Scientists who have been analysing the DNA from Richard III’s body, discovered on the former site of Greyfriars Abbey, have thrown up a real surprise – evidence of infidelity in the royal family tree. Studies from the genetic material from remains found in a Leicester car park say the finding might have profound historical implications. Depending on where in the family tree the infidelity occurred, it could cast doubt on the Tudor claim to the English throne or, indeed, on Richard’s or even our current royal family. However, scientists would not be drawn on this as it was still unknown when the break, or breaks, in the lineage occurred.
When the new Paddington film was released on Friday, it came with a warning from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) that it contained “mild sex references”. Michael Bond was said to be “totally amazed” at their advice and now after an approach from the film’s distributor, the BBFC have altered the term “mild sex references” to “innuendo”. I dread to think what Paddington would have said about the whole affair but Razzi said he was probably saving up his hardest stare for them.
Great friend of the bears, Jon Pigeon, is releasing a book in time for Christmas through the Kickstarter website. Anyone wanting a copy of his book can pledge money to ensure the book is published. Jon is currently asking for £2,341 of which £936 has been raised in only a couple of days. There are 9 days to go. Asked about his venture Jon told Jammy Toast; “I’m Jon Pigeon. I’m making a book. Yep. For everyone aged 16+. And goats but not badgers. I need your money. What for I don’t know as I’m a pigeon with no concept of money… by the way, Can Angry Badgers Climb Trees? Asking for a Friend.”
Hello World, or should that be Hello Again, World? Jammy Toast has been in existence since December 2006 – although it has had a few name changes along the way – but something happened recently which made me think about ending it. I have enjoyed writing about Eddie, Razzi and Co over the years but all that was shot down by one email I received the other day. The email, which I believed straight away, said that someone had stolen some pictures from Facebook and sent them to us to include in what used to be called our “Friend’s Gallery”. The person they were pretending to be, I noticed, had also left comments on the blog which did not come from the person they were supposed to have come from. In other words – Jammy Toast was now a lie.
The final ceramic poppy was laid at the Tower of London memorial art installation as ceremonies took place in the UK and abroad on Armistice Day. Large crowds saw 13-year-old army cadet Harry Hayes place the last of 888,246 flowers, each representing a British and Commonwealth military death in World War One.
It seems difficult to believe today but thirty years ago Liverpool was that opposed to the conservative government of Margaret Thatcher that they attempted to break away from central government and go it alone. Left-wingers hated Thatcher and everything she attempted to do to Liverpool and wanted to go their own way. Once the great port of the British Empire, Liverpool lost 80,000 jobs between 1972 and 1982 as the docks closed and its manufacturing sector shrank by half.
One of Jammy Toast’s favourite comedians, Ken Dodd, has revealed he will carry on working as a comedian until he drops even though he has been at it for 60 years. For six decades he’s been entertaining people with unique one-liners fired off at a million miles per hour… or “titters per minute” as he calls it. Ken has charmed generations with his tattyfilarious tales of Diddymen, Jam-Butty Mines and Broken Biscuit Factories. In the 1960s Ken was the biggest variety star in Britain, selling out the London Palladium for a 42-week season and hitting No 1 in the pop charts for five weeks in 1965 with his record Tears.
Back in the late 1960s, when I was a young tadpole, I spent hours glued to the telly watching the Apollo moon landings in School. Nothing has ever matched the excitement of those days but the last couple of days has come close for the bears here at Jammy Toast as we have been watching the robot probe Philae landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This reached a crescendo last night when, after a 16 hour wait, it came back online to reveal that following an awkward landing, Philae was stable and sending pictures. However, there are concerns about its battery life.
One of Jammy Toast’s favourite film directors, Quentin Tarantino, has revealed he plans to retire after completing his tenth film, saying he likes the idea of leaving audiences “wanting a bit more”. The director of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs told an American Film Market audience in Santa Monica; “I don’t believe you should stay onstage until people are begging you to get off”. Just how series he was when making the speech is uncertain but he said it while speaking at an event to promote his current project, western The Hateful Eight which just happens to be his eighth film.