BITS ‘N’ PIECES 13th June 2022
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 13th June 2022
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
As I beachcomb the internet looking for tasty snippets for my web page, I come across lots of interesting items. Here are a few of the more interesting “Bits ‘N’ Pieces”.
- Rare banknote sells for 1,400 times its original value
The rare banknote was discovered by an Oxfam volunteer Dinendra Haria.
A rare £100 banknote found in a charity shop has sold online for £140,000 – 1,400 times its original value. The £100 Palestine pound note was issued to high-ranking officials during the time of the British Mandate in Palestine in 1927. Paul Wyman spotted the unusual note in a box of items donated to an Oxfam branch where he volunteers. He contacted an auction house where experts valued it at £30,000, but it sold for £140,000 when it went under the hammer at auction, reported The Daily Mirror.
- Man runs half marathon in 111 T-shirts
A man has broken a Guinness World Record by running a half marathon while wearing 111 T-shirts. David Rush, who has broken more than 200 Guinness World Records to promote STEM education, completed the half marathon with a time of two hours, 47 minutes and 55 seconds. “My arms lost circulation and after a couple of hours my hands swelled to what felt like twice their size,” Rush told UPI. “My normally loose wedding ring was a constricted ring and I couldn’t even touch my thumb across my hand.”
- Gran buys rude book for granddaughter
A grandmother was embarrassed after she accidentally bought an x-rated book as a present for her young granddaughter, reported LadBible. Sue Mackay thought she was buying an Enid Blyton book for her seven-year-old granddaughter, Skyla-Rae, when she picked up Five Get Gran Online. Skyla-Rae’s mother later received a note from her teacher saying that the book her daughter had brought to school was “inappropriate for children” and contained words such as “b***ocks” and “b***ard”. The book was part of a parody series written by Bruno Vincent.
- How To Murder Your Husband author convicted of murdering husband
A woman who wrote an essay entitled How to Murder Your Husband has been found guilty of murdering her husband. A jury found author Nancy Crampton-Brophy guilty of second-degree murder in the 2018 death of her husband, chef Daniel Brophy, who was gunned down at the culinary school where he taught cooking classes. CNN said Crampton-Brophy’s books were tales of “attempted murder, lust, crime and infidelity” and her husband’s killing “could have been ripped” from one of their pages.
- Five-foot whisky bottle sold for £1m
The world’s largest bottle of whisky has sold for more than £1m, reported The Metro. The 311-litre bottle of Macallan single malt was bought at an auction in Scotland. The bottle is 5ft 11 inches tall and holds enough liquid to fill 444 standard bottles. An anonymous foreign buyer purchased the whisky at Edinburgh-based auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull. “It certainly isn’t every day you get to auction a bottle of high-quality, single malt, that also happens to be a record breaker,” said a spokesperson for the auctioneers.
- Genetic secrets extracted from Pompeii bones
Human remains from Pompeii have revealed genetic secrets from the bones of a man and a woman who were buried when the Roman city was engulfed in volcanic ash. The two people were first discovered in 1933, slumped in the corner of a dining room, “almost as though they were having lunch when the eruption occurred”, said the BBC. The man’s skeleton contained DNA from tuberculosis-causing bacteria, suggesting he might have had the disease prior to his death.
- House prices pass milestone
The average price of a UK home has passed £250,000 for the first time, but the pace of price growth is slowing. In its latest market index, Zoopla also found that the proportion of sellers reducing their asking price and the time taken to sell a home have increased. Vincent Dennington, director at estate agent John D Wood & Co, said the market “remains buoyant enough that should a property come to market competitively priced, it is likely to create a multi-bid scenario, resulting in final offers going over the guide price”.
Is the UK heading for a housing crash?
- Eurovision trophy sold for drones
The Ukrainian band that won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has sold their trophy for $900,000 (£712,000) with the aim of buying drones for Ukraine’s military. Ukrainian TV has reported that the money raised from the sale of the trophy would be used to purchase three Ukrainian-made PD-2 drones. Kalush Orchestra, who were given special permission to leave the war-torn country to compete in Eurovision, handsomely won the contest with 631 points.
‘If the UK had won, Eurovision 2023 would have been at a Travel Tavern off the M4’
- Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, became the first frontline politician to feature in The Sunday Times Rich List. He and his wife, Akshata Murty, came 222nd on the UK list with an estimated combined fortune of £730m. The Sunday Times
- Ukrainian bakery names croissant after Boris Johnson
The Boris Johnson croissant
A bakery in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv has named a croissant after the UK’s prime minister. “Boris Johnson is not just a prime minister but is also now a croissant,” announced Cafe Zavertailo on Instagram this week. The accompanying photograph features row of pastries with meringue toppings, crowned with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to represent the PM’s chaotic locks. “We sell loads of them,” a spokeswoman told The Telegraph. “We can only make 42 at a time, three times a day, but we sell all we make within hours.”
