Sunday Round-up

Sweet tooth
Tesco announced in 2015 that they would operate sweet-free checkouts to avoid tempting children so you can imagine how they were mocked when this mountain of chocs turned up at their Kingston store.

Surf’s up!
Six hundred surfing Santas took to the waves to raise money for charity. Read more ›››

Y is for Tomoyuki Yamashita

Tomoyuki Yamashita

Tomoyuki Yamashita was the Japanese WWII general who was ignored when he counselled against war with the United States and Britain, then commanded his country’s victories in Malaya and Singapore.

But it is the treasure hunt that he subsequently that interests me, the one that became known as the search for Yamashita’s Gold. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Santa Rebranded
Father Christmas has been reimagined for the modern era based on an open survey in the US and UK and then voted on by 4,000 people in the same countries.

Who’s a cheeky boy
An African grey parrot has been using his owner’s Amazon Alexa to play his favorite music, tell jokes and even order snacks. Read more ›››

X is for Father Xmas

Certain letters are getting harder to fill and none is more eXasperating than X. So yet again I have decided what could be more timely than to resurrect my post about Father Xmas.

Actually, the Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca-Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Deck the halls
For an unusual piece of house bling, try the giant inflatable and illuminated bottle of Ranch dressing. And for your tree, this seasonal Star Wars Death Star tree topper.

It’s a cracker
The annual Christmas cracker joke competition winner is: ‘What does Donald Trump do after he pulls a cracker? – Pays her off’ Read more ›››

W is for Prof Dick Willoughby

The Alaskan mining prospector ‘Professor’ Dick Willoughby was looking out across the Muir Glacier in June 1888 when he caught a glimpse of a most remarkable sight – the outline of a modern city skyline looming out of the misty horizon.

Although the mirage lasted only a few minutes, he was able to photograph it to prove that he had indeed seen it. Willoughby speculated that what he had witnessed was the reflection of a real city many thousands of miles away. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Cornflake Ale

Flake News
The Seven Bro7thers Brewery in Salford is using cornflakes rejected by the nearby Kellogg’s factory to make Throw Away Ale and so cut down on food waste.

Not annoying at all
Parents of young children in America are about to be driven mad by the latest craze for cuddly singing sharks. Read more ›››