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But the real highlight was a night cruise on the river, when the whole city was lit up in dazzling and extravagant style. If I'd thought Xian by night was wonderful, this topped it! Should you go to China? You need to go with an open mind. And it's not a western democracy; I was left suspecting we hadn't seen too much of the real poverty. But things are getting done, and I will watch developments with interest.

I don't know if, or when, prosperity will filter down to the lower levels of society; and it's impossible not to think about the cost of some of the things we enjoyed, and whether the money had been best spent. But these are minor things, compared to the opportunity to see and experience so much that fills you with wonder and joy. Don't choose a tour that just does Beijing, Shanghai and Xian, and maybe the Yangtze, either.

It was a long, often exhausting tour, but worth it to get a more rounded view of the country. Our tour leader, Alex below, real name Li Jing was outstanding - probably the best we've ever had. I'll never forget her kindness, patience, friendship and professionalism. Nothing was too much trouble for her, and her sense of humour ensured that 25 travelers bounced happily through a tour that covered some 7, kilometres.

Alex's Family rocks! Tips for travelers. English is not widely spoken — not even in international hotels — so make sure you can contact your guide if you have a problem. Most meals were either buffet or served to table, with seemingly endless dishes being delivered to a huge lazy susan. Forget the Chinese food we have at home, tailored to western palates. You won't like every dish, and some are very spicy, while others are bland. I tried pretty well everything's, although I must confess to disappointment that the Chinese don't really get dessert!

On this tour, all meals were included, possibly to ensure that the kitchens were hygienic, and indeed, none of the 25 appeared to have significant tummy trouble, if at all. There were always western options for breakfast, although these could be limited, especially in the more rural areas. Lunch and dinner offered precious little variety, and did become monotonous over 25 days. Never pass up the opportunity to use a clean, western WC — because you may have a long wait for the next one.

En suites in hotels are fine, but public loos are variable. It can be especially vexing for women to find that only rather disgusting squat toilets are on offer.

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The Chinese like rock hard matresses, but hotels will provide extra duvets to put under the bottom sheet. We also took self inflating camping matresses. Internet access is limited. Social media, anything Google including Gmail and some western news sites are blocked. But Hotmail works, so set up an account before you go and let key people have the address. For some reason, you can also access The Guardian. You might have issues with what may seem like Chinese bad manners to us.

They tend to push and shove their way from a to b, some not most hawk and spit in the street, they talk loudly, and are likely to talk throughout a show. Try not to get hot under the collar and just go with the flow. Chinese people are fascinated by Westerners. Some might want to practice their English.

Be prepared to haggle. There are bargains to be had in China, but you can often get them even cheaper by bargaining. On our list of holiday destinations for some time has been Peru. I've always been fascinated by the ancient American civilisations in particular; and, apart from a few days in Ecuador, we've seen nothing of South America. Seeing Machu Picchu and having a good look around Peru at the same time seemed just what we wanted.

The direct flight from Gatwick to Lima takes 12 hours. I loved it. Anyhow, we arrived at our hotel in Lima at around 10pm local time, feeling more like 4am they're six hours behind us and lost no time getting to bed after meeting the rest of our strong group. Fortunately, this tour doesn't have too many horribly early starts, so we kicked off our morning city tour at a civilised hour. The 'City of Kings' was built in the style of aristocratic Spain, and features wide avenues and spacious squares, with ornate architecture abounding.

We visited a market in the Miraflores district, with a chance to sample some local fruit and see a lot more produce besides. A short walk away lies the Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the old city, whose notable buildings include the Government Palace and the impressive cathedral. We also got to visit the magnificent colonial mansion, the Casa Solar de Aliaga, which has been occupied by 16 generations of the same family since We even met the current owner!

The house is superbly preserved, with fine furnishings and ornate antiques. The tour concluded with a visit to Cordano's, one of the city's oldest bars, where we sampled Peru's famous pisco sour cocktail - which I can highly recommend. For our evening, we had reserved a table at the amazing Central restaurant. We chose the 16 course 'Elevation' tasting menu, cleverly arranged around representations of rising altitudes, with matching wines. As you might expect with so many small dishes including piranha!

And we didn't always have a clue what we were eating, even when it was explained. But it was a unique, unforgettable dining experience and terrific fun. The next morning, we flew south to the city of Arequipa, at the foot of the El Misti volcano, and the following day we enjoyed a full-day tour of this lovely city, with its colonial architecture, elegant squares and buildings composed of white volcanic stone. She is not always on display, so I suppose we were lucky to be able to see this sad, macabre exhibit. The next two days mainly consisted of traveling to Lake Titicaca via the stunning Colca Canyon and an early morning visit to Condor's Cross, an observation point allowing us to watch the magnificent Andean birds soaring against the canyon's imposing backdrop.

Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca itself is spectacular, a bigger body of water than many rivers, and our next day saw us take to the water to visit the floating reed islands, inhabited by the indigenous Uros people. We learned how they use the dense totora reed to build homes, boats, even new islands when the existing ones are past their best, and also saw their fine hand weaving and were encouraged to try on some of the garments they make. It was great fun! Andean Explorer. The following day - day eight for those keeping count - saw one of the real highlights of the trip, as we boarded the gorgeous Belmond Andean Explorer, South America's only luxury sleeper train.

It's run by the same people as the Orient Express and, as we enjoyed our well-appointed small cabin, cocktails in the Piano Bar complete with grand piano , meals in the elegant car, and views from the observation car, there was a definite sense of Poirot about it all. Meanwhile, we were climbing to over 4, metres above sea level and noticing the altitude in all sorts of ways, not all of them comfortable, but nothing too horrible.

The train remained stationary overnight before continuing early in the morning. After breakfast, we disembarked to continue by road to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It's a beautiful location surrounded by snow-capped mountains. En route, we visited a textile centre for a demonstration of weaving and dyeing techniques. The next day featured a morning visit to the Ollantaytambo Inca fortress, superbly preserved and, in its day, a strategic, military, religious and agricultural centre.

We also took in some Inca ruins and a salt mine, as well as sampling the local corn beer. Machu Picchu. And so we embarked the next day on our second rail journey on the Perurail train to Machu Picchu. Not as grand as the Andean Explorer, it's still a nice train, and the countryside is stunning. Machu Picchu itself is one of the new Seven Wonders of the world, an amazing Inca citadel set between two mountain peaks - Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu - at an altitude of 2, metres. It was rediscovered by the American explorer Hyram Bingham in and includes more than buildings with baths, temples, altars and houses.

