As many of you are aware nearly every Saturday morning sees Hubby and I off to the Breakfast Club where a group of us discuss that days newspapers over a cuppa and light breakfast. Amongst other items of news (including the bizarre announcement that The Simpson's Marge Simpson is to be the latest celebrity to bare all in Play Boy magazine), these two articles caught my attention.
E.T. Voted Greatest Alien Flick.
On Friday E.T. was voted the best alien movie of all time.
The 1982 classic, starring Drew Barrymore, told the story of a friendly extra-terrestrial stranded three million light years from his home planet.
The Stephen Spielberg movie was a huge worldwide hit and spawned the immortal catch-phrase "E.T. phone home."
It beat Will Smith's Men In Black to the title in a poll of 7675 film fans. Another film starring Smith, Independence Day, took third place.
The 1979 blockbuster Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver, was fourth and Transformers, released in 2007, was fifth.
Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was sixth. Star Trek was seventh, War Of The Worlds was eighth, Fifth Element was ninth and Aliens was 10th.
A spokesman for the phone recycling website which carried out the study said "E.T. is funny and engaging and will never be equalled in terms of originality and global appeal."
SOURCE: The Mirror.
Grannies and knitting are inextricably linked, but only now has heightened demand meant that they can charge for their woolly creations. By getting customers to order exactly what they want as opposed to letting the ladies go wild with lime green.
Katie Mowat, 27, has taken the knitting phenomenon to it's logical conclusion and founded Grannies Inc. (http://www.granniesinc.co.uk/). The website harnesses the knitting power of time-rich grannies across the country, to produce made-to-order, hand-knitted beanies for the younger generation without the time or patience (prices start at £20.)
A keen knitter herself, Katie left her job in the City to start her business and found that when she tried to recruit knitters to fulfil her orders, they were all of an older generation. "I decided to take advantage of their experience and turn it into a quirky element of my company" she says. So not only do customers get the benefit of decades of knitting knowhow, but grannies make extra money through their hobby. And hopefully there will will be fewer reindeer jumpers around this Christmas.
SOURCE: Alexia Skinitis reporting in The Telegraph.