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If There is No Problem Here Why Have You Put Up a Sign Saying: No Problem Here: You Dare to Say  There is a Problem

|| May 13: 2018: University of Glasgow News || ά. A new book, edited by experts from the University of Glasgow, was  launched on Wednesday, May 09. The Book dismisses the idea that there is ‘no problem here’ regarding racism in Scotland. It claims the European Union Referendum has given this ‘myth’ a ‘new lease of life’ with a sense of ‘Scottish exceptionalism', that people in Scotland are different from the English. The book argues ‘a better Scotland will only be built by confronting the evil of racism rather than pretending it does not exist’. The book, ‘No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland’ , includes: Analysis showing the per capita rate of murders with a known or suspected race element in Scotland was higher than in the rest of the UK between 2,000 and 2013, 01.8 murders per million people compared to 01.3.

Data highlighting that black and minority ethnic applicants for large public sector organisations have a 01.1 per cent chance of being appointed, compared to 08.1 per cent for their white counterparts. Reports of discrimination towards black and minority ethnic groups when using public transport and health care in Scotland. Warnings that racism against Catholics from Irish backgrounds is not taken seriously enough because it is classed as ‘sectarianism’ rather than racism. Mr Anas Sarwar, Chair of the Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, said, “Scotland is an open and diverse country but we should never allow our national pride to blind us to the fact that good and bad people live everywhere. In recent years we have seen the rise of Scottish exceptionalism, the idea that, somehow, just because we are Scottish and live in Scotland we’re less intolerant than our neighbours.

It is not talking Scotland down to expose this myth. We can not hope to eradicate everyday sexism and homophobia, everyday racism, Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, unless we acknowledge that it exists in our workplaces, university and college campuses and playgrounds across the country. Our task is to make the unconscious bias conscious, so that people can challenge themselves and, then, as a country we can aim to defeat prejudice in the long-term.”

Mr Neil Davidson, Lecturer in Sociology with the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Glasgow and one of the Editors of No Problem Here, said, “The idea that there is 'no problem' or, at least, much less of a problem, has grown for three reasons. One is that the Irish-Catholic presence, the largest ever migrant group to settle in Scotland, tends to be discussed in the context of ‘sectarianism’, a concept, which treats Catholics and Protestants as equivalent and ignore the racism directed towards the former.

The second is the relatively small size of the migration to Scotland from the Indian sub-continent and, especially, from the Caribbean, which did not mean that migrants did not suffer racism, just that it was much less visible than in Birmingham or London.

Finally, the movements for devolution and independence have involved the idea that Scotland is 'culturally' different from England and that part of this difference involves the Scots being more 'welcoming', 'tolerant' and so on. The editors and contributors to our book think these are misleading fantasies, which ignore the historical experience of Irish Catholics and the contemporary experience of Muslims, Roma and other BAME groups. Whatever our views on Scottish independence, a better Scotland will only be built by confronting the evil of racism rather than pretending it does not exist.”

Ms Carol Young, Senior Policy Officer for the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights:CRER, writes in the book, "There’s a perception that Scotland has less of a problem with racism than other areas of the UK, perhaps best summed up by the phrase ‘we’re all Jock Tamson’s bairns’.....In 2013–2014, 4,807 racist incidents were recorded by police in Scotland. That’s the equivalent of 92 incidents every week, without accounting for the many cases that go unreported...You could be white skinned and still identifiably minority ethnic in many circumstances. Skin tone has not protected Jewish people, Irish people, Gypsy:Traveller communities or new European migrants from racism.”

No Problem Here: Racism in Scotland, by Neil Davidson: Author, Editor, Minna Liinpaa:Editor, Maureen McBride:Editor, Satnam Virdee:Editor. Published by Luath Press ::: ω. 

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Why Is Anna Williamson Breaking Everything: For Like a Farmer One Must Break the Earth to Sow Life

|| May 04: 2018 || ά. Breaking Mad: The Insider's Guide to Conquering Anxiety, by Ms Anna Williamson with Dr Reetta Newell, has just been released by Bloomsbury. This follows the author's other book, published in March 'Breaking Mum and Dad. The latest is, claimed by the publisher, to be a 'friendly guide to getting one over on anxiety, stress and other conditions, that are holding you back, written by someone, who has been there and got through to the other side.' This book is supposed to be 'the therapist in your pocket', full of anxiety-busting advice, read this book to learn how to live better and restore your confidence when panic attacks.

