Sunday Round-up

My round-up of news, events and stuff and nonsense that caught my eye this week.
If it’s news to me, it must be news to you!

Sweet tooth

Tesco announced in 2015 that they would operate sweet-free checkouts to avoid tempting children so you can imagine how they were mocked when this mountain of chocs turned up at their Kingston store.

Surf’s up!

Six hundred surfing Santas took to the waves to raise money for charity.

Better late than never

There are a number of Christmassy items I should have included before now. Such as Whamageddon, a challenge I was completely unaware of until Christmas Eve. The aim is to avoid hearing Last Christmas by Wham! for as long as possible between 1st and 24th December.

It’s a wrap

If like me you struggle to wrap Christmas presents than bookmark this video for next year. It has some genius ideas for wrapping the perfect gift.

Millionaire Father Christmas

The beneficiary of the most expensive Christmas presents was Father Christmas himself. In Britain alone, we left out more than £98 million worth of snacks for the old man and his reindeer.

That usually includes carrots for Rudolph and his buddies but the problem is that reindeer don’t like carrots and find them difficult to eat because they don’t have incisor teeth on their upper jaw.

What a turn-off

National Christmas TreeThe lights on America’s National Christmas Tree were switched off thanks to Trump’s government shutdown.

Frog afloat

Seventy-one-year-old Jean-Jacques Savin has set out to cross the Atlantic in a barrel. Good luck with that.

That’s sweet

Hal Vaughan booked six flights with Delta Airlines so he could spend Christmas with his flight attendant daughter.

Hats off

The Grinch didn’t quite steal Christmas but did pinch the giant Santa hat from the Angel of the North.


The Foreign Office has released some of the nutty calls they get for assistance. They included a man asking whether there were vampires in Poland because a woman had asked for his blood group and another who wanted a list of women in Argentina who might want to marry him.

And my joke of the year

I hate Russian dolls – they’re so full of themselves.

Brief Lives

Screenwriter Gloria Katz who wrote American Graffiti and Star Wars; Coronation Street’s first black actor Thomas Baptiste; Co-writer of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Peter Masterson; artist Mike Noble responsible for the comic strip versions of Fireball XL5 and Captain Scarlet; typeface designer Gerard Unger and; unlikely tv star and art expert Sister Wendy Beckett.

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.

4 comments… Add yours
  • rhymeswithplague 30th December 2018

    I always enjoy your posts, Ian, even though I haven’t commented lately. I hope your Christmas brought you joy and that in the New Year you shall have health, prosperity, peace and lots of other good things as well.

    I see that Yorkshire Pudding hasn’t commented yet. Imagine that!

  • Roger Green 2nd January 2019

    The Delta story, which made the national news in the US, is lovely!

  • Yorkshire Pudding 2nd January 2019

    I imagine Pierce Vaughan saying to her father, “What the **** Dad! Why the hell do you think I became a flight attendant? To get away from your over-protective interference! Now, as they once said to E.T. – Go home!”


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