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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

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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 self-published@theguardian.com with “Self-Published Book of the Month Submission” in the subject line. Find out morehere.

Without quality…

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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

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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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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

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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!

Fellowship of the Minds

I received the following email from a trusted friend, Sol Sanders, who’s a longtime Asia correspondent. The information in the email is also consistent with what I’ve researched on the net. “USDA approves import of chicken processed in China despite safety concerns” has a list of Chinese food safety incidents which reads like a horror story.

I’ve long stopped buying any foods — produce, frozen seafood, canned — from China. After reading this email, I will also stop buying any foods, esp. seafood, imported from S.E. Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia because, as I had suspected, they’re probably disguised “made in China” foods all along.

Sol has an addendum to the email about nori— an edible seaweed: “Also there is a problem with nori now — Korean nori which is widely sold in Japan and sometimes marked ‘made in Japan’ when it arrives at…

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Hoarding : The Humane Society of the United States

In Amelia Curzon blogs on January 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Life or Lunch?

What is animal hoarding?

According to the Hoarding Animals Research Consortium, the following criteria are used to define animal hoarding:

  • More than the typical number of companion animals
  • Inability to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter, and veterinary care, with this neglect often resulting in starvation, illness, and death
  • Denial of the inability to provide this minimum care and the impact of that failure on the animals, the household, and the human occupants of the home

Nearly 250,000 animals are victims of animal hoarding each year. This abuse differs from other types of animal cruelty in that the perpetrators don’t always accept or recognize the cruelty they inflict on their animals. Rather, animal hoarders usually ardently believe they are saving or rescuing the animals they imprison.

How does it cause animal suffering?

Animals kept in hoarding conditions often suffer extreme neglect, including lack of food, proper veterinary care…

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