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Sunday Round-up

That’s it folks
Among all those who support Brexit there are many who long for a simpler time when we weren’t in the EU. But to illustrate that things move on and get more complicated, here is a map of the internet in 1973, the same year we joined the EU. Yep, that’s all of it.

And on that note, I came across this article on hauntology or nostalgia for lost futures. Read more ›››

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Manchester United has ordered a couple who make their own “terrible” football stickers to stop selling “wonky drawings” of the team’s ex-players. Known as Panini Cheapskates, they hand draw their own images and sell them on Etsy.

You piffling little swishfiggler!
A lexicographer has a children’s dictionary of swearing and expletives. Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words is designed to help them explore language. Read more ›››

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A horse in pyjamas
Scientists have dressed horses in zebra suits to work out why their cousins have stripes. And it’s to confuse parasites. Of course, the real mystery is whether zebras are black with white stripes or white with black stripes?

Drunk in charge
Bars in Hanoi are cashing in on the summit between Trump and Kim with diplomacy-themed cocktails and beers. Read more ›››

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O’er matron
Not normally known for innuendo, Mark & Spencer launched a Love Sausage in time for Valentine’s Day.

Speaking of sausages
Forget about the companies abandoning Britain, the real tragedy of Brexit is that the planned Sausage World in North Yorkshire has been shelved because the EU has pulled funding. Read more ›››

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Wagamama has launched a vegan version of the great British breakfast with beetroot sausages and bacon made from gluten. Cultural appropriation surely?

Bad to wurst
If that offended any veggies out there, look away now. A butcher in Nuremberg has opened the world’s first and only sausage-themed hotel. Read more ›››

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Vaev Tissues

Bless you We all get coughs and colds at this time of year but now you can ‘get sick on your own terms’ by ordering a tissue from the start-up company Vaev.

These have been sneezed into by one of their ten go-to sick people and by rubbing it on your face you catch that cold when it’s convenient for you. And for only $79 it’s not to be sneezed at! Read more ›››

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Kamala action figure

A quiet week
I don’t know if it is the crises occurring in various parts of the world but there hasn’t been much to raise an eyebrow this week, so a shorter than usual Sunday Round-up.

Following on from the Robert Mueller action figure as reported last week, a Senator Kamala Harris figure has been launched as she enters the 2020 presidential race. Read more ›››

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Brexit means.. er.. whatever you want it to
There hasn’t been much to smile about as we watched the slow-motion car crash that is Brexit so even more politically cynical Sunday Round-up than usual.

But I did spot this Brexit UncertainTEA cup and saucer which you can use to predict how things might eventually shake out by reading the tea leaves. Read more ›››