Saturday, March 17, 2018

Jodie and the book of the Rose gets a finalist WSA

Happy to announce that Jodie and the book of the rose have been awarded finalist in the Wishing shelf awards.... The winners are announced next week... Jodie and the book of the rose... Ever since Jodie came into possession of her time-travelling library card, she has had more spectacular adventures than she would ever hope to dream possible. But along with the thrilling escapades and the steadfast friends she has made, she has endured her share of heartache. Jodie attempts to escape her helplessness by continuing her search for the precious, long-outlawed printed books that she adds to her growing secret collection at the home of her friend, Otso. While visiting her favourite Victorian-era bookstore, Jodie narrowly escapes an encounter with a mysterious, possibly malevolent woman. Could it be Ms Noble, the wicked librarian who had forbidden time travel and confiscated all of the other children's library cards? Otso has tasked her with finding a very special and important book that could be the answer to all her hopes - a mission that takes Jodie All over the world once again.Take one gypsy, a promise and a Book, and a key, and that's adventure..
The first book in the Jodie Broom series, has won a plethora of awards, including Readers Favourite, the wishing shelf, and new apple awards. Jodie 2 is now following in the footsteps...
Jodie has also been translated into Spanish and at present is just an Ebook, but is being processed for a paperback... #Watchthisspace

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Plastic.... the horror and its effects...

It seems that all shops have started charging money for a plastic bag, mostly with their logo on it which advertises the shop as we walk around.. I challenged one shop asking why the customer was being charged? They said it is for the sake of the environment. (I'm all for that believe me) I then pointed out that 90% of the goods in the shop was covered in Plastic? so shouldn't the manufacturer cut down? and shouldn't you be providing paper bags for your customers? which are slightly better... I have never seen so much plastic, the world is swimming, literally with the stuff, oceans full of this crap...
Birds and wildlife are suffering greatly
The tiny beads of plastic, which are employed as an exfoliant in personal care products, are designed to be washed down the drain. They go through the sewage system and many enter the natural environment where they can have a devastating effect over the long term as they are ingested up the food chain. Environmentally, plastic is a growing disaster. Most plastics are made from petroleum or natural gas, non-renewable resources extracted and processed using energy-intensive techniques that destroy fragile ecosystems. Plastic packaging – especially the ubiquitous plastic bag – is a significant source of landfill waste and is regularly eaten by numerous marine and land animals, to fatal consequences. Synthetic plastic does not biodegrade. It just sits and accumulates in landfills or pollutes the environment. Plastics have become a municipal waste nightmare, prompting local governments all over the world to implement plastic bag, and increasingly polystyrene (styrofoam), bans. Plastic pollution may not even be visible to the naked eye as research is showing that microscopic plastic particles are present in the air at various locations throughout the world and in all major oceans. Plastic is now ubiquitous in our terrestrial, aquatic and airborne environments - that is, it's everywhere. Can we not be more careful? Please?

Friday, September 8, 2017

Readers favorite awards

I am so pleased and honored to announce that 4 of my books have won the reader's favorite book awards in Miami.
The pictures speak for themselves... I had won another couple of things too... It is so exciting to get these awards, makes all your hard work, pays off somehow... Thanks to everyone involved...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Kicking Cancer's Ass.... A special thankyou to Velindre Cancer Centre.

