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Is this the month self-publishing becomes respectable in the UK?

In Amelia Curzon blogs on April 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm

This seems like a wonderful opportunity for self-published authors


Literary prize for self-published novelThe Guardian newspaper has joined with publisher Legend Times to offer a monthly literary prize to the best self-published novels written in the English language – translations are also eligible. Submissions are first read by a panel of Legend’s readers who will draw up a shortlist of up to 10 titles a month. The prize is respectability and exposure – the winning book will be reviewed in the Guardian. Claire Armitstead, the newspaper’s literary editor , explained why they had decided to launch the prize:

“the phenomenon of self-publishing over the last couple of years has become too big for any of us to ignore”.

Submissions will be open for the first fortnight of each calendar month. The book must have been self-published after 31 December 2011 and should be sent to with “Self-Published Book of the Month Submission” in the subject line. Find out morehere.

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You won’t believe these were once fighting dogs – there is hope

In Amelia Curzon blogs on April 10, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Fluoridated Water….Ahh No Thanks.

In Amelia Curzon blogs on March 16, 2014 at 1:20 am

One Picture Sums Up Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis

In Amelia Curzon blogs on February 26, 2014 at 4:02 pm

How to cope with blogging…when you are blind…

In Amelia Curzon blogs on February 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Tomato juice – more effective than energy drinks

In Amelia Curzon blogs on February 13, 2014 at 1:27 am


Tomato juice can have positive effects on post-workout energy drinks.

Tomatoes provide the body with vital elements which help him to fully recover after physical activity. Strengthen muscles and normalize blood pressure.

Researchers tracked 15 athletes over a period of two months. They monitor their vital parameters before, during and after exercise.

Nine athletes consume tomato juice after training, and the other six – energy drink.
Results showed that consuming tomato juice recovered much more quickly and muscle glucose levels after strenuous exercise.

Moreover, researchers found that the tomato juice reduces the risk of degeneration of muscleand brain, since it counteracts the build-up of harmful proteins.

Drinking tomato juice reduces oxidative cell damage after exercise, which helps recovery and reduces fatigue and exhaustion.

  • The antioxidant properties of tomato decreased risk of prostate cancer, depression, and cardiovascular problems.

Tomato juice

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Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book Reviews on February 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

The new children’s book reviews are up over on my website. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my varied choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor  where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week:
Alex The Cat by Dina Porell

Alex the Cat
Other Books I Have Reviewed
Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Getting Back to Normal by Marilyn Levinson
Noah’s Petting Zoo by Idan Hadari

UN Targets Wildlife Traders In Africa Sanctions

In Amelia Curzon blogs on January 31, 2014 at 1:47 am

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has targeted illegal wildlife traffickers for sanctions in a pair of resolutions against African armed groups, a step conservationists called unprecedented and a major shift on a problem that has morphed from an environmental issue into a security threat.

A resolution that renewed an arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes against armed groups in Congo included individuals who support those groups “through illicit trade of natural resources, including gold or wildlife as well as wildlife products.” The Security Council approved the resolution Thursday, two days after including similar language in a sanctions regime imposed on armed groups in the Central African Republic.

The conservation group WWF said the resolutions “represent the first times that the U.N. Security Council has specifically named illicit trade of wildlife and wildlife products in sanctions regimes.” The move follows years of warnings from advocates and U.N. officials…

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If You Think It’s Cold In Your Town Visit Yakutsk , Siberia

In Amelia Curzon blogs on January 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm


Welcome To Yakutsk – Coldest City On Earth

Yakutsk World Map

     Located just a few hundred miles south of the Arctic circle , Yakutsk has the distinction of being the coldest city on Earth . In fact from November to March the temperature can be counted on to be in the -20 to -50 degree fahrenheit range continuously . Now that’s cold .




” Yakutsk, Russia is generally considered the coldest city on earth. During the winter the temperature averages -30 degrees Fahrenheit and lower. In fact, besides June, July and August, it doesn’t get warm at all, but that doesn’t slow life down. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has the rest.”




Yakutsk Siberia



   For the adventurous among you Lonely Planet offers a collection of links and travel tips should you decide to make the trek to witness real cold .



” For somewhere…

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Beware of all foods from China!

In Amelia Curzon blogs on January 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm

This is an absolute must read – including the comments section!

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