Drawing on her own personal experiences with anxiety, herself, now a Therapist and Mind Ambassador Ms Anna Williamson offers easy to follow, expert guidance, alongside Clinical Psychologist, Dr Reetta Newell. Breaking Mad is packed with coping methods and solutions for those everyday moments where you need a helping hand. From recognising the first warning signs of anxiety, to coping with a panic attack or social anxiety, the authors will be with you every step of the way, offering practical strategies and straightforward guidance whenever and wherever you might need it.

''Whether at home, on the bus, at college, just before a meeting or, even, having a meltdown in the work toilet cubicle, Breaking Mad is here for you. So welcome to the club: it's time to tackle anxiety head on!'' the publisher puts forward.

Ms Anna Williamson is a television Presenter, Radio Broadcaster, Life Coach, Counsellor and Master NLP Practitioner. She lives in rural Hertfordshire with her husband and new baby. Ms Williamson is, also, an Ambassador for Mind, The Princes Trust, The Young Variety Club and Childline. Her goal is to continue to de-stigmatise mental health, giving young people a platform to be listened to.

Dr Reetta Newell is a Clinical Psychologist and runs a private practice specialising in working with children and families. She provides psychological assessment, consultation, formulation and therapy to individuals and families. She works with lots of clients with anxiety. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two children.

Breaking Mad: The Insider's Guide to Conquering Anxiety: Paperback: ISBN: 9781472937704: £08.99: Published by Bloomsbury: May 03: 2018 ::: ω. 

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 A Thousand and One: And Whose Book is This: Humphrey Phillips at Your Perusal at 97 From the Second World War



|| April 11: 2018: Richard Jenkins: SWNS Digital Writing || ά. Mr Humphrey Phillips, who served in the Second World War, has become one of the UK’s oldest published authors, at the age of 97. Former Flight Lieutenant Mr Phillips, who served in 103 Squadron and later 1656 Conversion Unit, began writing his war memoir following the tragic passing of his wife Iris in 2003 after doctors said it would help him deal with his grief. The incredible tale, A Thousand and One, tells of his time during the Second World War, where he flew in combat against the enemy and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for bravery.

The book, also, features the jaw-dropping moment, when enemy fire riddled his Lancaster bomber, nearly, killing the plane’s gunner and forcing an emergency landing after limping back to Britain. Now, after more than a decade of work, which saw Mr Phillips complete the book at the Bupa care home in North London, where he now lives, the story has finally been published. Colleagues at the home, even, held a book launch, where Mr Phillips signed copies for friends and family. Mr Phillips said, “While I started writing in 2003, I suppose you could say, the book’s been nearly 100 years in the making, so I’m really very proud to see the final product.

I was fortunate enough to have been able to write nearly the whole book from memory but I’d advise people to write their memories down as soon as possible. Even, in a rough draft, it’s a great way of helping you preserve your memories.” Ms Megan Guest, who works at Bupa Erskine Hall Care Home, near Harrow, where Mr Phillips spent hours penning his memoirs, said, “We’re all so proud of Humphrey, it’s been a real labour of love and it’s heart-warming that it’s been so well recognised.

People, often, overlook the powerful stories, that our older generations have but it’s important that they’re encouraged to share them. Not only does it keep the memories alive for them but it’s, also, important for younger generations to hear.” Mr Phillips was born in North London in 1920 and was sent to live in Suffolk from the age of six to benefit from the country air. After being put to work on a farm, he went to school at the age of 10, leaving five years later.

But he ignored his aircraft manufacturer employee father’s advice to become a rose grower, little knowing that his future career would be connected to his father’s work. Instead, he became an apprentice motor mechanic at a local company, where he developed a love of engines. But Mr Phillips was called up to join the war effort in 1940, aged 20, becoming a flight engineer responsible for making sure all the aircraft systems were working during combat and training operations. He continued to serve until the war ended in 1945, even, taking part in the infamous Battle of Berlin.

The book was written with the help of Mr Sean Feast, an expert on bomber command history after Mr Phillips read a story he’d written about a flight engineer, who served in the same squadrons as Mr Phillips. After getting in touch with Mr Feast to see, if, his subject remembered him, the pair struck up a partnership of their own. Mr Feast said, “Humphrey had a few hairy escapes during the war. They got badly shot up on one of their operations and the mid-upper gunner was wounded.

