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Fri, 16 Sep 2011 15:02
My parents live in a very idyllic thatched cottage in Dorset on England's south coast. Recently, and at great expense and bother the thatch needed to be replaced, and a very professional job was done by the local thatchers.
Only some days later did things start crawling from the roof. Actually just one type of thing - just thousands and thousands of them. Distressed by not being able to see much through the windows due to the bodies of crawling mites and concerned by the thought that they were devouring the new thatch, my father wrote to (as you would) the Science Advisor to the National Society of Master Thatchers. Some correspondence ensued and with some examples of dead mites sent through the post, the culprits were identified as booklice (Liposcelis bostrychophila). The science advisor reassured that they were not eating the thatch, indeed it was somewhat of a mystery as to how they got in the reed at all.
He also supplied some fantastic pictures of the sample sent through - which I thought, given the name of the beast, might be of interest!
(With many thanks to Dr Roger Angold)
Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:45
For little boys around the age of six going to the movies can have a momentous impact. Those little boys will always remember the unbelievable excitement and the wonder of that early experience and often spend the rest of their lives, in vain, trying to find that feeling again.
The first three Star Wars movies from 1977 to 1983 pretty much cover the age range of most of the men of a certain age in the Book Depository basement, we were all about six during those six years. So when Moleskine announced they were bringing out a special edition Star Wars notebook, that familiar twinge of excitement and anticipation was felt around the office.
And then, when Moleskine made this promo video of a Star Wars origami battle... You can guess the rest.
Let's hope these lovely new notebooks can provide some small condolence in our search for moments of lightness and joy on the long journey away from childhood... BECAUSE THEY'RE AWESOME!!!!!!!!
Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:18
Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on 13 September, on the birthday of the World's No. 1 Storyteller. And 2011 is no different! This year we are also celebrating the very special 50th anniversary of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH so why not join the fun and organise your own Peach-themed event at school or at home? Just don't forget to invite loads of friends! We've got some great downloads along with a Dahl competition over on our competitions page here. Below you'll find links to the Roald Dahl Day website where you can sign up for a Quentin Blake webcast, become a Revolting Reader and Follow That Peach! Click on the links below to join in!
Tue, 30 Aug 2011 14:34
Delicious recipes from our Book of the Week this week (29 August) and some more from a great Mix and Match recipe book too!
This is delicious with sweet potato mash instead of ordinary potatoes, or try using cooked sliced waxy potatoes, such as Nicola. Brush them with melted butter, then sprinkle with grated parmesan before baking.
Mix and match recipes
Spiced butternut squash soup, Rosemary and chilli sausages with new potatoes and Raspberry, lemon and almond bake.
Serve the cutlets and sauce piled onto fresh egg tagliatelle and accompany the dish with a crisp green salad.
Mix and match menu
Griddled prawns with hot pepper sauce, Thai red vegetable curry and Blueberry-ripple cheesecake.
Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:49
I was always petrified when starting back at school, what would my classmates be like, would the teacher be human, could I find somewhere safe and/or dry to eat my squashed Marmite sandwiches at lunchtime? If only I'd had access to a selection of reassuring books on this new experience then I'm sure I'd have settled in much more quickly... I've selected a few of the best starting school titles, if you know some I've missed feel free to comment!
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