The People's Friend - - Tea-Break Trivia -

Q “All Crea­tures Great And Small” was one of my favourite TV pro­grammes and I am re­ally en­joy­ing watch­ing the re­peats. My favourite char­ac­ter is He­len, played by Carol Drinkwa­ter. I would like to know a bit more about her. Mr N.R., Llan­dudno.

A Born in April 1948, Carol Drinkwa­ter has been in nu­mer­ous tele­vi­sion se­ries such as “Ca­su­alty” and “Peak Prac­tice”, but is per­haps best known for her award-win­ning por­trayal of the vet’s wife, He­len, in the pop­u­lar TV show “All Crea­tures Great And Small”, adapted from the James Her­riot books. The tal­ented ac­tress has also starred in films such as “A Clock­work Or­ange” and “The Shout”. Carol is also a film­maker and au­thor, writ­ing ev­ery­thing from chil­dren’s books to travel mem­oirs – a se­ries of doc­u­men­tary films were in­spired by her Mediter­ranean travel books. Her most re­cent work is a novel which is just out called “The Lost Girls”.

Q I know that ladies like to dress up when vis­it­ing As­cot Race­course, but is there an ac­tual dress code for the Royal En­clo­sure? Mrs H.B., Ed­in­burgh.

A Yes, there is a dress code. How­ever, it can be adapted and takes into ac­count chang­ing trends, which is why the jump­suit was given the seal of ap­proval for the Royal En­clo­sure this year. Dresses and skirts should be of mod­est length and hats must be worn, but fas­ci­na­tors are a no-no. Men must wear morn­ing dress, in ei­ther black or grey, in­clud­ing a waist­coat, tie and top hat. If you man­age to be suit­ably at­tired, you can even watch a bit of horse-rac­ing!

Q As a child I re­call be­ing told that you can hear the sea when you hold a conch shell to your ear. I know this isn’t true, but what ac­tu­ally cre­ates the noise? Miss K.W., Great Yar­mouth.

A Although it does seem like you’re hear­ing ocean waves, the shell ac­tu­ally picks up on sur­round­ing sounds which res­onate in the cham­ber. This is what you hear when the shell is held near to the ear.

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