Disney No Longer Selling Toy Guns in Theme Parks

What took them so long? Disney is discontinuing the sales of toy guns of any kind at the theme parks, including bubble guns and Buzz Lightyear toy blasters. All of the gun merchandise is being pulled off the shelves and guests are encouraged to leave their own toy guns at home or not being allowed […]

The handknitted ‘trauma teddies’ comforting child refugees

Marion Gibson first started knitting “trauma teddies” 15 years ago, after she saw firefighters in Australia give cuddly toys to children fleeing bush fires. After seeing how much comfort they gave them she started making gifts for children caught up in hurricanes, conflicts and other disasters around the world. Now, she is doing the same […]

A Darth Vader waffle maker? You really shouldn’t have…

  David Mitchell (the funny one, not the novelist) writing for the Observer on the deluge of Star Wars merchandise, makes the point that not everything we make and sell needs to be ‘worthy’: I don’t mean it as a criticism when I call this stuff crap. Our civilisation cannot be sustained solely from the buying […]