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!

Upper crust: A  café in my local town centre has produced what it claims is the most northern sandwich ever – a muffin in which a pie sits on top of a pile of chips and topped off with mushy peas.

Don’t panic: If you’re reading this then the end of the world as predicted to happen yesterday by Christian numerologist David Meade has been postponed.

Climate change: Britain’s oldest patch of snow is expected to melt away any day now, something that has happened only six times in the last 300 years.

Cheap as chips: After all the razzamatazz surrounding Donald Trump’s election campaign all his spare memorabilia has turned up in Poundland and is expected to sell well for Halloween.

Name game: Albie, Arlo, Ezra, Finn, Jasper and Jesse replaced Callum, Connor, Jamie, Kian, Seth and Sonny in the top 100 boys’ names in 2016 according to the Office for National Statistics. Oliver and Olivia are now the most popular.

This follows a survey that found that a fifth of grandparents hate their grandchildren’s names because they are trendy, odd or too old-fashioned.

It could be you: If you’re having trouble printing off your boarding pass for a flight from America it could mean you’ve been chosen for special treatment. Check to see if you’ve been designated as SSSS.

Fat chance: A local company is producing Bariquins, a 25-stone bariatric crash test dummy so that emergency services can practice rescuing obese people. Barry the Barriquin is shown here in his unassembled state.

Word of the week: As Marks and Spencer launch their vegetarian Christmas range, news that it is okay to be a ‘flexitarian‘ or part-time veggie.

Potshot:  A thirty-foot high statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the eponymous rifle, was unveiled in Moscow on Tuesday.

Brief lives: England’s leading women’s test match run scorer Jan Brittin; the son of Hitler’s favourite architect and himself one of Germany’s leading post-war architects and urban planners Albert Speer Jnr; ‘Raging Bull’ boxer Jake LaMotta; Eurosceptic Teddy Taylor; the world’s richest woman Liliane Bettencourt and; Fifteen to One quiz show host William G Stewart.

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.

5 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 24th September 2017

    How come they don’t make tasty sandwiches like that on “Celebrity Masterchef” or that “Bake Off” programme?

    Apparently the new Kalashnikov statue was physically attacked forty eight hours after it was unveiled because of an embarrassing and insulting historical inaccuracy on the plinth. Go here for example:-

    • Mr Parrot 25th September 2017

      Thanks for that – it illustrates the dangers of relying on the internet!

  • Trevor Rowley 24th September 2017

    My late father would occasionaly make a pie sandwich but I rather suspect he wouldn’t have attempted it while my mother was still living. In many ways, it’s no different than having a couple of slices of buttered bread alongside your pie (with a few slices of tomato as well, of course). On one occasion, at work, I made a sandwich (probably boiled ham or somesuch)
    without using butter or margarine. A colleague was appalled at this – I tried to explain that there were no hard and fast rules about what went in (or on) a sandwich but it seemed to fall on stoney ground. I was there to eat, not make a fashion statement.

    • Mr Parrot 25th September 2017

      I can’t say that I’ve ever had a pie sandwich, although I am partial to one made from my pudding, chips and peas!

  • Roger Green 1st October 2017

    You mean I’m NOT dead? What a relief!


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