Month: February 2014

Today this is my 100th WordPress post.

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Yippee! It’s my 100th post!

Well, I noticed today that this is my 100th WordPress post.

This means I will probably have a new WordPress award?

Do you check out what awards you have on your WordPress blog (or is it just me)?

I’ve been blogging on WordPress since May 2013, when I published my first book on Amazon.

I started recording stuff on my WordPress blog like:

  • What films I watched / liked. 
  • What books I was reading. 
  • What books I was writing. 
  • Writing tips. 
  • What I was cooking. 

Plus other random stuff of course!

I’d like to thank each person for taking the time to drop by and visit my blog, with a big special thank you to the 80 people who follow me. It’s a big achievement for me and I hope you all continue to enjoy reading my blog posts.

This post is not going to be very long actually.

It’s a picture of me in the newspaper last week, promoting my book called The Sugary-Sherburts and The Stone Witch!

I don’t really like having my photo taken.

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A kids review of “The Lego Movie” (Certificate U)

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On Friday night I went to see the Lego Movie and it was epic, I wanted to tell you about it!

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The Lego Movie is certificated U. However the parents found it more amusing to the children. This was because some of the jokes went over our heads (as kids). The movie was about this baddy (called Lord Business – The voice was Will Ferrell). Lord Business has this big tube of glue and he wants to glue all of the Lego pieces together to cause trouble!  Lots of Lego characters – including Batman, Wyldstyle and other characters, including Emmet (The Good Guy – voice by Chris Pratt) gets them all to go on a mission to stop Lord Business.

I loved the movie because it was incredibly funny. Some of the characters are hilarious, including my favourite character who was, “God Cop Bad Cop”. The variety of Lego is brilliant, there is every Lego set you can think of (including The Simpsons!). It must have taken them a very long time to make the movie.

My mum says that grown-ups will love this movie because there is lots of dry wit and sarcasm. She says that it has lots of references to popular culture (whatever that means!). It has lots of retro characters if you like that kind of thing.

It is rated a U, but I would recommend older children and probably adults will enjoy it.

My dad already wants to go and watch it after hearing my mum rave about how good it was.

I give it 10 / 10 – brilliant.

I wish I’d have seen it in 3D because the graphics were excellent!

Here is the video trailer on YouTube.

Have you seen it yet and what did you think?

International Book Giving Day Today

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Have you ever heard of International Book Giving Day?

International Book Giving Day’s effort is encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th (Today!)

They invite individuals to: 

1) give a book to a friend or family member.
2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read.
3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

I heard about International Book Giving Day via Emma at http://www.mybookcorner.com.au (who is one of the volunteers helping to organise it).

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So this is my children’s book that I wrote last year called The Sugary-Sherburts and The Stone Witch.

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As part of International Book Giving Day I donated a copy book to some children’s hospitals in England.

I have posted copies to the following children’s hospitals in England:

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Hospital.
Leeds Hospital Children’s Ward.
The Evelina Children’s Hospital Wards.

Here are the books in their envelopes about to go to the post office for posting.

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I really hope that my books make the time go a bit easier, and a lot quicker for the poorly children on the wards of these hospitals.

Are you taking part in International Book Giving Day today?

delicious banana muffins

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These banana muffins look absolutely delicious !

taste of colours

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200g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large bananas, mashed
150g caster sugar
1 egg
75g butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place 12 paper baking cases in a muffin tin.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt; set aside.

Combine mashed bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth.
Spoon evenly into baking cases in muffin tin.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until muffins spring back when lightly tapped.

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This weeks spellings, meet Miss Collision

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These are last weeks spellings that I had to learn for school (as homework).

I have a spelling test today for column C. Wish me luck!

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I wrote this (in fewer than 100 words) to try and use all the words in a bit of writing, to help me, using all of the words. Well sort of.

Miss Collision:

Once upon a time there was a lady called Miss Collision. The Collision family had possession of many guitars and many drums. Her working profession was a percussion instrument teacher. In that way Miss Collision always made things collide. She enjoyed doing comprehension lessons, about the history of instruments. She loved to use persuasive language to get her pupils to learn musical instruments; she offered supervision but tried not to teach with oppression. She made a good impression with teachers, parents and children and then had great progression in her teaching career. 

The results of my favourite Hunger Games poll are in…

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I closed my poll, which was to find out everyone’s favourite Hunger Games book.

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Half of people who voted preferred The Hunger Games (book 1) and then The Hunger Games Catching Fire (book 2) was second.

No one voted for Mocking Jay as their favourite.

Do these results surprise you?

Word of the day game

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When we sit and have dinner at home, we do this game called “Word of the day” sometimes. Usually whilst the evening meal is being eaten and everyone is sat around. (Note that everyone in our house does something to do with English – including writing, publishing and teaching even!)

Word of the day is simple.

1. Put a dictionary on the table.

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2. Take it in turns to chose a word you think know one knows, and pass the book around.
3. Read it out loud and the rest of the people have to guess what the word means.

Tonight for example, the three words were chosen were:

* Quartermaster – an army officer who provides supplies and quarters for a body of troops.
* Laxative – a medical preparation that relaxes the bowels.
* Brogue – A stout shoe with decorative perforations in the leather.

You can have a bit of a giggle and learn some new words!

Give it a try and let me know how you get on – see if you can beat your family by finding a word they don’t know!