On the previous Tapestry page we resorted to looking at “The Week” which produces an amazing tapestry of life in its pages each week as it pulls together the writings of the Press at large over the past week. We decided to have another look and so here are a few snippets from another three weeks’ worth of copies.
No more teddy diaries
Primary schools are giving up "teddy diaries" — where a child takes the class mascot home for the weekend and records what they did together in a diary —because of the pushiness of some parents, according to The Times Educational Supplement (TES).
In the old days, it was enough to stick in a picture of teddy on the swings, or being wheeled around a garden centre. But latterly, the diary has become a forum for over-competitive parents to show off in, with teddy taking part in the Great North Run, or sitting in the hospitality box at a Premiership match. Other parents then worry that they'll be judged if they can't keep up. "Some have been reduced to tears over having the bear for the weekend," noted Ann Mroz, the TES's editor.
Badly fed pets
We aren't just eating unhealthily ourselves; we're feeding our pets badly, too. A new study has found that almost half of Britain's cats and dogs are obese, far more than five years ago, and even caged birds have been piling on the pounds. Part of the problem comes from owners giving animals their leftovers, but pet food manufacturers aren't helping: many brands are laden with salt, sugar, oils and other fats.