshire Pudding 11th April 2017

    I couldn’t see two or three of those naked bodies hidden by the perverted Swiss artist. I applaud the Bristol apostrophe vigilante. He should pay a visit to the blogosphere where numerous bloggers appear to imagine that the apostrophe is simply a matter of choice. Take it or leave it. I would have such numbskulls flogged or clamped in the village stocks (stock’s?) for a day or two.

  • Trevor Rowley 12th April 2017

    It was actually Matthew, Mr P – with no “s” on the end. But I don’t suppose old Brian would mind too much, he always seemed such a decent, easy going kind of bloke. I considered his finest work not to have been “Sounds of the Sixties” but rather the earlier BBC radio programme of “Saturday Club.” The former, hosted by Keith Fordyce from 1983 onwards, was almost predominantly hit records whereas “Saturday Club” had Brian chatting to guests in the studio (the Beatles featured live about a dozen times on the programme). The guests would often play live in the studio, so no time for fancy multi tracking and engineering special effects – solely the natural talent of the artists (imperfections and all). Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent played live on the show as far back as 1960 (I would assume this was the year that Eddie Cochran met his death in a car accident in the south of England.

    Brian was a knowledgeable chap who brought a certain charm to his programmes and he clearly knew how to make his guests feel at their ease. Can’t imagine that there are many of his “old school” type still left in the industry these days. God bless him.

    • Mr Parrot 13th April 2017

      Thanks for the correction Trevor – I’m afraid my memories of Brian aren’t quite so clear.

  • Trevor Rowley 15th April 2017

    This has got me thinking back to some of those oldtimers who were always regulars as pop music presenters on our radios, way back when – David Jacobs (Juke Box Jury), Pete Murray, Keith Fordyce, Alan “Fluff” Freeman. Going back a little further we had Allan Dell, Jack Jackson and George Elrick (Housewives’ Choice). Many of them learnt their craft in armed forces radio, during and after WWII, some then moving on to Radio Luxembourg. The late Desmond Carrington was probably one of the last alround music presenters. My favourite? Alan Keith (Your One Hundred Best Tunes) – an absolute gem, died at 94 in 2003 after forty four years of continuous radio broadcasting. Sadly missed.

  • Steve 15th April 2017

    Oh, please, NO pre-decimal currency. I never lived it, and only read about it, but it sounds confusing as hell.

    I have received some of the new pound coins — on my recent trip to Newcastle, actually. They’re very shiny.

    A spaghetti donut — now I’ve seen everything!


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