Friday, 24 January 2014

HOLLY FEST CHELTENHAM FEB 15 2014

Hey to any of you living in the Cotswolds please do check out Holly Fest 2014! 

There's a fab line up and it's all in aid of Cure Rett.

The bands are..... 

THE BLOW MONKEYS 
http://www.theblowmonkeys.com/

MILES HUNT (Front man of The Wonderstuff) http://www.thewonderstuff.co.uk/index2.htm

ERICA NOCKALLS
http://www.ericanockalls.com/ 

YOUNG KATO
http://www.youngkato.com/ 

THE TEA STREET BAND
http://www.theguardian.com/uk/the-northerner/2013/jan/07/new-band-up-north-emily-brinnand-liverpool-theteaband 



ROOK AND THE RAVENS

http://www.rookandtheravens.com/


AJ
http://www.ents24.com/festival/hollyfest-2014/3362049 

So what is Rett Syndrome that this is all in aid of?

Rett Syndrome is caused by a random genetic mutation on the x-chromosome that can occur in any boy or girl. It becomes apparent between the age of 6 months and 2 years. Boys usually die within their first year. Girls go through a period of regression where they lose the ability to walk, speak, use their hands, and often to eat properly. Seizures can develop as well as breathing problems, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), gut failure and even premature sudden death.

It usually affects girls from 6 to 24 months leading to devestating loss of developed skills.

  • Results in life-long disability - over half will never walk and develop epilepsy and seizures.
  • In almost all cases girls loose their speech and use of their hands.
  • Is usually caused by a single random (not inherited) genetic mutation.
  • Has been shown in the lab that correcting the faulty gene leads to a cure for Rett Syndrome.


http://www.ents24.com/festival/hollyfest-2014/3362049

Thursday, 23 January 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch


What a brilliant title and pseudonym! 

Ha, I've been intrigued by this book for years and have finally got round to reading it. (Thank you Amelie for lending it to me!)

Told in a similar way to Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, we are aware that the author, PB, is involved in the plot but we don't know how. 

Being a fan of all things cryptic it was fun to come across a secret message based on smell - The Symphony of Smells. (Ruby Redfort Catch Your Death also has smelly clues of course!) 

The book has a strong female protagonist, Cass, who forever carries a backpack stuffed full of items necessary for survival (see also Ruby Redfort!) and I really liked her side-kick Max Ernest who strays away from the 'normal' boy stereotype, though he is desperate to tell jokes which I'm sure many boys will resonate with. My two sons certainly devoured many joke books!

The story revolves around twins, Pietro and Luciano, for whom sounds, letters and numbers all have their own colours, and certain smells represent certain letters. It made me think what it would be like to have such a skill. Would it in fact be a terrible curse?

It certainly happens in real life. My window cleaner for example sees numbers as colours and can do any (complex) mathematical sum in seconds even though he has not got a clue how he does it. It just comes to him. 

Ohhh to have such a skill! 

Reading through the book I was torn between longing to have the ability to see colours every time I heard a sound and thinking it might be a nightmare. My head is confused enough most days! Though it might be fun to try it for a day or be able to turn it on and off. 

I think my only criticism of the book, and it is very minor, is that we are never really transported into what that world of sensory confusion might be like. I would have liked this to have been touched upon in Pietro's letter, possibly just a paragraph or a couple of sentences. 

But other than that I loved it and am very much looking forward to the next in the series IF YOU'RE READING THIS IT'S TOO LATE.

As to whom PB is, is still a mystery. He has been revealed to be Raphael Simon but there are many who think this too is a pseudonym. Will we ever know? And do we really want to?!

HEY, BOOKS CAN BE MAGIC IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE! HOW TO WOW YOUR MATES WITH A BOOKY MAGIC TRICK!!!

Hey, want to be a brain-boggling mind-reader and wow your family and friends?

You do? YAY!!! Then this simple magic trick will get them all a-spluttering and a-muttering and boggle-eyed with amazement!!! And best of all it’s a BOOK TRICK!!!

Firstly, when no one is looking, take your favourite book and turn to page 108. Find the 9th word on that page and memorise it. You can do this the day before even. In fact do it right now while no one is suspecting!
Now to perform the trick!

