News Round Up

by Patrick O'Connor


IT'S one of the best known children's stories and now the only photograph of the toy bear which inspired AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh has been discovered in a family archive.

The Daily Mail says that the photograph, taken around 1913, shows the two young children of the illustrator hired by author Milne to create the fictional bear, standing next to one of their teddy bears called Growler, which was the inspiration for the initial drawings of Winnie the Pooh.

Experts say it is the only known picture of Growler in existence and it has now been published in a new book called Shepard's War which tells the story of Shepard's time on the frontline during the First World War.

An exhibition of more than 100 newly discovered works by Shepard that he produced during the First World War is on at the House of Illustration in Kings Cross, London, until January 10.

Changes in the food and drink world have prompted two newspaper articles this week.

According to the Daily Mail, uproar has been caused amongst chocolate lovers that Cadbury

is to change its classic Fruit & Nut bar recipe for the first time in 90 years to include sultanas.

The new bars, which are to be made in the company's factory in Bourneville, Birmingham, will be on sale from the end of the month and are said to be designed to add more 'variety'

The chocolate bar first went on sale in 1926,and traditionally only featured raisins and almonds.

Cadbury claim that during trials 200 adults were unable to tell the difference between sultanas and raisins in the prototype chocolate bars. 

And the Daily Star reports that Irish brewers Guinness will stop using fish bladders in its filters for the first time in its 256-year history. The decision comes after a long-standing campaign by vegans.

The Daily Mirror has revealed the top must-have toys for this Christmas.

The list has been topped by Star Wars and Thunderbirds. Three of the toys are connected to the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens - the Bladebuilder Jedi Master Lightsabre by Hasbro, and Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle and the Millennium Falcon, both by Lego.

The Thunderbirds Interactive Tracy Island Playset has also made the list, alongside favourites such as the Disney Frozen Sing-a-long Elsa.

Film buffs are in for a real treat, says the Daily Mirror. A Disney film feared lost for 87 years has been unearthed in British archives.

Sleigh Bells, featuring Disney's first animated character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, will be shown just in time for Christmas.

A print of the cartoon, produced in 1928, was rediscovered by a researcher browsing the British Film Institute's National Archive's online catalogue and Walt Disney Animation Studios has restored the six minute long cartoon, which will have a world premiere next month.

Robin Baker, head curator at BFI National Archive, said: “What a joyful treat to discover a long-lost Walt Disney film in the BFI National Archive and to be able to show Sleigh Bells to a whole new audience 87 years after it was made.

“The restoration of this film will introduce many audiences to Disney's work in the silent period - it clearly demonstrates the vitality and imagination of his animation at a key point in his early career.”

A story of a much more serious note in The Guardian which warns that a tiny beetle could wipe out Britain’s ash trees.

“The emerald ash borer is moving uncontrolled through Russia. It flies long distances, moves quickly and can reproduce in the UK,” said plant health scientist Nicola Spence. The beetle has not has yet arrived in the UK, but she warned: “There is a high risk of it being introduced and establishing itself.”

The Independent tells us that Britain’s first ever fast pedestrian lane has opened in Liverpool city centre - following research that claims 47% of the nation finds slow walking the most annoying aspect of high-street shopping. 

The lane, in the city's St John Street, will allow users to speed through the crowds while perusing the three-storey Liverpool One shopping centre.

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