It's worth mentioning here that the Incas built terracing for various purposes, including agriculture; built walls of perfectly interlocking, often huge, stones, often transported considerable distances; created structures that perfectly lined up with the sun's rays on solstices; yet had no written language, which means that the purposes of many of their structures is the subject of speculation. In general, you don't go to Peru for the cuisine; but here, we'd opted for the hotel upgrade, staying at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, right next door to the citadel, where we enjoyed a fine dinner.

Next day, we were up early for a second, sunrise visit to the ruins and a walk to the now closed and unsafe-looking Inca Bridge. The afternoon saw us back on the train and headed to Poroy for the final leg of the tour - a stay in Cuzco. Our city tour took in the colonial church in the San Blas District, and the magnificent cathedral.

We enjoyed an excursion to more Inca ruins, a night out with music and a display of traditional dancing, and, in our free time, visits to the Inca and Pre-Columbian Art museums. Homeward Bound. Our journey home took 24 hours: a flight from Cuzco to Lima, an eyewatering five hours at Lima airport and a twelve hour flight back to Gatwick, still over two hours from home by the time we collected our baggage and passed through immigration and customs.

I wrote most of this post on the Lima-Gatwick flight, because I can never sleep on aircraft. Would I recommend Peru? You bet! So many sights, tastes and experiences that were new to me, and so much to learn about the old civilisations. At the time of year we went, it was warm to very hot during the days but could get chilly at night. Not for those who like their holiday to be a rest, but oh my! My horizons have been well and truly broadened. Festival Time! It was the sixth festival to be held in Ivinghoe, Bucks since Avril Davies, I, and a few other enthusiasts founded it in It runs primarily to raise funds for the local community library and is entirely run and staffed by volunteers.

The village school hosts us, and caretaker Mike is fabulous in helping us set up and take down. A lot of the hard work is in putting together an attractive programme and getting sponsorship. Chairing the New Voices Panel with Mary Lynn Bracht, Vicky Newham and Lydia Syson Sponsorship included not only money, but also beautiful canvas goodie bags, plus brand new books, magazines and bottles of beer to go in them.

The day went without a hitch, with lots of lovely feedback that made it all worthwhile. Theakstons Crime Festival. I barely had time to catch my breath than I was catching the train to start my journey to Harrogate for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. As last year, the place was absolutely rammed with crime writers and readers, enjoying a drink and waiting to hear twelve crime writers, including me, do a short reading from their work. All the readers sat round tables on the small stage in front window, awaiting our turn, which was decided by members of the audience picking names out of a had.

I read from The Scars Beneath the Soul , and received some lovely feedback. But I also enjoyed hearing from my fellow crimeys, all of whom were great. Huge thanks to Victoria Vic Watson for arranging a fabulous event and for inviting me. Reading at Noir at the Bar, Harrogate I spent the rest of the weekend taking in a few panels and live interviews and hanging out with friends I only normally see at festivals like this.

A great moment was finally getting to meet long standing online friend and fellow crime writer, Linda Huber, in real life. Linda is a Scot living in Switzerland, and was in Yorkshire for a family event. I was so delighted she managed to make a flying visit to Harrogate. At a festival devoted to crime, it would be criminal to miss it. Putting our backs into it at Betty's Pick of the festival events for me was a live conversation between crime writing legend Val McDermid and equally legendary forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black.

All was not lost though — I discovered you can often score a late ticket from the box office tent about ten minutes before the start. I was lucky enough to get one, and even luckier, when I made my way to the hall, to be shown to one of the remaining vacant seats — in the front row! Sue was thoroughly engaging, sensitive, and often funny, on the grim business of death. Her work includes climbing into mass graves where she begins the task of identifying victims of war crimes and piecing together how they died and what happened to them before death.

Afterwards I bought her book — All That Remains — and took it for signing. I thanked her for her help with my research — and she remembered. I was still grinning hours later.

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One more highlight deserves a mention. All too soon, my two festivals in a week were over and I was headed for home and back to work. Writing can be a lonely business. Killer Questions Caroline England. Born a Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border, working in the city centre as a divorce lawyer. In addition to her short story collection, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses , Caroline has had dark twisty short stories and poems published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies.

Caroline draws on her legal career to write about secrets, betrayal and lies, hidden crime and 'what goes on behind closed doors'. It turned out I was writing crime fiction. Very much at the psychological suspense or domestic noir end of the spectrum, but crime nonetheless! Some people I read about in the newspaper or briefly meet pique my interest, so characters similar to them wander in reasonably formed, but even they are manipulated several times to make them multilayered like a Russian doll. Or an onion. Despite their lavish house and apparently gilded veneers, they are ordinary, damaged human beings inside.

When my youngest is at school I can write all day, but life has just got in the way over the past few months! Thanks, Caroline for answering my Killer Questions. Do you really know your friends? As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves — or with each other — as they think. And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything. Killer Questions Linda Huber. Linda is an ex-physiotherapist who grew up in Glasgow but has lived over half her life in Switzerland, where she now works as a language teacher and writes novels.

The inspiration for her books comes from everyday life - a family member's struggle with dementia, the discovery that a child in her extended family drowned in the s, and more. Death Wish is Linda's seventh suspense novel, and tells the story of one family facing illness and death, while the people next door have a secret Her latest project is a series of feel-good novellas, written under her pen name Melinda Huber.

But she soon gave up trying to stop me. I progressed to Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. My books are about families, especially mother-child relationships, with police action very much in the background. I start planning with an idea — this happens and then that and that — and the characters grow naturally out of that. Often the original plot idea changes along the way, because of the people the characters develop into. In psych. Lower Banford in my book is around where Ilkley is in real life, for instance. Sex is always off the page, though I often have a touch of possible romance within the story.

Violence is never graphic, but it sometimes need to happen to further the story. Different people see the same thing in different ways, and this is fascinating to write into a book. I was continually thinking — what would she understand about this? How would she react? Can a child know this? I start knowing the beginning and the ending the ending can change along the way… Then I plan two or three chapters in more detail, and start writing.

I love chaos — you should see my desk. I find routine stifling, but of course we need some kind of order in the daily chaos or the wrong things would be happening at the wrong times. Nothing like a last-minute panic for getting something done! And maybe a couple more books on the shelf. Thanks, Linda, for answering my Killer Questions. The Paradise Trees. He had found exactly the right spot in the woods.

