Baby's first steps on the catwalk

21st April 2000 at 01:00
IN THIS electronic age it is a delight to learn that Donald Jackson, a former lecturer at Camberwell College of Art in south London, is to spend the next six years illuminating and handwriting the Bible in seven volumes.

His calligraphic skills have been commissioned by US Benedictine monks. "This is the best job imaginable... It is my Sistine Chapel, said Mr Jackson who is the Queen's official calligrapher. He sold the idea to the monks over a drink in Chicago.

The Romans liked the odd jar too, according to archaeologists who have uncovered the first- century equivalent of Oxford Street in the City. Excavators discovered evidence of pubs and cafes as well as pottery from Spain and Norway, wooden barrels and gold jewellery. An exhibition at the Museum of London, "High Street Londinium", opens in July.

Modern high-street shoppers will soon savour the latest offering from Gucci: designer baby-clothes - just wht hard-pressed parents need. However, what they spend on clothes they might save on computers, as Dr Jane Healy, an American psychologist, has told a London conference that computers can reduce attention span and hamper language skills of children under three.

Child shoppers are still on a Pokemon card spending spree, and, with sales at an all-time high, customs officers are on alert to repel an invading army of counterfeit cards.

These little monsters seem a far cry from dear old Winnie the Pooh - but the bear does seem to have become a monster in the eyes of the real Christopher Robin. According to a manuscript to be sold at Sotheby's, AA Milne knew that he had made a mistake in naming Pooh's owner after his son, who he wrote, "will soon feel that he has had more publicity than he wants".

His fears were confirmed when his son refused to stock his father's books at a shop he later ran in Dorset.


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