Sunday Round-up

My round-up of news, events and stuff and nonsense from the last days.
If it’s news to me, it must be news to you!‘

And the winner is: Social media got itself in a tizzy this week thinking that a 1997 episode of The Simpsons had predicted a Portugal vs Mexico World Cup final. (See the video) A nonsense, of course, since they are both in the same half of the draw.

Didn’t see that coming: Rabiot the psychic octopus that correctly predicted all of Japan’s World Cup results has been killed because he was worth more as sushi.

Identity politics: The wonderful Jonathan Pie generally tells it like it is but his take on our obsession with imagined victimhood is right on the money. (Warning: contains language that may offend those of a victimised disposition)

Feelgood: The video of Limbani the chimpanzee’s reaction when reunited with the human couple who raised him is a heart warmer.

Larceny: An Iranian general has accused Israel of stealing his country’s clouds in order to cause a drought.

Prickly heat: If you are suffering in our UK heatwave, spare a thought for the people of Quriyat in Oman where a world record has been set for the highest ‘low’ temperature ever recorded.

Treason: A patriotic grandmother has been wearing the same stars and stripes dress to celebrate the 4th July for over 25 years only to discover that it is actually the Panamanian flag.

Brief lives: Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg; co-creator of Bagpuss, The Changers and Noggin the Nog Peter Firmin; ultra-distance runner Don Ritchie; Harrier test pilot John Farley and; Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir;

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.

2 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 10th July 2018

    I see you have been having a few technical problems with your illustrious blog. I hope you manage to get them sorted out. Loved the chimp clip and it was nice to have a reminder of Noggin the Nog. Looking back that primitive cartoon was so surreal – “Listen to me and I will tell you the story of Noggin the Nog, as it was told in the days of old…”

    • Mr Parrot 10th July 2018

      All sorted out (well mostly) now thanks. A lot of technical stuff that I won’t bore you with but it has taken me several days to sort out.


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