A little clearing, green and dim, encircled by tall trees. He would bring his lovely Helen here… This time, it was going to be perfect. When Alicia Bryson returns to her childhood home in a tiny Yorkshire village, she finds her estranged father frail and unab le to care for himself. Her daughter Jenny is delighted at the prospect of a whole summer playing in the woods at the bottom of the garden, but as soon as Alicia sets foot in Lower Banford, strange and disturbing memories begin to plague her. Unknown to her, she has a stalker. Someone is watching, waiting, making plans of his own.

To him, Alicia and Jenny are his beautiful Helens… and they should be in Paradise. One of the best things about being a writer is going to literary festivals. And my festival season this year has got off to a brilliant start! Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective. She lives in the UK with her family and her two cockapoo's Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes.

Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake. Find it on the blog. So, rather than interview Rebecca about the book, I thought it would be interesting to interview Ray — and who better to ask the questions than Claire King, Chief Reporter for the Aylesbury Echo in my own Archer and Baines books?

Could you kick us off by telling us a bit about yourself and your career before your life changed so dramatically? I have two children, whom I love very much, though they live with their mother as the job took me out of the house so much more than our marriage could manage. I love the job and I love the people I work with. CK: We both want to avoid spoilers for the book, but the blurb tells us you suffer from something known as face blindness.

So how did it come about? RP: The medical name for face blindness is prosopagnosia and there are two types, one you are born with and the other kind, is caused by a brain injury, either a stroke or head injury. My prosopagnosia was caused when I suffered a head injury in a car pursuit I was involved in at work. We were hot on the heels of a killer who had been murdering young women.

The conditions were bad and his driving was reckless. I woke up injured and unable to recognise anyone. CK: And what exactly is face blindness? I still see them. I see they have a nose, eyes, a mouth etc. Imagine looking at a bunch of photographs of people you know, but they are upside down and their hair is removed. You can still see their features, but it becomes so much more difficult to say who they are.

CK: When exactly did you or the doctors realise something was badly wrong? RP: When my children came into the hospital to visit me. This obviously upset them. I hated that. Hurting them that way has been one of the hardest things. CK: It must have been terrifying. What was your first reaction? I let the doctors do all the tests they needed to do, but it took some time. Can you imagine that? And I gather you hid it from your colleagues.

Without giving away any spoilers, how on earth did you manage to pull that off? RP: One of the nurses in the hospital, Elizabeth, she was great, she told me about identifiers. You learn to identify people by other means. The way they walk or talk. Their hairstyle, or body shape. At work people generally sit at the same desks. I worked my way around it and managed it quite well. CK: Did you tell anyone at all? RP: Helen my ex-wife. She had to be told so she could help me with the children. CK: And did that help? RP: It did. It helped having someone that knew, someone I could talk to and turn to.

And then you have this new trauma where being able to identify someone is, to put it mildly, pretty critical. What happened? There was a murder. I happened to be there. RP: It was one of the worst times of my life. I had let so many people down. Colleagues who relied on me and trusted me.

I was gutted. But, I was also determined to try and do something about it. CK: But presumably he could have been sitting next to you on a bus, and you would have been none the wiser. So what did you do about the case? I started my own line of inquiry. Separate to the incident room. I needed to resolve the screw up I had made. But what does the future hold for Ray Patrick? I have to live with this and get better at using identifiers. CK: One last question. RP: From what Rebecca has told me, this is a standalone story of what happened to me. Though she says there is the potential for one more.

I believe it all depends on what readers think. CK: Ray, thanks for taking the time to talk about what must be a difficult subject for you. Good luck for the future. RP: Thanks for having me! Returning to work following an accident, Detective Inspector Ray Patrick refuses to disclose he now lives with face blindness - an inability to recognise faces.

As Ray deceives his team he is pulled into a police operation that targets an international trade in human organs. And when he attempts to bring the organisation down, Ray is witness to a savage murder. The pressure mounts as Ray attempts to keep his secret and solve the case alone. With only his ex-wife as a confidant, he feels progressively isolated.

Can he escape with his career and his life intact? Killer Questions 9: Lesley Cookman. Lesley started writing almost as soon as she could read, and filled many Woolworth's exercise books with pony stories until she was old enough to go out with boys. Since she's been grown up, following a varied career as a model, air stewardess and disc jockey, she's written short fiction and features for a variety of magazines, achieved an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, taught writing for both Kent Adult Education and the WEA and edited the first Sexy Shorts collection of short stories from Accent Press in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign.

Lesley's pantomimes are published by Jasper Publishing. So it was natural that I should attempt to follow in their footsteps. I prefer traditional mystery, myself. Definitely a character! Off the page in both cases. I occasionally allow the reader to see the result of violence — the body — and my Libby is sometimes attacked, but nothing to frighten the horses. I write what I like to read. I do try, but things always go off the rails. So I fly into the mist with each one….

Oh, procrastinator. World class. Still alive…. Thanks, Lesley, for answering my Killer Questions. Rebecca is a ex-police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and two cockapoos - Alfie and Lola - who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and, if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake. Her website is here. As a series writer myself, I especially wanted to chat to Rebecca about the business of writing a series of novels around a regular cast of characters.

Rebecca, first of all, congratulations on the publication of your Fighting Monsters. Thanks Dave, firstly I want to say how much I appreciate you having me on your blog today. It feels a little surreal to be releasing book three, when I still know how excited I was to release the very first book in the series, Shallow Waters. So, in answer to your question, yes, there very much indeed is a whole other world inside of my head. These characters live and breathe inside of me. They live with me all the time. The series is set in your home town of Nottingham.

The setting is perfectly aligned to the real Nottingham. There are even real pubs and restaurants within the pages. If, however, I had cause to write about a school, that might be something I would consider creating a fictional version of. Especially if there is a crime being committed within that location.

With the pubs and restaurants, there is nothing happening in those other than good food and good company! The smaller, it may not be quite where I say it is. I know that some authors deliberately set out to write a series and then create a cast of characters. For others its almost an accident — they bring a detective into a story and then want to see more of them. How did it happen for you? I did deliberately set out to write a series. There were snippets layered into the first one that were only indications of what is to come further in the series.

