DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK – Unusual News Stories 30th July 2019
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 30th July 2019
Happy Paperback Book Day to one and all!
Yes, just a reminder that today is PAPERBACK BOOK DAY. What’s your favourite Paperback Book? What Paperback Book you reading currently?
30 July 1935
The first Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution.
But now on to less serious stuff! I didn’t know this time last week that Boris Johnson would become Prime Minister, although I like most of the country suspected he would be Prime Minister by this week. Many of us for years have suspected that eventually he would make the job his own.
Our picture shows the Private Eye magazine (my favourite magazine) front cover to mark the occasion. I should imagine they are loving it. With someone like Boris as UK Prime Minister and Trump as US President they are overloaded with material and it must be sending their circulation figures sky high.
If that was not interesting enough I found other interesting snippets on the internet during this last week which expanded my knowledge. Here is 10 of them.
1 UK railways ‘need Fat Controller’
The government should not be in day-to-day control of the UK’s railways, according to the man tasked with improving the system. But ex-BA boss Keith Williams offers an alternative roughly based on a character in the children’s TV series Thomas the Tank Engine. What is needed, he argues, is a figure similar to the Fat Controller, overseeing the running of services and accountable for any failings. Ministers should focus instead on managing budgets and large-scale policy, he suggests.
- Twenty-five years ago last week, the online bookseller that would come to change the way we shopped launched in Seattle. The arrival of Amazon (or Cadabra as it was then) seemed a crazy idea at the time: in 1994, only 0.45% of the world had access to the internet, and sites like eBay and Google were still years away. Amazon has enriched its early backers: shares worth $100 at its 1997 IPO are worth $120,000 today. But its detrimental impact on high streets and lax record on workers’ conditions have rightly enraged critics. The Observer
- Boris Johnson says he’d be richer if he wasn’t in politics, But it turns out he’s doing fairly well, nonetheless. As the top-earning MP, he made around £800,000 last year, including £275,000 for a weekly newspaper column and £407,895 from speeches. If he were to become prime minister, however, he would have to get by on just £158,000 as stricter rules mean he would have to give up both the speeches and the column writing. Daily Mirror
- In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the moon, LEGO surveyed 3,000 children in the US, China and the UK about space.And the results? A bit unsettling. When asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, about 3 in 10 American and British children said they aspired to be YouTubers or Vloggers. Becoming an astronaut was last on the list, at 11%, per Ars Technica. In China, on the other hand, 56% said they wanted to be astronauts. The Independent
- Snow Patrol song Chasing Cars most played in UK. The most played song on British radio so far this millennium is Snow Patrol’s ballad Chasing Cars, newly published figures reveal. The song was never No.1 and was only the 14th biggest-selling single in 2006, the year that the track was released. The second most-played song is I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas, followed by Pharrell’s Happy. The Guardian
…and then as it is holiday time and many of us are hitting the beach we may find a message in a bottle rather than just cast off plastic bottles. So here are 5 MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE STORIES…
- The world’s oldest messages in a bottle
British man who dropped note from ocean liner half a century ago has been traced
The British author of a 50-year-old message in a bottle that recently washed up on the South Australian coast has finally got a reply, after the discovery went viral.
Paul Elliot and his nine-year-old son, Jyah, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that they found the bottle while fishing on a remote beach on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
The letter inside was dated 17 November 1969 and signed by Paul Gilmore, who wrote that he was a 13-year-old English boy travelling to Melbourne on board the Fairstar – “a ship that brought many British migrants to Australia during the 1960s under the assisted passage scheme”, according to The Guardian.Gilmore urged the finder of the note to “please reply” and gave an address in Mitcham, a suburb of Melbourne.
Now, days after the story made headlines worldwide, Gilmore’s sister, Annie Crossland, has come forward, and says her brother will be “chuffed to bits”.
“It’s amazing, absolutely incredible,” she told the ABC.
Gilmore himself has not heard the news yet as he is back out at sea – this time, on a cruise in the Baltics.
The Gilmores lived in Australia until 1973 and then moved back to England. Crossland, who was on the steamer with her older brother when they made their outward journey 50 years ago, says she remembers him “writing letters and putting them in bottles”.
“He sent about six of them,” she recalled. “So it’s good that one of them has surfaced.”
But Gilmore’s note is by no means the oldest message in a bottle to wash up on shore.
- The Guinness record holder of Oldest “Message In A Bottle”
Found 132 years after being thrown overboard, the oldest discovered message in a bottle washed up on a remote beach in Western Australia in 2018. The note, dated 12 June 1886, was too wet to be unravelled immediately, and had to be dried in an oven before revealing its contents – a slightly underwhelming message that included the date, coordinates (32.49 South, 105.25 East), and a message asking the finder to contact the nearest German consulate, according to the Guinness World Records. The bottle was one of hundreds dropped by German ships, as part of a research project by the German Naval Observatory.
- A strange catch
German fishing boat captain Konrad Fischer and his crew discovered an unexpected catch among their haul during a routine trip out in the Baltic Sea in 2014. The old beer bottle contained a Danish postcard from 1913 signed by a man named Richard Platz, who asked the finder to send it on to his address in Berlin – possibly an optimistic scheme to “save on international postage fees”, The Local suggests.
9 From Tashmoo with love
Teenage friends Selina Pramstaller and Tillie Esper of Detroit had an enjoyable day at the Tashmoo amusement park, on Harsens Island in Michigan, according to the message they stuffed in a bottle and set adrift in 1915. The note, scribbled on a boat ticket, simply reads: “Having a good time at Tashmoo.” Diver Dave Leander found the bottle 97 years later, buried on the shore near the spot where the Tashmoo steamship once docked daily, reports USA Today.
- Found by grandson
On 26 March 1930, a group of craftsmen working at a cathedral in the German town of Goslar wrote a note listing their complaints about inflation and unemployment since the First World War, and expressing their hope that their note might be found during better times. Almost 90 years later, that is exactly what happened: roofer Peter Brand, the grandson of one of the authors, found the bottle during a routine check under the cathedral’s roof last September.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Happiness is…seeing the world through the eye of Private Eye
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I had a neck brace fitted years ago and I’ve never looked back since.
Love is…having someone to hold your hand
TRACK OF THE DAY
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee
Highest Chart Position: No.1 24th July 1976
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Tuesday 30th July 2019
Paperback Book Day
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