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

Q I would like to know if privet hedge cut­tings are fine to put into the com­post heap to rot down. E.F.G., Sh­effield.

A We sought the ad­vice of our very own gar­den­ing ex­pert, Alexan­dra Camp­bell, who says, “Privet hedge clip­pings should be fine in the com­post. The key is to cut them up small. If you have a lot of clip­pings, it can be a good ideadea to add some pa­per or card­board in, too, just to vary the in­gre­di­ents in the com­post pile.

“Larger twigs and branches take much longer to com­post down, so cut them up for firewood if you have a log burner or open fire. If not, stack them at the backs of borders for wildlife to en­joy.

“If you’re us­ing prun­ings for firewood, you need to store them some­where dry for at least a year, or they will be too ‘green’.”

Q I have a num­ber of CDS by the Amer­i­can coun­try singer Slim Whit­man. Can you tell me a lit­tle bit more about him? D.C., Brad­ford.

A Slim Whit­man was born Ot­tis Dewey Whit­man, Jr. in Florida in 1923. As well as coun­try mu­sic, he was also known for his yo­delling abil­i­ties and folk mu­sic. He was mar­ried with two chil­dren. His ca­reer spanned al­most six decades and he has a star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame. The singer died in 2013, aged ninety.

Q I was re­cently in Scot­land on hol­i­day and the coach tour guide pointed out a war memo­rial which had the dates 1914-1919. Why is this if the war ended on Novem­ber 11, 1918? Mrs M.S., Cheshire.

A The dates can vary de­pend­ing on each com­mu­nity. Ac­cord­ing to the web­site www.uk­warmemo­ri­als.org, some mark Ar­mistice Day, while oth­ers choose the sign­ing of the Peace Treaty of Ver­sailles on June 28, 1919. Some even opt for when Par­lia­ment of­fi­cially de­clared the end of war on Au­gust 31, 1921.

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