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!‘

Survival of the fittest: The Madagascan moon moth has evolved elaborate decoy ‘tails’ that deflect the sonar of bats so that they often miss the moth’s body.

F*** Trump: Forget the inflatable Donald floating London for the orange one’s visit, when he flew to Chequers he saw a rather rude message in a large crop circle near Stoke Mandeville.

Cat is a hat: Last year it was children interrupting a tv interview that went viral, this week it was an expert discussing Poland’s Supreme Court crisis who got upstaged by his cat.

Bighead: Chinese culinary teacher Jiang Zhongmin has been celebrating the World Cup by carving the faces of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on watermelons as you can see in this video. Pity they’ve both gone home.

Speaking of footballers’ faces: A father of two from Stoke jinxed it for England by having a ‘World Cup Winners 2018’ tattoo on his thigh below Harry Kane’s face.

Young Lions: It has been impossible to avoid Three Lions this week but if this version signed by children with Downs syndrome doesn’t move you to tears then you’re even more cynical than I think you are!

Monster catch: Back in 2001 Scottish Natural Heritage drew up a ‘partly serious, partly fun’ code of practice of what to do if someone actually caught the Loch Ness Monster.

On a string: Evan Nagao won his second National Yo-Yo Contest in Chicago and will be going for the World Yo-Yo title in Shanghai this August. See his routine on the right.

Brief lives: Co-creator of Spider-Man Steve Ditko; Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter; Scottish footballer Alan Gilzean; Elvis Presley’s drummer DJ Fontana; Battle of Britain ace Tom ‘Ginger’ Neil; former foreign secretary Lord Carrington; Bill McBride who alerted the world to the dangers of thalidomide and; Clive King author of Stig of the Dump one of the earliest books I remember reading as a child.

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.

3 comments… Add yours
  • Roger O Green 19th July 2018

    I must admit that I take great pleasure when folks beyond the USA realize how awful rump is.

  • Yorkshire Pudding 19th July 2018

    Oh how I wept when I watched the disabled version of “Three Lions”! I cried so much I had to go upstairs for a second cotton handkerchief to stem the tide of tears.

  • Trevor Rowley 24th July 2018

    Drummer DJ Fontana was part of that coterie of musicians who enabled Elvis Presley to form the spearhead of Rock and Roll in the mid to late Fifties. Along with Bill Black (“White Silver Sands”) on bass and Scotty Moore on guitar they were the backbone of most of Elvis’ early hits. There was an abundance of quality musicians at the time – pianist Floyd Kramer (“On The Rebound”), guitarist Chet Atkins (“Teensville”) who met up with Elvis at one time or another.

    And what about that name, DJ Fontana? It just has to be up there with the likes of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Clint Ballard Jr. As for the UK, we had to settle for the rather soppy sounding Jess Conrad and Craig Douglas


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