Humphrey had to go back and look after him. They managed to get back but it was a touch-and-go landing because all their hydraulics were shot up so they’d lost their brakes, their flaps and everything.” Upon leaving the Air Force and returning to London after the war, Mr Phillips joined a nearby tennis club, where he met his wife, Iris. He recounts, “I took her for dinner on Dover Street down by Piccadilly. A friend of mine worked in the restaurant and had always said that, if, I needed a good meal to ask him.

She was very impressed, when the chef came out and said the meal was on the house.” But the couple faced trouble when Iris’ father asked to see him, asking what he was earning and declaring, “You won’t keep her on that, I’m afraid.” Deciding Iris was ‘The One’, Mr Phillips, eventually, found a role as a transport manager at the 600 Group in London, which manufactured metal and machinery. “Her old man was now satisfied with the financial situation, especially, when I got a car through work six months later. I asked her to marry me after about a year and a half after meeting her.” he said.

After 52 years of marriage, Iris died in 2003, leaving him bereft so he began to put his life story on paper to give him something to focus on and help manage his grief. The title of the book refers to Mr Phillips being the one, that took part in the Thousand Bomber Raids, which saw 1,000 aircraft take to the skies at once as a demonstration of strength from the RAF. It, also, references what he saw as his chances of surviving such an undertaking, for which he was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross medal.

Mr Feast said, “It is an award for bravery, not just to say, ‘I was there.’ But the bit, that interested me the most was not his operational career but his career in training people. If, you read biographies from the war of pilots or air crew, that element is often dismissed within a couple of pages. They’re there for a few weeks then they move on.

But, if, you are the person, who is going up in the air day in, day out, with novice pilots, novice flight engineers, it’s bloody terrifying.” Mr Phillips’ proudest moments from his service were twice being Mentioned in Despatches, notes from a superior officer sent to high command, for his accolades in training. The book was published by Mention the War Ltd, whose Director Mr Simon Hepworth, said, “We specialise in books about RAF Bomber Command in the Second World War, as it was a hugely significant campaign, which contributed so effectively to victory in 1945.

“Men like Humphrey Phillips beat the odds, when so many of his comrades were not so fortunate and it is vital that future generations are able to hear the experiences of the crew at first hand."

Mr Phillips’ book, A Thousand and One, is available now online priced £11.99.

Caption: Phillips Humphrey with his book, A Thousand and One, with Megan Guest: Bupa Erskine Hall Care Home: Image: SWNS Digital ::: ω. 

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It IS Time to Turning the Tide on Plastic: Lucy Siegle's Book on the Menace of Plastic Pollution



|| March 19: 2018 || ά. Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the world four times and eight million tonnes of it ends up in the sea, where it litters our beaches, kills marine wildlife and degrades into tiny pieces, that enter our food chain. And, the fact that these enter into the food chain means that they are getting into the living mechanisms of all living things, including, the humans, who seem to just, so far, talk about it and not do much in the form and manner of affecting a seismic change. It is time that the world, particularly, here, in the UK, the Government stop wasting resources of 'all types of papers', whether white or green or blank or blue, in the name of consultations and, just, simply, put an end to plastic. Baangladesh, may be, an LDC country but it had achieved this very thing in the late eighties, early nineties; it banned the use of plastic bags absolutely. Baangladesh replaced the plastic bags with the biodegradable jute-plant-fibre-produced bags. If, Baangladesh could, almost, three decades ago, ban and enforce that ban universally, why can the UK not, simply, ban the entire usage of plastic in all manners of bags and packaging, all of which can, easily, be replaced by biodegradable products, such as, jute and fibre bags, paper bags, containers, bottles, cups and glasses etc?  

