Brexit-Trump-Ranieri

I swear I heard Jurgen Klopp use the headline above to describe the strange world we live in as the reason that Claudio Ranieri got the sack as manager of Leicester City barely a year after he guided them to an unlikely Premiership winning season. But perhaps he has a point

A similar thing occurred to me today after Labour lost the Copeland seat they’ve held for eighty years and yet, like Monty Python’s knight, Jeremy Corbyn declares it is but a scratch even though his arms are hanging off. Read more ›››

G is for Harry Gem

A sporting theme for ABC Wednesday this week as I focus on Harry Gem, the man who invented the game of lawn tennis.

Gem was born in the industrial heart of England in Birmingham in 1819. He was educated at King’s College London and from 1841 he practised as a solicitor in his home city, becoming a magistrate’s clerk in 1856. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Sweethearts: The city of Loveland, Colorado, has been busy this week as the postal point for thousands of Valentine’s Day cards, including one headed for Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, an unidentified female aide at No10 fell for a hoax phone call saying that the Donald wanted to send Theresa May a bunch of her favourite flowers for Valentine’s Day. Read more ›››

F is for Bertram Forer

Bertram Forer was an American psychologist who is remembered for describing the technique for self-deception familiar to psychics, astrologers and even popular business personality tests.

Forer was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1914 and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1936. He then received his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California. Read more ›››

Dash It

I was browsing the Amazon website to see what odd mix of items it thinks I should consider spending my money on. This included Italian shoes and premium quality headphones for some reason, but the thing that caught my eye was the Amazon Dash.

These little gizmos are branded to a particular product and the idea is that when you notice that you’ve run out of that product you simply press the button on the Dash and it will order a resupply through some technological voodoo. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Sleeping with the fishes: It is the end of an era with the passing of Granddad, a ninety-year-old Australian lungfish who has been at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago since 1933.

Trump in stone: The Italian town of Vagli di Sotto has decided to erect a statue of Donald Trump in its Park of Honour and Dishonour, although they say that it will be for history to decide which category DT falls into. Read more ›››

E is for John Elwes

I have been struggling to find a suitable candidate for my letter E so I return John Elwes, an English eccentric who was noted for his extravagant generosity on the one hand and his extreme miserliness on the other that made him the model for one of the best-known characters of fiction.

He was born John Meggott in 1714, the son of a successful and wealthy brewer Robert Meggott and Amy Elwes whose surname he would eventually adopt. Read more ›››

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