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!

That’s it folks

Among all those who support Brexit there are many who long for a simpler time when we weren’t in the EU. But to illustrate that things move on and get more complicated, here is a map of the internet in 1973, the same year we joined the EU. Yep, that’s all of it.


And on that note, I came across this article on hauntology or nostalgia for lost futures.

Hipster groove

A man threatened to sue a technology magazine for using his photo to illustrate a story about why all hipsters look the same, only to find out the picture was of a completely different guy.

Scented fast food

An Australian company is selling scented candles that smell like fast food such as cheeseburgers, garlic bread, noodles and bacon.

Life hacks

Maths whizz Ben Stephens shared a simple life hack for doing percentages on Twitter and people love it.

The irony of language

The Académie Francaise has abandoned years of opposition to the feminisation of job titles which is ironic since in English the trend has been to ditch gender-specific titles.

Speaking of language

The Modern Language Association is looking to hire a copyeditor but since it is the self-styled authority on written grammar and style you would need to be damn good at your job.

Brief Lives

Organised crime boss Carmine Persico; television presenter Magenta Devine; the original Who drummer Doug Sandom; cut-price washing machine tycoon John Bloom; The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint; Beverly Hills, 90210 actor Luke Perry and; French pianist and composer Jaques Loussier who applied jazz improvisations to Bach’s music which included Air on a G String (right) used in the Hamlet cigar tv ads.

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.

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