Enough of these conversations and discussions and debates and consultations! Enough of tinkering a dot here with a five pence tax or tinkering there with a six pence rebate: the house is burning and enough of the discussions have been had while time had been running out and now it is high time the 'Fire Service' is called in to end this fire bringing down the house! It is time to call it a day for plastic. And in this desperate state of plastic pollution it is an opportune publication, this new title, Turning the Tide On Plastic, by Journalist, Broadcaster and Eco-Lifestyle Expert Ms Lucy Siegle, being published by Trapeze on July 12. The Publisher claims that Turning the Tide on Plastic is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to removing single use plastic from our lives. Framed around Ms Siegle's four step 'reduce, rethink, refill, refuse' approach and full of practical and doable tips, Turning the Tide on Plastic shows how each individual person can each ditch over 1,000 single items of plastic in a year. Most of the plastic, that’s, ever, been created is still in the environment in the form of pollution. Undoubtedly helped by the spotlight shone upon the issue by Blue Planet Two, the conversation around the plastic pandemic has grown to a crescendo.

But the oceans contain an estimated five trillion pieces of plastic, new research by British scientists based on ten rivers around Manchester uncovered the highest concentration of plastic particles yet. Five trillion now looks conservative. The plastic pandemic is here, on the doorsteps and in the food chain. Without big action, at the current rate, pieces of plastic will outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050. That is the legacy, that being left for the future generations of children. 

Many of people had assumed that governments, companies and waste authorities were dealing with plastic on their behalf. If, there were plans and strategies, they have not worked. And people are demanding answers, demanding change and demanding to know how to make a difference. It is well recognised that it’s time to turn the tide on plastic and this book will show how to go about it. 

Turning the Tide on Plastic is an accessible, practical and, ultimately, inspiring book, it is claimed, that not only serves as a much-needed call to arms to end the plastic pandemic but gives useful tools on how to make meaningful change in our everyday lives and advice on how to demand long lasting action. 

Ms Lucy Siegle has had a weekly prime time TV slot dedicated to battling waste plastic, the One Show, BBC One. She has a decade of experience as The Observer's and The Guardian's Ethical Living Columnist and founded the Green Carpet Challenge with Ms Livia Firth to address consumption and sustainability in the fashion industry. She has recently worked on environmental projects with Ms Emma Watson and Ms Ellie Goulding and chaired a panel of some of the world's most exciting plastic activists planning a post-plastic future at the third UN Environment Assembly in Kenya. 

Ms Siegle says, ''I have been all over the UK talking, shopping and hanging out with families and individuals to help find the best ways of denting our needless plastic consumption. I’ve, also, visited plastic hotspots around the world to see the worst examples of the plastic soup first hand. Nobody is unmoved by this subject. Every person I've met has told me they want to call time on the plastic pandemic so this is my plan to help them.''

Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity And You Can Make Our Globe Clean Again by Lucy Siegle will be published by Trapeze in trade paperback on July 12. Orion is undertaking all efforts to remove plastic from the production and distribution of this book. ω.   

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Believe in Human Ingenuity Creativity and Imagination For It is From There All Things Arise: The First Book of Human Epigenomics Published

|| March 04: 2018: University of Eastern Finland News || ά. Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have published a textbook on Human Epigenomics, the study of epigenetic modifications across the entire genome. The book is the first of its kind to focus on epigenomics in humans and its role in health and disease. The term epigenetics describes gene regulation and information storing mechanisms not involving any changes in DNA sequence. Epigenetics is closely related to the extensively folded state in which the genome is packaged, known as, chromatin. New genomic tools nowadays allow the genome-wide assessment of chromatin states and DNA modifications, among other things.

This has led to the emergence of epigenomics and unexpected new epigenetic principles, such as, epigenomic memory. Authored by Professor Carsten Carlberg and Dr Ferdinand Molnár, the Springer textbook Human Epigenomics summarises the role of epigenomics in defining chromatin states, euchromatin and heterochromatin, respectively representative of active and repressed genes. Moreover, the book discusses the principles of gene regulation, chromatin stability, genomic imprinting and the reversibility of DNA methylation and histone modifications. Different sections of the book focus on the molecular basis of epigenomics and provide examples for the impact of epigenomics in human health and disease.

“This information should enable a better understanding of cell type identities and will provide new directions for studies of, for example, cellular reprogramming, the response of chromatin to environmental signals and epigenetic therapies, that can improve or restore human health. In order to facilitate the latter, we favoured a high figure to text ratio following the rule ‘a picture tells more than thousand words.'' the Authors point out.

Besides its value as a textbook, Human Epigenomics will be a useful reference for individuals working in biomedicine. The contents are based on the second half of Professor Carlberg’s lecture course, 'Molecular Medicine and Genetics', primarily, designed for MSc and PhD students in biomedicine. The first half of the course was covered by the textbook Mechanisms of Gene Regulation from the same Authors. The Authors have, also, co-authored a third Springer textbook, titled, Nutrigenomics.

