It has been nineteen years since BBC television stopped broadcasting live Test cricket and twelve years since Channel 4 ended its own free-to-air coverage. Since then Sky has had the monopoly of rights to the ‘national summer game’. Yet for many, free-to-air cricket coverage is synonymous with Test Match Special (TMS), which celebrated its 60th year of radio commentaries this week at The Oval (which also happens to be celebrating hosting its 100th test). Each TMS listener will have their own favourite broadcast. Fred Trueman’s 300th test wicket? Boycott’s 100th first-class hundred? England’s dramatic two-run victory over Australia in 2005? Headingly 1981? Blowers spotting his first pigeon or London bus of the summer? But even after sixty years, the best ever TMS broadcast has to be when Brian Johnston (Johnners) was reduced to a fit of giggles after Jonathan Agnew (Aggers) told listeners that Ian Botham "couldn't quite get his leg over" when describing his rather unusual dismissal in the 1991 Oval Test against the West Indies. Twenty-six years on, this clip should still put a big smile on your face, whether you are a TMS fan or not.

As we enter the main holiday season, the property industry kindly provided us with plenty of sun-lounger reading material this week. The Weekly’s top three picks, in no particular order, are Ramidus’ Briefing Note for the BCO on ‘Brexit and its potential impact on office demand’. Secondly, there is LSH’s UKIT, their quarterly UK investment transactions bulletin. Without wishing to play the role of spoiler, The Weekly can confirm (1) there were healthy investment volumes in Q2 2017 and that June’s snap General Election had relatively little bearing on investment market turnover; (2) that distribution warehouses had its strongest quarter on record; and (3) that German investors recorded their largest quarterly volume since Q4 2003. And to think all this lovely investment volume data was released on the same day that it was announced that 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as the Walkie Talkie, has been sold to Hong Hong's LKK Health Products Group for £1.28bn (3.4%). And for those readers still wanting something a little different, Cambridge University issued a report this week confirming that the number of takeaway food shops in England has increased by 4,000 (8%) over the past three years. If you are heading to Blackburn-with-Darwen for your holidays, you should be aware that 38% of all food outlets in the borough are given over to fast food — the highest proportion in England and 12% above the national average!

Science has come up with some pretty amazing things, hasn't it? The ability to communicate across the globe, put a man on the moon, work out how to get the most meat from a pig. But now it’s tackling some really important stuff:..determining which word in the English language is the funniest. Psychology researchers at the University of Warwick recently recruited more than 800 online volunteers to each rate nearly 5,000 words on a scale from one (not funny at all) to five (funny), going entirely off their first instinct rather than taking any time to think it through. And the results? Five of the most laughter-inducing words refer to body parts (booty, tit, booby, hooter and ass), while four are comical insults (nitwit, twit, egghead, twerp). The remaining three of the top 12 are waddle, tinkle and bebop. So what can we learn from this 'ground-breaking' research? Firstly, that unfamiliarity appears to be key and secondly that the results provide you with an excuse to be a little less embarrassed about all that time you spent at school writing “8008S” on your calculator.

 

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