Hi Readers — Here’s the news from across the seas. Or sea, anyway. Or ocean, really. Anyway, a reader writes:
you want more UK stories – a couple below:
I noticed a warning in a store here (see photo) that it is now illegal to sell crackers to people under the age of 16. Crackers are a traditional British novelty at Christmas and celebrations – they’re little surprise parcels that two people pull apart and that usually contain a (generally poor quality!) gift and a joke. They also have a small amount of explosive that creates the “crack.” It’s tiny – not like a cap guns, not like Chinese firework crackers – a tiny little pop. Under 16? So you can’t now send your 15 year old daughter out to get another box when unexpected guests turn up. She also couldn’t buy them for a party for friends, or just because they’re fun. It’s absurd.
In other news, from the Times Online today a piece about Ofsted (Britain’s schools standards body) inspections: a “school was judged to be inadequate because inspectors deemed the fence around the playground low enough for child snatchers to reach in and grab pupils”.
Child snatching from British schools must have become a new pass time while I was out of the country.