The map above tells you just about all you need to know about Britain’s glorious imperial history.  It shows - in pink - all the countries Britain has invaded...

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A luxury beauty spa in New York (where else?) has started offering traditional Japanese facial treatments.  They’re not cheap, either.  Each session costs $180 and about 100 people a month - women and men - pay up.

The main ingredients of the potion that’s clagged liberally over one’s visage are rice bran and imported Asian nightingale shit.


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Our Magnificent Summer Outing To The Tanfield Railway takes place at 1030 (note the special time) on Thursday 15 August.

Miss it at your peril.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all…

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Thanks again to Ross for sending me yesterday’s Royal Oak quiz, which he sets himself, clever lad.

Here we go…

01 Traditionally, what gift should you be given on your 30th Wedding Anniversary?
02 Which newspaper was formally called The Daily Universal Register?
03 Who is President of France?
04 Which composer wrote The Planets?
05 In which decade was the board game Monopoly created?
06 Name any three of the Famous Five.
07 Who wrote the Horrible Histories books?
08 TV Star Clayton Moore is the only person to have his character name listed on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star.  Which famous character did he play?
09 Which brothers in the film industry were ‘Jack, Sam, Harry and Albert’?
10 Which famous book title is translated into English as My Struggle?
11 In sport, what piece of equipment stands 4 feet high and 6 feet wide?
12 Which fictional character rode a horse called Phantom?
13 What colour is ‘meridian’ a shade of?
14 What was the name of Juliet's cousin killed by Benvolio in Rome and Juliet?
15 What is the name of the new Alan Partridge movie, released this week?
16 What was the name of William Shakespeare’s only son?
17 In the Bible, Jesus walked on water.  Which other biblical character did this?
18 Which 80s band had a smash hit with Tainted Love?
19 What was the Spice Girls movie called?
20 Sir Bernard Ingham was Press Secretary to which Prime Minister?

Excluding children’s books, how many Discworld novels has Terry Pratchett written?
How many goals were scored in the last FA Cup competition from Round 1 onwards?

Good luck.  Answers next time…

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