I watch...
As each patient wanders through the vast corridors looking for their treatment room. With a plethora of friendly smiling male and female nurses, flit around the brightly lit corridors, always helpful, always with a kind word. Each and everyone that comes through the door of the Velindra Cancer Centre, has either got some form of cancer or has a relative or friend that has cancer. That knowing smile we all give to each other, full of empathy, and the invisible speech bubble would read" I know what you are going though and I'm so sorry." When you leave after your chemo or other treatment,tired,no one seems to say "get well" they say "Good luck" instead. That made me want to cry! I saw a 7-year-old little girl, no hair, a drip through her face and sparkly Pyjamas on, skipping to chemo! eyes full of hope. Her mum following hopefully behind her, and in the knowledge that this is poison her daughter is getting to help cure her! This will make her sick before it cures her! what a strange thing? Can we dare to hope for a healthier life? No death? Of course, we should dream. Hope is a good thing to have.
I have been to the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff for many days with my brother, watching him get Chemo a poison which kills most cells to make you healthy again? My God is there no alternative to this poison, I had thought? An incessant thirst followed that night while the chemo seeped into his bloodstream and started its dreaded work. He looked haggard and so tired! Throat cancer makes you sound like Darth Vader on Helium! or no voice at all. Not being able to swallow even liquids makes things very difficult indeed; like having a cup of tea with a side order of razor blades! We can but hope that all of this constant bombarding will eliminate cancer that ravages us. Hope is eternal! Hope is good.
We should cherish each day, cherish our family, our best friends, our lives, our children Always! And be there for each other when we need it most. I give my most grateful thanks to the velindre Cancer centre for looking after those who visit.
Julie x

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fly Portugal Fly............. (reblogging)

written by Stewart Lloyd-Jones May 14 at 9:30am · Dundee, United Kingdom ·
It is nice to see a country I love come out from behind its own shadow and proclaim itself with such confidence. People might dismiss last night's triumph as just a song competition that means little, or last year's victory in France as just a football competition between teams of millionaires. But to simply dismiss these achievements as unimportant really misses the point. As a country and as a people, Portugal and the Portuguese took a long time to get over the loss of empire and the decline in status that was clearly demonstrated to them with the French invasion and the British occupation of the Napoleonic era, followed by the departure of the royal family to Brazil and decades of constitutional and dynastic conflicts leading up to the Mapa Cor da Rosa (Pink Map) affair when the Great Powers (esp. the UK) swept Portugal's interests in Africa aside (not to mention the secret agreement between the UK and Germany to divide Portugal's African possessions between them - a plan that was foiled only by the outbreak of WWI). During the First Republic, the Portuguese government sought to legitimise itself by effectively begging the UK to allow it to enter the war as a belligerent - which was followed by the humiliation of the Portuguese Expeditionary Force being placed under British command and its contribution (perhaps accurately) described as more of a weakness than a strength. Then a further 10 years of political and social chaos before a military dictatorship that led to the New State under Salazar who thought the Portuguese people were like children who needed to be distracted from politics by religion, sport and music (Fátima, futebol e fado). Then came the 1974-76 revolution which, after a brief flourishing of popular political expression, was shut down by politicians who established a democratic regime whose leaders have for decades been telling the people that small, poor Portugal should be grateful to be in this club and that they should just get on with their lives quietly and accept the colonisation by wealthy northern Europeans and who should accept their language is too difficult for foreigners to learn, so they should all speak English... The Portuguese have spent centuries being told they are "too small, too poor and too stupid" and that expressions of national pride or achievement are vulgar (see the link with Scotland here?). Now the Portuguese are beginning to express themselves and to stand proud at what they can achieve - for now it might just be through two of Salazar's distractions (futebol and fado - and with the canonisation of two of the shepherd children by Pope Francis yesterday - Fátima), this source of pride and confidence runs deeper - and is shown in the election of a left-wing government that has moved to abandon the neoliberal orthodoxy and undo the damage caused by its predecessor. To elect such a government at such a time and in such a context showed real balls. It is like watching a butterfly emerge from the chrysalis... Fly Portugal. Fly. (some artistic licence employed)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Oldest book?

