A farewell to arms
The events that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 include the annual Key West Hemmingway Look-a-Like Contest. Bad news for the purveyors of safari suits you would think.
Who’d have thought it
It was Star Wars Day this week but who knew that it was all started by Margaret Thatcher. When she first took office on 4th May 1979 an ad appeared in the London Evening News saying “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie.” Read more ›››
Surrey police celebrated Shrove Tuesday by calling in Crepe Artiste Philippe de Pan to help them locate some of their most wanted villains through the medium of pancake art.
Speaking of pancakes
An Englishwoman won the annual pancake race challenge between the town of Olney in the UK and Liberal in Kansas with a time of 1:06 seconds. Read more ›››
A factory in Iran is one of the largest producers of American and Israeli flags churning out 2,000 a month specifically for burning during street protests. Of course, the organisation responsible for burning most flags are the American Boy Scouts.
It seems we may have more Neanderthal DNA than previously thought. This probably explains social media. Read more ›››
Jasper Maskelyne came from a long line of stage magicians. Born in 1902, he was the son of Nevil Maskelyne and the grandson of John Nevil Maskelyne, perhaps the preeminent magician of the Victorian age and inventor of the pay toilet – but that, as they say, is another story.
While Jasper Maskelyne followed in their footsteps with a successful stage career his greatest contribution to history was as the War Magician of WWII. Read more ›››
In the latter years of the 19th century, the English whaling ship ‘Star of the East’ was operating around the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic when a whale was spotted.
The boats were launched and the whale harpooned, but its thrashing in the water capsized one of the boats and two men were lost, one of them a sailor called James Bartley. 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 ›››
John Newton led what you might consider an interesting life. He was a sailor, a slaver, a clergyman and author of Amazing Grace, arguably the most popular hymn of all time.
Born in 1725 in Wapping, London, Newton grew up at a time of religious turmoil. His father was ostensibly a Catholic but had Protestant sympathies while his mother was a devout independent Anglican. 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 ›››