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!


Wagamama has launched a vegan version of the great British breakfast with beetroot sausages and bacon made from gluten. Cultural appropriation surely?

Bad to wurst

If that offended any veggies out there, look away now. A butcher in Nuremberg has opened the world’s first and only sausage-themed hotel.


Competitors at the 2020 Olympics will be presented with medals made from recycled mobile phones.

The bells of hell

Donald Tusk’s comment that there must be a special shelf in hell for those who promoted Brexit without any idea of how to carry it out safely, I enjoyed Guy Verhofstadt’s response below.

Stupid is as stupid does

Although the video shows a moonie cavalcade, I think we all know who the Pet Shop Boys are poking in their latest song Give Stupidity a Chance.

Valentine’s Day

If the prospect of Valentine’s Day has you all gooey-eyed then perhaps you should try some romantic optical illusions like the one on the right.

Give peace a chance

When Yoko Ono asked for ‘some advice that will make our lives heal and shine’ she probably wasn’t expecting the flurry of sarcastic replies. My favourites were:

  • Don’t take laxatives if you have a tickly cough.
  • If you add a little bit of olive oil to chopped kale, it’s easier to scrape it straight into the bin.
  • Don’t carry light-bulbs in your back pocket.
  • Never buy an umbrella in a pound shop.

Early doors

Archaeologists have discovered evidence of the earliest beer brewed in Britain alongside the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

Brief Lives

The UK rapper Cadet; pharmacist Stewart Adams who discovered Ibuprofen; animator Don Lusk the last survivor of Disney’s golden age; novelist Rosamunde Pilcher, author of The Shell Seekers and;

Oscar-nominated actor Albert Finney who I was privileged to see in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter at the Royal Exchange Theatre in 1977 pictured right.

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13 comments… Add yours
  • Trevor Rowley 10th February 2019

    As for our relationship with Europe, perhaps the EU Executive might learn some manners in future and keep derogatory comments such as these under the carpet where they belong. There’s nothing clever in throwing insults at your neighbours and then standing back and wondering why they’ve remembered every last word you’ve called them. It’s fairly obvious that Europe doesn’t really like us – go no further than comments made in the last few months by the Lithuanian president, the Maltese prime minister and Irishman, Leo Varadkar. These comments aren’t just about Brexit, they reveal a smouldering dislike of the British that has clearly been festering for more than a month or two.

    Brexit may not be to everybody’s liking (including many on the European mainland) but you can show your disapproval without resorting to insults. Sadly, what we have heard from our European chums in the last week or so will not contribute anything worthwhile to repairing any bridges between us and the EU.

    • Mr Parrot 11th February 2019

      Donald Tusk’s comment was clearly planned but it wasn’t aimed at this country as a whole, anyone who voted for Brexit or even Theresa May herself. His target was the likes of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Nigel Farage etc who promoted Brexit without any idea how to carry it through. The mess we’re in now is entirely of our own making and it isn’t surprising that our neighbours are losing patience. Two years of negotiations and we are still no nearer to the “easiest deal in human history“.

      • Trevor Rowley 11th February 2019

        In any situation that demands serious discussion and inevitably concrete planning as a result of that discussion, it is made a little easier when you have some kind of precedent (ie. we’ve done it all before) to use as a template. Sadly, as we know, there has been nothing to base the discussions on after Brexit had been decided.

        I stand by my views on, not just, those EU leaders who have besmirched us but also the various European heads of state who have clearly shown their contempt for the UK in the last two years. Dig out some of De Gaulle’s views on the UK, he made no secret of the fact that we were not welcome in the European Common Market. Old prejudices are often hard to conceal but they linger on nonetheless.

        The British aren’t fools – they know when they’re “being made to sing for their supper.”

        • Mr Parrot 12th February 2019

          The entire debate about Brexit has been strewn with insults on both sides. The insulter-in-chief has been Nigel Farage long before the referendum so we really can’t take the moral high ground when it comes to tit-for-tat disrespect.

  • Trevor Rowley 12th February 2019

    Moral high ground doesn’t come into it, Mr P. We all know that Nigel Farage is a bit of a twerp (albeit a twerp who has a whole wardrobe of very smart suits) and that his insults are largely schoolboy-type swipes usually directed at various individuals in the EU heirarchy. What he doesn’t do, however, is insult whole nations.

  • Mr Parrot 13th February 2019

    I’m sorry Trevor but why are schoolboy swipes by Nigel Farage aimed at individuals any different from schoolboy swipes by Donald Tusk aimed at individuals? Neither insulted entire nations – except Farage who probably meant to but couldn’t quite manage it!

  • Trevor Rowley 13th February 2019

    Nigel Farage made his memorable jibe at Herbert Van Rumpoy (spelling doubtful) when he referred to him as looking like a mediocre bank manager (or words to that effect) who wasn’t even remembered in his own country – rude, but still quite funny). Mr Tusk’s comments were aimed at the people who voted to leave the EU – half a nation.

  • Mr Parrot 13th February 2019

    I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one Trevor. I don’t believe Donald Tusk’s comment was aimed at those who voted for Brexit but at “those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely” ie Farage, Johnson, Gove, Davis etc.

  • Trevor Rowley 13th February 2019

    Still grossly insulting to those who did vote that way. Perhaps he might have said that they were poorly/ill advised and left it at that. Certainly, the reference to “Hell” was totally unnecessary.

    As for people not having “a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out” look no further than the SNP. Didn’t even know what their currency was going to be.

  • Roger Green 13th February 2019

    poor Yoko!

  • Trevor Rowley 18th February 2019

    Not much mention of his “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” film from 1960. This black and white offering, in the Angry Young Man genre, showed us the grit and grime of everyday life for most working class people from that time. His Arthur Seaton is a hard-drinking lout who has no time for the niceties of life. Some of the supporting cast are almost a catalogue of Brits who have graced our film and TV screens over the years. Brian Pringle and Hilda Baker are delightfully true to life.

    • Mr Parrot 19th February 2019

      Something we can agree on, Trevor!

      • Trevor Rowley 20th February 2019



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