Professor Carsten Carlberg is professor of biochemistry at the School of Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Eastern Finland. His main research interest is the epigenomics of nuclear receptors and their ligands, with special focus on vitamin D. He has given yearly courses on epigenetics and gene regulation since 2001.

Dr Ferdinand Molnár is Project Researcher at the School of Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Eastern Finland. His main research interest is the molecular structure of nuclear receptor proteins and their natural and synthetic ligands.

For further information contact: Professor Carsten Carlberg, Carsten: email: carlberg at +358 403553062
Human Epigenomics: Carsten Carlberg and Ferdinand Molnár: Springer 2018:: ω.

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So Where Would You Like to Escape: I Intend Not to Escape But Exist: Well In Case You Do Feel Like It Here is Green Escapes

|| February 01: 2018 || ά. Whose garden is it, anyway? Well, this Garden is called the Universe and in it, most of it, is 'secret' to us, to our human 'little endeavours' to learn about them. Except, these are not really secrets but things, that are, yet, remaining in the unknown but within the plausible reach our efforts and endeavours to keep on learning and learning more and more as we go. And have we not been learning and developing since the dawn of humanity? Yes, we have and the proof is this that we used to live in caves and now we do not. That we used to burn people on stake simply because we did not like the way they believed or in which way they believed or in what they believed in, which we do not do any more. But are we there yet? By trillions and trillions of Astronomical Units away from it for people are still dying of cancers and of hunger and of malnutrition and wars and famines and conflicts and without education and homelessness and rough sleeping, poverty and unemployment and the list goes on. And, the boat people are no longer editorial imaginations but real and their numbers are increasing and will continue to grow.

So we keep at it and we keep going for we are in this astonishingly awe-inspiring garden, the Universe Garden, that tells us, that shows us, that calls and inspires us that we can not accept this lowly, terrible horrible state of existing human condition and that we must strive harder, must try more persistently, must work harder to get to a better state so that it resembles more like the Universe Garden and not like the horror it does look like today across the mother earth. And, here is a book about gardens, that should inspire us towards joy, beauty and the enriching way of connecting to mother nature. Green Escapes is the first ‘secret garden’ city guide to feature a groundbreaking range of over 260 gardens in more than 150 cities worldwide. A treasure map of charming little-known gardens and hidden spaces, this amazing guide is your key to discovering leafy gems hidden away in some of the world’s most popular cities and tourist hotspots. Being published by Phaidon, to be released in May, in its pages, Mr Toby Musgrave, has plenty to celebrate and show.

Dynamic, exciting and alluring, metropolitan living is a stimulating experience but its fast pace can make city dwellers long for a relaxing escape from the urban jungle and find solace in nature to allow the mind to refresh. The verdant and intimate spaces featured in Green Escapes are inviting and full of character, yet are much less busy than their famous counterparts and tourist-trodden grounds and they are often unknown, even, to locals. And, speaking of locals, one, must remember, they are the least 'qualified people' to speak about what is there in their locality, because they take their locality for granted. They do not look while they are walking, they do not hear, they do not smell, they do not take in anything at all nor do they hear nor do they speak nor ask so that they are, almost, like, 'localised foreigners' in their own locality! Stand next to, Maximum Street, parallel to which, runs a spring, next to which there is a little garden and parallel to it runs Queen Katherine Promenade and it is a road running over an underground lake and the road surface is glassed so that people can see the lake. And stop someone coming out of a block of flat from Maximum Street and ask as to how you could get to that Queen Katherine Promenade and you shall see who the 'foreigner' is between the questioner and the questioned! 

Green Escapes is an unprecedented collection of serene havens, ranging from pocket parks, courtyards and roof terraces to museum gardens, sculpture parks and botanic gardens and more. Recommending an impressive array of international spaces from over fifty different countries, including, the elaborate eighteenth century baroque style city garden in Amsterdam, the green rooftop hide-away and courtyard garden at Asakura Museum of Sculpture in Tokyo, the conservatory garden built within an abandoned library in Mexico City and the innovative Skip Garden, a transportable and eco-conscious container garden in London, the gardens featured in this guide won’t fail to delight and offer tranquillity and restorative calm amid the hustle and bustle of city life.

