5 Oct 2010
THE QUEEN'S CHANDELIER DUSTING BILL AND MORE.
A bit of a mixed post of week-end newspaper stories - some may leave you amazed, others may well have you fuming and, hopefully, some will have you smiling
Just a quickie: According to The Guardian ........
"The Queen's chandelier-dusting bill came to a total of £96,000 last year."
"The American author Jonathan Franzen might justly be called a perfectionist: his latest opus, FREEDOM,* took nine years of painstaking effort to complete inside a spartan writing studio - and is now being widely acclaimed as a modern masterpiece.
So it is particularly unfortunate that, thanks to an apparent mistake by his type-setters, the version published in Britain has been found to be littered with errors.
In a highly embarrassing move, the publishers were forced to offer to exchange thousands of copies after Franzen revealed that the UK edition of a novel dubbed 'the book of the century' is based on an early draft manuscript, and contains hundreds of mistakes in spelling, grammar and characterisation." - Rowenna Davis and Alison Flood, The Guardian. (FULL ARTICLE)
* Click HERE to view Book Quoters post on this very book.
I think I may have been tempted to keep a copy of the 'flawed' book instead of exchanging it - who knows in years to come it may well prove to be a good investment and be worth more than the revised original.
WARNING : This next article may well leave you annoyed.
Parents! Be wary of cultural snobbery.
"Which parent hasn't done it - and not felt guilty? Your child asks to be read a story but you want downtime. So you compromise with a child-friendly DVD and cuddle on the sofa, trying to ignore the voice in your ear whispering that books are best.
But according to Desmond Morris, anthropologist and author of THE NAKED APE, that nagging conscience can now be silenced.
Television, he claims, can be better for preschool children than books.
'If parents favour book-reading over watching a film, they're making a mistake' said Morris, whose new book CHILD looks at the development of the preschool toddler. 'It's unjustifiable cultural snobbery.'
'Reading to your child from a book only gives verbal imput,' he added. 'If it has a good script, musical imput and uses creative visuals, a good feature film provides three media for imagery. Films can be better than books.'"" - Amelia Hill, The Guardian. (FULL STORY.)
I'm not going to rant and rave too much, after all DVD's etc do have their place BUT, in my humble opinion, to suggest they can be more beneficial than books is rubbish. Click to the full story and tell me what you see when you look at that toddler standing alone, eyes glued to the screen. Perhaps I'll give Morris's book a miss and put on a DVD instead.
It wasn't so much the story that caught my attention as the photograph that accompanied it.
"It is an annual race that pits furry dragons, giant farmyard animals, oversized birds and pirates against one another.
For more than a decade the Mascot Grand National has been a keenly contested fixture on the sporting calendar, featuring representatives from football clubs across the country.
But this year's race has been marred by a bitter row that threatens to deal the event a terminal blow" ...... to find out why click HERE. - Jasper Copping, The Sunday Telegraph. *
It could be said that this group of record breakers didn't take things lying down ....... mattresses - lying down, get it?
"North folk had a spring in their feet (on Sunday) after smashing a world record .... for human dominoes.
The attempt, undertaken by a Newcastle firm, saw 400 mattresses toppled - beating the current record set by a team in America.
Mr Waters, sales and marketing manager said 'We didn't have the turnout we were hoping for so we had to improvise. The first two rows that toppled then had to pick up their mattresses and run around to join the end." - Vicky Robson, the Sunday Sun. (click HERE for full article AND video of the attempt.)
* Held on Sunday, you might like to know that the winner was Barnet football club's Mr Bumble.