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Thoughts from author: Jake Gill

olly's mystery package

Today there was excitment for several of us here at fruit towers when Olly's mystery package was delivered. We all had a few guesses at what it might be. It was quite light and made a sound a bit like a rainmaker (except deeper) when you turned it upside down. We're hoping Olly has finally got round to retiring his old Nimbus 2000 in favour of the new Firebolt. Just in time for the start of the quidditch season. What do you think it could be? 

be your own boss

Our co-founder Richard Reed is making his way towards a TV screen near you once again, no doubt sporting an enviable array of t-shirt and blazer combos and trainers that were made for fashion not sport.

He's looking for entrepreneurs to take part in a new series called Be Your Own Boss on BBC Three, and he's got up to £1million to invest in the right ideas. So if you're looking for help getting started, or growing what you've already got, you could be just what he's looking for. There are still a few days left to apply, so get your entries in.*

* Please note that innocent has absolutely no say whatsoever in who gets picked for the show (that's all down to the people in TV land). Best of luck.

the history of fools

With April fool’s day and the ‘launch’ of our mangoes and marmite smoothie behind us, we thought it time to honour the pioneers of the April fool’s broadcast and doff our caps to Dickie Dimbleby and his report on the bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. This 1957 BBC program is thought to be the first time that TV was used to broadcast an April fool’s hoax and it generated a massive response from many confused viewers.

The piece came in the ‘and finally’ section on an episode of Panorama, with the much respected anchor explaining how an unusually mild winter and the "virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil" had led to a bumper crop of fresh spaghetti. His words were accompanied by video footage of a Swiss family harvesting the spaghetti from trees.

Hundreds of viewers got in touch with requests to settle arguments between husband and wife (chaps believed Mr Dimbleby’s words, their ladies knew better). Other viewers asked how to grow their own spaghetti trees, to which the BBC replied "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best".