The latest to answer Dominic Cummings call to recruit ‘weirdos’ and ‘misfits’ to join the civil service is that shrinking violet Uri Geller. Personally, I think we have enough weirdos and misfits in Whitehall already – I call them politicians.
Lucius, Acasius, Earl and Grey are among the 21 boy names predicted to be all the rage in 2020.
Speaking of names
My home city of Manchester has a new fleet of salt spreaders and appealed for name suggestions. They include Gritter Thunberg, Snowel Gallagher, Spreadie Flintoff and Snowbi-Gone Kenobi.
Take a powder
A Devon woman has an unusual food craving – each day she gets through a tub of talcum powder. I did wonder about talc’s nutritional value but, judging from the photos, she isn’t starving.
A model who offered to send a naked photo to anyone who could prove they had donated at least $10 to the Australian bushfire relief was so inundated by requests that she reckons she has raised more than $1 million.
In other bushfire news
An Australian demonstrated how he was to cook a 1.5kg pork roast inside his old Datsun Sunny while he was out at work.
And through the crisis continues, this didn’t stop hundreds of Elvis impersonators heading for the outback for their annual Elvis Festival.
Photographer Robert Freeman who shot the early Beatles album covers; actress Beryl Calder who starred in Mrs Dale’s Diary in the 1950s and 60s; winemaker Georges Duboeuf who introduced us to Beaujolais Nouveau; Lolita star Sue Lyon and; Irving Burgie composer of the Banana Boat Song.