Vikings seem to be in the air at the moment - not literally obviously, unless of course you've been reading DOCTOR BONKERS, where some Vikings are piloting World War One airplanes. (You'll have to read it if you want to find out how come! They're also fighting the ancient Egyptians, who are riding dinosaurs.)
Anyhow, Vikings have cropped up twice this week. A school has asked why there isn't more about them on the website. The answer is - I never thought of it! I've always had a soft spot for Vikings though. There's something about their do or die approach things that catches the imagination. And it's important to remember that they were not just fierce warriors with fierce beards. They were extraordinary explorers of the early world, great farmers and some of the finest early storytellers. So it's three cheers for Vikings, especially Sigurd.
The second mention of Vikings came two days ago, when I was doing a session in Oxford for Bookfeast. A charming young lady (teacher) came up to me after the show and told me that the books about Sigurd had been her favourites when she was a child - so much so that Sigurd became her secret, invisible friend. He lived in her wardrobe! (I wondered where he'd got to!)
I wonder if any of you have ever had an invisible friend? Do tell us!