5 Aug 2013


The world’s most expensive beefburger is about to be served up in London next week. Costing £250,000, the burger, made up of 3,000 strips of artificial beef, each the size of a grain of rice, has been grown in the lab using the stem cells of a slaughtered cow. FULL ARTICLE

Ex-straw-minate! A straw sculpture of a Dalek has been built by an ice cream company in celebration of Dr Who's 50th anniversary. FULL ARTICLE

A fire engine with a difference is patrolling the streets of south Licolnshire - it is a converted Reliant Robin car. FULL ARTICLE 

It was once the most treasured possession of a former bride. But the wedding dress is fast becoming an expendable part of a couple's big day after a new craze for deliberately wrecking bridal gowns hit Britain. FULL ARTICLE *

Draped in robes,  seen reclining and looking outwards with an owl on her knee - but with her left breast clearly visible - Britannia has been given a 21st century 'glamour model' makeover for a commemorative Royal Mint coin. FULL ARTICLE

The votes have been counted and verified and it has been revealed that the winner of a poll to choose a national species for Britain is ..... the hedgehog. FULL ARTICLE

A designer has launched a range of wigs that turn pets into pop princesses including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and even Dolly Parton. FULL ARTICLE

* Because of changes to this newspaper's website these links may not always be live, my apologies. PW 

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Brian Joseph said...

I want a Dalek sculpture in my yard.

The Hedgehog is a fine choice for a national species.

Kelly said...

That expensive burger looks just like the soy burgers I use to eat when I was a vegetarian.

I know you must have been quite pleased with the hedgehog selection! I was glad to see the badger came in second. I finished up that Beatrix Potter series and badgers played a big role in most of the books.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

There really should be a tradition established for reusing (disposing of?) wedding gowns.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

There is an article about the 'manufactured burger' on the BBC site:
I was listening to an interview with one of the scientists on the radio this morning and apparently the burger begins life as a white substance, which then has to be mixed with breadcrumbs and a beetroot solution to give it some colour. If this is the sign of things to come, I am seriously thinking of becoming a vegetarian!

Happy Monday - enjoy your dinner!!


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Ew on the burger. YaY! For the hedgehog. I also like the redo of Lady Britannia.

So many books, so little time said...

That Dalek looks bloody brilliant, will need to share that one with my friends who are Dr Who fanatics!

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Naida said...

Yes, the beefburger being grown in a lab is just yucky. Go hedgehogs! That's neat.

Suko said...

The pet wigs are utterly crazy but so cute as well! I heard about the stem cell burger on the radio today. Very amusing Monday post, as usual.

Aunt Mary said...

This is hard to believe that this kind of burger will be served. REALLY INTERESTING :)

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

Who knew it would become popular to destroy wedding gowns? Fascinating!

anilkurup said...

I was astounded by the news of the Petri dish dish burger and most of the whopping cost that it entailed to create one .
Well today's scientific possibility may be certainly tomorrows commercial success.

I Guess you are wonderfully obsessed with hedgehogs.

Brandi Kosiner said...

Love gold coins, so prety

Cherie Reich said...

Hedgehogs are adorable!

The burger sounds rather gross, and I do want that gold coin, but because it has an owl on it--reminds me of Athena. :)

Mamakucingbooks said...

Another friend posted up about the most expensive burger...hmm....i wonder what will be next

Betty Manousos said...

the dalek sculpture looks amazing!
love gold coins. so beautiful!!

big hugs~