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!

Neither strong nor stable: If you would like to demonstrate your political allegiance ahead of the general election, why not stand a life-size cut-out of Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn in your house window. Both are available from Amazon and are an obvious target for ironic customer reviews.

Speaking of cut-outs: Diane Abbott’s gaffe over the cost of Labour’s extra 10,000 police officers was proved do-able by the Tweet on the left.

And speaking of gaffes: Prince Philip announced that he’s retiring from public engagements. I’m no royalist, but his endless one-liners are priceless.

Get prepped: What with North Korea, ISIS, Donald Trump and Brexit, sales of personal nuclear bunkers are soaring according to the California company that makes them. This can be yours for prices starting at $25,000, but I wonder whether the manufacturer’s warranty will still apply in the increasingly likely event that they are needed and they prove to be faulty.

And if that doesn’t worry you: Scientists have carried out a computer simulation of an asteroid strike on the earth and estimate that 200m wide rock hitting London would kill 8.7 million people,

Ribbit: Have you ever noticed the remarkable resemblance between Donald Trump’s mouth and a frog? Mike Mitchell has on Twitter.

And on the subject of frogs, Hollywood is to blame for making us think that all frogs go ‘ribbit, ribbit’ because that is the noise that the Pacific Tree Frog makes which was recorded and incorrectly used in countless films.

Brief lives:  Mountaineer Ueli SteckGordon Langford who composed the BBC test card music (right); veteran over-90 athlete Charles Eugster; Margaret Towner who found fame late in life as Jira in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Sodimedjo of Indonesia reputedly at the age of 146; policeman turned author Peter Walker whose books inspired the tv series Heartbeat and; Harry Huskey, computer pioneer and arguably the father of the personal computer.

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6 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 7th May 2017

    I enjoyed reading through many of the gaffes made by Prince Philip. Priceless. As for Diane Abbott, her buffoonery was unforgivable – playing right into the hands of Tory mythologists. It was disappointing that Mr Corbyn didn’t immediately sack her as shadow Home Secretary. Speaking of Mr Corbyn, I wonder who will be his replacement after the election disaster. I am hoping for Hilary Benn but blinkered activists may have other ideas.

  • Steve 8th May 2017

    I got a huge laugh out of the Trump frog-mouth thing. Clever!

  • Trevor Rowley 10th May 2017

    Diane Abbot’s blatantly wrong figures were bad enough but her efforts to salvage the situation were pathetic. She was like a rabbit caught in headlights and the more she dug the hole the more she disappeared from view. She may have some talent but it certainly wasn’t evident on that day.

    PS How do we “mis-speak?”

    • Mr Parrot 11th May 2017

      Mis-speaking is politicians’ jargon for making a complete fool of themselves in public.

  • Roger O Green 10th May 2017

    LOVE those Langford cards!

    • Mr Parrot 11th May 2017

      I agree although the music was accompanied by the test card used by the tv engineers back in the day when television wasn’t 24/7.


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