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Frank Hornby: Google Doodle tracks down story of toy maker behind train sets and Meccano to celebrate 150th birthday
Wednesday 15 May 2013
The search engine Google is celebrating the 150th birthday of visionary toy maker Frank Hornby, whose model railways, Meccano sets and Dinky toys are still being played with by children today.
Monday 13 May 2013
This survey of YBA Richard Patterson’s career so far is bold, sensuous, and feels fresh rather than old hat recycled from the Freeze/Sensation years.
Monday 13 May 2013
Daniel Kitson’s new show is a reflection on reality, memory and our sense of self. Hardly wall-to-wall giggles, you might think, but this publicity-shy, TV-shunning, Perrier Award-winning comic’s talent lies in burrowing into the human psyche and dispensing profound nuggets through tales in which, more often than not, he is the hapless protagonist. After The Beginning, Before The End is like a TED talk with added LOLs.
Sunday 05 May 2013
Tesco has defended its decision to label a children’s chemistry set a boys’ toy, despite criticism from gender equality campaigners.
Tuesday 26 March 2013
Miniature roast dinner is one of a number of small meals being shown at a Birmingham event for scale-modelling enthusiasts
Chew on this: UCL exhibition showcases the men who swallowed everything from knives to balls of hair
Friday 22 March 2013
A macabre new exhibition at University College London looks at the 18th-century “extraordinary eaters” who would gobble up things one should not at sideshows. “They challenged their bodies to cope with swallowed knives, keys or balls of hair,” says curator Sarah Chaney, from UCL's Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines.
Wednesday 06 March 2013
Peppa Pig's conquest of the world took another step forward as the company behind the British children's cartoon character reached a deal to launch the brand in Russia.
Tuesday 05 March 2013
Which is which? Who's in it? Whodunnit? Alice Jones sorts the cuddly toys from the shady characters in new television dramas from ITV and BBC
Thursday 21 February 2013
Outlook BAE Systems has been a byword for bad news in recent years but long-suffering investors were finally given something to smile about. The company's results weren't as bad as had been feared and there was a cherry on top of the cake in the form of an unexpected £1bn share buyback.
Wednesday 20 February 2013
From making snow globes to casting magical shadows on the bedroom wall, here are toys to keep your little ones amused.
Tuesday 19 February 2013
New report reveals surprising shed statistics as 2013 Shed of the Year competition is officially launched
Saturday 09 February 2013
An Australian cousin once gave me a present of a boomerang. There were primitive paintings of snakes and platypuses on one smooth side of it, beautiful to run my hand over. It immediately became the most precious thing I owned.
Wednesday 06 February 2013
Board game makers launched online vote for fans to scrap one of its famous playing pieces
Monday 04 February 2013
The mighty Etch A Sketch. Tell me more...
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