If it’s news to me, it must be news to you!‘
I’m not sure how I found time to compile my weekly round-up as I’ve been overdosing on sport what with the rugby in South Africa, the one-day cricket series against Australia and, of course, the World Cup.
Speaking of which: On the day that Cristiano Ronaldo scored his hat-trick against Spain, the widely ridiculed statue of him at the Madeira airport named in his honour was removed and replaced with one less bizarre, although the new one could be almost anyone.
And on that hat-trick: How did David De Gea, arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, manage to fluff that shot from Ronaldo? Apparently, a car knocked it out of his hands.
Quaking in their boots: Mexico fans caused a minor earthquake when they celebrated their shock win against Germany.
Nationalism: As usual, we have had to endure two national anthems before every match, some of which can drag on a bit, particularly Uruguay’s which is arguably the longest anywhere.
It made me wonder whose bright idea it was to introduce national anthems and of course it was us with God Save the Queen in 1745. However, the oldest belongs to Poland – Bogurodzica (Mother of God) was written sometime between the 10th and 13th centuries.
Pie in the sky: Schoolchildren in Derbyshire have launched a Bakewell tart into space this week as part of a science project but sadly it has gone missing because its tracker has failed.
Say ‘pie-do’: Villa Italian Kitchen in New York is offering an alternative to the traditional floral bouquet with one made out of pizza.
Blood, sweat and catwalk: Looking for fashion accessories personal to you? A design student in London is happy to decorate shoes and bags with crystals made from your sweat and urine.
Extinction event: British scientists have discovered a previously unknown species of gibbon in a 2,300-year-old tomb in China, probably an early example of man-made extinction.
Security breach: A rat managed to climb into an ATM in India and munched its way through $18,000 worth of rupee notes.
Brief lives: Rapper XXXTentacion; Colosseum jazz-rock drummer Jon Hiseman; U-boat commander Reinhard Hardegen; ex-Love Island star Sophie Gradon; Australian Open champion golfer Peter Thomson and; Daisy Kadibil, the Aboriginal escapee who inspired the film Rabbit-Proof Fence.