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Sunday Round-up

Sherlock Coin

The Royal Mint has issued its Sherlock Holmes 50p piece to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Arthur Conan Doyle’s birth. They can be yours for £10 or £795 for a gold proof coin.

Speaking of money
Millions of $50 notes are circulating in Australia with the word ‘responsibility’ misspelt as ‘responsibilty’ three times. Read more ›››

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Sleazy Rider
The latest artwork by ‘patriotic’ artist Jon McNaughton depicts The Donald riding a red, white and blue motorcycle with Melania on the pillion.

Offensive driving
Many drivers are unaware of the things they can be fined for including driving with snow on the car roof and driving barefoot or in flip-flops. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Still moving
Another busy week with the hoped-for house move so again a shorter than usual Sunday round-up.

Last words
Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland is selling a telegraph dubbed “Hitler’s suicide note” containing a final message from the Nazi leader which is expected to fetch up to £70,000. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Still moving
Another busy week with the hoped-for house move so a shorter than usual Sunday round-up as I try to catch up with last week.

Heavy metal
The inaugural Heavy Metal Knitting championships will kick off in the Finnish town of Joensuu in July. It’s a bit like air guitar but with knitting needles. Finland has 50 heavy metal bands per 100,00 population. Read more ›››

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Burger me
The Oak Door steakhouse in Tokyo has created the world’s most expensive burger to celebrate Crown Prince Naruhito ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne on 1st May.

But what does it mean?
The Crown Prince has named this new era as “Reiwa” but no-one is quite sure what it means. Read more ›››

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Brexit Coin

Head or tails?
The Royal Mint had to put its Brexit commemorative coin back in the money box for obvious reasons. Similarly the makers of British Independence Day t-shirts.

Is the EU worth it?
Much is made about the amount of money that goes to the EU but this online tool for finding out your personal contribution is an eye-opener. (My contribution: £25.41 a year.) Read more ›››

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Looney Tunes
Thanks to the marvellous job we are making of Brexit, the Mother of all Parliaments made it to the front cover of The New Yorker.

Like it or loathe it
As if the country wasn’t already divided enough over Brexit, Marmite has launched the latest food hybrid – Marmite Peanut Butter. Read more ›››

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Hole in one
The Royal Mint is issuing a new 50p coin featuring a black hole in honour of Stephen Hawking. (Or a metaphor for a crash out Brexit?)

Speaking of Brexit
The EU gets blamed for all sorts of ludicrous directives but they are all Euromyths that can be fact-checked here. Strange that most appear in the Daily Mail and/or the Telegraph. Read more ›››