BITS ‘N’ PIECES 16th May 2022

BITS ‘N’ PIECES 16th May 2022 BLOG Monday 16th May 2022


BITS ‘N’ PIECES 16th May 2022

  1. “Kenneth Williams trapped in the body of Cilla Black” is how The Guardian once described June Brown, who played Dot Cotton in EastEnders for three decades. Her death, at the age of 95, was announced 3rd April 2022.


  1. A health watchdog is urging millions of people to ensure their waist size is less than half their height to help avoid serious health problems. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence proposed the measure in an overhaul of obesity management guidelines. The UK has one of the highest obesity rates in Europe, with two in three adults officially overweight or obese in a worsening crisis that costs the NHS £6bn a year and wider society £27bn. The Guardian


  1. The world’s longest flight is? Cathay Pacific is set to operate the longest commercial flight in the world by rerouting its New York to Hong Kong service to avoid Russian airspace. The route would go via the Atlantic instead of the Pacific, covering a distance of 16,618 km and requiring a non-stop flight duration of 17 hours and 50 minutes. This surpasses Singapore Airlines’ New York service, which covers 15,349 kilometers and takes around 17.5 hours. The Indepdenent



A brand new Natural History GCSE has been announced by the Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, as part of the Department for Education’s ‘Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy’.

As part of efforts to boost sustainability, secondary school students will have the option to study the subject from 2025. Topics they will cover include reconnecting with wildlife, learning characteristics of British plants and animals, and gaining a deeper knowledge of the natural world around them.

“This is a pivotal moment for education, and one which could change all our futures for the better,” Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts said.

“At this critical juncture of twin nature and climate crises, young people have led the demands for action, yet too often inequalities mean they don’t get the opportunity to learn about the natural world. Now that’s about to change, and not before time.”

  1. UK becoming ‘fattest nation’

Britain is on track to be the fattest nation in Europe in a decade, with takeaway companies and sedentary lifestyles being blamed. An expert from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that, by the early 2030s, 37% of British men and women are expected to be obese. Dr Kremlin Wickramasinghe, the WHO lead for non-communicable diseases in Europe, told The Daily Mirror that the UK was adopting a lifestyle with “more and more digital screen time” and highlighted the prevalence of food delivery services such as Deliveroo and Just Eat.

The link between childhood obesity and midlife health crisis examined

6.    Are you a Velcro person or a Teflon person? 

How much daily stress do you allow to stick to you? When it comes to coping with stress, David Almeida, a professor of human development at Pennsylvania State University, says that people can be divided into two categories.

‘Velcro’ people allow the stressful moment to stay with them, leaving them irritable and frustrated. ‘Teflon’ people see the moment of stress for what it is, but then let it slide away from them, leaving no effect on their mood.

In a ten-year study, Almeida found that people who become easily upset in the moment and who then dwell on their negative feelings and resentment are much more likely to suffer subsequent health problems such as pain, arthritis, cardiovascular complications, and mental health issues.


The Top 10: Songs on the ‘wrong’ album

It is a kind of companion list to Top 10 Songs That Don’t Sound Like the Rest of the Album. It is interesting how often a band will name an album after a song only to decide to put that song on the next one. In reverse chronological order, then…

  1. “Warpaint” by Warpaint is not on Warpaint. It is on their debut album, The Fool, 2010..


  1. “Bring It On” by Gomez is on Liquid Skin, 1999, not Bring It On, 1998.


  1. “Dry” by PJ Harvey is not on Dry, her debut album, but on Rid of Me, 1993, her second.


  1. “Imperial Bedroom” by Elvis Costello is not on Imperial Bedroom, 1982, but on Out of Our Idiot, 1987. “Almost Blue” is on Imperial Bedroom, and not on Almost Blue, 1981.


  1. “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Neil Diamond is on I’m Glad You’re Here with Me Tonight, 1977, but also features as a duet with Barbra Streisand on his album You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, 1978.


  1. “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” by AC/DC is not on If You Want Blood You’ve Got It, but on Highway to Hell, 1979. And “High Voltage”, 1975, was on TNT, and not on the original High Voltage album (although it was on a later international album of the same name).


  1. “Houses of the Holy” by Led Zeppelin, 1975, isn’t on Houses of the Holy but on their next album, Physical Graffiti, because they decided it didn’t fit (it wouldn’t have done).


  1. “Starless” by King Crimson is on Red, 1974, and not on Starless and Bible Black, released earlier that year, although there is a track called “Starless and Bible Black” on Starless and Bible Black.


  1. “Waiting for the Sun” by The Doors, 1970, is on Morrison Hotel not on Waiting for the Sun.


  1. “Largo al factotum”, the aria including the line “Figaro! Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!” is not in The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, 1786, but in The Barber of Seville by Rossini, 1816, although it’s the same character from the trilogy of comic plays by Beaumarchais on which both operas are based.


By John Rentoul – Independent


REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything… whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out. – Tina Turner.


Happiness is…when your waist size is less than half their height. (#2 above)


Why did the orange lose the race? It ran out of juice.


Love is…ageless.


A time to listen to “Imperial Bedroom” album by Elvis Costello… A time to listen to “Almost Blue” album by Elvis Costello…And I guess a time to listen to “Out of Our Idiot” album by Elvis Costello





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