Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
There’s no avoiding it, but the petrol pumps have been either heaving or empty due to closures. Beginning early last week, drivers rushed to the pumps amid reports that fuel was running low, but the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Kwasi Kwarteng) has denied there is a UK fuel supply crisis and the situation has been stabilising. The army has also been called in to help and will be driving the fuel tankers to help ensure they get to the pumps required. The queues have caused mayhem on the roads and many incidents of road rage, one locally in Welling as a man pulled a knife on another driver who seemed to cut the queue. For everybody’s sanity, let’s hope we are at the tail end of this.
Tommy was staying at a Novotel hotel in Melbourne back in 2019 for a couple of nights, and he has come out on Tik Tok stating that he asked for a really weird request. The email read: “Hi there, I’ll be staying two nights with you from Thursday 31/10 to Saturday 02/11 and was wondering if I could ask a favour? It may seem a little strange, but can you please hide an apple somewhere in my room for me to find? I travel often, and these small games help take my mind off work and lower my stress levels”. The hotel gave excellent customer service back to him, as they hid 5 apples in his room – one in the safe, another under the duvet, the third in the fridge, fourth in a drawer, and the fifth in the kettle (which was a lot more difficult to find than the others).
How would you like to live in your childhood? Well, now you can by renting the “Bearbnb” in the Sussex countryside which was the inspiration for Hundred Acre Wood from A. A Milne where Pooh lived in his treehouse. The custom-built property is based on E. H Shephard’s illustrations from the original books is managed by Kim Raymond, a Disney illustrator who’s been working for more than 30 years creating images of the honey-loving bear. There are rules to follow though:
- Strictly no Heffalumps inside the house
- Hands are to be kept out of the honey pots
- A snack of “a little something” is encouraged at 11 o’clock in the morning
- Poohsticks is mandatory
- Multiple naps are permitted
- No pets (other than Roos, Tiggers, Eeyores, Piglets, and Pooh Bears)
- No smoking, you’ll upset the bees