- Random Instagrammer offers to marry Heard
A stranger has offered to marry Amber Heard after she lost her case with Johnny Depp. The Saudi man sent a voice note to Heard’s official Instagram account and called himself better than “old man” Depp, News 18 reported. “Amber since all doors are closing on you, you have no one except me to take care of you,” he said. “I’ve noticed that some people hate and bully you, therefore, I decided to marry you. May Allah bless us both. You are a blessing, but people don’t appreciate that.”
- Del Boy is a literary work
Derek “Del Boy” Trotter, the market trader in the TV sitcom Only Fools and Horses, has been deemed a “literary work” following a high court copyright ruling. The Guardian noted that the character’s new status was legally defined after a company, set up by the creator of the BBC comedy, won its copyright battle with the operators of an “interactive theatrical dining experience”, Only Fools the (Cushty) Dining Experience. The judge said that the character of Del Boy was a literary work, and that each script of the series was a dramatic work.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
Top Ten most valuable football players in the world in 2022
1 Kylian Mbappé: €205.6m (£175.7m)
FORWARD, AGE 23 – PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN AND FRANCE
He’s only 23, but Kylian Mbappé has already won the Fifa World Cup, as a 19-year-old with France in 2018. The striker will be aiming to repeat the feat when the world champions defend their crown in Qatar later this year. With his new contract reportedly worth €250m (£213.6m) over three years, the deal makes him the “most powerful figure at PSG”, said The Guardian.
2 Vinícius Júnior: €185.3m (£158.3m) Brazilian
FORWARD, AGE 21 – REAL MADRID AND BRAZIL
Brazilian forward Vinícius Júnior scored the winning goal for Real Madrid in the 2022 Uefa Champions League final against Liverpool. The 21-year-old, who also scored 17 goals as Real won Spain’s La Liga title, is recognised by fans as “one of the biggest young talents in world football”, said Sporf.
3 Erling Haaland: €152.6m (£130.4m) Norway
FORWARD, AGE 21 – MANCHESTER CITY AND NORWAY
With the signing of Erling Haaland, Man City boss Pep Guardiola will hope the Norway star can finally fire the English giants to Champions League glory. The 21-year-old will join City on 1 July and the deal ends the search for a “long-term successor” to record goalscorer Sergio Agüero, said The Guardian.
4 Pedri: €135.1m (£115.4m) SPANISH
MIDFIELDER, AGE 19 – FC BARCELONA AND SPAIN
Pedro González López, known as “Pedri”, has looked “mature beyond his years” at the heart of Barcelona’s midfield, said Goal.com. The Spaniard, 19, has a “sparkling future ahead of him at Camp Nou”.
5 Jude Bellingham: €133.7m (£114.2m) England
MIDFIELDER, AGE 18 – BORUSSIA DORTMUND AND ENGLAND
Jude Bellingham: €133.7m (£114.2m)
Jude Bellingham, 18, is the youngest player in the top ten. Already firmly part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad, Dortmund’s “forward-thinking” midfielder is a “phenomenal talent”, said Danny Murphy in The Mail on Sunday.
6 Phil Foden: €124m (£105.9m) England
FORWARD, AGE 22 – MANCHESTER CITY AND ENGLAND
Phil Foden, who starred in Man City’s Premier League triumph, is the “early favourite” to win the men’s PFA Young Player of the Year award, said the Daily Mail. Nicknamed the “Stockport Iniesta”, the 22-year-old won the Fifa Under-17 World Cup with England in 2017 and is a four-time Premier League title winner with City.
7 Frenkie de Jong: €112.5m (£96.1m) Netherlands
MIDFIELDER, AGE 25 – FC BARCELONA AND NETHERLANDS
After coming through the ranks with Dutch side Ajax, Frenkie de Jong signed for Barcelona in 2019. The Netherlands midfielder is now being linked with a move to England. He remains Manchester United’s “primary transfer target” this summer, said the Daily Express.
8 Luis Díaz: €110m (£94m) Columbia
FORWARD, AGE 25 – LIVERPOOL AND COLOMBIA
Luis Diaz has made an “instant impact” with Liverpool following his move from Porto in January, said 90min.com. The Colombian forward has so far scored six goals in 26 appearances for the Anfield club.
9 Rúben Dias: €109.6m (£93.6m) Portugal
DEFENDER, AGE 25 – MANCHESTER CITY AND PORTUGAL
Portuguese centre-half Rúben Dias joined Manchester City from Benfica for a then club-record £64.3m in September 2020 – it was a fee that has been “justified”, said the Daily Mail. The “commanding defender” has won successive Premier League titles at the Etihad Stadium.
10 Ferran Torres: €109.5m (£93.5m) Spain
FORWARD, AGE 22 – FC BARCELONA AND SPAIN
In December 2021, Ferran Torres returned to Spain after signing for Barcelona from Manchester City. The Spanish forward helped “rejuvenate” Barca’s “flagging season” after Christmas, said Goal.com.
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Happiness is…finding a rare bank note in a charity shop.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
What’s the opposite of artificial intelligence? Natural stupidity.
Love is…reaching out.
PEARLS OF WISDOM
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” —Albert Einstein
A time for Dell Boy to be considered literature…A time for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to be 222nd on the Sunday Times Rich List.
©2022 Phil M Robinson