12 Aug 2013


Members of the public admiring flowers installed by the council around Newport city centre may have been surprised to discover some of the vegetation on display were cannabis plants. FULL ARTICLE

Following one of the hottest Julys on record in the UK, world famous fashion brand Versace couldn't have picked a better time to launch this £97.00 breathable mesh bodysuit for men. FULL ARTICLE Images courtesy of LUISAVIAROMA.COM

Dubbed as Britain's biggest 'fatberg', a 15 tonne congealed, mushy deposit of rotten food and sanitary wipes the size of a double-decker bus has been found clogging up a London sewer. FULL ARTICLE

News from Husband dearest and my favourite headline of the week ....
Terror on the toilet: Luxury Loo is prone to cyber attacks. FULL ARTICLE

Programmed to exploit one of the most successful  and popular components of comedy scientists at Edinburgh University have designed a computer that writes sexist jokes. FULL ARTICLE *

Commenting on Stafford crematorium, recognised as one of the best in the country, which was holding an open day, a local councillor said it may seem 'an unusual choice of a day out' but the event was useful for people to see what was on offer. FULL ARTICLE

Wanting to give the working man and women the chance to dine like royalty without the washing up designer Chris Godfrey has created a 12 course meal in a tin. FULL ARTICLE including list of ingredients and images.

Seagulls caused pandemonium in the garden of a Cornish pensioner when one of the chicks fell out of the nest on her chimney. 
Very protective of their young the adult birds would sweep down and vomit on the pensioner whenever she left the house.  FULL ARTICLE *

Twinned with Dull in Perthshire, Scotland, Boring in Oregon, USA, has proclaimed the 9th of August Boring and Dull Day 'in perpetuity'.  FULL ARTICLE

A new centre at Manchester Metropolitan University which is offering students students the opportunity to study for a degree in Gothic Studies will focus on teaching spine-chilling literature. FULL ARTICLE

Out of fairness to other outlets on the seafront a ice cream vendor has been warned he could be evicted for selling the traditional '99' ice cream with a flake as shown right. FULL ARTICLE

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Naida said...

oh wow, that breathable mesh bodysuit for men looks like it should be illegal! lol
And those Seagulls sound plain rotten!
Happy Monday :)

Brandi Kosiner said...

Hmm. I don't get why the eviction, I guess he has a monopoly

Barbara said...

I enjoyed all the links, but I’m not so sure about that mesh body suit it reminds me of the string vests my dad used to wear! The cannabis among the flowers made me smile but yuk to the fat burger. The flake thing in the ice cream is just bureaucracy gone mad!

Betty Manousos said...

that breathable mesh bodysuit cracked me up lol!

now i want that ice cream!

big hugs~

Betty Manousos said...

...have a great week ahead! xx

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

First... that mesh suit... NO. Just NO.

Second, a comp that writes sexist jokes? Like we need more?

As much as the above is no, I do enjoy the interesting articles you find!

Cherie Reich said...

Such interesting news articles! Yuck about the seagulls, though! And I like the idea of Boring and Dull Day. :)

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

There is so much going on here this week, that I don't know where to look first (I know where not to look .. that breathable suit just doesn't do it for me I'm afraid).

I had already caught quite a few of the articles, however I love the one about the ice-cream seller (hubbie wuldn't be impressed if he got given his flake separately and told to insert it into the cone himself!).

The other clip which was eye-catching, was the day trip to the crematorium! Given that I have spent the best part of the afternoon in Bath crematorium at the funeral service of a fellow volunteer, I probably won't be wanting to do this any time soon!

Thanks for sharing your finds, a great mix, as always.


Suko said...

That 12-course meal is ambitious, but not appetizing!

Perhaps a less "breathable" suit would be better, after all.

Outlaw the flake, I always say!

Thank you for all of this crazy news, and a reminder that humor (humour) reigns supreme at Pen and Paper.

dr.antony said...

After so long !
I loved that breathable suit. Only one problem. There is no mesh at the place of the only organ that can breathe !

Claudine G. said...

Fun stuff (okay maybe not so fun for the pensioner suffering from seagull vomit attack). I'd love to take that Gothic class and have my spine chill and tingle. (I did take one named '19th Century Gothic Literature' in University and that was my favourite class. The earliest class of the week. And I always had a piping hot latte in a hand as I listened to the lecturer talk about Dickens.)

Oh, and 9th August is Singapore's National Day. What were the odds?

Brian Joseph said...

I am sure that hackers the world over will rush to exploit the vulnerability found in that toilet. Perhaps one could install an anti - virus.

Lindsay said...

Hi Tracy, I'm not too sure at all about that mesh bodysuit....!
I love 99s! How daft...

Nikki-ann said...

I saw the fatburg one! You have to wonder what else is down there...

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm a big scared of that bodysuit. who would wear that out in public? That and nothing else!


Mama Zen said...

Oh! Oh! I want a degree in Gothic Studies!

Gina R said...

Umm...my mind stopped reading this post with the image of the bodysuit. *-* Yeah, somethings are better left undone....*shakes head*

Kelly said...

Somehow I missed this post. I'm glad I looked back and found it!

LL Cool Joe said...

I can imagine that breathable mesh bodysuit going down well in the gay world.