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!

This could catch on: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha upset the media when he assigned a life-size cardboard mock-up of himself to respond to tough questions by journalists.

Record divorce: As spotted on eBay, a woman is divorcing her husband because he has blown $50,000 on his record collection rather than taking her on a second honeymoon.

It’s pants: Why Londoners chose January for their No Trousers on the Tube Day when it is so cold is anyone’s guess, but there they were at it again this week.

You get what you pay for: A student from Halifax went viral this week when he shared photos of the cut-price veneers that he bought online.

No-platforming: Virgin has banned the sale of the Daily Mail on its trains because staff are offended by its editorial position. Much as I agree with them, this does smack of censorship that the Chinese would be proud of.

Stable genius: Ben Stiller poked fun at Donald Trump when he read out the orange one’s recent Tweets as Zoolander below. Of course, Trump had a cameo role in the 2001 film.

Waxing off: The Donald may have cancelled his trip to London but he still appeared outside the new American Embassy that he refused to open courtesy of Madame Tussaud’s.

Top Goon: In a joint press conference the Donald boasted about selling a bunch of B-52s to Norway. The only problem is that that plane only exists in The Call of Duty video game.

Finally on the Trump front: I haven’t read the Fire and Fury yet but I did enjoy the spoof extract on the right that was posted on Twitter.

Ram-raiding: According to Reuters, a Russian man used an armoured personnel carrier to smash through a shop window before climbing out to steal just one bottle of wine.

Storm in a D-cup: Lingerie supplier to the queen lost their royal warrant after spilling the beans after revealing fitting room secrets in a 2016 autobiography.

How offal: The life of butcher in Devon was saved by a frozen black pudding when he found himself locked inside his freezer.

Crappy idea: Britain has its first street lamp powered by dog poo thanks to inventor Brian Harper who encourages dog walker to deposit their poo bags in an anaerobic digester to power a lamp in his garden.

And one I missed: ‘I hope he gets a mini tape measure in every Christmas cracker’ – just one of the many, many ‘I hope he…’ comments in the hilarious thread on Twitter aimed at Nigel Farage after he revealed he was skint before Christmas.

Brief lives: Mormon leader Thomas Monson whose obituary caused a bit of a storm; Moody Blues flautist Ray Thomas; pioneer astronaut John Young; former Guardian editor Peter Preston; Bond girl Karin Dor; reggae singer Michael Prophet; Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke; Bella Emberg who played Blunder Woman on tv and; my favourite weatherman Philip Eden.

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4 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 14th January 2018

    I believe that Prayuth Chan-Ocha got the cardboard cut-out idea directly from BBC World News after watching the interview performances of Theresa May. We never see her from the side do we?

  • Roger Green 18th January 2018

    Are you SURE you don’t want Trump to come over? Maybe to stay?

  • rhymeswithplague 19th January 2018

    Your comment about “selling B52s to Norway” and that they don’t exist is incorrect. There are certainly B52s (I was stationed on an Air Force Base that was home to a whole squadron of them) but they are not fighters, they are bombers (hence the B prefix). There is no fighter called the F52, as the article pointed out, except in a video game.. What the the U.S. sold to Norway were F-35s (the F means fighter) and there were 52 of them. Seems like an honest mistake or a slip of the tongue to me, not another reason to excoriate Donald Trump as an imbecile and buffoon. But, hey, that’s just me.

    • Mr Parrot 20th January 2018

      I stand corrected Mr Plague. As you say, it probably was a simple slip of the tongue but DT does rather set himself up for ridicule.


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