Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Standing by my convictions

Hi All,

As a follow up to my previous post I thought I would let you know, I wrote to my local MPs and I got a reply.

This is what they said:


Dear Anita,

Thank you for your recent Email forwarded to me by West Berkshire District Council.

I do have considerable sympathy for your concerns and your obvious passion regarding childrens education and the history of this Great Country. I am of an age when as a child, there was little restriction regarding such celebration. In fact I can remember when very young, attending a St Georges day Parade culminating in the rest of the day off from school.

However that is not the world that we now live in, as one of your local Councillors I frequently find levels of restriction imposed upon personal opinion. Political correctness, does however have considerable benefits in our current society as it ensures a mechanism not to unwittingly cause offence to the wide and varied structure of our community.

I wish you well in your efforts to achieve an additional Public Holiday, but I fear that the cost will ultimately be borne by the general public and perhaps it is support from the business community that is needed.

Yours Sincerely

TSJ Port



Well, I think the gist of the letter is that we can't celebrate St George's Day or put the word saint on the front of children's books, not only incase it offends people but, because it is too expensive.


What do you think? Maybe I've totally misunderstood.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

All the best,
Anita
xxx

Monday, April 23, 2007

Foster a Sense of Pride

Today is St George’s Day and as we all know St George is the patron saint of England. Last year I had a little rant about how terrible it is we do not really celebrate St George’s Day. See: St George's Day

I still believe it is bad form to prevent the patron saint of a country being nationally celebrated in children’s books for fear of upsetting people.

But this year, I have been assured the celebrations are going to be more passionate than ever!

Today, a St. Georges Day rally will take place at Westminster in the Grand Committee Room of the House of Commons at 4.00 pm. It is being hosted by Andrew Rosindell MP in conjunction with www.stgeorgesday.com. This is a strictly non-political event and will be attended by elected MPs from all over the country and 150 supporters.

For those of you who don’t already know, www.stgeorgesday.com has launched their new website, which amongst other things is campaigning to establish St. Georges Day as a national holiday. The voting poll stands at over 960,000 YES votes in favour of St. Georges Day being a PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

You can help tip it over the million by clicking HERE and you can write to your MP and let them know your thoughts on the matter by visiting this site: www.writetothem.com

At last someone is doing something to foster a sense of pride for our country.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I've gone identity mad!

I really love Mika's Grace Kelly.

Apparently, he wrote it after receiving loads of rejections. If you listen to the words you'll see it's about his experiences of changing his style to meet what the music people in charge wanted. Being angry doesn't solve anything. Why not watch and see for yourself.





Like Mika says:

Do I attract you?
Do I repulse you with my queasy smile?
Am I too dirty?
Am I too flirty?
Do I like what you like?

I could be wholesome
I could be loathsome
I guess I'm a little bit shy
Why don't you like me?
Why don't you like me without making me try?

I try to be like Grace Kelly
But all her looks were too sad
So I try a little Freddie
I've gone identity mad!

I could be brown
I could be blue
I could be violet sky
I could be hurtful
I could be purple
I could be anything you like
Gotta be green
Gotta be mean
Gotta be everything more
Why don't you like me?
Why don't you like me?
Why don't you walk out the door!

How can I help it
How can I help it
How can I help what you think?
Hello my baby
Hello my baby
Putting my life on the brink
Why don't you like me
Why don't you like me
Why don't you like yourself?
Should I bend over?
Should I look older just to be put on the shelf?

I try to be like Grace Kelly
But all her looks were too sad
So I try a little Freddie
I've gone identity mad!

I could be brown
I could be blue
I could be violet sky
I could be hurtful
I could be purple
I could be anything you like
Gotta be green
Gotta be mean
Gotta be everything more
Why don't you like me?
Why don't you like me?
Why don't you walk out the door!

Say what you want to satisfy yourself
But you only want what everybody else says you should want

I could be brown
I could be blue
I could be violet sky
I could be hurtful
I could be purple
I could be anything you like
Gotta be green
Gotta be mean
Gotta be everything more
Why don't you like me?
Why don't you like me?
Why don't you walk out the door!

These words relate to writers of all genres - not just music. Anybody who has ever had to deal with rejection can realate to this song.

Do the general public only want what everybody else says they should want? I think the popularity of Mika's music proves that they don't. So there is hope for all of us - a silver liniing on the horizon. We should all say what we want to satisfy ourselves. That is what writing is all about.

Don't you think this song is just brilliant? If I were you I'd listen to it again.

To find out more about Mika and his music take a look at his MySpace: www.myspace.com/mikamyspace

And because this post is unusually deep for me, here's another one:





This one is just COOL! And I've posted it because I like it so much. Excuse me while I dance around the room. Can you mosh pit on your own? I've no idea! But, who cares?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Check out the April issue of Writers' Forum

This month I have another article in Writers' Forum. This time about Philip Caveney. He has written adult thrillers for more than twenty years but, recently signed a three book deal with Random House for a new children's series. The first book, Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools, was released in January this year.



If you would like to see the article, it is on pages 41-2. To find out more about Philip Caveney and his books take a look at his website: www.philip-caveney.co.uk

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Agent's Party 2007

Hi All,

I was going to write up my notes on the Agent's Party and post them on my blog but, time is ticking by and the moment feels like it has gone.

However, Candy has done an excellent write up of the evening. So if you want to find out more about SCBWI's Agent's Party 2007 take a peek at: No talking teeth and vegetables.

Have a great Easter.

Love Anita xxx