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Black Sheep

A genetically modified hybrid of 'Shaun the Sheep' and 'Shaun of the Dead', 'Black Sheep' is one of the few horror comedies that deliver both in the horror and comedy departments. Merrily sending up several of New Zealand's national stereotypes, it's a deranged, gory but neated plotted yarn set on a sheep farm which is far from organic. The owner's experiments have had diabolical results, and when his estranged brother visits the homestead, he's just in time to witness the ewes changing into carnivorous woolly bullies which, in turn, change everyone they bite into weresheep.

America hit by the unlikeliest of crazes: knitting

Maybe there are just not enough babies being born in America. Whatever the reason, knitting nuts across the land have taken their skills outdoors, creating crocheted coverings for everything from whole trees to door knobs and park benches. It is almost as if Cristo suddenly went stitch-crazy.

Paperback: The Solitude of Thomas Cave, by Georgina Harding

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