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Think you’re any good at carving a pumpkin?

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Think again. Check out Scott Cummings’ amazing pumpkin sculptures. He’s a junior school teacher in Texas who just does this in his spare time and apparently it only takes him one hour, maximum two. If this inspires you to try your hand at something similar, atleast you’ve got two days till Halloween… For a pumpkin […]

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This Is It movie

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The movie This is It hits cinemas today (for two weeks only). It’s the footage of Michael Jackson’s rehearsals for the 2009 concert tour he never got the chance to perform. The trailer claims that it’s the movie “the world has been waiting for” and that would normally pass as the over-hyped-up spiel of blockbuster […]

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Applying work tactics to life

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The alarm on my mobile has just gone off (and scared the hell out of me, I might add) with a reminder that it is one of my friend’s birthday today. Brilliant! I have now dutifully emailed her a Happy Birthday e-card and proved myself to be A Good Friend. Left to my own natural […]

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Autumn in the Countryside

Monday, October 26th, 2009

To celebrate a special occasion this weekend, my husband whisked me off on a romantic weekend break to a little village in Suffolk called Lavenham. He’d read an article in The Times recommending special places to visit in the UK and The Great House in medieval Lavenham, boasting superb cuisines and numerous awards had been […]

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Creative Writing in Lavenham with Mike Ripley

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Saturday 21st November, 9am-1pm THE SWAN, LAVENHAM Mike Ripley, the multi award winning author of the fifteen book ‘Angel’ crime series will be leading a creative writing class at The Swan in Lavenham, as part of the Lavenham Literary Festival. For more info click here.

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A caboose?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

My sister used the word ‘caboose’ yesterday. The conversation went something like this: Sister: “I had a dream last night where I was in the caboose of a train and -” Me: ‘I’m sorry…a caboose??’ Sister: ‘Yes, a caboose’ Me: “A caboose. What era are you from?? “Sorry I’m late, terrible commute in – the […]

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Have you got the Fever?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Hi Sushi in Camden certainly had when it hosted the launch party for Cosplay Fever on Tuesday night, and I can honestly say it was a first for me – sipping my wine and chatting to a griffin … The book is the latest venture from cult graphic novelists Pete ‘The Artist’ Lumby and Rob […]

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SHADOW OF DEATH WINS 4TH PLACE IN THE BIG RED READ

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

The Big Red Read initiative, organised by Redbridge Libraries, called for readers to vote for their favourite reads from a list of 45 books. Shadow of Death, by Alison Joseph came in fourth!

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BLUE MURDER RETURNS TO ITV

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Series 5 of Blue Murder (based on the books by Cath Staincliffe) is back on ITV with Caroline Quentin reprising her role as DCI Janine Lewis. Catch the show for the next six weeks, every Monday at 9pm (from 7 Sept – 12 Oct).

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Social media helps the fight against cancer

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a few days ago Everywhere’s #Beatcancer Campaign set a new Guiness World Record for the distribution of the largest mass message through social media. In the space of 24 hours (between16 – 17th October) they recorded 209,771 social media messages (tweets, facebook updates and blog posts) that included […]

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In need of fashion advice.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Winter is definitely here. Today I woke up in the dark, fumbled my way to the shower (still in the dark so as not to wake my other-half) ,and attempted to find something suitable to wear to work which didn’t make me look like (quoting said other-half): “a 60-year-old spinster”. I’ll refrain from sharing my […]

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Maggie Craig speaking at the University of Dundee

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Thursday 26th November, 7pm    UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE Come and meet Scottish author Maggie Craig at the University of Dundee, for an event organised by Dundee Book Events. She will talking about and signing copies of her latest book One Sweet Moment, a compelling story of love amidst family pressures and the social divide, set in […]

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Am I the only one who doesn’t like House?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

A friend lent me the entire box set of House recently (I was grieving over the fact I’d just finished the complete series of The West Wing on DVD and would now have to rely on standard TV viewing…) And I have to say I was really looking forward to getting into a new series. I […]

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Alanna Knight’s Mystery Tour of Edinburgh

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Thursday 29 October    EDINBURGH Alanna Knight, author of the much-loved Faro and Rose McQuinn mysteries, will be giving a talk for the Smithsonian Institution and taking their members on a tour of Edinburgh to the various sites mentioned in her books. So look out for her amongst the streets of Edinburgh later this month!

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How good a Storyman are you?

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Here’s a little something to procrastinate with… And test your knowledge of books at the same time. It’s Hangman with a book title theme. I scored 20 first go.  (Should I be familiar with The Wizard of Earthsea? ) Go on, have a go and see if you can do better… CLICK HERE (Feel free […]

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Prepare for Halloween

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

According to Tesco, it’s already Christmas. I was in there yesterday and noticed they’ve already started putting out advent calendars. Is there really a demand for Christmas stuff two months in advance?? I thought it was customary to atleast wait until after Halloween. One festivity (pagan or otherwise) at a time please! So please, readers, […]

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The BBC Panorama v Ryanair cat-fight

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Last night I caught the last half of BBC Panorama’s exposé on Ryanair Why Hate Ryanair? – which basically slams the airline for its hidden charges and Michael O’Leary’s cost-cutting approach to business. Today, Ryanair has responded by giving away 1.1Million free seats to represent the 11 lies featured in the programme. Nice comeback. (Hey […]

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Proof that there’s always a silver lining…

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Nick Barley has now been announced as the new Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, with immediate effect. There’s a nice interview with him in The Times today which tells you a bit about his background and his vision for the future of the festival. Nick’s future is bright, yet it’s interesting to read […]

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The B in Allison & Busby

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Did you know that Allison & Busby’s first offices were leased at the premises of another publisher – though out of office hours only? Or that the characters behind the august company name first met at a party in the house JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan? No, well neither did I, and it was tid-bits […]

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Meet Mary Nichols at Holt Bookshop

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Saturday 17 October, TIME TBC  HOLT BOOKSHOP, HOLT Come and meet Mary Nichols, author of The Summer House  at Holt Bookshop in Holt, Norfolk.

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