I think there is a lot of room for story when you are writing a series. You have the plot of each individual book, but you also have overarching stories that thread through the series as a whole. Each of your books has at least one specific case that is self-contained, but do you have a long-term story arc mapped out for Hannah? Several books in advance. Tell us a bit more about DI Hannah Robbins — what are her best and worst points? She not the most emotionally well-balanced woman.

She throws herself into her work and can be a bit standoffish because of this. She puts too much focus on what she is dealing with at work. However, she has a very good friend in analyst, Evie Small, who likes to attempt to keep her in emotional check. On the other hand, she is dedicated. If something bad has happened to you, or is happening to you, then you want her on your side. You already know the world and you know the characters. In fact, you more than know the characters, with each new book, they have grown and evolved with you.

They are a part of you. You can feel the world as you set to work. And the most challenging? But, though it is as I said above, there is the issue that you want your characters to continue to change and evolve as you progress with the series, which means you need to keep thinking of new stories, that not only engage a reader, but that impact on the characters and in a way that is in keeping with their world.

So, with a standalone or the first in a series, the world is your oyster, you can create what you want, with a series, you are now tied to the characters and their reactions, their wants, needs and desires. They really are the ones dictating the books. Are you going to be concentrating on Hannah and her world for the foreseeable future, or do you have plans for titles outside the series?

I have already written another book, outside of the Hannah series. It can either be taken as a standalone or a series. I also have plans for another standalone that I want to write fairly soon, as well as the ideas for the next two Hannah books at least. I wish I could write faster because I do love this storytelling business. Do you think the series will draw to a natural conclusion? I think it will draw to a natural conclusion on its own at some point. I would hate for it to go stale and would rather bring it to an end before readers start to get fed up of it.

I would miss them though. Just thinking about not writing them, as I type this, feels weird. Not having them in my head with me…. If you can do so without any spoilers, what can readers look forward to in Fighting Monsters? I have a blurb for you to answer that question! In his possession; the name of a protected witness from his trial. For DI Hannah Robbins, it's a race against time to find Talbot's killer, and locate the bystander before it's too late.

But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation. Again, thanks for having me, Dave. I really enjoyed answering these questions. You can get Fighting Monsters here. Killer Questions 8: Robert F Barker. Born in Liverpool, England, Robert F Barker served thirty years as a police officer and detective, much of it working in and around some of the Northwest's grittiest towns and cities.

He likes to write stories that are dark and edgy, but still reflect the real world, which as he discovered, is often far stranger than anyone can dream up. As a Senior Investigating Officer and Firearms Incident Commander, he experienced the pressure that comes when dealing with major crimes, as well as what it means to have to make life-and-death decisions in the heat of live operations. He splits his writing-time between his family home in Cheshire, and the beautiful island of Cyprus, where he finds inspiration for a series of Cyprus-based thrillers which he intends will compliment his UK novels.

Bob, why did you choose crime as your genre? As a former police officer and CID detective, it would be easy to say it was the most obvious and natural choice. That said, when I first began writing in a serious way, I was not too sure just what my chosen genre would be, or even what I wanted to write about.

My police background means I was lucky enough to meet a huge number of characters, good and bad, during my service. Many of them could quite easily fit within the pages of a crime novel, but I can honestly say I am yet to use a character in my novels that is wholly based on any one person. Location is always important in a novel — but especially so, I think, in the crime genre, where atmosphere so often plays an important part in the story. What makes the stars twinkle? Why is the sky blue? What is a black hole? From astronomer Dr Alan Duffy's space lab, these questions and more are answered as host Grace Koh is launched into outer space!

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Hamza is helped by kids who hunt for shapes and solve brain-bending puzzles. It's holiday season at MacKendrick Prep! When a blizzard traps everyone inside the school, Sun Hi, Jodi, and Corki learn the true meaning of Christmas. Blow up those beachballs, people! We follow five extraordinarily talented children from around Australia and provide an intimate and candid look at the day-to-day lives of a special group of children and their families at a pivotal time in their careers.

Goes behind the scenes on the creation of a short film, music video, film trailer and website to cover shooting styles, interview techniques, approaches to editing and concepts of web design. Three homeless kids find themselves living the dream when they discover that Malcom Mann, the country's biggest TV star, is secretly a robot and they pretend to be his children. A series of 2 case studies into the causes, impacts and challenges presented by large youthful populations in the Gambia, and a large ageing population in the UK.

With kindness and comedy in its heart, this series follows the adventures of a little girl Masha and her friend, The Bear. Their relationship is a metaphor of how a child interacts with the big world. The ultimate action-packed comedy sci-fi competition series, starring real kids competing in athletic challenges to face off against the greatest Massive Monster Superstars in the Universe, to win prizes and save the Earth! Maths Shorts looks at the stranger side of maths. The appreciation of beauty in art, nature or architecture is explained by geometrical figures and ratios.

In each entertaining and funny math-short, 'mathemagician' Eric shares secrets from the not-so-hidden world of math, such as measuring the height of a tree using your thumb! But make no mistake, it's not magic, it's maths! Driven by her determination, passion and a really healthy appetite, Matilda is taking over the kitchen! Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch head off on their summer holidays in Los Angeles for an unforgettable summer. Matilda cooks her way through the very best of US and British dishes whilst blogging along the way and adding her own unique twists to the food.

Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch follows the daughter of chef Gordon Ramsay. From families to hobbies, jokes and heroes, we profile all there is to know about some awesome Aussie kids! How do computers actually work? Filmed in real-life work settings, the program looks closely at what a computer consists of, how the various components work, how it processes data, and how it is used in robotics and software development.

In the mythical kingdom of Camelot, follow the adventures of the young warlock, Merlin, as he discovers that his destiny and that of the kingdoms young leader, Arthur, are inextricably linked. Follow the adventures of monster kids - Frankie, Gunnar and Vlad. Expelled from Monster Academy for pulling a prank, the bros are sent to Human Immersion at a normal middle school where they come face-to-face with terrifying humans. Minibeasts Heroes is an animated series that takes you up close and personal with six Aussie bugs to show you how they save the world.

Their mission is to keep Hawk Moth, who wants to steal their Miraculouses, from wreaking havoc on the town. Marinette and Adrien are two high school kids with a difference: they are the chosen ones to save Paris from the akumas, creatures responsible for turning normal people into super-baddies. Ladybug and Cat Noir have more powers and superhero teammates to assist them, which will prove useful now that Hawk Moth has an ally now too. Molang is an affectionate and humorous perspective on the relationship between an eccentric, joyful and enthusiastic rabbit, and a shy, discreet and emotional little chick.

