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The egg that's not an egg

Students at the University of Udine in Italy have produced what looks like a chicken's egg and, apparently, tastes and feels like an egg but is in fact entirely made of "plant-based" ingredients.

They are pleased. UK media is overjoyed. But when this happens in China, people across the world report in hostile terms about "fakes."



Start out jealous and change to wonder

In 1997, a London borough ran a lottery in which the prize was a decrepit, barely habitable, pair of houses in a part of town no one wanted to go. One young couple paid GBP300 for two tiny houses subject to the condition they turned them into a single dwelling. Now it's on the market for more than GBP2 million. That's the jealousy bit. But what they have done with the literally tumbledown properties is genuinely wonderful: admiration, not jealousy here.



The wannabe police officer who's now in jail for being horrible

Sophie Pointon got in a taxi driven by a devout Muslim father of four and when she tried to pay with a bank-note that was sodden with fat and other juices from a kebab, she accused him of a sexual assault. The consequences for him were terrible. Now she's in jail and there's little chance she's going to become a policewoman. Good.



New developments in UK terrorist activity

In the UK, and London in particular, we used to be used to terrorism and, frankly, a bloke with a knife, a van with a bomb, a suitcase with explosives, even a car driven into a crowd or even attacks on the tube, pubs, etc don't really phase us. As terrorist targets go, we aren't actually very good. We've been attacked by professionals and the current crop of copy-cat kids are pretty poor excuses for terrorists. But the attack on youngsters at a concert changed that and the latest attacks are different and genuinely disturbing. It's a different kind of attack, designed to maim and cause long term illness and pain and suffering: we're kind of inured to the idea of being happily alive one minute and a replica of a Jackson Pollock all over the scenery the next. But to be soaked in some kind of caustic fluid, with all the risks that entails, that's just evil and it's actually scary. It's chemical warfare on our doorsteps by people who are, by any definition of the word, mad. But, equally, we have to be careful not to jump to conclusions: in the latest incident, it's by no means clear that terrorism was in any way involved but the reaction shows that, for once, something is beginning to frighten we Britons.



Never popular, "Jeremy" is even less loved

While only a handful of British parents call their baby Jeremy, since the Corbyn of that ilk became leader of the Labour Party, there's even less. But trust some people to be mad, like those who have named their baby Isis (not all capitals, we trust)