Archive | August, 2010

Book clubs in the most unlikely places.

31 Aug

You can find people to share and discuss books with in the most unlikely of places. Today, as I spent another long morning in toddler group, I spotted an announcement.  My toddler group is starting a book club for the mum’s.

Having collected a list of books available to borrow in bulk from the local library, our first book club gathering takes place in a few weeks. The idea is to keep the minds active (because chasing a toddler around just doesn’t do that).

I’m not sure toddler group is the place to push this thing. It is intriguing, however, to learn that the library offers this service. Basically, the book club ‘organiser’ collects the books and dispatches them to the group. It is then the organiser’s responsibility to return the books after a lend of up to three months. I’m not a member of the local library, but I’m pretty certain this is a longer lend than average.

Having never been involved in a book club, I had never considered the need to borrow multiples of the same book. To be honest, I figured everyone just bought their own copies. With this new revelation, I salute the local library. If more people read because of this service, it can only be a good thing.

No matter how great the service is however, it would seem nothing is immune from cuts. Libraries in particular have already had a blow, with central government giving local authorities the right to decide if the service is required in the local area. Many libraries are closing. To find out if yours is one, read this blog. It contains a map of closures and up to date information on all library related news.

Lucky for our book club our library is not one that is currently under threat of closure. That aside, as to whether mums of young children are able to read within the time constraints of book club, only time will tell.

Latest search by TV controllers

29 Aug

If you are like me, and hoping to break into the world of writers, this article will be of interest to you. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/aug/23/tv-controllers-plans Providing details of what the major television channel controllers are sourcing for this coming year, it is an invaluable source of information.

I for one will be considering their requirements before staring my next major script.

Nobody likes you – Marc Spitz

27 Aug

This is one for die-hard Green Day fans. Well maybe.

Following Green Day through their career from early childhood, to their Gilman Street days, finishing at the success of American Idiot; a fascinating insight into the bands turmoil with their punk/pop fans.

It has a slow start, hence why it’s one for die-hard fans. Anyone else may just lose interest within the first chapter. It does get better, needless to say the more recent happenings in the band’s history hold the most appeal. Probably because it is most fresh in the mind.

Having said that, whether you like Green Day or not, if you have ever had an interest in punk, you should find this informative. Even from just a punk progression viewpoint. This is purely about the music, and the characters that make it. Merely mentioning family life, if only for how it has affected the music. No filler, just production, promotion and the emotions that arise. Friends from past and present; and how they hold the key to a continuing successful band.

I’m probably biased. It stands to reason that I am a fan else I wouldn’t have picked up this book. But it has good interviews, fascinating insight, and simply; a well written record of punk music history.

Sphere 2006