About Me




Puddle’s Puzzles

Tyne Bridges




Heroes and Heroines




Aung San Suu Kyi


Prisoner of conscience, and non-violent pro-democracy leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar (Burma).


Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Won the General Election in 1990 but military leaders refused to hand over power. Has been imprisoned for prolonged periods on several occasions since then.

Amelia Earhart


In 1932 she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.


In 1937 she disappeared on the final leg of her attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Various theories include that she ditched at sea, was an American spy captured by the Japanese, or most likely landed on a uninhabited island where she later died.

Sir Patrick Moore


Legendary English astronomer, and xylophone virtuoso.


Lunar charts were used by Russia and America (NASA) in their Moon missions.


Presenter of the longest running television series with the same presenter - ‘The Sky at Night’.

Kate Adie


North East journalist well-known for reporting from war-zones around the world.

Dr. Reiner Knizia


‘The Count’ has published over 200 games including Ingenious, Tigres and Euphrates, Through the Desert, Pickomino, Blue Moon, and Lord of the Rings

Shakira Ripoll


Columbian singer/songwriter who has released albums in Spanish, Portuguese and English. She released her first album at 15 years old. She founded the ‘Pies Descalzos Foundation’ which helps children who are victims of violence in Colombia. In 2003 she became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations.

Henry Dudeney


Victorian puzzle designer and author.


Wrote ‘The Canterbury Puzzles’.

The Queen


Queen of the United Kingdom. Supreme Head of the Commonwealth. Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Commander in Chief of the army.


Was a driver in the Second World War.

Ron and Russell Mael


Brotherly duo who form the rock, pop, pomp, classical, disco, techno, punk, art group Sparks.


Formed in 1968, released their 20th album in 2006.


“I am not a genius, but my brother is” quote Russell Mael.

Alphonse Mucha


Czech artist famous for paintings, posters, advertisements, book illustrations, stamps and bank notes in Art Nouveau style.

Gary Larson


Cartoonist famous for ‘The Far Side.’


Not usually photographed, so here’s a picture of a cow.

Shirin Ebadi


Iranian human rights lawyer and founder of the Children’s Rights Association in Iran.


Winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

Leonard Euler


Swiss mathematician who introduced various forms of mathematical notation. Famous for solving the ‘Seven Bridges of Kongsberg’ problem using graph theory. Two famous formula are;


v − e + f = 2

Wolfgang Kramer


German games designer and 5 times winner of the Game of the Year award. Games include Torres, Expedition, Australia, Heimlich & Co, and Princes of Florence.


2007 will see the release of ‘Coliseum’.

Audrey Hepburn


Belgian born, British actress. Starred in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and ‘My Fair Lady’.


Later in life became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

Morgan Freeman


American actor, director and narrator.

Carl Sagan


American astronomer. Presented the series ‘Cosmos’.


Wrote ‘Contact’ which was made into a film starring Jodie Foster.


Worked for NASA and designed the first message to be sent into space.

Jack Lemmon


American actor. Star of ‘The Odd Couple’, ‘The Apartment’ and ‘How to Murder your Wife’.

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Tara Fitzgerald


British actress famous for appearances in ‘Brassed Off’, ‘Sirens’, ‘The Camomile Lawn’ and ‘The Woman in White’.