Pink Floyd have stepped in to save their pig from the auctioneers hammer after Algie, the inflatable pig which featured on the cover of their 1977 album Animals, was due to be sold. The 40 foot inflatable pig filled with helium, famously caused air traffic chaos after it floated free from Battersea Power Station in 1976, eventually coming to rest in a field in Kent. It had been listed for sale by Durrants auctioneers next month, alongside a number of items of memorabilia from Suffolk-based inflatable maker Air Artists. However, Air Artists’ owner Robin Harries, who was given the pig by Pink Floyd, said Algie would now be returned to the band’s management and has withdrawn it from the sale.
Remember our old friend Knut the Polar Bear who drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011? Scientists say they can now explain what happened to him. A new investigation has shown that he had a type of autoimmune inflammation of the brain that is also recognised in humans. Researchers hope this knowledge can help both human and animal sufferers.
Well here at Jammy Toast it was time to pack our bags again and fly out to Michigan for the Irwin Tools Night Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. In an exciting night we saw Joey Logano win a great race and our favourite Dale Earnhardt Jr finish a respectable ninth. Razzi has offered to work for any Pit Crew that wants him as most of the American teams can’t fasten a lug nut to save their lives. The race was dominated by cars having accidents or having to return to the pits because their wheels were coming loose because of loose lug nuts.
That many people tried to buy tickets for the first day of the Banksy show in Weston-Super-Mare that the website crashed. In fact, thousands struggled to buy tickets online for the first day which was supposed to be a “locals only” day. “Dismaland”, a dark theme park, will run for five weeks at the seaside resort as we told you yesterday. A thousand people received free tickets, but as the remaining tickets went on general sale, the website crashed trying to cope with demand. Banksy’s spokeswoman said the site had received more than six million hits by Friday.
Jammy Toast’s favourite graffiti artist, Banksy, has announced an exhibition at a derelict seafront lido in Weston-Super-Mare. The Dismaland show – which will also feature work from Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty – will take over the Tropicana site for five weeks. “I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour,” Banksy said. The show is his first in the UK since 2009’s Banksy v Bristol Museum show which drew huge crowds.
The theme tune to Minder was played at Reading Crematorium today as George Cole’s funeral service got underway. It was the tune the series that made the actor such a favourite with us all here at Jammy Toast. Cole, who died on 5th August aged 90, was best known as Cockney wheeler-dealer Arthur Daley in Minder, a role he played for 15 years from 1979 to 1994. Reading a eulogy during the ceremony, Dennis Waterman, said of his time as Cole’s co-star; “We laughed all day long, every day”. Waterman, 67, played Arthur Daley’s likeable bodyguard Terry McCann in the hit series.