Expertly curated with a modern and accessible layout, Green Escapes is organised firstly by continent, then by country with individual gardens organised alphabetically by city. Handy maps are interspersed throughout to show the spread of gardens in each city, country or region. Useful icons identify the different garden types allowing readers to seek out their favourite style garden and discover the perfect place to appreciate nature, whether it’s community, historic, rooftop or wildlife.

Each garden entry includes the address, opening times and a short fascinating description of its origins, history, use, design features and plant types. The Visitor Information section at the back of the book provides further information about visiting the gardens and includes websites, additional access details, guided tours, cafés and restricted opening times.

Green Escapes is a rare chance to see the variety, innovation and beauty in the world’s most stunning, obscure, verdant and tranquil hideaways. A beautifully designed and compact package, this definitive city garden guide is a fantastic resource for city workers, horticulture fans, intrepid travellers and a chance for the curious to explore the secret oases that lie on their own doorsteps.

Green Escapes: The Guide to Secret Urban Gardens: By Toby Musgrave: Published by Phaidon: May 18: 2018: Hardback £16.95: 350 colour illustrations: 384 pages: 184 x 124 mm: ISBN: 978 071487 6122

About the Author: Mr Toby Musgrave is an acknowledged authority on garden history; his books have covered a wide range of subejcts, from heritage fruit and vegetables, to head gardeners and paradise gardens. He has presented and acted as a consultant for popular programmes on television and radio, and has contributed numerous articles to specialist periodicals, magazines and newspapers. Mr Musgrave is Faculty Lecturer in Garden and Plant History at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad and has been Invited Lecturer at Oxford and Bristol Universities and the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK. He was, also, consulting editor of Phaidon’s The Gardener’s Garden, 2014 and a major contributor to The Garden Book, 2000.

About Phaidon: Phaidon is the premier global publisher of the creative arts with over 1,500 titles in print. We work with the world’s most influential artists, chefs, writers and thinkers to produce innovative books on art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, food and travel, and illustrated books for children. Phaidon is headquartered in London and New York City. ω.

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Children's Book Week 2017: November 13-17: Where They Make Rainbows Into Aeroplanes















|| November 14: 2017 || ά. Dear Reader, there are many people, who would not or do not believe that everything comes from imagination and this piece is to try to persuade them to challenge this view so that they can clearly see that everything does come from imagination. The little story, described on that image above, where did it come from? The Author of this piece did not write it until he was creating this modified image. And suddenly this story appeared, out of imagination for there was no other place it could have come from and in which appeared three characters: Mummy, the Little Girl and a book, titled, Where They Make Rainbows Into Aeroplanes. Now, where did this title come from, because it was not a real book, that the author knew of?  Imagination, it all came from imagination. And did the Author know the story of that book? No. Where is that story residing now? Imagination. And now let us demonstrate how it resides in imagination and how its comes to life from that imagination. And here, begins the story or the Book, Where They Make Rainbows Into Aeroplanes. Now, this is going to be a story and a story book and now it exists in reality, in which it did not exist until today.

''Now, Dearest Gemma, sit here and read this book, that I have stolen from the Book Corner and here are some pens, pencils and paper for you to occupy yourself with.'' said Aark, Gemma's oldest sister, of five siblings, standing in front of her office desk by the window, at a basement of a large building. Gemma took everything with a deliberate show of combined displeasure and annoyance for she was not at all pleased to have been the victim of her entire school getting flooded in that morning so it did not get to open at all and so that her Mother had to just force Aark  to take Gemma with her to her work place. She, however, could not help but look at the cover of the book, that contained an image of an aeroplane made with rainbows being used in such a way that, she found fascinating. Yet, in a few seconds her attention went outside the window, where light fell from the sky and it looked as if a luminous flower has bloomed on the window, when one looks from the dim and dark basement room.

Outside there was a space, made of few square feet between walls of many buildings rising upwards so that it appeared as if, Gemma thought as she leaned out and tried to see how far that space went up, because it was a beautifully sunny June day, that the space appeared like a  luminous column of space rising up, where bright light was flowing down like a waterfall. And soon her eyes went to the ground, concreted but mossy, green and dark, at the middle of which there was a puddle with a little transparent pool of water and there she found a tiny segment of a rainbow making an appearance. She then pulled herself out as far as she could, hanging on the window and tried hard to look to her left and upward to see whether she could see the rainbow in the sky but could not find either the sky or the rainbow but saw some low rise buildings on the rise.

