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!

You dirty rat: Donald Trump is now being harassed by Trumpy the Rat, a fifteen-foot inflatable caricature sporting Confederate flag cufflinks, a Russian flag on its lapel, and a Trump-style hairdo.

Whoops Apocalypse: Tensions over a possible nuclear attack on Guam by North Korea wound up several notches when two local radio stations accidentally broadcast an emergency civil danger warning.

Missing link: The so-called Frankenstein dinosaur that has puzzled scientists for years has finally been identified as Chilesaurus, the missing link between plant-eating and carnivorous dinosaurs

Crackpot: Conspiracy nutjob Alex Jones has come up with a weird theory about who was responsible for events in Charlottesville last week – Jewish actors dressed as KKK.

How fair are you? Although many of us like to think we a fair and unbiased, it seems we all harbour beliefs and attitudes about groups of people based on their race or ethnicity, gender, body weight and other traits.

Brand awareness: And continuing the psychological theme, it seems that having different brand preferences from our partners can tell you more about the strength of your relationship than shared interests or personality traits.

Shed load: Last year, mechanic Kevin Nicks spent £5,000 building a garden shed capable of speeds of up to 99 mph and this week he took to the road in it to raise money for a hospice.

No laughing matter: It was National Tell a Joke Day on Wednesday which involves coming up with the corniest of gags such as: A three-legged dog enters a saloon and says ‘I’m looking for the man who shot my paw.’ Which reminds me, we also have the best one-liners from the Edinburgh Festival which are a marginal improvement.

My favourite comes from Alasdair Beckett-King: Whenever someone says, “I don’t believe in coincidence”, I say “Oh my God, me neither!”

Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it was wearing a hi-vis jacket courtesy of Glenshieling House in Blairgowrie, Scotland.

Out of this world: Students in Florida got the thrift shop bargain of a lifetime when they bought five NASA flight suits for $1.20 that could be worth $12,000 to $20,000.

Brief lives: Sister Ruth Pfau, the Mother Teresa of Pakistan; All Blacks captain John Graham; author and surgeon Richard Gordon who wrote the Doctor in the House books; actor Haruo Nakajima who played Godzilla (right); veteran Labour MP Kevin McNamara; Bernard Kenny who tried to save the murdered MP Jo Cox; Marian Diamond, the scientist who studied Einstein’s brain and; the irreplaceable Bruce Forsyth the only entertainer whose career spanned the history of television including the sitcom Slinger’s Day that he took over after the death of Leonard Rossiter.

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.

4 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 20th August 2017

    “Conspiracy nutjob Alex Jones”? You mean that Welsh woman who sits on the red couch in “The One Show”? She always seems very nice to me. I didn’t realise there was another side to her. You are saying Bruce Forsyth is dead? Well there’s a surprise! Why hasn’t that news appeared on the telly?

    • Trevor Rowley 21st August 2017

      Bruce Forsyth’s death has been reported on TV, young Pudding, and well you know it. Your attempt at wit at his expense is rather callous. His record of being a regular on British television for seven decades will not be surpassed. I’ll bet you won’t be working in your late eighties.

      • Yorkshire Pudding 21st August 2017

        Nice to see you Trevor… to see you nice! I expect I’ll be dead before I’m seventy so no, I won’t be working in my late eighties.

  • Roger Green 21st August 2017

    A Jones is a vile man who said the Sandy Hook shooting (20 children, 6 adults) was faked.


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