Sir David Attenborough has said the BBC of today would never have commissioned his first nature show - depriving him of a career spanning eight decades. The legendary broadcaster, 94, said the risk-averse and red tape-loving corporation wouldn't have taken a chance on his groundbreaking 1954 programme Zoo Quest, which followed him on an expedition to Africa. Sir David said: “Out of the blue I thought it would be wonderful to go to Africa. "To my amazement the bosses at the BBC said, ‘That’s not a bad idea’... and they let me do it. I’m sure I could have done it much better if I’d been more experienced or talented, but we got away with it." He added to the Call Of The Wild with Cel Spellman and WWF podcast: "The BBC said, ‘How long will it take?’ ‘Ooh, three or four months’. ‘Oh well, good luck, my dear chap. Hope to see you at Christmas’. "It was that kind of organisation at the time, it isn’t like that anymore." Sir David's latest nature series Life in Colour … [Read more...] about Sir David Attenborough says BBC of today wouldn’t have taken a chance on his first nature show
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A pair of slippers belonging to Winston Churchill could fetch up to £15,000 at auction. The footwear, which date back to the 1950s, have leather soles and are embroidered with his initials in gold. For the first time in 20 years, they are going up for sale alongside a large brandy glass that belonged to the wartime leader. The slippers are expected to go under the hammer for £15,000, while the brandy balloon could fetch up to £10,000. The current owner says he will be sad to part with the items, but hopes they will go to someone who cherishes them as much as he has. Advertisement "I often imagine the great man sitting in his chair with these slippers on and this very glass filled with brandy in his hand," he said. The items will be sold by Bellmans auctioneers on 9 March. More from UK Recommended 1% pay rise for NHS staff labelled 'pitiful' by nursing union Harry and Meghan: Royal Family accused of 'double standards' over … [Read more...] about Sir Winston Churchill’s slippers could fetch £15,000 at auction
WORLD Book Day 2021 celebrates everything to do with literature and reading. The annual event, led by charity Unesco , is largely targeted towards children and aimed at encouraging their love of reading. When is World Book Day? This year, World Book Day falls TODAY on March 4. This is the 24th year that the event has been held. It comes around on the first Thursday of March every year, in the UK. The day is also acknowledged globally in over 100 countries across the world. Other countries celebrate World Book Day on William Shakespeare 's birthday - April, 23. What happens on the day and who takes part? The day is a celebration of everything to do with books - from the authors and illustrators to the children who read them. Children of all ages come together to celebrate reading - having the chance to dress up as their favourite literary character on the day. The aim of the event is to encourage more children to discover the pleasures of books … [Read more...] about When is World Book Day 2021 and what is this year’s theme?
ALTON Towers have released a new video showing inside the soon-to-open Gangsta Granny ride. The new attraction, which was meant to open last year but was delayed due to the pandemic, is based on the popular David Walliams novels. It will be part of a new land called the World of David Walliams , where many of the characters featured in his books will be brought to life. The book Gangsta Granny, which was published in 2013 by Harper Collins, is about a boy call Ben who discovered that his Granny is actually an international jewel thief. The story will be brought to life as a new 4D experience where guests will join the main characters in the book as they attempt to steal the crown jewels in what's supposed to be the greatest heist in the history of the world. The experience begins with a crown jewels tour on board the "Royal Carriage". But guests are soon caught up in Ben and his Granny's adventure, where they will following the pair down sewers, be chased … [Read more...] about Inside Alton Towers’ new Gangsta Granny ride opening this year
It has taken less than 24 hours for Rishi Sunak’s Budget claims to unravel. The Chancellor said his plans would protect jobs and livelihoods, but the truth is they will inflict a further squeeze on living standards and cut spending on key services. His words will sound especially hollow to those set to be robbed of 7% of their income when Universal Credit is cut in September. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation calculates this will push half a million people, including 200,000 children, into poverty. The crafty Chancellor also stands accused of using taxpayers’ cash for political advantage. What is your view? Have your say in the comments section Of the 45 places to benefit from a £1billion towns fund, 40 are in Conservative seats. Keir Starmer says there is something fishy about the way the money has been allocated. The Labour leader’s condemnation should have been stronger. It is not fishy, it stinks. Costly liability Pritii Patel is not just a liability in the … [Read more...] about Voice of the Mirror: Rishi’s fishy budget will squeeze living standards further – it stinks