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November 23 2011 4 23 /11 /November /2011 00:15

Film genre and audience creation
In teacher tra ining college in the 1960s I was trained by a team from Kodak to teach filmmaking in schools. Technology was very much celluloid and spools at that time, we edited tape by literally cutting and cementing the ends of the tape together. The...
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November 18 2011 6 18 /11 /November /2011 12:47

Catherine Fisher's Belin's Hill
Catherine Fisher’s work is set in Wales and the Welsh Border territories, and often features children whose lives are in crisis. Her genre is fantasy, however, and telling an exciting and intriguing story is her first objective. She uses a post-modern...
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November 16 2011 4 16 /11 /November /2011 18:50

Val's Book Reviews
I have written quite a few book reviews over the years, and some of them do appear online. Here's a sample: Bryan Talbot's award-winning graphic novel, The Tale of One Bad Rat , a therapeutic story about Beatrix Potter's influence on a child abuse survivor....
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November 12 2011 7 12 /11 /November /2011 12:58

A guide to Rotorua, New Zealand
Rotorua on North Island, Aotearoa New Zealand, is a tourist resort where Maori traditions are visible and ancient arts are taught. At the centre of a geothermal valley, Rotorua's main attractions are steaming geysers and mud pools around a lake within...
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November 11 2011 6 11 /11 /November /2011 07:17

Migrating to Australia? Here's how to get started
Australia welcomes migrants from all parts of the world, and offers a diverse range of designations to encourage a continuing stream of applications. Working it all out can seem complicated, so here are a few hints and tips to get you started. Working...
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November 9 2011 4 09 /11 /November /2011 13:43

How to save money on a Sydney Harbour cruise
To cruise Sydney Harbour is part of the tourist dream for a visit to Australia. Find out if you can save money on the Sydney Harbour cruise options available. Circular Quay Sydney Harbour sightseeing usually involves visiting Circular Quay and the historic...
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November 9 2011 4 09 /11 /November /2011 12:40

Types of Sydney tour
Australia trips usually include a visit to the New South Wales city of Sydney. Sydney is a large city, with its suburbs, it is the size of an English county, so many types of Sydney attractions are best visited via Sydney day tours. This article will...
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October 31 2011 2 31 /10 /October /2011 15:41

Picasso Museum in Malaga
The Museo Picasso Málaga is in the restored sixteenth century Palacio de Beunavista. The Palacio houses three separate exhibitions (two entrance charges, or the option of an all-in-one ticket), the resident Picasso Collection, the Temporary Exhibition...
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October 28 2011 6 28 /10 /October /2011 18:28

Writers' Museum in Edinburgh's Lady Stair's Close
From a stone, turretted, 1622 building off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, hangs the sign of a man with a quill pen seated at a desk. The Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s House is surrounded by a courtyard dedicated to writer's, ‘Makars’ Court’. The Writers’ Museum...
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October 27 2011 5 27 /10 /October /2011 12:55

Museums to visit on the Edinburgh Royal Mile
Edinburgh Royal Mile is packed with museums and historic buildings, so the intending tourist needs to plan ahead to get the best experience. The route runs downhill from the castle, where the Edinburgh Tattoo takes place, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse,...
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