It was invented by a carpenter in Bury in 1896 called Brian Gamlin. If you go around the dart board adding up the differences between adjacent numbers – 20 and 1 for example – it would come to 198. The highest possible it could come to is 200, but it’s well organised to reduce the chance of a lucky shot.
Between 1937 and 1991, when he died aged 87, he published more than 40 books, which have sold half a billion copies between them – more even than J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books. He nearly burned his first book, And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street, after it was turned down by 27 publishers.
They are strong in taste, flavour and aroma. These are the rarest of the rare, a true gourmet delicacy. At the Mushroom Shop we stock white truffles usually mid-december, but they come at a price. White truffles retail anywhere between $10,000 – $15,000 per kilo in recent seasons, so they are not for the feint-hearted.
The Alps are growing just as quickly in height as they are shrinking. This paradoxical result comes from a new study by a group of German and Swiss geoscientists. Due to glaciers and rivers, about exactly the same amount of material is eroded from the slopes of the Alps as is regenerated from the deep Earth’s crust.