If it’s news to me, it must be news to you!
Life imitating art: A real-life Iron Man broke the world record for the fastest flight in a body controlled jet suit. Inventor and entrepreneur Richard Browning, founder of Gravity Industries, reaching speeds of over 50 kph.
Grin and bear it: M&S unveiled their Christmas tv ad featuring Paddington Bear showing a burglar the true meaning of Yuletide but is the burglar grateful? Not at all if you listen closely.
Prang: A driverless bus was involved in a crash just two hours after it was launched in Las Vegas but the prang was blamed on human error.
Porkies: Steve Grice from Shropshire has spent the last two years reviewing the bacon sandwiches he has found when out with his cycling and his efforts have been recognised by the pork industry which has awarded him for his Outstanding Services to Bacon.
Missing: People in New Zealand are so fed up with their country being regularly omitted from world maps that they’ve set up a Reddit page to highlight offending examples, including the one on the right which comes from the NZ government 404 page, although I think it is meant ironically.
Party for none: If you have an Amazon Alexa, device as I have, you’ll know that your electronic assistant has a habit of activating for no apparent reason. Spare a thought then for the German man whose Alexa started to blast out music at 2am even though he wasn’t there, causing police to break down his door.
The finite eternity: A story has resurfaced that the laws of physics make life after death impossible.
Brief lives: Dr Who producer Patricia ‘Paddy’ Russell; failed 11-pluser and chick-lit author Sue Margolis; the winger in West Germany’s first World Cup-winning side Hans Schäfer; historian and writer Ben Shepherd; Apollo 12 astronaut Richard Gordon; John Hillerman who played Higgins in Magnum, PI and; chef, broadcaster and cookery book author Antonio Carluccio.