Everyone here at Jammy Toast would like to pass on our condolences to the family of actor Patrick Macnee. The actor, star of The Avengers TV series, died in California at the age of 93. He was best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television spy series, he died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said. Macnee also played roles in theatre, appearing on Broadway, and served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. A statement on the actor’s website read: “Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories.” He died peacefully at his home in California’s Rancho Mirage on Thursday, Rupert said.
At the weekend the Chimpton very kindly gave me a father’s day card. The thought that went into the card was very much appreciated and it is always a nice, warm feeling to receive a card that is given with tender and heartfelt feelings. However, I did have to ask myself; why are father’s day cards so shit? Despite leading a very varied life filled with cultural shifts, I have never, ever played golf, drunk whisky or been overly found of motorcars. As all dads know, it’s pretty tough being a dad. Not as tough as being a mum, obviously, but pretty damn close. You don’t complain much, being a dad, but the job is not what it was.
We like our sports here at Jammy Toast but nothing could ever surpass the World Paper Plane Championships. More than 1,000 people took part in the inaugural event in a Somerset town over the weekend. Organisers said paper folding skills, accuracy and athleticism were all judged during the competition in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday. Entrants had to create their own paper planes from a single sheet of paper.
The human race is doomed according to a new survey three US universities who maintain that the Earth has entered what they call a new period of extinction. It is not known if this includes teddy bears also. The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal. One of the new study’s authors said; “We are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event. The last such event was 65 million years ago, when dinosaurs were wiped out, in all likelihood by a large meteor hitting Earth. If it is allowed to continue, life would take many millions of years to recover and our species itself would likely disappear early on,” said the lead author, Gerardo Ceballos.
It’s that time of the month again when we ask everyone who visits Jammy Toast to just “Talk Shit” for the day. We just ask that people leave comments on just about any subject they choose. Funny or sad, true or false, real or fake; we don’t give a shit as long as it is entertaining and doesn’t really hurt anyone. We usually do this kind of thing when we are too busy to post anything else – and everyone seems to like the freedom to whine and bitch. The rules are pretty simple to explain – basically, anything goes!
Over forty years ago now, nearly everyone at Jammy Toast used to make a daily journey to the moon. Not physically you understand, but we would make a daily visit to the home of some friendly moon mice. Now the pink, knitted, whistling space creatures known as the Clangers are back. With a new narrator in Michael Palin, the programme has undergone a £5m revamp – in the hope it will charm a whole new generation of children. There is however, one problem with the new plan… it is reckoned that over 60 percent of viewers are adults despite the programme being shown on CBBC.
Ayoung boy was left heartbroken after losing his beloved teddy bear, handed crafted for him by his Nan, at an airport. However, six-year-old Owen Lake was reunited with the tiger, named Hobbes, in spectacular fashion thanks to thoughtful airport bosses. His mother Amanda Lake called the airport, Tampa International Airport in Florida, who soon found Hobbes and prepared an exciting adventure for the boy’s best friend.
Microsoft have announced that the next generation of its Windows operating system, Windows 10, will be released next month. The company said PCs and tablets running the software would go on sale on 29th July, at which point the OS would also be offered as a free download to existing users. The roll-out of the product for smartphones, Xbox games consoles and other kit will follow later. This is the release which should prove critical to Microsoft’s future.
We couldn’t really let this week pass here at Jammy Toast without paying tribute to two of our favourite actors who have died this week. Many of us here at Jammy Toast were brought up being scared to death by Sir Christopher Lee’s Dracula in so many of the Hammer House of Horror films. No one could ever match him in that role! Then there was Ron Moody’s Fagin in Oliver. Many people have tried to play Fagin but once you see Ron Moody in the role, then no one else comes close or is even believable in playing the 1968 role for which he was nominated for an Oscar.
Jammy Toast’s all-time favourite singer, Van Morrison, has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The Belfast-born star has been recognised for services to music, and tourism in Northern Ireland, the inspiration for many of his songs. Van said; “Throughout my career I have always preferred to let my music speak for me, and it is a huge honour to now have that body of work recognised in this way.”