Molang is an affectionate, humorous look at the relationship between an eccentric, joyful, and enthusiastic rabbit, and a shy, discreet, and emotional little chick. On the brink of adolescence a girl's got a lot to deal with; a changing body, a flood of hormones, relentless judgment by her peers, the stirrings of a first, unrequited crush, and the total embarrassment of her parents.

Hosted by Naomi Wenitong and Shannon Williams, Move It Mob Style is a youth dance-based health and fitness program which teaches viewers mad dance routines and showcases the latest Indigenous hip hop beats, while also delivering strong health messages and segments dedicated to healthy living. A lonely year-old girl invites local tramp, Mr Stink, and his dog to hide out in her family's garden shed.

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Muggins and Tuggins have arrived on Earth. Muggins is here to learn and to educate his friend Tuggins. Tuggins just wants to eat everything! This program looks at the steps Mumbai is taking to make the city more sustainable and asks: can a new metro system be the answer to the city's traffic problems? This programme evaluates the different strategies used in this megacity to improve the lives of its slum-dwellers. Using Mumbai as a case study the reasons for rapid urbanisation and the emergence of megacities are explored, including the location and importance of Mumbai.

After missing out on the finals trophy last year, the Mustangs are pumped and ready to get back in the game. Problem is - there's a Ruby-shaped hole in the team since she defected to the Wildcats, and it's wobbling everyone. Hosted by Kayne Tremills, My Great Big Adventure tackles some of the most pressing issues kids face today, such as bullying, family conflict and everyday stress.

This time he's brought along a few friends to help him out - Steph, Takaya and Nancy. Matt Model is competing in both athletics and indoor rowing, and his twin year-old boys are his biggest fans. We find out what life is like as the family prepares for Matt's first Invictus Games. My Life follows the highs and lows of children across the world, each with a unique story to tell. Shelby is not a "girly" girl. She likes having short hair, hates wearing make-up and can't stand pink. And she's happy that way. But being a different kind of girl hasn't always been easy.

She meets different types of girls - a tomboy, a ballet dancer and a wannabe pirate - in an attempt to work out exactly what is a girl. Mischief and adventure abound in My Place, the story of 13 children, all with a talent for some kind of trouble. They all live in the one place, each hiding up the very same fig tree, each with a story to tell. In Series 2 we go back even further in time - from to before European Settlement.

Meet 14 Australian students as they self-document their final year of high school through daily video diaries. In My Year 7 Life, 16 diverse kids from around the country were given cameras to document their transition from primary school to high school. Twenty-six young people from around Australia tell their stories about the day that changed their lives forever, and how the events of 24 hours can fundamentally change attitudes and aspirations.

Nature documentary series in which Steve Backshall looks at some of the world's most iconic ecosystems. Brainiacs Dudley, Becker and Irwin and football star Stan must use their brains and their brawn to survive and outwit the relentless monsters after becoming stranded on an unchartered island during a school trip. Brainiacs Dudley, Becker and Irwin and football star Stan must use their brains and their brawn to survive and outwit the relentless monsters after becoming stranded on an uncharted island during a school trip.

A weekly wrap-up panel and clip show designed to present what is trending in our audience's lives and any big ABC ME news, featuring audience interaction and pics, videos and news from YOU. Join the South Maroubra Nippers as they run, swim, paddle and rescue, battle nature, face their fears and push themselves beyond their comfort zone.

Follow the action-packed adventure of four teenage boys who return from a school excursion to discover they're stuck in a parallel world into which they were never born. The Nowhere Boys have found their way home, but Felix, Jake, Sam and Andy soon discover the adventure doesn't stop just because they're back. As they experiment with their new and unpredictable powers over earth, wind, fire and water, the boys realise they aren't the only ones who crossed back to this universe. In the final series, the Nowhere Boys are back, more powerful than ever and with an unlikely new member.

But the new year brings their most dangerous threat yet - an enemy capable of destroying the entire multiverse. The Nowhere Boys are drawn together for one final spell when Felix finds a magically sealed Book of Shadows. Unknowingly the spell releases a powerful teenage force of chaos and revenge that threatens their world. When Luke, a tech-nerd and Sci Fi aficionado, arrives for his first day at Bremin High all appears to be tiresomely ordinary. But he is proved very wrong when he and classmates Jesse, Nicco and Heath find themselves in a terrifying empty wasteland - that once was their home town of Bremin.

Using their imaginary 'kung-fu-bility', Dilweed and Fungus have now devoted their lives to doing good deeds and protecting the quiet woodland town of Ding-a-Ling Springs and its citizens. Agents Olive and Otto work for an organisation run by kids that investigate anything strange, weird and especially odd. Their job is to put things right again. Who do they work for? They work for Odd Squad. Agents Olive and Otto are back! They work for Odd Squad! When a group of adults run Odd Squad out of business, the agents are forced to become regular kids again until something very odd happens.

Watch seven Oddbod friends survive the perils of everyday life, as ordinary situations spiral into extraordinary events. Have you ever wondered if it's possible for 20 dogs to surf their way to a Guinness World Record? Or just how brave you have to be to pull a front wheelie on a motorbike at over mph? These questions and many more are answered in Officially Amazing. This fast-paced fascinating and funny series is on a mission to find the most fascinating Guinness World Records attempts from around the world, and the facts surrounding them. Officially Amazing looks at the incredible world of record breaking, bringing you the hottest, biggest, weirdest, coolest, and most surprising Guinness World Records titles the world has ever seen!

Officially Amazing is the TV show that brings to you weird and wonderful Guinness World Records attempts from around the world.

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Officially Amazing returns in an all new incarnation - Officially Amazing Goes Bunkers - with another awesome array of Guinness World Records title attempts. In the wake of her father's disappearance, year-old Dylan Blake falls in with the wrong crowd, gets arrested, and earns court-ordered community service volunteering at Open Heart Memorial.

Hosted by identical twins, Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken, Operation Ouch is packed with incredible facts about the human body as the twins experiment and explore their way through the fascinating world of medicine and biology. Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken are back in another series of the incredible and sometimes cringe-worthy Operation Ouch! Packed with amazing facts about the human body, the twins experiment and explore their way through the fascinating world of medicine and biology.

