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Reading 'Brave New World' in Aldous Huxley's former home

Los Angeles Times

A book club meets on the terrace of Aldous Huxley's to discuss "Brave New World." A book club meets on the terrace of Aldous Huxley's to discuss "Brave New World." Seated on a veranda high in the Hollywood Hills, a few book clubbers who had gathered to discuss Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" in the author's last Los Angeles home craned their necks. They weren't peering at the softening evening sky or at the Hollywood sign, which loomed so close it looked like white plastic lawn furniture, a prop to rest a drink on. The occasional helicopter had already torn past, momentarily drowning out voices ("a humming overhead had become a roar," as Huxley describes their sinister advance in the novel's climactic scene) but that hardly merited a pause in conversation.

Royal Mail criticised for D-Day stamp mix-up

BBC News

Royal Mail has withdrawn a stamp marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day - after BBC News pointed out it showed US troops landing in what was Dutch New Guinea, nearly 8,500 miles from France. The stamp was due to be released next year in a "Best of British" collection. Captioned "Allied soldiers and medics wade ashore", it was said to depict the Normandy landings but was actually taken in what is modern-day Indonesia. People who saw the error in a social media preview called it "embarrassing". The image appears on the American National WWII Museum website, attributed to the US Coast Guard, and is said to show troops carrying stretchers from a landing craft at Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea on 17 May 1944.

Black History Month: Postboxes painted to honour black Britons

BBC News

Four postboxes have been painted black to honour black Britons including Sir Lenny Henry and nursing pioneer Mary Seacole. The Royal Mail postboxes - in London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast - have been painted as part of Black History Month in October. Each features a significant figure in the British black community and has a social media link. Royal Mail says the aim is to help mark the success of Black Britons. A QR code on the postboxes can also be scanned to bring up a list of the black Britons who have appeared on special stamps.

Frankenstein: Behind the monster smash

BBC News

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein - first printed on 1 January 1818.