Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Fun

You'll be pleased to know that I didn't need to take to the stage on Wednesday as the actor turned up.  Tonight may be a different story.

Talking of stories (neat link eh), I'll start with some videos from the past week.

Ice Football has taken off in Holland.  Kids, and adults, are each placed on the ice inside an inflatable ball and play football.  You HAVE to see this one to fully appreciate it.

In the arts, South Korea has opened the world's first 'Toilet Theme Park', while the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra has replaced sheet music with computers. Sticking to the musical them, security guards in Sao Paulo have started a band to entertain commuters, while in the art world, miniature figures have been seen across London's East End. As if Gangnam style hasn't got enough publicity, a school in Northern England has rewritten the lyrics and made a video to raise money for charity as part of Children In Need.

I love poking fun at journalists, so here's a compilation of news anchor 'fails'. The language gets a bit fruity occasionally, so listen at your own peril.

Australians witnessed a full solar eclipse this week and now you can too. To coin a phrase, fascinating.

In other news, politicians (quite rightly) get hammered for paying themselves too much.  Uruguay's President lives in a shack, farms land and drives a beaten up old car. Elsewhere, a human in a giraffe costume is performing random acts of kindness around Scotland.

Crime is good for a laugh when it goes wrong, and one robber planned the perfect crime.  Unfortunately for him, he stole an empty box.  On the subject of banks, the collapse of Anglo Irish bank has been turned into a musical starring foam puppets.

Now for some good news from around the world.  The South Pacific islands of Tokelau have become the first territory in the world to generate all their power from solar power, while in England, Jean Colclough has finally retired from nursing at the age of 74.  She is believed to be the longest serving nurse in Britain, having started in 1956, and hasn't ruled out returning part-time.

Finally in this section, Omnishambles has become the word of the year for 2012, and did you know dogs prefer classical music to other genres?  That and nine other things you didn't know last week.

Before the picture collection, here are some picture galleries.  First up, photos of Scotland taken by BBC website readers, followed by pictures of Bonfire Night


And on that note, I wish you a great weekend.  Adieu.


Lisa Shafer said...

Stupid crook stories are always worth a read. Thanks!

Dana said...

I love the one about the fort. I feel like that a lot. :)

Happy weekend!

Jeff Hargett said...

Fun as always!

Gabriel C. Taylor said...

Ah, after a long day of editing it is so nice to come here and get a lift from your blog. Thanks!

Martin Willoughby said...

Lisa: Karma works.

Dana: It brings back some happy memories.

Jeff: I am aren't I.

Gabriel: Now I'm going to blush.

Valentina Hepburn said...

Thanks for these, Martin - I absolutely love them x

Martin Willoughby said...

Valentina: You're welcome.