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!

Lego RampRamp it up

An enterprising grandmother is making life easier for may people by constructing wheelchair ramps out of Lego bricks and installing them in the German town of Hanau.

Buried treasure

A ring that was lost in America 47 years ago has been found buried in a Finnish forest.

Playing for time

A woman has undergone brain surgery while playing the violin to ensure surgeons did not damage the part which controls the fine movement of her hands.


I once wrote about one of the grammatical rules we follow without realising it and here is another – ablaut-reduplication.

Pretty in pink

Photographs of the world’s only known pink manta ray were released this week.

Brief Lives

Zoe Gail, the entertainer chosen to switch on the lights in Piccadilly after the wartime blackout; Larry Tesler who invented ‘cut, copy and paste’; Pearl Carr who won Eurovision with husband Teddy Johnson; cricket all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni; broadcaster and astronomer Heather Couper and; hero of the Munich air disaster Harry Gregg.

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.

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