The marketing slogan for Marmite is that you will “either love it or hate it” for one person ( your correspondent) it is a case of hate, but for Shelly McClellan, 45, she leaves people in no doubt about where she stands, she absolutely loves it, so much so that she even spreads it on pasta as the sauce! Now that is not quite what you will find on your holidays in the food lover’s paradise in Italy, but to Shelley, growing up in Burton on Trent that is of no concern.
Well they do say that home is where your heart is and for one Japanese man it was above a public toilet in Usuki, south-western Japan. We hear news stories regularly about the difficulty for young people here in the UK to find a home that they can afford. Homelessness apparently is not confined to any particular country it would seem, Japan is not immune either and it is not the only developed country where homelessness and poverty have led to unusual living conditions. In 2013, a Chinese woman was found to have lived in a hole in the ground in Beijing for 20 years, using the toilets at a nearby park for water and washing facilities.
Piano tuner Martin Backhouse got quite a shock when he discovered what he thought was some bags of moth repellent inside the instrument he was fine tuning, when it turned out to be, not camphor balls, but 633 Sovereigns and 280 half Sovereigns dating from 1847 to 1915.
Some men simply love machines; grey haired old men can be seen on most sunny summer days in classic sports car hood down, right foot hard down on the “loud pedal” trying to re-live the years of their youth, but now in a car that they only dreamed of then! Others cannot wait to pull on their leathers and enjoy the thrill of sitting astride a two wheeled 240 horse power motor bike powering through the country roads. (more…)
We were all children once, and for most women there is an inbuilt maternal gene that craves to have, to hold and nurture them, well that is for most women. For BBC wildlife presenter Kate Humble however, she has claimed that she was lacking this maternal gene. For her and husband of 25 years, Ludo Graham, this has never presented a problem. But, it was during a discussion with Ludo that she had what could only be described as a panic attack when they wondered what might happen if just one of them changed their mind. During the discussion, Kate admitted that she broke down and in a response that can be described as being primeval said: “I cannot do it I’m never going to change my mind”. (more…)
Living or working on Australia’s famous Gold Coast holds some great advantages, one of which surely has to be the abundance of fantastic seafood that can be sampled at their restaurants. This is what aspiring rapper Terry Peck, 33, who performs under the name 2pec, decided to do, but unlike, most law abiding citizens, he thought it would be a great idea to feast on two whole lobsters, half a dozen oysters and a baby octopus.
It may not mean a lot to you, and we wonder just how much it will mean to the Chinese people who like to drink Coca-Cola, but if you are the Chairman, President and CEO of a massive investment company, which also happens to be the biggest investor in your company, then it just might make sense that his likeness is displayed on one of your company’s products.
Irving Belin wrote a song that has appeared in numerous Broadway shows and film musicals, whilst it was first performed as far back as 1933, it was in the film which starred Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, shown on television at Easter time, it could be on again this Easter, which brought it to the attention of many millions.
There was a time when a “chair” was something that you sat upon, in today’s “PC” correct world it is used to describe the presiding officer or person in charge of a meeting, or organisation, definitely not someone employed to carry or wheel a person in a chair! Long ago in the “dark ages” this person, or “Chair” was called a chairman, if it was a woman in this office they would be addressed as “madam chairman”, no longer is this form of address used.
The Comic Relief telethon broadcast last weekend has received very a mixed reception as far as the viewing public and critics are concerned, generally it was considered to be very much below the standard of previous shows.