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NEWS AT A GLANCE

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From the deepest pit we may see the stars.

The Nelson Evening Mail, August 28 1906

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Armadillos are incapable of irony.

Greek prostitutes bill their clients in six-minute units.

One of the stars of early-Nineties cult TV show Twin Peaks was called Suburbis Polaski.

It is rarely useful to have studied Latin.

A ‘wineglassful’ is an official unit of measurement among apothecaries.

The youngest woman to achieve the title of Grandmaster of chess was India’s Humpy Koneru. Her first name is a contracted form of ‘champion’.

It is difficult to dry your hair in a Dyson Airblade™.

Children blink about 5 million times a year.

Vegetal, celery-like, ham-like, or soapy flavours are inappropriate.

There are only 25 real tennis courts in the UK, and 45 worldwide.

A car for sale in Nelson, New Zealand, probably won’t be bought after it burst into flames during a test drive.

Call The Midwife‘s Helen used to be afraid of Trevor Nunn.

In China, eggs are cooked in the urine of young boys.

One Comment

  1. Denis wrote:

    Glad you’re back. Not sure if I detect an even higher level of abstraction. Yes or no, you definitely resume your sovereignty of one of the the more recondite realms of human endeavour. I believe I’ll start a three-part count: the ones I grasp; the ones I don’t but ring bells anyway; the ones that say nothing to me. 3 is for tidiness, mainly, it’s the 1 versus 2 contest that’s the nailbiter. It also strikes me that with NAAG returned it may not be long before broader Wordsmyth re-enters the lists to claim its own rightful recognition.

    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

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