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Sunday Round-up

Baby Boom: You see a lot of posh prams about these days, but if you really want to splash out you need tickets to The Private Pregnancy Show. How about £30,000 for a life-size sculpture of your baby bump in glass or bronze? Or if that’s a bit steep, how about a newborn photography package from £750 to £4,000? Or for £1,575, you can store your baby’s stem cells in case they need them in the future. Read more ›››

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Smell of the week: For the librarian in your life, perfumier Christopher Brosius brings you In the Library, a scent that promise ‘a whisper of the frayed cloth and the wisp of wood polish from the shelves’.

Alternatively, you could try Dead Writers which ‘evokes the feeling of sitting in an old library chair paging through yellowed copies of Hemingway, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald and Poe’. Read more ›››

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Boris the time-travelling transvestite

Time traveller of the week: When Boris Johnson isn’t campaigning for Brexit, he is hopping into his Tardis as a time-travelling transvestite.

Meanwhile The Mirror rehashed the video which appears to show a time traveller filming a Mike Tyson fight on a mobile phone back in 1995, even though it clearly isn’t. Read more ›››

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Things I didn’t know last week: Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and morgue has a gift shop where you can buy personalised body bags, toe tags and beach towels with a chalk body outline design. Sadly the store is offline at the moment. (Via the Danny Baker Show podcast)

Things I didn’t know last week 2: All the blue plaques in London commemorating the great and the good are made by husband and wife team, Sue and Frank Ashworth. Read more ›››

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Materialism of the week: Forget diamonds and works of art, the most expensive object on earth will be the Hinkley Point nuclear power station when and if it built. And as business objectives go, you’d think that the one at Hinkley shouldn’t need carving in stone.

Intruder of the week: A weasel brought the Large Hadron Collider to a halt by gnawing through a high-voltage cable. Read more ›››

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Frecklist of the week: Match.com ran into a spot of bother when it described freckles as ‘imperfections’ on its billboard posters on the London Underground.

The Advertising Standards Authority has received half a dozen complaints so far, but isn’t expected to investigate further – unless the freckled are dotty enough to get worked up about it. Read more ›››

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Euphemism of the week: Ever wondered what a ‘mass animal deposition event’ is? It’s what you might expect to find on your lawn if you kept a herd of buffalo or sheep on it. But it has scientific and historical, as well as scatalogical significance. Scientists at Queen’s University, Belfast, are trailing a thin crust of horse excrement to solve the riddle of which route Hannibal took to cross the Alps 2,000 years ago. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Oy vey the noo: Jewish people in Scotland (or anywhere else for that matter) now have their own kosher tartan, being a non woollen-linen mix.

Best April Fools: The state news service in Beijing announced that playing April Fool pranks is un-Chinese. Unfortunately they weren’t joking. I quite liked the announcement of the SNP’s candidate for the London Mayor though. Read more ›››