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!

Perspective: Enlarge the two images on the left and they show the same street but from different angles right? Wrong. They are actually identical but your eyes are playing tricks.

Frank Ifield Award: Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is the first in Switzerland to offer a three-year bachelor’s degree and a two-year master’s degree on the techniques and history of yodelling.

Cheddar Gorge: Early Britons had dark skin and blue eyes according to the genetic reconstruction of Cheddar Man who lived here 10,000 years ago.

Trump card: With Valentine’s Day coming up, let Donald Trump tell your loved one how you feel the talking card on the right.

Speaking of Trump: The Donald is acting more like Kim Jong-un by ordering a military parade. Of course, he does boast that he’s the least braggadocious person on the planet.

Uber expensive: I never really understood why people would shell out loads of cash for a personalised car number plate when many of them mean nothing to anyone except the owner, but if I was a wealthy taxi driver I might be tempted by the rare TAX1 plate about to be auctioned for an estimated £80,000 – £100,000.

Tiger, tiger burning bright: A 45-minute standoff between the police and a tiger in Scotland ended when the boys in blue realised that it was actually a stuffed toy.

Uniform anger: Parents who complain at the cost of school uniforms should be thankful that their children don’t attend the Taimei Elementary School in Japan which has adopted a design by Giorgio Armani at £525 a go.

Thought for the week: If the world was flat, why haven’t the cats pushed everything off by now?

Brief lives: Lead singer with The Temptations Dennis Edwards; Hatton Garden jewellery raider Terry Perkins; Vic Keeble, last surviving member of Newcastle United’s FA Cup winning team of the 1950s; John Mahoney who played the dad in Frasier; jazz musician and Holocaust survivor Coco Schumann; influential health economist Alan Maynard; former Manchester United and Celtic midfielder Liam Miller and; Simonetta Giurumello, granddaughter of Giacomo Puccini.

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.

6 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 11th February 2018

    Good morning Rhodesia! Thanks for another great “Sunday Round-Up”. The item that tickled me the most was the great Scottish tiger stand-off. In my estimation, coppers are not the sharpest pencils in the box and this story simply reinforces that view.

  • Trevor Rowley 12th February 2018

    Here’s a question that only you can answer, Mr P. There is a section, to the right, on your front page, which is titled “Regular Reading, ” which I would normally rely on to get me to other blogs. I’ve noticed that, instead of there being ten or a dozen blogs referred to on there, you now only have about five or six. No longer do I find the likes Mangon’s Meanderings or Filyjonk’s Progress. Any idea why they are no longer there? Perhaps you don’t visit them anymore. Being a lazy git, I found your previous arrangement nice and helpful – it was there, it was on tap, but now it ain’t.

    • Mr Parrot 12th February 2018

      The main reason I cropped down the list was that it has become increasingly difficult to get a reliable plugin to do the job. Like you, I included the list out of laziness and I could spot when someone’s blog had been updated but it didn’t always work properly. For example, it refuses point blank to pick up the feed from Ramblin’ with Roger, one of my personal favourites.

      However, since you find it useful, I will reinstate my Regular Reads list.

      • Trevor Rowley 12th February 2018

        Mr P, you are nothing but an absolute toff.

  • Roger Green 16th February 2018

    My Dennis Edwards post tomorrow.
    Frank Ifield was packaged with The Beatles in one of those VeeJay 1964 US albums to milk their expiring contract with the Fabs before Capitol/EMI took over:!

    • Mr Parrot 16th February 2018

      Amazing. I thought my Frank Ifield reference might be lost on visitors from outside the UK.


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