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Hello, reader!  How’s your weekend going so far?

Today I wanted to take the opportunity to round up on a few things I’ve mentioned this week: following this post, I did indeed call my friend Becca, and today I will be hopping on a train to see her.  I foresee gallons of coffee, a Sunday roast and a very long catch up.  Marvellous.

I did visit some friends yesterday, but we didn’t end up putting furniture together.  Instead we watched Point Break, and I have to say that “Why don’t you astonish me, shitface?” is my new favourite question.  (I will save it for people less lovely than you, reader, don’t worry.)

The “will we won’t we?” saga of Pointless rattles on, and at this point Ash and I have no idea whether we’ll ever find dates that work.  In the meantime, I will keep revising.  Here are some of the interesting things I’ve discovered so far:

1) Joseph Merrick (AKA The Elephant Man) had something in common with Amy Winehouse and James Dean: he died aged 27.

2) Before she married Paul McCartney, Linda Eastman went out with Jimi Hendrix.  She also fancied John Lennon when she first met the Beatles.

3) Winnie the Pooh’s real name is Edward Bear.

4) David Cameron used to be president of the Oxfordshire Bee Keepers’ Association.

5) The word for swearing when you stub your toe is lalochezia.

6) More than a fifth of British households don’t own a kettle.  (Quick question: how do you people LIVE?)

7) France contains six villages called Silly, twelve called Billy and two called Prat.

8) Alaska is the northernmost, westernmost and easternmost state in America.

9) Diamonds boil.  (I know.  What the actual hell.)  Apparently this happens at 4027 degrees Centigrade.

10) Samuel Taylor Coleridge invented rock-climbing, which I wish I’d known during sixth form when we were studying Kubla Khan.  That poem’s got extreme sports (and opium) written all over it.

I hope you find these titbits of information interesting.  If not, take it up with Stephen Fry.  Have a glorious Sunday!