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!

Colour me: Archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be the world’s oldest crayon in North Yorkshire. And all so that 10,000 years later we can use them as sculpting material like the ones on the left.

My word: Mansplaining, snowflake and ransomware are among the 1,000 plus words to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Together Forever: The average Briton’s DNA is 60% European, a fact celebrated by in their tongue in cheek post-Brexit ad.

Nero to zero: Two metal detectorists thought they had hit the jackpot when discovered a hoard of Roman coins only to discover that their ‘treasure’ was tv props for that wonderful comedy-drama – The Detectorists.

Quite right too: A bar in New York has literally banned what is literally the most annoying word in literally the English language.

Complaints: The most complained about tv advert of 2017 was KFC’s dancing chicken because it was ‘disrespectful to chickens and distressing for vegetarians, vegans and children’. Gay kisses and breastfeeding in public also got people’s goat.

Cheatopoly: Hasbro has released yet another version of Monopoly – the Cheater’s Edition – which actively encourages you to steal from the bank, defaulting on paying rent or moving your piece when it isn’t your turn.

Juicy: A car stopped by police in Seville was found to be carrying 4,000 kilos of oranges. The five men arrested on suspicion of theft claimed they planned to eat them all themselves.

Lazy boys: Nissan has developed self-parking slippers. The slippers, which are neatly aligned in the lobby for patrons, can be automatically returned to their starting positions with the push of a button at the company’s new ProPILOT Park Ryokan hotel in Japan.

Loose change: Artist Dario Marchenko has unveiled a portrait of Donald Trump made entirely from coins. She describes The Face of Money as ‘rich and cheap’.

Dozy idea: A Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker has created the SleepCinemaHotel where you are encouraged to doze off and spend the night and all in the name of art.

Brief lives: Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad; Elizabeth Hawley who chronicles every Everest expedition for the last 50 years; South African cricket captain Clive van Ryneveld; Australian rugby great Ken Catchpole; hill farmer and star of the documentary Too Long a Winter, Hannah Hauxwell; Terence Marsh who designed the sets for Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zvivago and The Shawshank Redemption and; Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart, son of Fidel Castro;

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.

7 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 4th February 2018

    While waiting for this “Sunday Round-Up” to appear, I baked two loaves of bread, washed the car, walked my virtual dog round Whirlowdale Park, had a shower, vacuumed the entire house and had a full English breakfast. Still – it was worth waiting for even though you struggle to spell “archaeologist”!

    • Mr Parrot 4th February 2018

      You must wake very early on a Sunday morning Mr Pudding. It was very remiss of me to opt for the American spelling but I have corrected it, although I have avoided the ligatured æ. Yours truly, in contrition.

  • Trevor Rowley 4th February 2018

    Nothing wrong with the use of the word literally. Of course, what we’re talking about here is the fact that people are largely using it incorrectly.

    • Mr Parrot 5th February 2018

      Precisely Trevor. As in ‘I literally laughed my head off’ or ‘I literally didn’t know where to look’. The first should be ‘metaphorically’ (which doesn’t quite trip off the tongue) while the second makes no sense at all. It literally drives me mad. Okay, it doesn’t really 🙂

      • Trevor Rowley 5th February 2018

        A contestant on one of these celebrity skating programmes on TV said, when being interviewed after his competition piece, “I literally fell to the ice.” No you didn’t, you dozy herbert, you fell to the ice and that was all.

  • Steve 4th February 2018

    I can think of a few more annoying words — awesome comes to mind. (Though I say it, I admit.) Those crayons are literally INCREDIBLE!

  • Roger O Green 7th February 2018

    Is Cheater’s Monopoly supposed to be more fun? No thanks.


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