An original ‘owl service’ ceramic plate: This plate was part of the dinner service that inspired Garner’s novel. According to Griselda Garner the service originally belonged to her aunt, who bought it at a farm sale in Somerset but then ‘packed [it] away and put [it] in a barn because she said that the owls watching her eat gave her indigestion’. AG Archive 41 (by kind permission of Alan Garner)
Decline in independent bookshops continues with 73 closures in 2012 The UK loses of its remaining independent bookshops in the past year, with the total down a third since 2005 Share 304 Email Alison Flood guardian.co.uk, Friday 22 February 2013
Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water. A book with pages that can be torn out to filter drinking water has proved effective in its first field trials. The "drinkable book" combines treated paper with printed information on how and why water should be filtered. Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through.