If it’s news Lito me, it must be news to you!
Plastic kingdom: Canadian Robert Bezeau has built a four-storey castle out of 40,000 plastic bottles on the island of Bocas del Toro in Panama.
Out of this world: Thursday was Alien Day, but not about little green men in flying saucers, rather the Alien(s) film franchise. And let us not forget that yesterday was the eighth Ed Balls Day. although some feel it is becoming far too commercialised.
Speaking of Panama: Trump branding of a 70-storey luxury hotel in Panama City has been removed after a row about the property’s ownership which the Donald has lost.
Stone me: Last weekend saw the Second European Stone Stacking Championships in Dunbar in Scotland and there is something quite soothing about the creations.
Le veggie burger? Non! French vegetarians can no longer enjoy a veggie steak or sausage after MPs that vegetarian dishes can no longer be described using meat-related terms.
Selfish selfie: The case of Naruto the crested macaque who took a selfie and then had PETA claiming that it was the animal that should own the copyright was finally thrown out by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, the judge claiming that it was PETA that was exploiting Naruto for their own campaigning ends. Which will come as a relief to wildlife photographer David Slater who fell foul of this whole monkey selfie debate.
The fairer sex: Some years ago I made the rather fatuous observation that you tend to see far more blonde women than blond men forgetting, of course, that women are much more likely to dye their hair than are men. However, it seems I may have stumbled onto something. A project to assess the genetic basis of hair colour has found that women are twice as likely as men to be naturally blonde.
Ship Ahoy: A toy pirate ship belonging to two boys in Aberdeenshire has travelled 2,800 miles across the Atlantic and is now nearing the Caribbean.
Fit to drop: If you have been training hard to take part in the arduous Boerne 0.5k run in Texas, the bad news is that it is now full. However, the good news is that for $25 you can buy the Procrastinator’s Prize Pack and pretend that you took part.
Brief lives: TV comedy writer Ronald Chesney who wrote The Rag Trade and On the Buses; speedway world champion and Belle Vue Aces star Ivan Mauger; MasterChef semi-finalist Matt Campbell who died after collapsing during the London Marathon and; Main Chance; photojournalist Abbas and; The Old Devils actor John Stride.