As the Easter school holidays get into full swing, enjoy a sparkling collection of children’s books… all perfectly created to keep boredom at bay. Age 9 plus:The MiddlerKirsty Applebaum What is it like to be the middle child of a family?Prepare to be blown away by Kirsty Applebaum’s extraordinary debut thriller which explores the trials of being the ‘forgotten’ middle child… the in-between sibling who is neither precious first born nor favourite youngest.The Middler, a captivating dystopian page-turner, stars the memorable Maggie, a girl who feels she has no voice, even in her own family, and whose young, fresh and funny voice speaks loudly to other youngsters who might feel some of her frustrations and resentments. Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam. Her brother Jed is a hero… the eldest child, revered … [Read more...] about Dystopian drama, circus capers and offbeat beasts
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IT MIGHT look like a series of black and white vertical stripes, but can you spot the animal lurking in this image? By Christine Younan/Published 11th January 2019 OPTICAL ILLUSION: Can you see the animal hiding in this picture? (Pic: TWITTER) Optical illusions are made to baffle the brain, some people can work them out in seconds, while others spend hours.The latest brainteaser to go viral was posted on Twitter by New Zealand-based nanotech engineer Dr Michelle Dickinson.At first glance, the photo contains a number of black and white stripes.But according to Dr Michelle, there is an animal hiding behind the lines. Related Articles Woman suffers major X-rated fail after buying PLT dress: ‘It's public indecency’ Woman’s Winnie The Pooh pyjamas goes viral for a VERY rude reason – can you see why? This model's sexy bikini photo DIVIDES the internet – can you see why? “Omg that’s amazing”Twitter userShe said: “You can only see … [Read more...] about Optical illusion BAFFLES the internet – can YOU see the animal hiding in this image?
Colin Doyle was told to take a gum shield to Easter Road but it was him who delivered the last knockout blow. A cheeky Instagram post from the Hearts keeper’s glove rival Bobby Zlamal drew a wide grin from the Irishman before the Jambos went on to bare their teeth. “Today is the true Boxing Day,” Zlamal wrote. “Hibs fans are waiting for Hearts. “Good luck my friend and team-mate Colin Doyle and don’t forget a mouthguard ... they love keepers most.” Fair play to Zlamal for being able to raise a chuckle from the dark memories of the last capital clash. If you didn’t laugh you’d cry at the depressing antics that have too often dragged this fixture into the gutter – and Saturday night was no different. OK, so it wasn’t a patch on the carnage of Tynecastle – appropriately on Halloween because it was a horror show. Back then Zlamal being allegedly punched by a fan was almost lost amid a debate questioning the religious … [Read more...] about How Hearts hero Colin Doyle was fired up for derby cauldron by mouthguard joke
Spare a thought for single belles this Christmas as they navigate intrusive questions about their love life. Suzanne Harrington offers some helpful suggestions for family and friendsIT’S Christmas! Yay! High-pressure shopping, relentless mince pies, and the seasonal horror of eggnog latte. Enforced jollity at terrible parties, then being trapped indoors with your relatives for days on end. No wonder those who can — the unattached, the unburdened, the unmarried — jump on planes to zoom anywhere hot and far away.Not all, however. Many singletons stick around for Christmas, and are subject to all kinds of patronising nonsense from non-singletons. Or at least, the single women are. Look at the demographic — there are currently close to 145,000 single people in Ireland aged between 35 and 39. That’s 30% of the mid to late 30-something population not married or cohabiting, made up of 76,000 single men and 69,000 single women. But while we tend to presume that … [Read more...] about All the single ladies: What not to say to a singleton during the festive season
Strictly Come Dancing viewers were left in a state of shock during the show's final, when she lifted her skirt to reveal a nude coloured bodysuit. During the racy Paso Doble, fans questioned whether the star had forgotten to put her underwear on ahead of the show, and on Wednesday evening, Stacey Dooley made light of the wardrobe malfunction. Taking to Instagram, the reigning Strictly champion, 31, shared a photograph of a piece of paper with the words: '...to flash your knickers on live TV! Check' scribbled down, and followed by a tick. Oops: Strictly Come Dancing viewers were left in a state of shock during the show's final, when Stacey Dooley lifted her skirt to reveal a nude coloured bodysuit The journalist captioned the snap with a sassy emoji and added: '...rounding off 2018 nicely. Always flashy. Never trashy,' followed by a smiley face. Viewers quickly took to the comments section on Instagram to applaud Stacey for being able to joke about the … [Read more...] about Strictly’s Stacey Dooley jokes about ‘flashing her knickers on TV’