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!

Luxury vending: A dealer in luxury supercars in Singapore has created a fifteen storey high vending machine where you can pick up a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Maserati at the touch of a button.

Wrong ‘un: Kim Jong-un’s bid for world domination has spread as far as Teeside after a North Korean flag mysteriously appeared outside a house in Ingleby Barwick.

Eternal hit: The Killers first hit Mr Brightside entered the UK charts in 2004 and for reasons that no-one can quite explain it has remained in the charts every week ever since.

Sense and insensitivity: Certain people in certain quarters have got their knickers in a twist over the ‘prettified’ image of Jane Austen on the new £10 note. If you click on the image right you can compare the portrait with the only contemporary likeness drawn by Jane’s sister Cassandra. The image on the new note seems to be based on the later 1870 engraving. In any event, I’m not sure why such an infamous purveyor of malware should be honoured in this way.

Robots in disguise: A father and son team in Russia have created their own Transformers robot out of an old Lada car.

Dust to dust: Thinking about your choice of funeral has been a tossup between burial or cremation – until now. A third option of alkaline hydrolysis or ‘green cremation will soon be available in the UK.

One track mind: We have seen some odd couplings, as it were, such as the woman who married herself in 2015, but the latest takes some beating – Carol Santa Fe who has married Sante Fe railway station.

Brief lives: Bad guy actor Powers Boothe; ex-MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden; Stalin’s grandson Yevgeny Dzhugashvili (died in December); geneticist and ‘miracle plant breeder’ Dilbagh Athwal; oo7 and The Saint actor Roger Moore and; of course all those who died in the Manchester terror attack but especially for Martyn Hett who was a friend of my daughter’s from her college days. I leave you with poet Tony Walsh’s tribute to my great home city.

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6 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 30th May 2017

    Sorry my comment is late this week because of our trip to London. Longfella’s recitation of “This Is the Place” was a very special moment wasn’t it? By the way, I can’t see what all the fuss is about Jane Austen’s likeness on the tenner. After all, we don’t really know what Shakespeare looked like in spite of the familiar images of him.

  • Roger O Green 31st May 2017

    I feel horrible about Manchester, and Kabul, and…

  • Trevor Rowley 4th June 2017

    By chance, I came upon a You Tube piece put together (I think) by an Australian contributor, in which he strongly rejected any idea that the Manchester bombing had actually taken place. His claim was that the whole thing had been put together as some giant “falsification – basically, it never happened. He couldn’t understand why there “hadn’t been a big enough bang,” “hadn’t been any flames/fire,” “hadn’t been any smoke,” and strongly believed that the “dead” and injured had acted the whole thing.

    I wonder if this total knobhead might now want to change his view given the events in London on Saturday evening. Or would that also have been put together by another lot of gifted amateur actors?

    • Mr Parrot 4th June 2017

      That’s conspiracy theorists for you – they are ‘experts’ who have no idea what they’re talking about. Did he say why he thought the whole thing had been fabricated?

      • Trevor Rowley 5th June 2017

        He didn’t elaborate on his thinking, Mr P. It seemed to be more a case of “let’s take the forensic approach and tear all the evidence apart.” All very strange, really. It’s laughable to think that Madge could have been invited to trot out to a Manchester hospital to chat to little girls in a hospital ward, with the little girls volunteering to sit in their beds wrapped up in bandages.

        • Trevor Rowley 6th June 2017

          I suppose there are conspiracy theories that are more believable than others. An interesting one that I came across this week, for the first time (although I believe it has probably been around for a year or two), surrounds the third bullet that was fired at JFK’s assassination. In the TV film, “JFK’s Secret Killer – The Evidence,” former Australian police detective, Colin McLaren, strongly maintains that secret service agent, George Hickey, travelling in the vehicle directly behind the presidential couple, accidentally shot Kennedy in the back of the head as he (Hickey) was thrown forward once the vehicle accelerated after the second bullet had entered Kennedy through the back of his neck. McLaren uses the ballistics evidence of Howard Donahue (himself a ballistics expert) and puts forward a convincing argument. If the theory is true (and there appeared to be a lot of evidence to show that the secret service people used every trick in the book to cover their tracks that day) then the truth has been well and truly buried with the passage of time. However, a little bit more convincing than the Australian twerp I had referred to previously.


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