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Sunday Round-up

Fashion victims: Fashion designer Christopher Kane’s latest creation are shoes made out of sponge. And despite costing £800 a pair they’re selling like hot cakes. Mind you, not as daft as $530 pre-scuffed and taped sneakers.

A penny for them: £1,000 worth of pennies were stolen from an artwork in Cambridge. But the artist hailed this a success as it ‘was there for people to interact with as they saw fit’. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

I’ll be bark: A sculptor and Arnold Schwarzenegger fan has spent six months carving a six-foot-two-inch statue of his hero out of a solid chunk of oak. (Arnie gag)

Punctuated: Cornwall Council spent ninety minutes debating whether or not to add an apostrophe to the name ‘Lands End‘ and if so where to put it. They eventually plumped for ‘Land’s End’. Quite right too. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Ships of the desert: The Star newspaper got in a tizzy over the fleet of large ships found in a Kazakhstan desert, miles from the sea, that is ‘baffling scientists’. In fact, the mystery is no mystery at all and hasn’t been since 2015 as the Business Insider explains.

Jurassic larks: A hotel in Japan has solved its staffing problems by employing robots including animatronic dinosaurs at the check-in desk. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Cunning: We’ve all witnessed the lengths that some people will go to to keep the seat next to them free on crowded trains but now an American company has come up with their ‘Seat Saver’ range of fake food and drink spills to discourage interlopers.

The Gran Tour: Three grannies from Eccles, near Manchester, were sent on a five-day driving tour of Catalonia in an imitation of The Grand Tour. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Apologies to anyone coming here expecting to read my Sunday Round-up. We have been away this week, partly as a break but mostly to transfer our daughter to her first proper teaching job in London. Loaded cars and loaded questions about her choice of career and venue but what else can you do. Normal service hopefully revived next week. Read more ›››

Sunday Round -up

Rainy days: Described as the ultimate weather-protecting product, you can buy the umbrella jacket for as little as £11 – if you have the nerve to wear one in public.

Shed your inhibitions: Cuprinol revealed the twenty-four finalists in the 2018 Shed of the Year competition with entries ranging from the inspired to the oddball. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Drag’s Army: Photos of wartime defence forces have emerged of them manning the guns in drag after they were called into action during a panto show at the height of the Blitz.

Spell cheker: Donald Trump would be rubbish at Scrabble so he has come up with Scrabull, a game that any idiot can play as you can see from this Jimmy Kimmel video. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Birthday of the week: The longest-running weekly comic in the world celebrated its 80th birthday this week. And if you were to read a different issue every day it would take you more than ten years to get through them.

Progressive of the week: Tory MP David Campbell Bannerman has demanded that Remainers should be tried under the 1351 Treason Act for ‘excessive EU loyalty’. Read more ›››