''Did you realise that a column of space rising up right outside your window, where you have a light waterfall flowing down!'' She said with her little soft and fascinated voice to her sister, the way she would have said, there is a cat flying. ''Goodness me Gemma! You are going to be a poet, aren't you! A column of space rising up where I have a light waterfall flowing down right outside my window! Goodness me! No Dear Gemma, it has never occurred to me! But now, I am sure, I am going to look and find out!'' And she leaned out of the window and tried to see what Gemma described. ''You are absolutely right Gem! I am rich! I have got a column of space rising up through which a light waterfall is flowing down!'' said Aark, trying to cheer her sister up. ''See, you need not be a poet to see that?'' said Gemma. ''Well, what shall we do with this light waterfall then?'' Aark invited Gemma. ''I know,'' and by this point Gemma had got out of her deliberate, displeasure and annoyed state and into her own natural state of mind, ''let's make a lot of  paperboats and let them flow up or down the waterfall and reach either the heavens or the underworld?''

''That's a terrific idea! But where would you like yours to go?' Aark posed. ''To get to the heavens so that they can show us how endlessly everything is part of this life so that we can have an x-ray-kind of vision of everything.'' Aark looked at Gemma in her eyes, at that moment, where she, literally, felt seeing the soul of her little sister, shimmering on like a duality of an awe illumining them. ''I love that Gemma! An x-ray-kind of vision of everything!'' said Aark.  ''But where would you like yours to go?'' Gemma ventured. ''Mine? I think I would like them to reach the underworld and help Orpheus rise up with his wife?'' replied Aark. ''Yes, he should not have looked down, should he? But he did, didn't he?'' ''How do you know all this Gemma!'' ''Well, I read you see! Anyhow, let's make those boats.'' ''Let's do just that Gemma.'' To Be Continued. November 14: 2017. ω.

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Frasier Cox's There's a Little Boy the Same as Me Wins the Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2017: The Normal People Should Take Note That He is Autistic That Did Not Stop Him Being the Bright Child of Brighton


|| October 26: 2017 || ά. A Brighton boy, Master Frasier Cox, has been announced as the winner of the Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition. Master Frasier’s winning story, ‘There’s a Little Boy the Same as Me’, was selected from more than 1,300 entries to the nationwide competition, which challenged young authors, aged between five and 11 to create a book on the theme of friendship. Master Frasier’s entry was then chosen as the overall winner from the three age group category winners. The other winners were seven-year-old Master Jackson Mendoza from Southend and 11-year-old Ms Amy Chick from Gloucester. This is getting lost in today's 'bare' language age. Everyone has forgotten that people should be addressed or referred to with something, even, the young people!

As the overall winner of Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition, Master Frasier will get the chance to work with the publisher, Little Tiger and illustrator, Ms Alison Brown to turn his story into a picture book, which will be available exclusively from in 2018. Master Frasier, will, also, receive £250 in books to enjoy at home in addition to £250 worth of books for his school. The judging panel was led by the Head Judge and, here is the next reminder of how everyone has forgotten this, 'Claudia Winkleman' and  featured author and radio DJ 'Christian O’Connell' and representatives from Book People and Little Tiger Press.

Within the single speech marks, because this is how their names appear. Though, many people, may have, heard of, know something of or about Ms Claudia Winkleman or Mr Christian O'Connell, not many would 'know' them as they know people from their every day life, such as, family members, close friends or people, professionals they come to meet and, therefore, this later group of people, the many people group, that's almost the entire nation, have no right to just refer or address, Ms Claudia Winkleman or Mr Christian O'Connell, as just Claudia Winkleman or Christian O'Connell. This has been sadly and terribly getting lost. It must not be let to get lost: it must be brought back to life as part of claiming our humanity back from the desperate attack from dehumanisation.

