Book of the day
The winter cold is biting, and a series of assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out into the frosty, mean streets of London far more than they’d like. The attacks seem random, but when Marnie’s family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by a child – and someone who knows all about her. It will take a prison visit to her foster brother, Stephen, to help Marnie see the connections – and to force both her and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing. For how can a damaged child really leave their past behind them? Sometimes staying silent is the only way to survive.
Facts of the day
1936 King Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry the twice-married Wallis Simpson
McDonalds shut down in last of three restaurants in Iceland in 2009. The last burger ever sold was kept by the purchaser of the food, to see how long it would take for the meal to rot.
Seven years on and the food has yet to decompose. The meal is still on show at the Bus Hostel, Reykjavík, and can be viewed via a webcam broadcast.
Christmas pudding originated as a 14th century porridge called ‘frumenty’ that was made of beef and mutton with raisins, currants, prunes, wines and spices. This would often be more like soup and was eaten as a fasting meal in preparation for the Christmas festivities.
The dish we know today as Christmas pudding was created in 1830 by Eliza Acton, published in a recipe book.
The custom know as ‘Stir Up Sunday’ also started in the 19th century. This tradition saw families come together to make the pudding five Sundays before Christmas, with every child giving the mixture a stir and making a wish, before leaving it to mature in the run up to Christmas Day.
The traditional way of storing books used to be arrange them with their spines facing the back of the shelf and the fore-edge facing out.
1783 Max von Schenkendorf (Germany)
1810 Alfred de Musset (France)
1840 Kemal Bey (Turkey)
1882 Subramanya Bharathy (India)
1889 Paul Kornfeld (Czech Republic)
1898 Nils Ferlin (Sweden)
1905 Robert Henriques (UK)
1906 Birago Diop (Senegal)
1909 Ronald McKie (Australia)
1911 Nagib Machfus (Egypt)
1911 Harry Kemp (UK)
1918 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Russia)
1922 Grace Paley (USA)
1933 Ernst van Altena (The Netherlands)
1937 Jim Harrison (USA)
1939 Thomas McGuane (USA)
1956 Lani Brockman (USA)
Jokes of the day
Q: What did one book say to the other one?
A: I just wanted to see if we are on the same page.
Cartoons: Cathy Thorne , Romance novels, Everyday People
Quote of the day
Rabbi Harold S Kushner, ‘I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.‘