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!

Burger me

The Oak Door steakhouse in Tokyo has created the world’s most expensive burger to celebrate Crown Prince Naruhito ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne on 1st May.

But what does it mean?

The Crown Prince has named this new era as “Reiwa” but no-one is quite sure what it means.

Brexit chaos

The speeches of Theresa May on Brexit were actually written by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie twenty-five years ago.

But to be serious, the Brexit chaos has highlighted the rise of far-right politics and it is worth heeding the warning in the Twitter thread below.

Having said that he would use his psychic powers to alter Theresa May’s thinking on Brexit, Uri Geller claims to have mentally broken the pipes that caused this week’s flood in the House of Commons.

April Fool

It was a good year for April Fool pranks and McDonald’s in Australia got the ball rolling with their new pickle burger.

McDonald’s in the UK introduced milkshake pots to pour on your fries.

British Transport Police announced that new anti-social behaviour laws would outlaw people eating smelly sandwiches and snacks on trains.

BBC iPlayer launched a Skip the Sex button to avoid embarrassing sex scenes.

Meanwhile, Googles latest high-tech project is Tulip that facilitates communication with the Netherland’s favourite flower.

With artificial intelligence now regularly beating human chess masters, Oxford University deemed that the only AI challenge left.


Nearly 20,000 people have signed an online petition in a bid to save a “Flintstone” home at the centre of a planning row.

Brief Lives

Prince Harry superfan Daphne Dunne; the original Marilyn from The Munsters Beverley Owen; daredevil photographer Peter B Caplan; Australian off-spinner Bruce Yardley; actor Shane Rimmer who amongst other things voiced Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds and; stuntman Bronco McLoughlin who appeared in Total Recall and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

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