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!

That’s shoe business: British designer Debbie Wingham has produced a pair of diamond and gold-encrusted shoes which at £11 million are the most expensive pair in the world.

Up and away: Tom Morgan from the Bristol-based Institute of Adventure Reseach took to the skies up to a height of 8,000 feet sitting in a camping chair lifted by 100 helium balloons.

Voodoo: If the idea of 3D printing seems like witchcraft, how would fancy the idea of crossing the world’s first 3D printed bridge that has opened in the town of Gemert in the Netherlands.

Spot the burglar: Apparently, domestic burglaries increase by 160 percent during the Halloween and Bonfire Night period and the lock people at Yale have produced the image on the right to raise awareness. Can you spot the burglar hidden among the ghosts and ghouls? If not, here’s the solution.

Loose change: We all know that the Queen doesn’t carry cash in her ubiquitous handbag, but we are wrong. There is one day of the week when she does.

Potty noodle: The Japanese say that slurping noodles is the best way to appreciate the flavour, but the slurping noise isn’t always appreciated by tourists. To solve the problem of nu-hara (noodle harassment) a food company has developed noise-cancelling cutlery.

Happiness is relative: Speaking of loose change, a hundred years ago Albert Einstein found himself without any to tip a hotel bellboy so instead, he scribbled his advice on finding happiness. He told him that one day it would be worth more than a tip and he was right – that note has sold for £1.18 million.

Brief lives: England rugby player who helped defeat New Zealand in 1973 Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens; actor Robert Guillaume who played Benson, the butler in Soap; race-hate gang leader Jon Lester; folklorist Iona Opie expert on the games and beliefs of childhood; disability campaigner Sir Bert Massie and; the legendary Fats Domino.

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8 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 29th October 2017

    I wonder if you might consider replicating Tom Morgan’s balloon flight? You could tie some helium birthday balloons to one of your old garden chairs and take off over the skies of Greater Manchester. I suggest that you take a flask of coffee and some sandwiches plus your camera for snapping lewd behaviour and nudity in the gardens below.

  • Steve 30th October 2017

    I bet that bellboy was annoyed.

  • Trevor Rowley 30th October 2017

    I think to call Fats Domino a “legend” is somewhat eccentric. His music is fairly well known but I don’t think he was truly up there with the greats of popular music (despite the fact that his records sold in lorry loads). He seemed to have more of a jazz or “honky tonk” style – given that he came from New Orleans perhaps that would explain it. To me, the greats from that era, if you were to exclude the obvious Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, would have to include Eddie Cochran, with his neat appearance and charm and goodlooks to match (and not forgetting his obvious songwriting and performing talent). Another, who is often overlooked, would be Gene Vincent (Craddock) – no stranger to the world of menace and sleaze, he carried a loaded gun with him wherever he performed as he learned quite early in his career that most promoters were out to rip him off. No doubt the gun enabled him to persuade them otherwise.

    Just take a listen to “Git It” by Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps (with the strident guitar of Cliff Gallup)

    • Mr Parrot 31st October 2017

      I wouldn’t disagree with any of your choices of ‘legends’ but would point out that Elvis for one quoted Fats as one of his great influences, not to mention the Beatles. Plus the reworking of his ‘Ain’t That a Shame’ by Pat Boone and the Four Seasons and Fats own ‘Blueberry Hill’ must surely put him up there. I could go on – but I won’t!

      • Trevor Rowley 1st November 2017

        I think perhaps one advantage that Fats Domino had on some of his rivals was that he was “in the right place at the right time.” His career took off (in the USA at least) just as the music listening public were craving for some kind of alternative to the smoothness of the big band era that had gone before. He provided it with a rolling piano style which the dancers could “bop” along to and jazz-type lyrics which were based on lust, alcohol and drugs (nowt wrong with that some would say) which certainly fascinated us Brits. But I think that was about it.

        If you want another (true) legend, look no further than the mad man himself, Richard Penniman, better known to us all as Little Richard. He could electrify an audience, as I witnessed for myself one night in 1963. At the Odeon Cinema on Oxford Street in Manchester (as a surprise guest and appearing on the same bill as Brenda Lee and the Everly Brothers) he sent everbody wild with a performance of sheer exhileration and perfection. He appeared from the back of the auditorium and sang frenetically all the way down the centre isle, whipping up the atmosphere as he belted out his opening number. By the time he had got on stage, he was stripped to the waist, streaming with perspiration and having thrown away his shirt and tie en route! Once seen, never forgotten.

        He sacked his young guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, and famously said, There’s only room for one pretty boy in my show!” That era will never be repeated.

  • Roger Green 2nd November 2017

    Fats was a legend. He was cool when Elvis and Jerry Lee and Little Richard were hot. And Pat Boone versions of any of the great songs of that era were dreadful.

  • Trevor Rowley 2nd November 2017

    Don’t agree with you at all, Roger, but, then again, that’s rock ‘n’ roll.

    • Roger Green 2nd November 2017

      Fats was rightly in the inaugural class of the R&R Hall of Fame. The Beatles were doing Fats when they did Lady Madonna. “The Fat Man” (1949) is considered a contender for the first rock and roll song.

      Almost EVERYONE comes “at the right place at the right time”. The Beatles after the JFK assassination, Elvis at a point of the clash of black struggle in white America.


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