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!

Hole in one

The Royal Mint is issuing a new 50p coin featuring a black hole in honour of Stephen Hawking. (Or a metaphor for a crash-out Brexit?)

Speaking of Brexit

The EU gets blamed for all sorts of ludicrous directives but they are all Euromyths that can be fact-checked here. Strange that most appear in the Daily Mail and/or the Telegraph.

How bad could it get?

I make no apologies for getting political because it has been another political week. The video on the right that explains why trading on WTO rules would be a disaster. Facts: 197 members of the UN; of these only 35 are advanced economies like our own; of those, 27 are in Europe. The GDP of the entire continent of Africa is half that of France. I could go on but I won’t.


I’ve heard that playing music to cows can improve their milk yield but now researchers have found that playing music to cheese can improve its flavour. And hip hop seems to work better than Mozart.

Over or under?

A 128-year-old patent for toilet roll has sparked a heated debate over the right way to hang it.

Periodic cheering

2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Dmitry Mendeleev creation. Interesting fact: the human body is made up of 25 essential elements while a smartphone uses between 35 and 70. And some of those elements are getting rarer.

Taste of history

A brewer in New York is using yeast from beer bottles that have lain on the seabed since 1886.

Think before tweeting

Tory MP Scott Mann was ridiculed for tweeting his solution to the problem of knife crime. He later admitted that it was “a bit of a sh*t idea”

But this is a good idea.

Brief Lives

F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting; actress Julie Adams who starred in The Creature from the Black Lagoon; session drummer Hal Blaine who backed The Beach Boys on their greatest hits; actress Katherine Helmond who played Jessica Tate in Soap and; Hitler’s goddaughter Edda Goering, daughter of Hermann.

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