Ahead of the publication of his new book, Sussex-based writer Adam Hargreaves tells EDWIN GILSON about taking over the much loved children’s series from his father ADAM Hargreaves admits that writing Mr Men books was the last thing he had planned to do with his life. As an “awkward teenager” he was slightly embarrassed by the hugely successful series his father Roger had created. Adam was an artistic child but had opted to pursue a career in farming rather than behind the easel. But then tragedy struck when Roger died in 1988 at the age of 53 after a stroke. After much deliberation Adam decided to honour his father’s considerable legacy by writing and illustrating new books in the series himself. It was not the path he had envisaged taking but he has done a sterling job of making sure the books continue to enthral new generations. “In retrospect it’s strange,” says Adam, who lives in Heathfield, East Sussex. “My dad … [Read more...] about The men behind Mr Men: Adam Hargreaves on taking over from his father Roger
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MOST of us have grown up with the Mr Men and Little Miss ranges without much thought about their social messages.But now a new character has been added in an attempt to inspire little girls into science.Little Miss Inventor is a bit of a boffin who like to knock up clever gadgets in her garden shed.The new character is set to launch on March 8, 2018, for International Women’s Day and British Science WeekIf you ignore the fact that Little Miss anything is pretty patronising in itself, the intention is good.Recent research by Microsoft found that girls’ interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) dramatically waned by the time they were 16.But Little Miss Inventor aims to teach children that science can be fun for girls.The blurb of the book reads: “Her brain is full of ideas, which she turns into extraordinary inventions in a shed at the bottom of her garden.“As well as inventing things for herself, she also invents things for her … [Read more...] about There’s a new Little Miss character in the Mr Men series… and she’s a bit of a boffin
WHEN things go wrong, many of us assume we’ve just been unlucky. But when the same negative patterns keep occurring in our social, work or love life, maybe it says more about us than it does about the people we might usually blame. “The biggest problem with being in victim mode and not taking responsibility for what happens to you is that you don’t learn from mistakes,” explains Geraldine Gallacher, founder of The Executive Coaching Consultancy. “Successful people figure out their part in failure, take ownership of it and adapt for next time so they don’t make the same mistake twice.” Which means by waking up to the role you play in your shortcomings, you could break out of the bad friendship/relationship/work cycle. Here’s how… Take the love initiative When we’re surrounded by loving brothers and laugh-out-loud guy mates, how come all the men we end up with romantically are total losers? James … [Read more...] about Unlucky in love? This could be why you’re always falling for Mr Wrong… and how to fix it
THIS Sunday ALDI stores are offering Specialbuys on a range of Christmas novelty gifts.The events occur every Thursday and Sunday and products are available to buy both online and in-store. Here's what you can get your hands on this week...This light up phone case from Aldi is available for both iPhone 5 and 6.They retail for £7.99 which is a steal compared to the Lumee cases, often used by celebrities such as the Kardashians. Each case is available in a pink, white or rose gold design and comes with rechargeable battery and charging cord.Aldi have a range of Mr Men mugs available in this Sunday's Specialbuy event.They each retail for £1.99 and characters include: Mr Strong, Little Miss Chatterbox, Little Miss Sunshine, Mr Happy, Mr Grumpy and Little Miss Princess.These Gentleman Face Mats are the perfect Christmas day party accompaniment.The clip on mats give diners the chance to try out different looks, and they also double up as coasters.The set retails for … [Read more...] about What are Aldi’s Specialbuys for Sunday 20th November? Latest deals and offers to preorder now
STAMP collectors may be very happy, or even grumpy, as Royal Mail today announces it is issuing a special set of Mr Men and Little Miss stamps.Mr Bump, Mr Tickle, Little Miss Sunshine, and of course Mr Happy and Mr Grumpy, feature on the 10 stamps - which mark the 45th anniversary of the books by Roger Hargreaves.Each stamp is of First Class value - costing 64p per stamp or £6.40 for the full set.The stamps will be on sale in Post Office branches and online via the Royal Mail website for 12 months.However, if they prove popular then they could sell out and become very difficult to find, Philip Parker, the stamp strategy manager at Royal Mail said.He added: “The idea is that over time that the stamps become a little bit more collectable.“We want to make sending stamps a bit more fun as well as celebrating one of the most successful children’s books of all time.”Roger Hargreaves created the first book after his son Adam asked him what a tickle looked like, … [Read more...] about Royal Mail launches Mr Men stamp collection to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the books