Give your volunteer a piece of paper and a pencil and ask them to secretly write down a 3 digit number in which the first and last digits differ by two or more e.g. 215. You absolutely must not see it.
Now ask them to secretly write down that number in reverse e.g. 512
Next they need to subtract the smaller number from the bigger one and write it down. It might be best to ask someone to double check it as it’s absolutely essential that they get this right. e.g. 512 – 215 = 297. Ask them to draw a star around this number.
Now they have to reverse that number. e.g. 792 and add it to the number in the star e.g 792 + 297 = 1089.
Ask them to draw a triangle around this number. What they will not know is that the answer will ALWAYS be 1089!!!
Now for the impressive magic! Ask them to remember the first three digits of the number in the triangle and give them the book you selected. Now get them to turn to the page of that number i.e. 108 and count to the word that is the last digit in their triangle.
This is the fun bit! Ask them to send you that word telepathically and you must screw up your face and pretend to be trying to receive it and reading their mind. And when you are ready TELL THEM WHAT IT IS!!! 

Guarenteed to get them spluttering HOW DID YOU DO THAT?!!!

WOW YOUR FRIENDS WITH THIS AMAZING BOOK TRICK!!!


Hey, here's a new book trick!
Fancy wowing your friends with a bitta magic?  You do?  Then here’s what to do…
Cut up 20 pieces of paper all the same size (not too big or you’ll need a huge table!) and write the names of your top ten favourite books on ten of them, and your top ten characters from books on the others. The characters don’t have to be from the books you selected.
Now pair one book with one character. It doesn’t matter which goes with which.
Next put the ten pairs face down on the table in ten piles and while you look away ask a friend to pick up one of the pairs, memorise it and replace it so that you can’t tell which pair he/she selected.
Pick up all the ten pairs (keeping them in pairs).
Now for the tricky bit!!!
What you have in your hands are ten pairs and you are going to lay them out on the table and be able to tell your friend exactly which book and which book character they chose.
Here’s how you do it.
Remember these words ATLAS BIBLE THIGH GOOSE. Ordinary words you might think but they cleverly are made up of ten pairs of letters – A T L S B I E H G O and of course you have ten pairs of paper in your hands!
Soooooooooooooo! What you do is lay out the pairs pretending they are letters in the words in 4 rows of five…
A T L A S
B I B L E
T H I G H
G O O S E
So the first pair you place where the ‘A’s go i.e. Row 1 Positions 1 & 4.
The 2nd pair you place where the ‘T’s go i.e. Row 1 Position 2 and Row 3 Position 1
and so on until all the pairs are laid out.
Now ask your friend to point to the ROW or ROWS that his/her cards are in.
Whatever they point to imagine the matching letters from the words so if they point to Row 4 only you know its the word GOOSE and contains 2 ‘O’s! So your friend’s secret pair is the book and character in Positions 1 & 2!
But don’t rush it or it will look too obvious! You must pretend to ponder and hover your fingers over them all to add to the suspence!
If you remember the words and the layout you can’t fail to go wrong!
Good luck!
And if you want a closer look at my ten books and characters in no particular order then they are…
A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge
LOOKING AT THE STARS by Jo Cotterill
EMBER FURY by Cathy Brett
THE TWICE-LIVED SUMMER OF BLUEBELL JONES by Susie Day
THREADS by Sophia Bennett
PERFECT SUMMER by Karen King
MY BIG FAT TEEN CRISIS by Jenny Smith

WHATS UP WITH JODY BARTON by Hayley Long
RAINBOW BEAUTY PEPPERMINT KISS by Kelly McKain
MY SO CALLED HAUNTING by Tamsyn Murray
MEG LYTTON from Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
AMY GREEN from Wedding Belles by Sarah Webb
LANEY from Faeirie Tribes the Crystal Mirror by Paula Harrison
DARCIE LOCK from Ringmaster by Julia Golding
FLO from The Year of Big Dreams by Karen McCombie
DAX JONES from the Unleashed series by Ali Sparkes
SUZY P from Me, Suzy P by Karen Saunders
EVA from Eva & the Hidden Diary by Judi Curtin
MAYA from A Sea of Stars by Kate Maryan
MINNIE PIPER from the Minnie Piper series by me!
And guess what??? You can find out more about all of the authors and their books on the Girls Heart Books website!!!
http://girlsheartbooks.com/ 
Have fun and see you soon,
Caroline Juskus