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!

Drop Bear

Pranked outback

An ITV reporter was tricked into donning body armour to protect her from the dangerous ‘drop bear’ she was holding in a report on the Australian bushfires.

Home alone

Spotify has launched playlists and podcasts for dogs to listen to when they are left at home alone.

You’ll wonder where the yellow went

Colgate has launched a certified vegan toothpaste that also comes in a recyclable tube although it might not raise a smile as it costs more than six times more than a regular tube of toothpaste.


Last Sunday was the annual Kiss a Ginger Day first celebrated in 2009 to offset the less fun Kick a Ginger Day.

Megxit MugSpeaking of gingers

People have been quick to get on the Harry/Meghan bandwagon by producing Megxit merchandise like the mug on the right. Other mugs are available as well as t-shirts and stickers.

What a hoot

One I missed. A couple brought a Christmas tree home to decorate and found an owl nesting in it.

Wheelie quick

A man has spent 200 hours adapting a green wheelie bin with a motorbike engine so it is capable of a speed of 36mph.

Shower thoughts

“We live in a world where GTA is a kid’s game and Candy Crush is an adult’s game.” Just one of the most profound Shower Thoughts on Reddit.

Snow ArtSnow and art

An artist uses snow and snowshoes to create massive geometrical designs like the one on the left.

Piece of cake

Hundreds of bakers and chefs in southern India came together Wednesday to create what they said is the world’s longest cake – about 6.5 kilometres (four miles).

Brief Lives

Philosopher and political thinker Roger Scruton; FA Cup winner Billy Hughes; film and tv producer Tony Garnett responsible for Cathy Come Home and Up the Junction; Christopher Tolkien, son of JRR, who drew many of the maps detailing the world of Middle-earth and; actor Derek Fowlds who played Bernard Woolley in Yes Minister.

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1 comment… Add yours
  • Trevor Rowley 19th January 2020

    I think I must have missed Derek Fowlds when he did the Bazil Brush Show acting period but I remember him well as the civil servant assisting (?) Jim Hacker in Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister on British TV. He was dry, amusing, clever and entertaining in a series that went straight to the viewers’ hearts. Here he is as the youngish Bernard Wooley, giving us a piece of smut (when you could laugh at smut without believing that you might get a visit from the Thought Police at 2-o’clock in the morning).

    He was also the rather grumpy but bighearted Oscar Blaketon in the popular, long running Heartbeat TV series.


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