DO you like the Tom & Jerry cartoons?

Well, according to the Daily Mail, Tom & Jerry came top of complaints made to the television regularity body Ofcom.

Blue Peter, Tweenies and Rastamouse were also among the most complained about children's shows.

The Tom & Jerry complaints related to two episodes which were accused of glamorising the use of cigarettes and cigars in the cat and mouse cartoon.

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A tiny spider is holding up a major building development in Plymouth, says the Daily Express.

The critically endangered Nothophantes horridus (horrid ground weaver spider) measures just 2.5mm and has only ever been seen in three sites, all around the Devon city.

One haunt has already been destroyed and developers want to turn one of two remaining, both in limestone quarries on the Devon city’s outskirts, into a housing estate. Thousands of people have signed a petition to block the scheme.

The spider, which gets the 'horrid' part of its name from the Latin for bristly, has the same conservation status as the black rhino, Sumatran tiger and mountain gorilla.

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Two interesting stories from the world of auctions.

The Daily Mail reports that a notebook revealing Alan Turing's calculations as he tried to work out how to crack the Nazi's Enigma code in the Second World War could fetch as much as £600,000 in an auction in New York in April.

The notebook dates from 1942 when Turing was working at Bletchley Park. The 56 pages of handwritten workings provides an insight into his thought process.

And a Daily Mirror tale tells us that a set of marbles used by inventor Barnes Wallis to help design the Dambusters' 'bouncing bomb' has been sold for £27,200 - 45 times more than the expected guide

The raid in 1943 on Germany's Ruhr valley dams helped change the course of the Second World War. Barnes Wallis used his daughter's marbles and a tin bath filled with water to design the bouncing bombs used in the mission.

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Here's an interesting thought....traffic wardens, carers and call centre workers could be replaced by robots within the next 50 years.

An article in the Daily Express says that scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock reckons that humans will outsource various jobs to artificial intelligence.

The expert from University College London says that care for the elderly and children are among the professions that could be outsourced in a move that would mean AI is no longer be limited to films and comic books. 

The expert, from University College, London, commented: “History has shown that the advance of technology often leaves us free to explore new avenues and we have adapted accordingly. All this may seem the stuff of science fiction, but actually when you look more closely, science fiction has often led the way for technology development.  Look at Captain Kirk's communicator and tell me that it's not a mobile phone - and his system probably did less than the latest smartphones we have today.”

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Bad news for curry lovers. The Daily Express relates a report in the trade journal The Grocer which warns that the crop of cumin is expected to be half as big as last year in the Indian state of Gujarat, where three-quarters of the world’s supply is grown, because soaring temperatures have delayed the growing season and there has also been a 41 per cut in land used to cultivate the spice after farmers switched to more lucrative crops.

Crushed cumin seeds are an essential ingredient in curry powder used in most of Britain’s favourite Indian dishes.

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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)