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What goes on in our brains when we’re not thinking? Why do some animals lounge around all day doing nothing? Is outer space completely empty? Why did it take so long for the number zero to be accepted? These are just some of the questions discussed in this intriguing collection of essays on “nothingness” by science writers including Ian Stewart, Marcus Chown, Nigel Henbest, Michael Brooks, Paul Davies and David Fisher.

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Grin and bear it is the order of the day at the Bull Arts Centre in Barnet tomorrow, when Richard Medrington's puppets present three different performances for both young (Eeyore's Birthday 1pm & Tiggers Don't Climb Trees 3pm) and old(er) (Now We Are Very Old, An Audience with AA Milne 8pm), adapted from the classic stories.

Letter: Aesop's horrors

Sir: You report (15 January) that Aesop's fables emerge in a new translation as "not pretty purveyors of Victorian morals [but] savage, coarse, brutal".

Books: Story books

A Year Full Of Stories by Georgie Adams, illus Selina Young, Orion pounds 20. Aimed at the under-fives, this has a new story or poem for each day of the year. Young's exuberant illustrations entice you to turn the pages.

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Change of Heart

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Pointers on good reading

A return to traditional teaching methods including reading schemes, grammar exercises and liberal use of the "magic pointy finger" have revolutionised standards at an infants school being used as an exemplar by the Government.

Light Blues savour a Story book finish

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The seamy side of Pooh and Piglet

Not even the innocent world of Winnie the Pooh is sacred, it seems. A radical adaptation of the AA Milne children's classic in which Piglet is painted as a swearing drunk and Pooh as a homosexual has been penned by a businessman keen to give the characters "more of a racy treatment".
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