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Reading in Bed

Chris Hilton ~ Writer

“Those of you who have seen my book, whatever you may think of its contents, will probably agree that it is a beautiful object.  And if the physical book, as we’ve come to call it, is to resist the challenge of the eBook, it has to look like something worth buying and worth keeping.”

From Julian Barnes’s acceptance speech at the 2011 Booker Ceremony, on winning with his novel, The Sense of an Ending.

A Guardian article states at length how the book buying public are now being seduced by a book’s appearance as well as its content, how more care is being taken in the production and appearance of books. Generally, I don’t believe this is true.

The Sense of an Ending is a physically beautiful object; a compact hardback with dust wrapper containing a nice but simple design, all put together with good quality material.  I think…

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Fast Shows: Thoughts on Being a TV Scriptwriter

Never Knowingly Underwhelmed

Golden-syrup-2Working in TV can be like striding through treacle. Specifically, writing for TV. So why do we do it? Specifically, why do I do it?

At the end of February last year, I hosted what we in the hosting trade haughtily call a “corporate”. It was an in-house event for the Shine Group, Elisabeth Murdoch’s production company, which has acquired a number of other production companies in the UK, including Kudos, Dragonfly and Princess, and operates Shine satellites “out of” France, Spain, Germany, Australia and the States. (They approached me after seeing me host a screening and Q&A at the Edinburgh TV Festival for the thriller Hunted where a miscalculation meant that I didn’t get a chair and had to host it standing up. One job leads to another.)

The Shine gig proved an exhilarating day; smoothly run at their end, and with a good, attentive audience of media buyers…

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Why do you have to walk a mile to cross these streets?

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Forget chickens and their unfunny reasoning behind road-crossing. The real question is, why do you have to walk so far to safely cross certain roads? In Burlington, Mass., you have to walk 1.2 miles to find a crosswalk between the Burlington Mall and the AMC cineplex, even though they’re right across the street from each other.

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“So what? I had to hop 10 miles uphill to school with both my feet in a burlap sack,” you say. Or maybe “Just jaywalk already!” But the conundrum hammers home a point we often harp on here at Grist: Cities too often are designed with cars in mind, not pedestrians (or cyclists).

The ridiculous Burlington walk is one of the candidates Streetsblog found for Least Crossable Street in America. Explains Streetsblog:

In most American cities you can find streets that turn what should be short, easy walking trips into excursions so long…

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Throwback Thursday May-15-2014

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Intown Manchester Blog

the statue:

Although she still stands tall and proud, we’re throwing it back on this Thursday to those who came before her. The statue of Mille the Millgirl, as she is affectionately referred to, is an icon of Manchester’s Mill past. She was dedicated on September 9, 1988 and sculpted by artist Antoinette Schultze.

Picture1Her plaque reads:

“She stands here, for thousands
of 19th century working women:

Industrial revolutionaries who broke
with the past to earn a living,
making history and creating the future

In 1880, one third of Manchester’s population, 3,385 women, worked in the textile mills of The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, situated below along the banks of the Merrimack River.”

some facts:

She is a powerful reminder of “the thousands of women who worked in [the] factories during the 19th century. The first mill girls came here from the farms and small towns of New England to…

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Why And How We Trademarked Fire Cider

Fire Cider Recipes

Holy wow, we have been totally overwhelmed and caught off guard by the response to our trademark over the last few days. There are only three of us and we don’t want to respond to anyone from a place of fear or anger.

We 100% hear your concerns! You want ‘fire cider’ available to everyone always and we agree with you! We trademarked the phrase with the intention of protecting our business from bigger players in the natural foods industry, not to persecute folks making home remedies and selling their remedies on a small scale. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and fear this has created. Currently, ‘fire cider’ is not a generic term as recognized by the USTPO. Fire Cider was not protected in any way before we registered it. That is why our application was accepted and our trademark granted.

So, what can we do? How can we safeguard…

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