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!
Sleazy Rider

Sleazy Rider

The latest artwork by ‘patriotic’ artist Jon McNaughton depicts The Donald riding a red, white and blue motorcycle with Melania on the pillion.

Offensive driving

Many drivers are unaware of the things they can be fined for including driving with snow on the car roof and driving barefoot or in flip-flops.

Shaken and stirred

It was a bad week for right-wing extremist Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) who twice had milkshakes thrown at him.

Adopt a box

Telephone BoxBT has put up 4,800 telephone boxes for adoption to be given a new lease of life by being converted into mini-libraries, art museums, cake shops and even nightclubs. I recall seeing one in Chapel-en-le-Frith but I think it due for closure when we visited.

In other little-library news

Elsewhere, a woman in Idaho has turned the stump of a 110-year-old cottonwood tree into a free library.

A whiff of death

Mrs P often chides me over my poor sense of smell which is rather worrying because a poor sense of smell can indicate impending death.

What you don’t need

After running a marathon dressed as Big Ben, this is the last thing you need. To add insult to injury he then had his costume stolen from outside a pub.

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Cardboard city

A twisting maze of tiny buildings crafted from discarded cardboard boxes is the heart of an eye-catching art piece in the Philippines highlighting the humble material’s value to millions of people.

Bringing parrots into disrepute

Police in Brazil have arrested a parrot that had been trained to act as a lookout for drug dealers.

Brief Lives

Another of the Celtic greats, Stevie Chalmers who scored the winner in the 1967 European Cup final; trailblazing film director John Singleton; Doreen Spooner, the first female staff photographer on a British newspaper; Watergate CIA agent James McCord and; 7-foot-2-inch Chewbacca Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew.

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5 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 7th May 2019

    The people of Blackburn and Warrington have clearly got more money than sense. Why waste good milkshake on a rat like Stephen Yaxley-Lennon? And why did he come up with a chummy new name like Tommy Robinson? He should have picked Oswald Mosley II instead.

    How’s the impending move to Buxton going?

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    • Trevor Rowley 7th May 2019

      Nothing wrong with changing your name, Young Pudding. After all, you don’t seem to have looked back since you changed your name from Jean – Pierre Arkwright. I must admit, though, I did have one or two setbacks when I stopped being Betty Boothroyd. And that Dennis Skinner was a right pain in the neck when we had to go in the lobbies. Nuff said!

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      • Yorkshire Pudding 8th May 2019

        In fact, research suggests that “Trevor Rowley” is but a pseudonym for Gary Glitter which itself is a pseudonym for Paul Francis Gadd. Where are the glitter balls now Gary?

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        • Trevor Rowley 8th May 2019

          Actually, Mr Pudding, I have a couple of Gary Glitter 45s in my “collection” and very good records they are too. He was an excellent performer who surrounded himself with capable musicians – shame it all ended in a bit of a mess.

          PS Give my regards to the rest of the Arkwrights.

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  • Roger Green 8th May 2019

    I’d seen the Big Ben before, yet it STILL made me laugh!

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