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Crivens, it’s Frisk #104! That’s the number of Corinthian columns in the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Greece’s largest temple. But you knew that, right? And also that there are 104 keys on a standard Windows keyboard, and 104 guns on HMS Victory, and that Haydn composed 104 symphonies, and that Cent Quatre is an arts centre in Paris? I’m not giving you anything new here. Carry on.
The Ministry of Stories is a not-for-profit creative writing and mentoring centre for young people aged 8–18 in East London. Started by Nick Hornby, the Ministry helps young children to use their imagination to write and publish their own stories. However, the Ministry has become so oversubscribed that they’re struggling to find enough volunteers to keep up with demand and help mentor the children who are desperate to learn.
To recruit volunteers we printed individual book pages using the stories the children wrote at the Ministry, and placed them into novels in bookstores throughout East London - helping to get their stories into the hands of the very people we needed. The aim was to surprise the reader at the moment they were doing what they could be doing as a volunteer at the Ministry: enjoying stories created by young people.
You can learn more about their work here - http://www.ministryofstories.org/
Holy macaroni, it’s Frisk #103! Wanna know about some roads that are numbered 103? Sure you do. There’s China’s National Highway 103 that runs between Beijing and Tianjin, Japan’s National Route 103 that connects Aomori to Odate, the A103 that’ll take you from Lower Holloway to Hornsey, Rhode Island Route 103 that goes from East Providence into Massachusetts… wait, come back! I’ve got loads more!
Snakes on a plane, it’s Frisk #102! And that’s a very important number in some parts of the world: it’s the number for the emergency services in Ukraine, Belarus, Israel, and India. And if the emergency you’re suffering is caused by prolonged exposure to the radioactive actinide nobelium, you can tell the operator that its atomic number is 102 as well. Possibly while listening to the song ‘One Hundred and Two’ by the extravagantly coiffed country music duo The Judds.
The second ad in McDonald's 'Good Times' campaign is called 'Fun', telling the story of a young boy whose quest for fun seems to be thwarted at every turn. Until he arrives at a certain golden-arched food outlet, that is...
Holy smoke, it’s Frisk #101! And it’s an ominous and foreboding number – Room 101 was, of course, a torture chamber in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. (It’s also a creaky vehicle that’s keeping Frank Skinner on the telly.)
The number has come to denote something basic or a beginner’s level too, stemming from American university course numbering systems (Physics 101, Geology 101, etc). See? Every day’s a school day.
This month's issue of remarc - Arc's commentary roundup on the world of partnerships and suchlike - looks at the Women’s World Cup, Wimbledon, the Ashes, and various other topical things. Sport! http://joom.ag/bi5p