It's been a good week for … biscuits
CARLISLE Castle has been reimagined in cake form using thousands of custard creams. A team of volunteers used 5000 of the biscuits to help create the structure as part of the city's summer pageant celebrations.
It measures 1.2m (4ft) square and took three days to complete. It was also a grand way to dispatch a large quantity of the most boring biscuit in the cookie jar.
The trend could catch on. The real challenge would be to match the confection to the landmark. Edinburgh Castle would be crafted from its eponymous rock. The Eiffel Tower lends itself to the using up of that other tedious biscuit, the Bourbon cream, and could be topped off nicely with a French fancy. The Statue Of Liberty would stand proud constructed of Oreos and bearing aloft a jelly doughnut, while the Sydney Opera House would sing with Anzac biscuits.
Scone Palace? Obvious, surely. Its crowning glory would have to be the scone of destiny.
It's been a bad week for ... being 32
NO matter how hard they strive to retain their youthful joie de vivre, most people are apparently destined to "turn into" their parents long before middle age. A survey by that most learned of institutions, the parenting website Netmums, found that the age of 32 is the point at which people are most likely to cross the chasm from youth to being a younger version of their own mother or father. By the time they are into their mid-30s, most people have found themselves copying phrases or mannerisms which made them cringe as teenagers.
It starts, of course, with family days out. They either have to be educational or in the fresh air - no matter the weather - and accompanied by egg sandwiches and a tepid Thermos flask of milky tea.
You know you're getting old when this type of behaviour seems perfectly reasonable despite protests from your children.
From there it's a slippery slope culminating in the ultimate litmus test. Utter the words, "Does that have to be so loud?" or "Is that singer male or female?" and you're doomed.
By the time you hit 40 you might as well give up, buy a sensible cardie and some zip-up thermal slippers and lose yourself in repeats of Last Of The Summer Wine.
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