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!‘

Fashion victims: Fashion designer Christopher Kane’s latest creation are shoes made out of sponge. And despite costing £800 a pair they’re selling like hot cakes. Mind you, not as daft as $530 pre-scuffed and taped sneakers.

A penny for them: £1,000 worth of pennies were stolen from an artwork in Cambridge. But the artist hailed this a success as it ‘was there for people to interact with as they saw fit’.

Don’t mess with technology: The man who programmed his video doorbell to lock his front door if it saw a face it didn’t recognise found himself locked out of his own home when it failed to recognise him, focussing instead on the face of Batman on his t-shirt.

Gordian knot: Five young squirrels in Wisconsin had to be sedated so that they could be freed from each other after their tails got entangled with each other.

Way to go: Among the winners at the Ideal Death Show in Bournemouth were the makers of a ‘lovingly crafted Viking ship, complete with sail, shield and an ash urn to give your loved one a send-off you won’t forget’.

No f-in Pacific: Cathay Pacific had to send one of its planes back to the workshop after managing to spell its own name incorrectly.

Marriage lines: Weddings are a big and expensive deal these days and guests get understandably peeved by some of the rules of the ceremony (or seramony as the coordinator spells it).

At last! Donald Trump is behind bars, or at least his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been, put there by the artist Plastic Jesus.

Cheers: The residue of 13,000-year-old beer has been found in what is the world’s oldest brewery in a prehistoric cave in Haifa, Israel.

Brief lives: Actor Dudley Sutton who played Tinker Dill in Lovejoy; Ipswich and England defender Kevin BeattieEnzo Calzaghe father and trainer of boxer Joe Calzaghe; European golf champion Celia Barquín Arozamena; the grandfather of post-modern architecture Robert Venturi; Chas Hodges from Chas and Dave; the first woman to run a sub-five-minute mile Diane Leather and; comedy writer and host of It’ll Be Alright on the Night Denis Norden author of the best film one-liner.

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.

5 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 23rd September 2018

    It’s interesting that there was plastic in the squirrels’ drey. I suspect that this was the main reason that the kits became entangled. If those American grey squirrels had been in Britain, extermination would have been the best solution. Like Russian oligarchs, they don’t belong here.

  • Kate 24th September 2018

    Rats sometimes get their tails in a knot too… They were rarer than Jenny Hanivers, and just as lucky! (I bet I read about Jenny Hanivers here)
    I love the Batman story. In fact, I loved all the stories!
    The shoes – total insanity.
    I couldn’t say Pacific without an ‘f’. I tried. Too many times.

  • Trevor Rowley 25th September 2018

    Although I didn’t realise it at the time, I saw Chas Hodges in the early Sixties when he was in Mike Berry’s backing group, The Outlaws. They were on the same bill as the Everly Brothers and Brenda Lee at The Odeon, one of Manchester’s larger, city-centre cinemas. An added bonus that evening was the last minute arrival of Little Richard , who had been added to the UK tour at short notice. The audience were totally unaware of this and were in raptures as he appeared from the back of the auditorium – the spotlight struggling to keep pace with him as he gyrated and leapt about, belting out his opening number, then leaping up the stairs and on to the stage. In the process, he had thrown away his suit jacket, his tie and his shirt – arriving on the stage bare-chested. What a night!

    I’ve always liked Chas and Dave. Their music is light, frothy and does no harm to anybody. My favourite has always been “Got my beer in the sideboard ‘ere” which, correctly titled, is “The Sideboard Song.”

    • Mr Parrot 26th September 2018

      Sounds like that was quite a night Trevor! I can’t say I’m the greatest Chas and Dave fan although I have a soft spot for Ain’t No Pleasing You.

  • Roger O Green 27th September 2018

    That was a squirrelly post


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