Sunday Round-up

There is no Sunday Round-up this week I’m afraid as it has been a hectic week on the domestic front and I have had little time for anything else.

We have been planning to move house for some time but things are now coming to a head. We went to view properties in our preferred area in the Peak District and stumbled on our ideal home on our first visit so we have rushed to get our present house on the market. Read more ›››

N is for John Newton

John Newton

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 ›››

Sunday Round-up

Burger me
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 ›››

M is for Marcus Morris

One of the things that any boy had to budget his pocket money for in the 1950s was his weekly threepence for a copy of the Eagle comic, the vehicle for Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future. Little did we know that Dan had started life as a vicar.

The Eagle was the brainchild of the Anglican priest and former RAF pilot, Marcus Morris. In 1949 he had written a newspaper article condemning the import of horror comics from America. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Brexit Coin

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 ›››

L is for Lion of Vienna

It may seem odd, but I never saw many of my sporting heroes play their game. Harold Larwood, for example. Perhaps the fastest of fast bowlers and yet he played his last game of cricket in 1938, long before I was born.

But for this ABC Wednesday post, my subject is Nat Lofthouse, also known as the Lion of Vienna and one of the great football centre forwards who last played when I was only six years old. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Looney Tunes
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 ›››