THE game of pooh sticks - which involves participants dropping sticks over one side of a bridge and walking over to the other side to see which one appears first – appeared in the classic children's story The House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne in 1928.
And now, says the Daily Mail, a scientist claims the found the formula for the perfect stick.
THE Guardian tells us that a London Underground 'zombie' poster ad is to be replaced.
The ad was for The Generation of Z Apocalypse, an event where “soldiers” help the audience to survive a zombie experience.
It used an image of zombie head with sunken eyes and blood stained teeth but the Advertising Standards Authority received complaints that the poster ads were unsuitable to run in the underground as they could be seen by children.
THERE have been plenty of novels which have used the First World War as a backdrop but this offering by acclaimed British writer William Boyd takes a look at the little known East African campaign and shows how it impacted on several characters.
Before conflict erupts, American expat Temple Smith is on good terms with his German half English neighbour Erich von Bishop but then has his plantation burnt by von Bishop and becomes a penniless refugee, forced to join the British forces.
DEBORAH Moggach has quite an impressive catalogue. She received a BAFTA nomination for her screenplay Pride & Prejudice and her novel These Foolish Things was made into the hit film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
This book starts off as if it is going to be another kidnap caper but Moggach, being the talented writer that she is, serves up a much more interesting and fascinating offering.
You may never have heard of them, but believe me when I say, The Archers are a British institution. Turn on your radio anytime from the 1950s onwards and "that music" would come on; "'Dum tee tiddly dum tee dum tee dum tee ...'". Yet this tale of ‘Country folk’ is all in the imagination, including the geography. There is no Ambridge, no Borsetshire, no Woolpack pub etc. They simply don’t exist. It is all form the imagination of the writers, but they have been around for so long. One of the characters, Jill Archer, first appeared in the programme when I was a girl, and she is still going strong. Recently I saw the actress who plays her, Patricia Greene, being interviewed on television. All these years I had never even seen a picture, so she wasn’t at all as I had imagined her, and then she began to speak, and there she was: that gentle, slightly hesitant, caring voice I’d been hearing most of my life.