The media seems to simply done-away-with-it-all. However, The Humanion is not going to do-away-with-it. People must be treated with respect and that respect must get reflected in the language we use. Just because one has read something in some media outlet about Ms Claudia Winkleman or seen her on some television programme or in a role in a play or a movie, does not mean people know her and, therefore, that everyone in the rest of the country must remember this fact: that the entire country does not 'know' Ms Claudia Winkleman and should address or refer her as Ms Claudia Winkleman or Mr Christian O'Connell as Mr Christian O'Connell. This is a perfect piece to raise this vital issue since this relates to a children's book, written by a child, Master Frasier. Now, back to the nine-year-old Master Frasier, who has autism, centred his entry around a hypothetical friendship with a boy, who is just like him. However, the boy in question is a refugee, who shares the same interests and childhood hopes as Master Frasier.

Master Frasier enjoyed a day out in London, where he got a chance to meet the judges Mas Claudia Winkleman and Mr Christian O’Connell and was presented with an exclusive drawing of ‘There’s a Little Boy the Same as Me’ by Ms Alison Brown. Before being announced as the overall winner of Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition by the Head Judge Ms Claudia Winkleman at an exclusive lunch. 

Ms Claudia Winkelman said, “I was blown away by the standard of the stories and writing from all the entries into Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition. Frasier’s story, is incredibly touching and thought provoking and it’s absolutely remarkable a nine-year-old boy has written such a thoughtful story. Frasier is a very worthy overall winner and I can’t wait to see the final version with Alison Brown’s brilliant illustrations once it’s been made into a real book next year.”

Campaign Ambassador and Judge, Mr Christian O’Connell, said, “I really enjoyed reading the entries from this year’s competition, but Frasier’s story was my favourite. The fact a nine-year-old boy showed us what so many people and politicians forget, that we are all connected in this world. We have more in common than we think. Such a big-hearted idea and story all told in a beautifully moving poem. Frasier is a very, very special young man. This, actually, moved me to tears the first time I read it. This is just what we need in the world right now, we need to send Donald Trump a copy of this, when it comes out”

Leading children’s Author, Ms Alison Brown said, “If a top adult author tried to write these sentiments in a child’s voice, I don’t think they could have done a better job! It just sounds like it comes from the heart, very authentic and moving. The imagined scenes make for lots of lovely images, too.”

Ms Sarah Walden, Group Buying and Merchandising Director and Competition Judge, said, “I was extremely impressed at the quality of the writing and imagination shown in this year’s Bedtime Story competition. However, Frasier’s story stood out from among the crowd. ‘There’s a Little Boy the Same as Me’ contains an incredibly considerate message, which, really, struck a chord with me. We’re delighted to be able to bring Frasier’s story to life and celebrate his unique and compassionate perspective on one of the most pertinent social issues of our time.”

Winning author, Master Frasier Cox said, “I’m really pleased and very excited to have won The Bedtime Story Competition and can’t wait my story being made in to a real book. I love reading and writing stories and to know that my book will be read by children all over the country makes me very proud.” And, so you should be, young Master Frasier.

The emerging themes from this year’s 1,300+ entries saw a variety of characters star in the tales, including, unicorns and mermaids, imaginary friends and many children wanting to visit the moon or explore space in a rocket. Many stories focused on anxieties about starting a new school, stories of friendship with pets, teddies and childhood toys.

This year’s Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition follows 2016’s inaugural award, which was won by London schoolgirl Ms Isabel Harris, whose winning entry, 'The Moon Man' was published and available to buy at for £04.99. Since going on sale on June 01, the book has become Book People’s fastest selling title of 2017 so far.

‘There’s a Little Boy the Same as Me’ will be available to buy from in summer 2018, visit the website to register your interest in purchasing Frasier’s brilliant book.

About Book People: Book People is the country’s favourite direct bookseller. Through its award-winning website, fleet of local distributors, mail-order catalogue and events, its aim is to give millions of customers the service they deserve by making shopping for books both enjoyable and convenient.

About Little Tiger Group: The Little Tiger Group is a creatively-led independent publisher comprised of four imprints, each with its own distinct approach to creating engaging and inspiring books for children and young people. The group’s flagship picture book list, Little Tiger, focuses on heart-warming, humorous and beautifully-illustrated picture books. Caterpillar Books specialises in interactive novelty books for babies and young children. Stripes Publishing creates exciting commercial fiction for young readers and teens. 360 Degrees produces stunning, illustrated non-fiction. Together, the Little Tiger Group’s mission is to create a diverse range of high-quality books, with something that will appeal to every reading taste, helping children develop a passion for books and a life-long love of reading. 

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