A thor­oughly puz­zling claim

Country Life Every Week - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

INOTED with in­ter­est that Mr Spils­bury in­vented the jig­saw in 1767 (‘50 things Bri­tain gave the world’, July 5), but you men­tion an on­line com­pany that ‘claims to be the big­gest sup­plier in Europe’ with a mere 10,000 de­signs. Were you to visit Bar­ney’s News­box in Broadgate, Cum­bria, you would en­counter the ex­tra­or­di­nary sight of some 30,000 dif­fer­ent jig­saws ei­ther in stock or avail­able to be sent to you by mail order, along­side the lat­est edi­tion of COUN­TRY LIFE. Is this the first time that the vir­tual world can be found want­ing? John Pre­cious, by email

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