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!

Having spent the week in Wales and absence from the interweb (quite refreshing) a shorter than usual Sunday Round-up.

Discworld: The first annual Flat Earth Conference was held in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was attended by hundreds of people who are convinced that our world is a flat disc with the Arctic in the middle and the Antartic a wall of ice hundreds of feet high on the outside that stops us falling off.

Punching above its weight: Tuesday marked the 131st anniversary of the Papierlocher für Sammelmappen which to you and me would be the office hole puncher.

Heavyweight: 85-year-old Doreen Simmons from Nottingham has received one of Japan’s  highest awards for her services as a leading sumo-wrestling commentator with NHK, the Japanese state broadcaster.

Soiled undies: A farmer in Scotland has a new method of determining soil fertility by burying pairs of underpants in his fields.

Quote of the week: ‘If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.’ – Benjamin Franklin

Away in a pastry: Greggs the bakers were forced to apologise after replacing the baby Jesus with a sausage roll in their spoof nativity. But then Jesus was Jewish so maybe a (supposedly) pork product was a no-no.

Meanwhile, a Welsh artist made his protest by painting a stunning portrait of Jesus using a sausage roll for a brush and ketchup for paint.

Brief lives: Bond girl Karin Dor from You Only Live Twice; second world war pilot Joy Lofthouse; French Resistance fight Jeanne Brousse who saved many Jewish lives; Scicillian mafia boss Totò Riina; AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young and; that wonderful heavy and lightweight actor Keith Barron.

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6 comments… Add yours
  • Trevor Rowley 19th November 2017

    I have fond memories of the Yorkshire Television production of “Duty Free” in which Keith Barron plays a husband on a continental holiday with his wife (the delightful Gwen Taylor). He has a small fling with the wife in another holidaying couple. There are lots of suspicions and near misses and, a bit like a Brian Rix farce, lots of hiding in wardrobes and behind curtains. Very British and wouldn’t mean a thing to anyone not from these parts. Keith Barron was one of those jobbing actors who were around for years without ever getting into the bigtime but always dependable to keep the show on the road.

  • Yorkshire Pudding 20th November 2017

    Thanks for sharing the tomato sauce picture of Jesus Our Saviour. As you say, it is “stunning” and the tomato sauce reminds us of the blood that poured from Christ Almighty’s wounds when he was nailed to the cross at Calvary all those years ago. Sigh! It seems like yesterday.

    • Trevor Rowley 21st November 2017

      It’s that time of year again. Cheap shots, taking the micky, mockery. When in doubt, have a poke at the Christians. Try it with other faiths, you wouldn’t get to the weekend.

      • Mr Parrot 22nd November 2017

        I only report the news, Trevor. And Greggs did indeed replace the baby Jesus with a sausage roll which was an unsavoury savoury if you please but I actually thought that the artist’s response was a good one.

        • Trevor Rowley 22nd November 2017

          The Welsh artist, in my opinion, was no better than the loonballs at Greggs. Check out what he had to say, as cringeworthy as Greggs and quick to jump on the bandwagon of many a self-publicist.

  • Roger Green 22nd November 2017

    Lots of deaths already for next time – Manson, Della Resse, David Cassidy , US net neutrality and it’s only Wednesday


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