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.
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 ›››
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.
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.
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 ›››