Thoughts from category: friends

a bee quiz


Think you know all about bees? Our friends at Thoughtful challenge you to answer these questions. The winner will receive a nice book about bees, and one runner up gets a book about allotments. Let battle commence.

1. Who was the Top Dog of Wentworth Detention Centre?

2. What film won the Oscar for best picture in 1973?

3. Name the Swedish rock band that first garnered attention in the early 2000s as a prominent group of the garage rock revival, playing garage punk.

4. What type of bees give milk?

Good luck, and please remember to save the bees, please.

win tickets to a horribly special tea party


Francesca Simon (author of the Horrid Henry books and the opening lines for our consequences stories) is hosting a special Horrid Henry April Fool's tea party in London on Thursday 1st April to celebrate the launch of Henry's new joke book.

There will be cakes, face painting and free whoopee cushions aplenty not to mention the chance to meet Henry in person.

And Francesca has given us 10 sets of family tickets to give away*.

All you have to do to win yourself a set of tickets is answer this foolishly easy question:

What day is April Fool's Day?

a) 2nd April

b) 1st April

c) 26th May

Post your answer below by 10th March and we'll choose the winners at random out of that big hat which only comes out the cupboard on random-competition-choosing occasions.

This competition has now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. The random hat has spoken and big well done to Kyle, Vicky, Jane Hobart, Jean Combs, Sharon Carter, Michele, Sindy, Kay, Jane and Kevan. Tickets winging their way to you now.

*Each Family ticket admits two children who must be accompanied by at least one adult and no more than 2 adults per ticket. In case you were thinking about bringing your extended family. Like your entire class and teacher.

slowcoast odyssey

Back in June, we told you all about our friend, Nick Hand, who was cycling round the coast of the UK, making little films about artisan crafty types he met along the way and raising money for the Parkinson's Disease Society at the same time.

Lots of you got in touch to suggest other crafty coastal folk for Nick to visit on his travels as well as recommending a myriad of good cake shops to help sustain him enroute.

Nicks foodie pic

From Norwich to the Orkneys, along the way Nick has met everyone from saddle makers, surfboard carvers, tea tasters and a man who makes walking sticks to the likes of Tilda Swinton and Paul Smith. And you can watch all his excellent little films here.

70 films, 5000+ miles, over £5,000 raised for charity and countless slices of cake later, Nick is now back from his cycling odyssey. He's asked us to say a big thank you to everyone who got in contact with their tips (especially the biscuit related ones). So thank you from Nick.

Nick last couple of days

Having been back in Bristol for about 4 days, he's just about to take a little cycling holiday to Cornwall with his partner, Harriet for a week.

Talk about a busman's holiday.

go do


Last week myself and Ceri (doing our very best catalogue poses below) drove a grassy van down the entire length of the M4 to West Wales for a long weekend at the Do lectures.


(picture by talented camera pointer James Bowden)

We rambled, ate hearty food, drank tea, chatted to strangers who became friends, chatted to Ade, went bird watching and slept under the stars in kata's (Swedish tipis). And learnt loads. Like loads and loads. In the spirit of 'sharing is caring' we've now started to spread some of the lessons we picked up throughout fruit towers. Here's the left overs from a session we did yesterday.

If you want to decipher the mystic one liners we'll give a curated guide to the best of this year's lectures once all the videos are up online. Done?

cycling odyssey

From Liverpool to Arran and beyond, Nick's bike ride round Britain is still going strong.

Nick on Kintyre

He sent us these pictures from Scotland where he is at this moment pedalling round the Orkneys.

Apparently, he's managed to avoid most of the rain on his trip so far.

Innocent Arran

Which sort of makes you wonder which British isles he has been cycling round...

You can stay updated on his every cadence by following his Twitter here and if he happens to be passing your way, maybe invite him round for a cup of tea and a biscuit.