2019 was a funny old year for all sorts of reasons. We had the madness that was Brexit with the country polarising into two irreconcilable camps of unicorn chasers and sunny upland scoffers.
Brexit saw off Theresa May to be replaced by the serial liar and all-round buffoon Boris Johnson. He called a general election in which the Tories increased their share of the popular vote by 1.2% that translated into a net gain of 47 seats. Read more ›››
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 ›››
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.
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 ›››
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 ›››
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 ›››
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 ›››
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 ›››
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 ›››