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The Mystery of the Persian Carpet

Fancy being a sleuth for an hour or two? Well now you can, with the “Sherlock Holmes: Mystery of the Persian Carpet” internet game.

Picture the following: The year is 1896, and you’re at home in your flat in Baker Street, London when you get a call from Scotland Yard. You and your partner, Watson, need to investigate a crime – a young painter has been murdered and his body found rolled up in a Persian carpet.

This internet game has been designed to help you improve your puzzle-solving skills: inspecting letters, looking at interrogation reports, then pin the crime on the killer. To buy the product, register with Big Fish for free at The account will let you earn free games, play community games or participate in game forums, write reviews and also offer you significant discounts.

Don’t forget your pipe and cape…

Roll it out…

It’s the world’s famous red carpet, and it’s about to be rolled out for the 83rd time.  Yes, on February 27th, glitz and glamour come to Hollywood, when the Academy Awards (better known as the Oscars) are announced.  It’s the most talked about night of the year, in Los Angeles, for sure.  The celebs, the fashion, the pre-Oscar parties and the billion viewers who tune in on TV all make for big hype.

But the first Oscars, held in 1953, were much less of an affair.  Broadcast on black and white TV, only viewers in the US and Canada could watch.  Unlike today, where thousands of stars walk the red carpet, all the way to the Academy’s auditorium, the first Oscar ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, with only 250 people in attendance.  It was dreamed up, originally, as a non-public affair, to promote the art of movie-making.  But by 1929, there was so much interest that the Oscar Presentation Night was introduced.

And unlike today, it wasn’t some star-studded event.  The attendees paid only $5 each for the night’s entertainment, and the ballrooms were decorated with Chinese lanterns.  There were no acceptance speeches, no TV cameras and almost no mention of it in the newspapers.   Actually, the entire award ceremony, carried out by Douglas Fairbanks, only lasted 15 minutes!

And was there a red carpet?  No-one’s even sure…

The Perfect Pumpkin Pie

It’s a staple for every table – yes, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a sweet and succulent pumpkin pie.  Delight your family and friends with this quick and easy recipe, and have a very happy holiday.


1 9-inch pie crust

3 cups pureed cooked pumpkin
1 1/4 cups condensed milk
3/4 cup egg whites, whipped
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix the sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl, mix the pumpkin, milk, and vanilla.  Fold in the whisked egg whites.  Stir the mixture until smooth then combine it with the sugar and spices.
  4. Pour the completed mixture into the pie crust then bake for 45-50 minutes, until the filling is set and the crust is golden.

Leave to cool and then serve.  Delicious!