Twin doctors Dr Chris and Dr Xand follow the hospital stories of kids with all the usual childhood traumas, learn body tricks, carry out wild experiments and visit some ground-breaking research centres using robots, high heels or maggots - all strictly in the interests of science! Operation Ouch! Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx take on big body experiments, awesome investigations and bizarre body tricks you can try at home. Dr Chris and Dr. Xand turn back the clock and look at what medicine was like in the First World War. Celebrating children who have shown incredible courage and bravery as they've dealt with illness, cared for others and saved lives.

These daring duos are about to do something brave and strong, but it doesn't involve a footy clash or a warrior style quest! Today these boys and their dads are telling each other how they really feel, out loud. Follow the heart-warming journey of a regional children's choir, and its founder Michelle Leonard's personal mission to bring a desolate musical landscape back to life. A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home.

Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. Matilda is a year-old who has a unique characteristic: when she wakes up every morning, she has a new power which disappears the next morning, when she wakes up with a new power. It's magic in the city with Pearlie the park fairy! Pearlie is an animated comedy series about a fashionable young urban fairy in charge of Jubilee Park, a park in the centre of a bustling big city.

Two unlikely heroes, Mina and Valdis are on a quest to save the fantastical world of Peleda from the clutches of Giltine, Queen of the owls. Pet Superstars celebrates the unique bond we share with the family pet. We go inside homes around Australia to experience the love and chaos surrounding these special relationships. Meet these epic pets and find out all about the special bonds they share with their humans. Petography is the show in which pets, with the help of their trusty humans, have their dream photo shoots become a reality!

We go behind the scenes and get to know our animal stars. This series looks at the physics behind every day phenomena we encounter in our homes. Join Yanick in the Physics House as he looks at all the physics we may encounter at breakfast time. The online world can be an amazing place, but it can also be unsafe.

Pip has some tips on how to enjoy being online whilst staying safe. Our very own Pip Rasmussen will give us her take on how to tackle everything in life - from bouncing back from online bullying, to bagging the best bargains when thrift shopping. If you need a tip, hit up Pip! On her birthday Nina gets a phone with a digital Pixel Pinkie in it which can make her wishes come true. Each episode sees Nina and Anni wishing for something from Pixel Pinkie. Contemporary dance in the most unexpected places: a farm, a train station, and a library. Brief dance vignettes exploring a range of movement in both solo and ensemble forms.

An inspirational, highly personal series of mini-docs following six different, incredibly talented individual British sports stars, across their 6 different outdoor and adventurous specialties, as they undertake a challenge that pushes their skills to the limit. This series features contemporary poets in conversation with hip-hop star Akala about some of their best-loved poems.

Teens Tag and Gem travel through space searching for their parents whilst figuring out their identities. They are befriended by Zero who takes them under his wing, protecting them from aliens, robots and the evil Imperium. Teenage spy, McKeyla, teams up with super smart girls, Adrienne, Bryden, and Camryn, who use their science skills to help save a prince's space launch.

Teenage spy McKeyla teams up with three other super-smart girls Adrienne, Bryden and Camryn in spy agency NOV8 as secret agents who use their science and tech skills to save the day. Project Planet showcases a group of dynamic young people from three diverse classrooms across the country who are ready to shake things up. Over 8 weeks, these Waste Warriors take on a huge mission to transform their schools from being eco wastelands to waste-wise wonderlands.

We dive into the world of Winston the pug to find out what makes him tick. PUG is filmed from Winston's point of view - an optimistic pug with a unique take on the world! Follow the action-packed journey of co-hosts Jaimee Taylor-Nielsen, from Australia, and Huang Wei, from China, as they explore iconic and exotic locations in one another's countries while completing exciting and adrenalin-pumping challenges. The Wayneys are an amazing family but their fifth child, Emmett, is not marching on the path to family greatness - and he's determined to celebrate his C-average status in spectacular creative fashion.

The Wayneys are an amazing family. They're good looking, smart, talented, athletic, and popular. Their youngest son, Emmett however, is a work in progress When Zoe finds a baby rat in her room who not only understands her but also dances, Zoe is determined to enter the school talent show and prove to everyone that rats are lovely pets.

It is no easy feat - along the way she clashes with her evil step-mum, and encounters Burt the Burger man who is after her rat for his special burgers. Six teenagers, all elite within their own field, have come to live at Arcadia House to pursue their dreams. For some it's the opportunity of a lifetime. For others it's a last chance. Students from around NSW improvised, rehearsed, composed and collaborated over three days to reimagine classical works into unique, contemporary pieces. Right Wrongs commemorates the 50th anniversary of the referendum on 27 May , exploring how the referendum happened and the ripple effects of the past 50 years.

Join these legendary heroes in a half-shell as they master new weapons and powers, battle absurd mutants and discover a Hidden City beneath New York. Provides memorable examples of potholes, rapids, waterfalls, gorges, meanders, braiding, flood plains and deltas, with high quality video footage filmed around the world. Usagi Tsukino is chosen to be a guardian of justice and is sent on a quest to locate a Silver Crystal before the Dark Kingdom invades the Earth. An innovative and beautiful video series for young children who use Australian Sign Language Auslan as their primary means of communication.

Filled with fun new adventures, follow Sally and Possum as they explore, discover, and learn about the world around them using Australian Sign Language Auslan. Twelve year old Sally, with the help of her best friend Doowee, runs a detective agency called S. Short documentary portraits of primary children with a range of disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Now that they've won Battle of the Bands, the students of William B.

Travis Prep School are excited to keep making head-banging beats and finally get their music out there. But there's just one problem: the band still has to remain a total secret! Welcome to Science Max: Experiments at Large, an exciting new series hosted by Phil McCordic that turbo-charges tabletop experiments that are usually done in the classroom science lab. It's all about teamwork in this science workshop as the groups use battery operated motors to construct anything of their choosing. Watch some amazing minds at work putting science theory into action, resulting in some machine masterpieces!

The surprising answers to some of the strangest science questions in the universe, all in just a few minutes! A fast-paced, stylish, comedy-horror extravaganza. Based on the hit book series, Scream Street follows Luke Watson, a regular teen apart from the werewolf gene! Ginger Boxwell flies from Australia to the UK to spend the summer with four cousins she's never met before. What she doesn't realise is that Matt, Robbie, Ethan and Chris are just as nervous about it as she is. Summer holidays are approaching and eleven year old Ginger Boxwell's life is turned upside down once again when she unearths a number of secrets about her four cousins.

