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17 April 2020 #610

Cover Story: LEGO


In 1932, Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen starts making wooden toys. Twenty-six years, two managers and one factory fire later, his company patents a new system of plastic building blocks. The bricks come in five colours: white, red, yellow, blue and green. Each one is stamped with the word “LEGO” – derived from the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning “play well”.

In this edition, small screens editor Aimee Knight looks at the enduring appeal of those colourful little blocks that have become synonymous with childhood creativity and imagination – and an outlet for adults, too. And she visits the set of LEGO Masters ahead of the new Channel 9 series. “Fads come and go [but] LEGO transcends all of that,” says co-host Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught. “What LEGO still has above any other toy is the pride of creation.”


Also in this edition:

  • Bob Geldof is back with The Boomtown Rats after 36 years, and he reckons they couldn’t be more relevant.
  • Grandmothers from around the world share their favourite family recipes in a special Big Picture by Gabriele Galimberti.
  • Best-selling author Dean Koontz talks about his beloved dogs, his new book and those conspiracy theories.
  • Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman talks clowning, kissing and that moustache in his Letter to My Younger Self.
  • Wrung out on Netflix? TikTocked out? We visit the National Film and Sound Archive’s site to check out their weird and wonderful Home Movies collection – which you too can access from home.
  • And in Tastes like Home Flip Shelton shares her recipe for decadent-yet-healthy Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies.

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