Friday, 22 April 2011

Why bother with 3-D at the cinema when you can Time Travel?

Thursday's edition of the Mercury's "The Week" guide included a "Mercury Monday" 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer. They list the films showing at the Phoenix on Easter Monday but the coupon reads Monday, Sept 13.
Perhaps Easter is five months long this year. 

 It could be that as September 13 is a Tuesday this year, the coupon will transport the user back to 13 September 2010 - which was a Monday! 


Unless the Mercury have got it wrong...

Thursday, 14 April 2011

A new day - Mercury exclusive!

In a report on the forthcoming marriage of footballer Peter Crouch, the Mercury has revealed that there is to be an extra day in 2011 - the 31st June. Will this be another Bank Holiday?

Sunday, 10 April 2011


Thanks to Steve Branston, who wins this week's "Eagle Eye Award", for spotting the following gem in Saturday's Classified Ads.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Containers - again!

The ongoing saga of railway bridge works and large containers continues. Following the article regarding Oakham level crossing, (see Ghost Trains in Oakham entry on 26 March), the Mercury reported on the successful installation of a new bridge in Melton Mowbray at the weekend.  The page 13 article on 5 April described how Fairy Liquid was used to slide the new bridge into place.

However, it then stated "The new larger freight containers came into service yesterday." Perhaps this should have read "trains carrying larger containers started using the route yesterday".The 9'6" high containers have been in use in the shipping industry for some time, it is the movement of them by rail in the U.K. due to gauge constraints that has been the problem.

On the same subject, The Railway Gazette reported on 5 April that a the completion of works on the route from Southampton to Nuneaton was marked by a ceremony in Southampton on 4 April.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Another own goal

Monday 3 April - Sport

Let's hope the on loan Yakubu has a good map as if he returns to his club he might go the wrong way. That's right, the Mercury strikes again with "Yakubu has admitted he would like to make his loan move from Fulham permanent...". Does David Moyes at Everton know about this? 

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Wrong again!

City News - 31 March

Another contribution from Steve Pumfrey states that Jeff Schlupp the Leicester City player currently on loan at Brentford scored twice on his debut against Carlisle. It is true that Schlupp scored twice in that match but it was his first start for Brentford not his debut. He had previously appeared for Brentford as a substitute against Huddersfield Town on 15 March (77th minute) and Leyton Orient on 19 March ( 73rd minute).

Doctor Who at Tigers?

Tigers News - 31 March

Apparently Anthony Allen won his only two caps for England in 2005 and went on to make his England debut in November 2006 !