1 Sep 2014

FROM HOGWORTS TO CAMBRIDGE.

An Internet prankster has posted a letter of rejection from Hogwarts University. Supposedly signed by the chief executive of University Applications Services (Ucas) the letter politely declines them a place at the magical university due 'to fact that it doesn't exist' before pointing out the candidate was woefully under qualified to study Wandology anyway. FULL ARTICLE

The notes between an office worker, known only as 'Turkey and Swiss on Rye', and their colleague, 'Sandwich Thief', have become increasingly ruthless after a battle broke out when someone had a sandwich stolen from the office fridge. NOTES & FULL ARTICLE 

Having purchased a replica Tardis for £1,8000 a couple from Warmley have invested almost as much again transforming it into a toilet. IMAGE & FULL 
ARTICLE 

A Shrewsbury pensioner has become a bit of a local celebrity after growing two rubber duck shaped tomatoes in his greenhouse. IMAGE & FULL ARTICLE

A University of Bristol student is making a stitch in time by embroidering all 24 books of Homer's celebrated poem The Iliad. FULL ARTICLE

And finally, Husband dearest's choice .....

The master of a Cambridge University college that banned dogs from accommodation has been allowed to keep his canine companion after persuading officials it was 'a very large cat'. IMAGE & FULL ARTICLE



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30 Aug 2014

DINNER DATE.

Having pondered on this post on Kelly's Thoughts & Ramblings site I thought I'd share the five people from the past I'd like to find sitting around my dinner table.

  • Christopher Columbus. Said to have brought the first cocoa beans back to Europe in the early fifteen hundreds, I'd simply like to give him a big kiss and thank him on behalf of myself and all the other lovers of chocolate out there.
  • Mary Seacole. A woman who like the perhaps better known Florence Nightingale experienced the Crimean War nursing British soldiers. In many ways I find her story so much more interesting in that not only did she have the prejudice of her being a woman to contend with but also that of colour.
  • Bram Stoker. Frustrated by vampires no longer being the vampires I grew up with, I'd love to discuss what he thought of modern day creations such as Stephenie Meyer's Edward.
  • Mumtaz Mahal. The woman for whom it is said the Taj Mahal was constructed .... how romantic is that? I'd love to know what Shahabuddin Muhammad Shah Jahan was REALLY like as a husband. 
  • Akhenaten. Husband of (amongst others) Nefertiti, father of 'King Tut'. History's 'first individual' or simply a wayward rebel?  He married a woman of non-royal blood, broke with tradition as far as religion went and was branded a heretic, his reign excised by the ancient Egyptians.
So, which five people from the past would you like to invite to your dinner party? Do tell.

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27 Aug 2014

SALEM FALLS.

SALEM FALLS by JODI PICOULT.

SOURCE: Ex-library stock.

THE BOOK {According to the back cover}: Jack St. Bride was once a beloved teacher and soccer coach at a girls' private school - until a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation and robbed him of his career and reputation. 

 After a devastatingly public ordeal that left him with an eight-month jail sentence and no job, Jack resolves to pick up the pieces of his life. He takes a job washing dishes at Addie Peabody's diner in the quiet New England village of Salem Falls and slowly starts to form a relationship with her.

But a quartet of teenage girls harbours dark secrets - and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the centre of a modern-day witch hunt Jack is forced  once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of grey, and to the woman who has come to love him.

FIRST SENTENCE {March, 2000. North Haverhill, New Hampshire}: Several miles into his journey, Jack St Bride decided to give up his former life.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 465}: His hands cupped her face, tilted her forehead against his. 'I didn't think I would get to see you,' he confessed.
'I traded the deputy a chocolate cream pie,' Addie said. 'For five minutes.'

MY THOUGHTS: See the name of author Jodi Picoult and what comes to mind? If you are anything like me you think of emotionally charged books featuring a moral dilemma that on the minus side tend to be over long and formulaic.

Both a familiar read and yet quite different. Whilst Salem Falls does feature the usual child in distress, said child is not the main focus of the book - that honour goes to the man accused of her rape which leads us to the obligatory trial. 

Not nearly as thought provoking as I had expected, unlike her other novels I didn't find myself pondering over the rights and wrongs of it all ....at least not for very long. Nor did I think it as emotionally charged. It certainly didn't pull at my heart strings in the way that previous books had but then again I never really became attached to any of the characters. 

Highly disappointed. One of my main (and perhaps the biggest) problem with the book for me was how unbelievable I found it all. The main characters (Jack's) actions in particular so implausible that quite frankly I felt  that on occasion Ms Picoult insulted the intelligence of her readers by expecting us to believe them. 

And call me cynical but ..... I'm not at all sure how well the whole Wicca thing worked in this instance. OK so it fit in well with the history of the Salem witch trials but I can't help but wonder how much if it was the author merely jumping on the Supernatural bandwagon.

Not all bad though. I did think the court case was marginally interesting even if I did punch huge holes in both the prosecutors and defences cases. 


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25 Aug 2014

THE RETURN OF MEDIA MONDAY.

A Shakespearean play featuring sheep is showing at a Sussex farm. FULL ARTICLE

{Shame they want someone with a PHD and not just an enthusiastic chocolate loving amateur. TT} Cambridge University is looking for the worlds first Doctor of Chocolate who will be tasked with stopping chocolate melting in warm climates by studying the 'fundamentals of heat-stable chocolate'. FULL ARTICLE

Funniest headline of the week (even if it is one of those articles I probably shouldn't have laughed at) ...

'Pilot loses control of plane after his artificial arm falls off as he tries to land'. FULL ARTICLE

And as for the image of the week ...

Abseiling technicians are cleaning the four dials of the Great Clock at the Houses of Parliament - which houses the bell known as Big Ben - and inspecting for damage. FULL ARTICLE & IMAGES

What plans are in place to protect the town from a dragon attack? (Wigan Council) 
How many times has the council paid for the services of an exorcist, psychic or religious healer? Were the services carried out on an adult, child, pet or building? (Rossendale Council) 
How many people in the town have a licence to keep a tiger, lion, leopard, lynx or panther as a pet? (Scarborough Council)
Just three of the ten bizarre requests sent to councils under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act as published by the Local Government Association. FULL ARTICLE

A newly wed couple from Cambridgeshire returned from honeymoon to find their three bedroom home covered in 14,000 post-it notes. FULL ARTICLE & FULL IMAGES

Two Lancashire women have been caught on CCTV stealing the entire front lawn from their neighbour's garden. FULL ARTICLE & VIDEO

Looking like a cross between a Triffid and a gigantic sunflower, a 60 year old cactus has smashed its way through a Candlesby greenhouse roof to reach maturity - before it must die. FULL ARTICLE & IMAGE



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22 Aug 2014

LOL 2014.

'I decided to sell my hoover .... well it was just collecting dust'
- Voted best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014, Tim Vine.

'I've just been on a once-in-a lifetime holiday. I'll tell you what, never again'
- Voted best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010, Tim Vine.

Having been runner-up in 2011, 2012 and 2013 comedian Tim Vine's joke has been voted best joke at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A winner in 2010, this is the first time anyone has won the award more than once.

See the 10 2014 funniest jokes here and more jokes from Tim Vine here.


And meanwhile here's my latest favourite joke as told to me by our nephew.



'Why is Peter Pan always flying?
He Neverlands'

Always in the mood for a good joke please feel free to share yours.


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