A JILTED woman accused of murdering a love rival with "demonic savagery" consulted Tarot Cards and called herself a "She Devil" and "little psycho" in text messages, a court heard.Sarah Williams, 35 and her horse riding pal Katrina Walsh, 56, are alleged to have plotted a "murderous mission" to kill Sadie Hartley.The court heard Williams and her co-accused allegedly consulted mystic, fortune telling Tarot cards as they plotted the killing.A series of texts recovered from the phone of Williams after her arrest for the murder of businesswoman Miss Hartley, 60, at her home in Helmshore, Lancashire, in January.They showed secret exchanges with ex-fireman Ian Hartley, 57, who had dumped "obsessive" Williams for Ms Hartley but continued an illicit affair, Preston Crown Court heard.The text messages showed Williams messaging Mr Johnston, beginning in September 2013, reading: "I went to bed thinking about you, then woke up at 3am wide awake. Nice thoughts, shame you … [Read more...] about Woman accused of ‘demonic’ murder of love rival ‘consulted Tarot Cards and called herself a She Devil’
LAST year we were tragically rocked by a series of shocking celebrity deaths.Over the past few weeks alone we have lost music greats George Michael and Status Quo's Rick Parfitt, as well as actresses Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and Liz Smith.The list of famous faces passing away continues to mount but their legacies live on through music, films and performances.Ranging from comedians to musicians, 2016 was been a sad year for celebrities but we're taking this opportunity to remember the iconic figures who are no longer with us. Debbie Reynolds Name: Debbie ReynoldsAge: 84About: The Hollywood actress was best known for her appearance in 'Singin' in the Rain' and for famously divorcing Eddie Fisher in 1959 after his affair with Elizabeth Taylor.Reynolds was rushed to hospital while reportedly making funeral plans for her daughter and iconic Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher- who had died the day before. Carrie FisherName: Carrie … [Read more...] about Celebrity deaths in 2016 – from Carrie Fisher and George Michael to David Bowie and Debbie Reynolds, the stars who’ve died last year
A TEENAGER has charged with stabbing to death two men at a travellers' site in Ipswich.Barry Street, 32, and Nathan Oakley, 18, died from stab wounds following an incident at the West Meadows site, where they both lived.A 17-year-old boy has been now been charged with the murder of Mr Street and Mr Oakley, said Suffold Police.A post-mortem examination carried out earlier today confirmed that both men had both died from stab wounds, the force added.Father-of-three Mr Street was killed just two weeks after he proudly posed for a photograph with former world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury.The picture which he posted as his Facebook profile was taken at a £100-a-head dinner in Gorleston near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, where Fury was guest of honour.Mr Street was jailed for 14 years at Ipswich Crown Court in 2006 for leading a gang which stole £500,000 in a string of ram raids and armed robberies across East Anglia.Cops said Mr Street was found bleeding with serious wounds … [Read more...] about Teenage boy, 17, charged with murdering two men who were stabbed to death in travellers’ site altercation
MORE THAN 10 years ago Madeleine McCann disappeared from her family's Portuguese holiday apartment - triggering a search which has failed to find the child.Three-year-old Maddie's whereabouts - or whether she's dead or alive - remains a mystery, despite an £12million police investigation. Here's what we know about the search.Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007, when her family, from Leicestershire, were holidaying in the Algarve, Portugal.Parents Gerry and Kate left their three children – including toddler twins Sean and Amelie – sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a tapas bar - 120 metres away.When Kate returned to check on the kids at around 10pm that evening, she discovered that Maddie was not in her bed and was missing.In September of that year, Gerry and Kate, who are both doctors, were sensationally named as ‘arguidos’ by Portuguese police.The following summer the McCanns were cleared by investigators in Portugal who declared they … [Read more...] about What happened to Madeleine McCann, how many alleged sightings have there been and what’s the latest in the investigation?
DONALD Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least twelve women in a series of claims ranging from unwanted sexual advances to rape.The allegations against the President began to pile up last year after a shocking video clip from 2005 emerged - but his lawyers now say he is immune from a recently filed defamation claim.Trump was heard discussing women in lewd terms with US TV show host Billy Bush.He was caught on camera saying: “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait."He then added: “When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything ... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”The business tycoon claims that the video was just "locker room" banter and that any allegations made against him are untrue.His lawyers have now said in a legal filing in March this year that Trump is immune from defamation … [Read more...] about Donald Trump sexual misconduct allegations – who’s made them, what are the charges and is the President immune?