Ginger moves from her home in Sydney into the Hughes house, full of boys! Ginger must learn how to fit in and how to live the summer with all the boys. A BAFTA Children's Award winning series of short animated documentaries portraying the real-life stories of young people who have sought asylum. A host of stars including Vanessa Redgrave, Ethan Hawke, David Tennant and Joely Richardson uncover the stories behind and characters within some of the world's most iconic Shakespeare plays.

Combining analysis with personal passion, these films reveal the extraordinary works of Shakespeare and their impact today. Meet year-old Madison Stewart or 'Shark Girl'. This is her inspiring story - her passionate fight to save the creature she loves, but most of us fear - sharks. Shaun is a sheep who doesn't follow the flock, in fact he leads them into all sorts of scrapes and scraps, turning peace in the valley into mayhem in the meadow. When the farmer goes to market to buy food for the sheep, he unintentionally returns with three llamas! Unsure about what to do with them he puts them in the field with his flock of sheep.

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. When Guy Hamdon discovers an awesome power ring that transforms him into a mighty superhero, he starts living the dream of every rough-and-tumble guy! It seems pretty cool but there's just one tiny catch - the ring that gives Guy his amazing super powers is only meant to be worn by a girl and the result is absolutely 'she-larious!

An epic sci-fi comedy adventure set deep underground, where the ammo is alive and only the quick survive! In this luminous, high-tech, underground world every cavern holds a new adventure, new battle, and weird little slugs to be discovered! Follow Eli and his crew as they explore a luminous, high-tech, underground world where every cavern holds a new adventure, new battles and weird little slugs are discovered! A docudrama about World War 1. In each episode we visit a different child, in a different country and experience what World War 1 was like for him or her.

With extraordinary access to the latest research and development, the show explores cutting edge smart materials finding out how they are made, how they work and what their potential applications are now and in the future. Lily, Martha and Jas are three very academically bright, but socially awkward 13 year old girls, trying to make sense of life, boys and fitting in.

Lily, Martha and Jas are back. They may be a year older but they are no closer to making sense of life, boys or fitting in and are still just as awkward! While other girls their age are going to parties, netball practice and sleepovers, Lily, Martha and Jas are busy with chess club, homework and Friday nights in watching documentaries.

They just don't fit in with their peers and they don't want to. They obsess over their grades, are baffled by teen trends, and have absolutely no understanding of boys. It's time for our So Awkward characters to reflect on their time at Cranmede High and discuss their favourite moments.

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We see how designers determine their market, consider users' values and needs, and respond to the challenges of demographic change and inclusive design. Grace Koh chats with some of the biggest and brightest space stars on the planet, to find out what it's like in outer space and if there could be life on other worlds!

We go on a journey of personal discovery as a diverse range of nine compelling adults reflect on themselves as children, sharing the 'spark' moments and epiphanies that changed their lives - and motivated rewarding careers. A wild mustang Spirit meets gutsy year old Lucky, whose courage matches his own. Together with her best friends and their horses they explore a world filled with endless rides and never-ending fun.

Hosted by Kayne Tremills and Scott Tweedie, Splatalot is a hilarious medieval-themed physical game show featuring an extreme obstacle course with heaps of splats and spills. Each episode features a different group of 10 thrill-seeking teen contestants, dubbed Attackers, who compete for the coveted crown of Splatalot in three cringe-inducing rounds. Adam is the new kid in Spooksville. Vlad the vampire is housesitting his Aunt Vera's spooky mansion. He's scared of everything!

With the help of his friend's dad, they fix up the house and, using some fun experiments, teach him that he shouldn't be afraid. Pip, Lawrence and Jael are here with stacks of fun new vids dropping every week. With everything from the latest pop culture news, to life advice, to the best slime recipes - the Stacked! Pack Down your week with Pip and Lawrence!

From the creator of some of the biggest and best superheroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Avengers and more , comes a new twist on the superhero's genre - Stan Lee's Mighty 7. Don your laughing shoes and roll up to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for some huge belly laughs from local and international comedians.

Stargazing for Beginners is an animated series that encourages us to look up at the stars. Sound artist Camilla Hannan and animator Isobel Knowles bring these stories to life. Broadcasting over three nights from Siding Spring Observatory SSO in NSW, the series will immerse the audience in a celebration of the night sky, with a focus on features that are best experienced from Australian soil.

A look at business and entrepreneurship with regard to Priya Lakhani, a successful female entrepreneur and businesswoman. The fiercest, the fastest and the most toxic! Steve Backshall is back to count down his ultimate top ten deadly creatures on planet earth. Stoked is a comedy about six teenage groms young surfers who come together one summer to share a dream - to work at the world renowned Surfer's Paradise Resort. The resort is located on the legendary Sunset Island, the home of the most epic surf break in the country!

Mitchell Tanner is the new kid at school. After a couple of false starts at previous schools, Mitchell is hoping for an ordinary life and to avoid trouble at his new school - Strange Hill High. Follow the adventures of Mitchell, Beck and Templeton at Strange Hill High, where the classrooms, teachers and school dinners are definitely not what they seem! It's weird, it's cool, it's school! A film about the transition into womanhood when Summer gets her period for the first time and tries to make sense of her blooming body.

Do you like awesomeness?! Does anything sound more awesome than being a 13 year-old who protects the world by fighting alongside his best friend who happens to be a living Tyrannosaurus Rex?!! Imagine meeting your biggest hero and being able to spend a day in their shoes asking all the questions you've wanted answers to!

This program takes the city of Bangalore, known as the Silicon Valley of India, and asks what are the causes of its success. This film takes the city of Bangalore, known as the Silicon Valley of India, as a case study and looks at the causes and impacts of urban poverty. While playing the virtual reality role-playing game Sword Art Online players discover that the game's creator is holding them captive and if they die in the game, they die in real life.

Their struggle for survival starts now! A series of animated films based on the most interesting and unusual folktales from around the world. Giants, mummies, ghosts, witches, bandits, demons, dragons Tashi, Jack and Lotus Blossom are ready for anything! Filmed in Montserrat, Haiti, Iceland, the Alps and the UK, this program provides examples and explanations of the processes, features and landforms that occur at different plate margins.

