Published:  12:13 AM, 06 October 2021

Worldwide waffling

Worldwide waffling

The adventures of the honey-loving bear "Winnie the Pooh" have captivated children - and their parents - for nigh-on 100 years. Fans now have a chance to own a central piece of Pooh's history, when a countryside bridge from southern England goes up for auction next week. The author of the hugely popular Pooh series of books, A. A. Milne, often played with his son, Christopher Robin, at the bridge in the 1920s. It became a regular setting for the adventures of Pooh and his friends in the series that launched in 1926.

She lived a life of adventure that spanned two continents. She fell in love with a World War II fighter pilot, barely escaped Europe ahead of Benito Mussolini's fascists, ground steel for the U.S. war effort and advocated for her disabled daughter in a far less enlightened time. She was, her daughter said, someone who didn't make a habit of giving up. And then this month, at age 105, Primetta Giacopini's life ended the way it began - in a pandemic. "I think my mother would have been around quite a bit longer" if she hadn't contracted COVID, her 61-year-old daughter, Dorene Giacopini, said. "She was a fighter. She had a hard life and her attitude always was ... basically, all Americans who were not around for World War II were basically spoiled brats."

India is undertaking winter stocking amid the long-going border stand-off with China. Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Naravane on Friday visited the forward areas and was briefed on the security situation and operational preparedness. The visit comes as India and China continue discussions for complete disengagement and de-escalation to end the stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the area. Both sides are undertaking winter stocking to support the thousands of troops deployed along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh since the stand-off began in May last year.

Innovation in Black beauty is nothing new; from the centuries-old use of chebe powder by the women of the Basara tribe in Chad to stimulate hair growth, to the story of Madam CJ Walker, the first female self-made millionaire in America, who made her fortune from cosmetics at the turn of the 18th century.

For decades, beauty and haircare products marketed to Black people have been monopolised by big pharmaceutical brands. In the make-up space, Black people remained left out for years, with very few brands extending their colour ranges to darker skintones. So it's no surprise that so many, in their frustration, went out to create their own companies, often focusing on natural ingredients that African and Caribbean aunties and grandmas used in their beauty concoctions.

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