Amongst my many favourite things it's no secret that books are right up there but, and some of you may not be aware of this, another of my favourite things is ...................
Yeah kind of weird but not nearly as strange as you might think.
Bubble wrap turns 50 this month. Did you know .....
*It was first invented by Marc Chavannes ad Al Fielding as textured wallpaper.
* There are more than 50 Facebook pages devoted to Bubble Wrap.
* It's maker, Sealed Air, has global revenues of more than $4 billion.
* Sealed Air sells official Bubble Wrap merchandise - from sports bottles to beach towels.
* The top fan site, VIRTUAL-BUBBLEWRAP. COM, has identified eight different kinds of bubble, from 'snappers' (easy to pop and loud) to 'duds' (flatten with a disappointing fffsssss) and 'buddy bubbles' (reinflate a neighbouring bubble when squeezed).
Source - the Guardian.
AND, yes there's more, it gets even stranger, Bubble Wrap has it's own APPRECIATION DAY which falls on the last Monday in January (the 25th this year, shame we missed it but there is always next year). AND ........ there is a Bubble Wrap COMPETITION FOR YOUNG INVENTORS. Pretty impressive, don't you think?
But this post isn't all about Bubble Wrap, as the title says it's about two of my favourite things - the second of which I've already sort of mentioned.
Related to books, another of my favourite things is Storytelling.
I've always enjoyed having stories read to me but, even better still, as a child there were the tales that my grandad told us all about the adventures of our long lost relative Maggie Fishcake. Maggie Fishcake? Yes I know, goodness only knows where that name came from but I loved her and as a small child actually believed that she really existed.
I can also remember doing a spot of storytelling of my own to keep my (naughty?) little sister amused. Whenever we stayed at my grandparents house, which was fairly often, we shared this huge, ancient bed and every night, after my nana had read us a story book, I'd make up all these adventures set in a land that existed behind the air brick set in the wall above the window. Funny that I'd never thought of Maggie or that far away land until the other day when I read an article all about NATIONAL STORYTELLING WEEK which, set up to promote the oldest art form in the world, runs, this year, from today (the 30th of January) up until the 6th of February.
As a matter of interest, as a child what was your favourite story?