It's worth remembering that fairy tales were not originally thought of as children's stories.
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Saturday 01 March 2008
* Radio Four's The Jam Generation – in which the journalist Anne McElvoy questioned various rising young politicians about the influences at work in their 1980s upbringings – had some wonderfully ironic moments. These days, of course, one expects cabinet ministers to eulogise the rock bands they supported in youth, just as Gladstone and his colleagues bandied classical tags; all the same, it was a rare treat to find David Cameron tipping his hat to Paul Weller's anti-Thatcher tirade "Going Underground" ("You choose your leaders and place your trust/As their lies wash you down and their promises rust" etc). Even better was Cameron's enthusiasm for "Eton Rifles", Weller's account of a Right to Work march that, passing by the gates of Eton College, was loudly disparaged by the young gentlemen within.
Friday 22 February 2008
* Most of us remember the childhood excitement of the weekly arrival of a favourite comic. Perhaps technology has made kids blasé, but publisher David Fickling thinks not for, in May, he will launch DFC, a new weekly comic for boys and girls which will feature work by some of children's publishing most revered figures, among them Philip Pullman who, with artist John Aggs, will write a comic strip entitled "The Adventures of John Blake". Pullman is thrilled to be involved with "this wonderfully fluid and exciting form". The content is still a closely guarded secret – but there's a sneak peak at www.thedfc.co.uk.
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Wednesday 07 June 2006
The health and beauty retailer Bootsrevealed yesterday its planned merger with Alliance UniChem is likely to cost about £42m.
Sunday 14 May 2006
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Friday 29 April 2005
Monday 15 November 2004
Hundreds of fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials were left bitterly disappointed last year when the National Theatre staging of his trilogy sold out before previews began.
Friday 05 November 2004
Wednesday 31 March 2004
To the Royal Opera House, for the London premiere of Clockwork, a new children's opera based on the Philip Pullman story. Clara is full of the importance of "opening night". Con wants to know what it is we get to open.
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