Sunday Round-up

I’ve decided that it is time to come out of the self-imposed lockdown of my Sunday Round-ups. It’s hard to get away from mentioning you-know-what but I’ll do my best.

A farewell to arms

The events that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 include the annual Key West Hemmingway Look-a-Like Contest. Bad news for the purveyors of safari suits you would think.

Who’d have thought it

It was Star Wars Day this week but who knew that it was all started by Margaret Thatcher. When she first took office on 4th May 1979 an ad appeared in the London Evening News saying “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie.”

Crap idea

A town in Sweden is preventing a breakdown in social-distancing by spreading its central park with chicken manure to discourage crowds gathering.

I’ll be there for you

Strictly speaking, the death of songwriter Allee Willis should have appeared in my brief lives section but as she wrote the theme for Friends it’s here because my daughter and her colleagues from Priestfield School have produced the lockdown version of the song on the right.

Speaking of lockdown videos

The song below cheered me up immensely as it scrolls through the miseries of lockdown.

God bless

Many people have turned to religion in these troubled times but if you’d like to take things further then try the Pope Simulator game which promises a “realistic” depiction of life as the Supreme Pontiff.

Piece of cake

A canny Helsinki bakery has saved itself from financial ruin due to the pandemic by creating a cake that looks like a toilet roll.

The room next door

I hope you have been watching the trials and tribulations of Donald Trump’s press advisor as he tries (and fails) to talk him through his daily briefings. You can find them here.

And finally

Do you look forward to filling your car at the petrol station? No not the cost of it but because you enjoy the smell. If so then it is all down to nostalgia.

Brief Lives

So many people have perished since my last Round-up, not all of them succumbing to COVID-19. Here is a catch-up with just a few of them. England footballer Trevor Cherry;  tv presenter and consumer campaigner Lynn Faulds Wood; footballing hard man Norman Hunter; astronaut Alfred Worden who was the first man to walk in deep space; comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor; motor racing legend Sterling Moss;

Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider; My Boy Lollipop singer Millie Small; London rapper Ty; England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti; soul singer Bill Withers; detective Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read who brought the Kray twins to justice; Vegas magician Roy Horn; rock and roll pioneer Little Richard;

Folk singer Julie Felix; funnyman Eddie Large; Stranglers keyboard player Dave Greenfield; Bond girl and Avengers star Honor Blackman; country singer Kenny Rogers; actor Max Von Sydow; Hancock’s Half-Hour cast member Andree Melly; Rosie the Riveter Rosalind Walters and; comedy legend Roy Hudd.

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.

2 comments… Add yours
  • rhymeswithplague 11th May 2020

    I have missed your Sunday Roundups and I loved, loved, loved this particular one. It proves that the new normal, if this is it, is nothing at all like the old normal. I

    just saw that comedian Jerry Stiller (half of Stiller and Meara) has died of natural causes at 92. At least it wasn’t coronavirus. Maybe you will mention him next week.

  • Trevor Rowley 24th May 2020

    I had the good fortune to see Little Richard on stage in Manchester in 1963. Along with a friend, we pitched up at the Odeon Cinema/Theatre on city centre Oxford Street on Wednesday 16th October and joined 2,920 others who had queued to see the Everly Brothers (what harmonies and such charm) and Bo Diddley (we were well into the influence of black American R&B by then). What we weren’t to realise was that a mystery guest had been introduced to the tour at short notice (in the UK these were called package tours – usually taking in fifteen to twenty five dates and involving several top acts). The mystery guest turned out to be no other than Little Richard, whose hey day had really been the tail end of the Fifties, then interrupted by his entry into the world of religion and study at a church college. By 1963, he was busy trying to resurrect his musical career but the hits didn’t seem to be coming as fast as before. However, on this night he blew us, the audience, away in no uncertain terms. He entered the auditorium from the rear of the stalls (downstairs) and proceeded to belt out his opening number (probably something like “Good Golly Miss Molly”) whilst progressing down the centre isle. The audience were ecstatic from his performance and the noise was deafening and by the time he arrived on stage he had stripped to the waist and had thrown various items of clothing into the front rows of the stalls.

    Strangely enough, the Rolling Stones were also on the bill that night but somewhat low down on the list, in fourth place. The following year they were to return to the same theatre, this time to top the bill. To be honest, the Rolling Stones made little of an impression on me – shows just how wrong I could be.


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