I’D LIKE TO KNOW
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.