Winter Warmers For Wednesday


Winter Warmers For Wednesday

High Five

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Doesn’t it make you cringe when you see houses decorated with tacky Christmas decorations? Yeah I certainly do almost every night on my way home. Not only do I see lights galore lining the houses but I also see an array cheap looking santas and snowmen. Well tonight I will be gracing the shops for my decorations and will be sure to avoid any of these quite vulgar and scary looking delights.


Do you feel the need to share the smell of your perfume, dinner or maybe even socks? Well, china based designer Li Jingxuan has come up with a concept for a ‘Scent capturing printer’ for Sony. Scratch and sniff looks comparatively ancient compared to this innovative and technologically advanced gadget and smell o’ vision as far as I know has never actually materialised. The camera analyses specific smells coming from foods and captures them using an ‘electronic nose’.  It then works its technological magic and transfers the captured smell onto a piece of paper the size of a postcard. The smell is revealed when then back of the piece of card is pulled off. Unfortunately this cool clicky gadget is not available yet but hopefully by next Christmas you will be able to get your hands on one.


So, with the backdrop of my high five yesterday, where I berated the Pope for choosing Twitter as his modernisation tool of choice, today’s religious revelation is even more of an affront to sensible people. The Bristol University Christian Union (BUCU) has banned women from speaking at events or teaching at meetings, unless they are accompanied by their husbands. This archaic and quite astonishing move comes in the wake of the Vatican’s decision to declare the attempted ordination of women a “grave crime”, but I still find it hard to get my head round the fact that any society associated with a University of Bristol’s standing, would come out in such blatant support of outrageous sexism. The president of the BUCU is quoted in the Huffington Post as saying “It is ok for women to teach in any CU setting… However we understand that this is a difficult issue for some and so decided that women would not teach on their own at our weekly CU meetings, as the main speaker on our Bristol CU weekend away, or as our main speaker for mission weeks…But a husband and wife can teach together in these.” I think my head may explode.​

SCOTLAND TO A T (Victoria)

Tennents Lager have produced some excellent adverts over the years, with my personal favourite being the incredible ‘Caledonia’ from 1990, which I challenge any Scot living away from the homeland not to empathise with. The brewers latest offering is entitled, ‘Scotland To A T’ and was released last week to tie in with St Andrews Day and celebrates everything that makes us proud to be Scots. Not quite the mighty ‘Caledonia’ but the part with midges makes me chuckle!​


Last week social media channels were full of the elevator prank of a little girl scaring unsuspecting lift users in Brazil. Now the same people that created that terrifying prank have created another equally frightening prank. Using the same location, the visitors enter the lift and are then followed by a group of people carting around a coffin. They place the coffin inside the lift and then go to fetch a reef. On their return the lift begins to close and with it, closes the visitor with the coffin. Already there is fear in their faces, and as the lift enters the sixth floor, it suddenly stops and after a few awkward moments a ‘dead body’ falls out, dangling away. As with the last video, the reactions brought about are priceless with screams, tears and flapping arms. I wonder if there will be many more of these?