The Museum's Library and Archives has digitised its oldest book, Historia Naturalis, to mark the tenth anniversary of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). See the physical copy on tour The original copy of Historia Naturalis will feature in the Museum's international tour of some of its treasures, which begins in 2017 in Tokyo. The book is a small, unassuming volume that has been part of the ‘rare books’ collection for years but has attracted very little attention. Digital collections This digitisation project was part of the Museum's Digital Collections Programme, which aims to make available the information found within the collections, from specimens to labels and archives. Expert preparation This project was carried out using specialist imaging and handling equipment to ensure that no physical damage occurred to the 547-year-old book. 'Not that you can ever replace the sense of history and wonder of the actual physical item,' adds Hart. Its author is Roman philosopher and scholar Gaius Plinius Secundus, commonly known as Pliny the Elder (AD 23-79). Questo e el libro che tracta di mercatantie et usanze de paesi The meaning of the title is ‘Book about the merchandise and customs of countries’. Each volume's lead letter is painstakingly decorated (or illuminated) - a work of art in itself. More thorough readers may notice, however, descriptions such as that of headless people with eyes on their shoulders. Pacioli includes a chapter on tariffs in his book and it is obvious that a large part of this chapter is a copy of Chiarini’s earlier work. Written in Italian and intended for merchants, it is also known as a ‘tariff’ that merchants would use as a compendium of relative weights, measures and currencies when travelling and doing business with various European cities. This 1481 edition is the first printed version of the work. That honour goes to Questo e el libro che tracta di mercatantie et usanze de paesi, the last page recording that it was published in ‘MCCCCLXXXI. Historical Accounting Literature The ICAEW collection of historical accounting literature currently comprises around 3,000 volumes and includes works published from the 15th century to the early 20th century. Its 37 volumes spanned all knowledge of natural history at the time as well as mathematics, literature and art. The Museum's copy is one of only 100 first editions. Visitors to the BHL website will be able to browse the book's subjects - ranging from cosmology to animals and magic to botany - as related by Pliny around 2,000 years ago. The book provides and compares prices for a long list of cities in Italy and other major trading centres of Europe. A number of such bizarre passages show that Pliny and his contemporaries did not test all 37,000 entries. The collection includes books and journals in a variety of languages. Natural history, but not as we know it As one of the BHL's founding institutional members, the Museum has digitised its copy of Historia Naturalis, which in turn will be the BHL's oldest digitised book. The original Latin text will include a link to an English version, translated and edited in the nineteenth century by John Bostock and H T Riley. The oldest book in the ICAEW collection ICAEW has been collecting early works on accountancy for over 100 years and has one of the finest collections in the world, spanning the 15th century to the early 20th century. Historia Naturalis was one of the first manuscripts ever printed and, perhaps more importantly, the first published natural history book. The collection includes a copy of the earliest known printed book about double-entry book-keeping, Summa de arithmetica by Luca Pacioli However – this famous volume is NOT the oldest book in the library. Buy the book. Ongoing projects include digitising Mesozoic-Era collections as well as more than half a million butterflies and moths from the British Isles. Much of the paper nowadays is made from wood pulp and has been chemically treated, as opposed to the rag paper which was used for Historia Naturalis.' The ancient first-edition copy of Historia Naturalis requires careful handling Not only does digitising Historia Naturalis benefit online visitors, it provides the Museum with a copy for preservation purposes. In addition to being an invaluable resource, the first edition is also beautiful to look at. There is no author named in the book but it is usually attributed to Giorgio di Lorenzo Chiarini. The Museum Library has so far contributed to the BHL 8,020 volumes from 1,096 titles, amounting to almost four million pages.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The girl from Berlin, By Ellie Midwood (Standartenführer's Wife)

Ellie Midwood’s historical novel, The Girl from Berlin: Standartenführer's Wife is a wonderfully fast paced historical novel about a young girl Annalise, her story takes us from a young girl, who loves to dance.. rather than be in school. (Taking the comfort and company of adults rather than children). To a young lady full of life and love, but the country she lives in is not all it seems. The Jews are being persecuted everywhere, the 1930’s were troubled times indeed, and Annelise must hide her true identity to survive, not really being Aryan but Polish Ashkenazi Jews. She is caught up in the immense horror of Hitler’s incredibly evil sweeping of the lands to rid the country of the “unwanted”. I shall not spoil the review by inserting too many spoilers. Needless to say, the author takes us on a rollercoaster of a journey, that is superbly researched and executed. Highly recommended to anyone who loves reading this genre.