Would you let a teenager take over the family finances? In Teenage Boss we do!

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Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods. For instance, there is a brownstone in the East Seventies where, during the early years of the war, I had my first New York apartment.

Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote. When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. There was a little girl, who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good but when she was bad, she was horrid The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow lane. Harry Potter ant the deathly hallows, J.

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At daybreak Billy Buck emerged from the bunkhouse and stood for a moment on the porch looking up at the sky. The Red Pony, John Steinbeck. I sat by the lake, I looked at the sky, and as i looked, a fly went by. It was love at first sight. Catch, —Joseph Heller. Not Now Bernard by David Mckee. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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Suddenly there was a ring at the door. Marley was dead; to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz. Way out at the end of a tiny little town was an old overgrown garden, and in the garden was an old house, and in the house lived Pippi Longstocking. She was nine years old, and she lived there all alone. Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren.

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. He wanted to see what was inside. He saw Indians. He saw bears. He saw Eskimos. He saw guns. He saw swords. And he saw I think it started with the bees. I was about seven years old, and I watched them He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples, and then the murders began.

I was born an American in the middle of the twentieth century, a fortunate time and place. Living History, Hillary Clinton. Are you there God? It's me, Margaret. We're moving today. I'm so scared God. I've never lived anywhere but here. Suppose I hate my new school?

Suppose everybody there hates me? Please help me God. Don't let New Jersey be too horrible. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume. If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories from Nature, about the primeval forest. In life, Elizabeth Adora Holland was not only known for her loveliness but also for her moral of character, so it was fair to assume that in the afterlife she would occupy a lofty seat with an especially good view. The Luxe, Anna Godbersen.

In the year I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army. I don't do it for the money. Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal. The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day. The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and then the murders began.

It was thirteen minutes after midnight when i woke up, drenched in persperation and having short intermitent breath.

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres. Et tunc coepit homicidia. All of Gaul is divided into three parts. Ulysses, James Joyce. He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaved head. It is night: imagine, if you will, a path leading to a hut lost in a wildly growing arbour, shaded by the basho, a wide-leafed banana tree rare to Japan. A sliding doors opens: an eager-eyed man in monk's robe steps out, surveys his shadowy thicket and the purple outline of a distant mountain, bends his head to catch the rush of river just beyond; then, looking up at the sky, pauses a while, and claps his hands.

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. A Visit from St. Nicholas; Clement ClarkeMoore. Early one dark April morning a few years ago I was sitting in my living room in central Copenhagen wrapped in a blanket and yearning for spring when I opened that day's newspaper to discover that my adopted countrymen had been anointed 5hen happiest of their species Goldilocks entered the Three Bears house and then the murders began. On the far-away island of Sala-ma-Sond, Yertle the Turtle was king of the pond.

A nice little pond. It was clean. It was neat. The water was warm. There was plenty to eat. The turtles had everything turtles might need. And they were all happy. Quite happy indeed. Yertle the Turtle, Dr. THE Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms.

Wind in the Willows; Kenneth Grahame. One evening at supper, Pa asked, "How would you like to work in town, Laura? Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal".

Not a book. The Gettysburg Address. Abraham Lincoln. The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive. When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. We were somewhere near Barstow when the drugs began to take hold. It is often said that America "invented" democracy.

When i stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home Hinton " the outsiders". We were in class when the headmaster came in, followed by a 'new fellow,' not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk. And the murders began. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert. The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years - if it did end- began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

Although not everyone may realize it, the origin of the English language can be dated with relative precision. Gramps says that I am a country girl at heart, and that is true. Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech. The horse agreed enthusiastically. Posideon can come in too! We will eat you both! Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth. In the great green room there was a telephone and a red balloon and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown. It began as a mistake. And then the murders began". Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or conversation?

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. There once was a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself--not just sometimes, but always. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster. Scuffy was sad. Scuffy was cross. Scuffy the Tugboat, Gertrude Crampton. I am Sam. Sam I am. Who's there? I sat there with Sally. We sat here we two and we said 'How we wish we had something to do. Thomas: I spend my time pulling coaches about, ready for you to take out on journeys! Narrator: The other engines laughed. Thomas: Why can't I pull passenger trains, too?! Henry, Edward, and Gordon: You're too impatient.

You'd be sure to leave something behind. Thomas: Rubbish! I'll show you! This morning I was awakened by Pump coming over to the bed and sniffing emphatically at me, millimeters away, her whiskers grazing my lips, to see if I was awake or alive or me. Inside of a dog, Alexandra Horowitz. And the the murders began. You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. In the beginning, Bartholomew Cubbins didn't have five hundred hats.

The Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution. Hillary Rodham Clinton lost the United States presidential election. And then, the murders began In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Scott Fitzgerald Report. You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law. William Gaddis Report. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer. This is a story about a princess, and, unfortunately, it is also about a queen.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, - C. Rorschach's journal, October 12th Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto. Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler's pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.

Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk. Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire. I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you're looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it - I will not look for you, I will not pursue you I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Paul Newman and a ride home. I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies.

My posture is consciously congruent to the shape of my hard chair. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace. My name is Apollo. I used to be a god. Then the murders began. There once was a lady who swallowed a fly. Mother died today, and then the murders began the stranger Camus. In the midway of our mortal life I found me in a gloomy wood, astray And than the murders began Dante, The Devine Comedy.

Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo- And then the murders began. James Joyce. I sing of arms and the man, and then the murders began.

Aneid, Virgil. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Below me, this foolhardy specimen in Nevsky Square must be an optimist. The Magadan Gambit, Bernard Packer. I have so enjoyed writing this book and the process of going right back to the beginning and rethinking cooking techniques and how to simplify them. Mary Berry's 'How to Cook'. A told B and B told C, "I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree!

Great Gatsby. On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool, In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, He was splashing When Horton the elephant heard a small noise. Horton Hears A Who! By Dr. The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists, the superstition of the managers, or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the cloak-room attendants or the concierge.

Yes, he existed in flesh and blood Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera. Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring,not even a mouse And then the murders began Last night I dream I went to Manderlay again. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Shopaholic to the Rescue - Sophie Kinsella. One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. I have made so ill use of your former favors, as by them to be encouraged to intreat that they may be enlarged to the patronage and protection of this Book; and I have put on a modest confidence, that I shall not be denyed.

Dark spruce forest frowned on either side of the frozen waterway.