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!

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.

Christmas gift ideas: Stuck for something to buy for the philosopher in your life? How about the Friedrich Nietzsche watch on the right that is a reminder that in an infinite universe, with no god to direct it, the finite experiences of human existence would repeat themselves eternally. Or in other words, we’re doomed to keep doing the same stupid things over and over again. See more watches at The Unemployed Philosophers Guild.

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.

Tarka the killer: The ancestors of the otter were the same size as wolves according to a scientist at the University of Buffalo and were even bigger than the endangered giant otters of South America.

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.

One hump or two? Asda is the first mainstream store to stock camel milk although at £2.85 for less than half a pint it is unlikely to outsell the bovine variety.

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.

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.

2 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 12th November 2017

    It’s surprising that David Cameron wasn’t also given a special award for outstanding Services to Bacon when he was in the despicable Bullingdon Club – sometimes known as The Posh Pillocks Society. Oink! Oink!

  • Trevor Rowley 13th November 2017

    Hans Schafer would appear to have been one of those priceless footballers who can function as a winger (he later evolved into an inside forward) but can also contribute with an abundance of goals. He was a one-club man, spending his entire professional career playing for his home town club, FC Koln, in Cologne. Between 1948 and 1965 he played 394 league games for Koln and scored a phenomenal 254 goals. That’s an average of one goal every 1.55 games. That scoring rate is something that the average old-fashioned centre forward (or if you prefer the modern parlance, “striker.”) would have struggled to get near. He would have been valued very highly if he was still involved in the game today (think Cristiano Ronaldo). He must have been a delight to watch (and a terror to play against)!


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