30 Nov 2009


To begin with ...... Well done to our quiz team and, in particular, Husband dearest. Unable to attend last night (all this rain does nothing for my joints), the quiz, we lost but the snowball, thanks to a certain individuals knowledge of the periodic table, we won - hurrah!!!!!!! That's another £100 towards our Christmas night out.

Want to see how many of these chemicals symbols you can identify? Answers tomorrow.






And now for today's round-up of the newspapers.

Carrying on from yesterday's post about Christmas presents, Husband dearest (who I must say isn't half bad at buying gifts) found this article.


A garden centre chain has provoked anger among its female customers after suggesting that men make their wives "feel special this Christmas" by buying them a rotary clothes line as a present.

Equality campaigners criticised the store saying the advertisement was like something from the 1970s and promoted the idea that a woman's place was in the home.

The store admitted the 'joke' was ill advised.

- An edited version of an article in The Daily Telegraph. (For the full story, click HERE.)

Practical? I suppose so but it's hardly romantic, is it? Unlike this next Christmassy article that had me wanting to change my name.

A popular North eaterie is offering a freebie for special couples this Christmas.

In the true spirit of giving, couples called Mary and Joseph will get free grub at Tayburns in Newcastle, on Christmas Eve.

Couples and friends called Mary and Joseph can turn up in pairs, but photographic ID must be shown to prove your identities.

- An edited version of an article in the Sunday Sun.

Getting away from Christmas, you remember a while ago I did a post about the row over FENTIMANS lemonade? Well, a similar row has just erupted but this time it's Lucozade (another well known brand of soft drink here in the UK) that's causing the alarm.

Pupils aged 11 and 12 at a top private school got "high as a kite" - on Lucozade.

Four youngsters out of 25 assessed by paramedics had to be treated after having too many free samples of the brand's new Alert Plus energy drink which they were given on their way to school.

Now makers GlaxoSmith-Kline are probing how they got so much - as it's website says it is "designed to improve mental performance" but is "is not recommended for children with its caffeine content".

A source said "The teachers noticed they all seemed full of energy and their behaviour was different to normal.

"Some of the kids complained of feeling sick and so the teachers decided the best thing to do was dial 999. One kid had six bottles." (Hardly any wonder they were feeling sick then, is it?)

- An edited version of an article in the Daily Mirror.

And, whilst on the subject of drinks I couldn't help but have a chuckle at this article.

A shockwave passed through the organisation that champions traditional methods of beer production and the old-fashioned pub after an alarming incident at their Annual General Drink-in recently at the Old Beard And Sandals (now there's a name for a pub). Several delegates were caught on mobile-phone footage ordering (shock, horror...) bottles of alcopops at the bar.

"Things got rapidly out of hand," said a witness, who asked not to be identified for fear of beer-related reprisal. "One man even asked for a diet coke."

- An article by Jim White reporting in the Telegraph.

One last thing......

I knew it, just knew it. All of my stupid jokes do serve a purpose - apart from making people groan that is.

Telling jokes in the classroom can boost pupils' reading skills, according to researchers.

Children's grasp of comprehension is dramatically (not just slightly but dramatically) improved after being exposed to short gags and riddles, it was claimed. Jokes which revolve around word-play - such as "How do you make a sausage roll?" "Push it down the hill" - help expand young children's understanding of how English works. A study by York University, reported in THE TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT, tested four groups of eight and nine-year-olds over a year. One group, which focused solely on speaking and listening skills, including learning jokes, overtook their classmates in reading comprehension.

- An edited version of an article in the Guardian.

FOOTNOTE: As it is not always practical to post the complete version of an article, I will endeavour to provide a link to the full version wherever possible.


Tina said...

I love your roundups! I know a man whose present to his new wife for their first Christmas together was an iron..! Can you imagine what she did with it?

MOLLYC said...

Your blog is my absolute favorite! Where do you come up with these news items? AND THE CLOTHES LINE! I am going to share your blog address with all of my facebook friends. xoxox

....Petty Witter said...

Thanks Molly. I simply look through the newspapers, searching for any stories that catch my eye - generally anything that is slightly strange or just makes me laugh.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Petty, just an informative and interesting post as always.
Have a lovely week!

Alyce said...

I would agree about the corny jokes helping. My Spanish teacher used to have the the worst corny jokes to help us remember irregular verbs, and they really helped me remember them.

Kelly said...

I'm not the best with the periodic table, so I'll pass on trying to guess which elements. (I know all the basics like Fe, K, O, H)

I thoroughly enjoy all your newsclips!

Anonymous said...

I looked up John Barrowman. He is dreamy!

Lydia said...

Thanks for stopping by! Umm, I would have to cheat and look at the periodic table to divine any of those abbreviations. CL - Chlorine? and PO - Potassium? Oh well, if I become a chemical engineer, I'll learn 'em!

Smileyfreak said...

I can totally relate to those kids who drank the lucozade *my fav drink of all time,after tea of course lol* I often find myself behaving abnormally after it's consumption

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Hi there! I am loving your blog :) Thanks for dropping by and saying hello! I'll be back for sure!

RennyBA's Terella said...

Interesting to see these collections of new through your eyes - kind if a way to knew you even better. Since I'm new here, it helps a lot :-)

So hello new friend in Blogsphere! Thanks for your visit from The Best Post Of The Week and for your comment!

Deidre said...

do you read twentyfouratheart?

She just posted something about a tv ad in the us where it suggests men buy their special someone's a pap smear for christmas. Nothing says I love you, like a pap smear.

....Petty Witter said...

Welcome Lydia, Tamara and Renny.

Deidre: No, I've never visited twntyfouratheart but something tells me I'll be paying her a visit. It sounds so alien to me to hear people talking about buying a smear test (as we call them) when they are readily available, free of charge here in the UK.

Anonymous said...

Not sure where to post this but I wanted to ask if anyone has heard of National Clicks?

Can someone help me find it?

Overheard some co-workers talking about it all week but didn't have time to ask so I thought I would post it here to see if someone could help me out.

Seems to be getting alot of buzz right now.