What would you pay for the chance to spend the day on Downton Abbey set?

I get the oddest emails via the blog. Win the chance to visit the set of Downton Abbey? This is to support a charity fundraising for the Philippines. I checked out the Omaze site – it looks kind of like Kickstarter – you get different awards for different amounts of money. But instead of going […]

Everyone has a story.

I’ve always wondered what it was like to be part of a newspaper story. You know, how does it feel to be part of a disaster, do you really start feeling brave when you are described as such, that kind of thing. Do you notice the moment that you suddenly become newsworthy, is the narrator […]

Wallace & Gromit: Cracking Contraptions Manual by Haynes – review and giveaway #100books

We’ve been sent some great stuff to review as part of the 100 books challenge, but this has been one of Small’s favourites. So I’m particularly glad to have been sent two copies – meaning I can give one away without having to pry it out of Small’s grasping fingers! We like Haynes stuff here. […]

And still they came #100books

Few more reviews that the kids finished off earlier. Big reviewed There’s A Pharaoh In Our Bath! – her third Jeremy Strong of the week I think. And I took a look at the fourth Astral Legacies book, The Elephants’ Call, as sent to us by Top That Publishing. Small read and reviewed The Great […]

Connor’s Eco den #100Books

On our library raid yesterday I spotted a book with a geodesic dome on the cover. I couldn’t resist, and added to the pile of 71 books we were bringing home with us. It’s an interesting take. Turns out that Barrington Stoke, the publishers, are working very hard to design books for reluctant readers. This […]

Divide and Rule #100Books

I borrowed Divide and Rule from a friend’s last week (accidentally leaving my half finished review copy of O: A Presidential Novel there in exchange, so that won’t get finished and reviewed til next week now, *oops*). I like Jan Mark – as is obvious by the fact that I’ve already reviewed a couple by […]

Off the shelf #100books

A few more round up reviews of books that we’ve had around for ages and I’ve read again to Smallest. The Whales’ Song is one of the batch of mini treasures that we picked up, but it’s also a book we’ve had for a while. It doesn’t seem like a first picture book somehow – […]

Turning the Tide #100Books

This was kindly sent to me for review by ChocLitUK for the 100 book challenge. I’m also going to enter ChickLitPlus challenge to read 12 chick lit books in a year, and this is number 1 🙂 Perhaps it’s because I’ve been reading so many books of such a varied type in such a short […]

Doing the Animal Bop #100Books

This was sent to us free of charge by Oxford University Press for our 100 books challenge. Fun pictures and a great rhythm, this is a book that is crying out to be read to a group of toddlers so that they can join in with the actions – I suspect it’s destined to become […]

Using our library for #100books

A challenge that is working to build a library overseas really ought to do more than nod at libraries here. We are not in an area where libraries are particularly threatened by the coming cuts as far as I can tell, but if we were, I’d be thinking hard about what I could do to […]

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