Sunday Round-up

My first Sunday Round-up since May last year following our house move. Hopefully, things are getting back to normal.


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.

Name game

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.

Naked philanthropist

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.

Rock on

And through the crisis continues, this didn’t stop hundreds of Elvis impersonators heading for the outback for their annual Elvis Festival.

Brief Lives

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.

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.

1 comment… Add yours
  • Trevor Rowley 14th January 2020

    Nice to have the Sunday Round-Up back in business, Mr P. A great feature and, hopefully, long may it continue. I particularly like the Brief Lives – always informative, if not a little sad, especially when it’s one of your, or the nation’s, favourites. However, it’s made especially sad when it’s someone who’s dying at rather a young age (50s, 60s and the like) as it seems that they might have left a lot unsaid and a lot of their life unlived. Some of us will still be rattling around in our seventies, eighties and beyond – heaven help us!

    PS Will we ever get to see England win the World Cup again? I’ve seen it once – is it asking to much to see it repeated in this lifetime?


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