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!

Coulrophilia: If you have an overwhelming obsession with clowns, here is the house for you on sale in Canada for just £135,000.

Sing-a-long: The powers that be in China are concerned that the national anthem is ‘casually used and sung in an unsolemn manner’ so they are to introduce new laws that set out when and how it should be sung.

But is it art: A student in Scotland left a £1 pineapple at an art exhibition at his university and when he returned four days later, it had indeed become an exhibit in its own glass case.

Wicked leaks: In the week that the draft Labour manifesto was leaked, the media hushed up the fact that the Tories had also fallen foul of a leak, but it was spotted by Richard Matthew on Twitter.

May the Fourth: A child who dressed up as Darth Vader as part of the annual Star War Day sparked an armed police response when he was mistaken for a potential attacker at a high school in Wisconsin.

Run fat boy, run: Scientists are developing a new drug that could turn the laziest of couch potatoes into a marathon runner. The ‘exercise in a pill’ has dramatically improved the endurance in mice.

Coffee selfie: With so many coffee shops to choose from, the retailers need an edge and the latest is having a selfie from your phone printed on your latte.

But if you can’t wait for a shot of Joe, then try the mobile phone case that can brew you a shot in just eight seconds. Or perhaps a caffeinated bagel would do the trick.

Beep-beep: Vodaphone is closing its pager service because it is now seen as ageing technology. Which is a little worrying because they are still used widely in the health service and I know from experience that they can still be relied upon in a major emergency while other technology crashes under the strain.

Brief lives:  Nicholas Sand, the chemist whose brand of LSD fuelled America’s psychedelic counterculture during the late 1960s; test pilot John Cockburn;

Musician and trance DJ Robert Miles; Michael Wearing who produced The Boys from the Black Stuff and; Geoffrey Bayldon who played the much-loved Catweazle right with his ‘telling bone’.

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.

8 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 14th May 2017

    We should have rules for how to sing “God Save the Queen”:-
    1. It must be sung with gusto and with tears of national pride in your eyes.
    2. Anyone found singing it out of tune will face a stiff fine.
    3. From now on all citizens must learn verses two and three:-
    O Lord our God arise,
    Scatter her enemies
    And make them fall;
    Confound their politics,
    Frustrate their knavish tricks,
    On Thee our hopes we fix,
    God save us all!

    Thy choicest gifts in store,
    On her be pleased to pour;
    Long may she reign:
    May she defend our laws,
    And ever give us cause,
    To sing with heart and voice,
    God save the Queen!

    • Mr Parrot 14th May 2017

      Why stop at just three verses? I bet Theresa May wishes she could crush rebellious Scots!

      • Yorkshire Pudding 14th May 2017

        Boy jobs or girl jobs
        Big brown and stinky jobs
        God save May’s team!
        Strong and vainglorious
        Stable and raptorious
        Going to shit all over us
        God curse May’s team!

  • Trevor Rowley 14th May 2017

    Yes, Mr P, the the verse that is missed out (although there are a number, if truth were told). It grates on me that we have to endure “Flower of Scotland” with references to sending Edward’s army home “to think again.” This nonsense relates back to thirteen something and some battle where the Scots got a home win. We should be prepared to respond with that omitted fourth verse where Marshal Wade is encouraged to sort the Scots out. After all, they had sent an army that came down through Lancashire (Lancaster, Preston and Wigan) then got as far as Derby before being told that it wasn’t such a good idea.

    The ideal English national anthem would be sung to the tune of Rule Britannia…

    Rule Britannia
    Two tanners make a bob
    Three make one and six
    And four two bob

    Short and sweet, everybody knows the words, so let’s get on with the match. See you, Jimmy!

    • Yorkshire Pudding 15th May 2017

      Oh. I thought it was “Flour of Scotland” – used in making scotch pancakes and that bannock bread loved by “The Broons”. I will need tae “think again” aboot that hen.

  • Steve 15th May 2017

    The coffee selfie — what a bizarre idea. Who thinks of these things?!

    And that clown house — holy cow! It just goes to show how shopping has become a recreational activity for so many people. I’m not sure whether it’s more or less fortunate that the buyers in this case were focused on one precise type of acquisition!

  • Roger Green 17th May 2017

    In the Coffee Selfie section, you repeat yourself when under stress, repeat yourself when under stress…
    In the last Methodist hymnal, John Wesley had instructions on singing hyms; guess it’s a universal problem.

    • Mr Parrot 17th May 2017

      Thanks Roger – it seems to be a peccadillo of WordPress. When you insert a line break, it often repeats a particular section.


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