Posts Tagged 'culture'

Storytime: Super-Saver Mouse

Year: 1999
Author: Sandi Toksvig
Illustrator: George Hollingworth

Boris was a tube mouse. He lived in the tube. Not in a tube of sweets. He had tried living in a tube of sweets and it was not at all comfortable. No, Boris lived in the tube of London.

The tube is what people in London call the underground railway. A lot of mice live in the tube. If you look carefully you can see them scurrying about in the tunnels and under the raised train tracks. Tube mice are tiny but they eat a lot. This is not a problem because there is plenty of food. People are always dropping a bit of bread roll here or a scrap of chocolate there. It may look like rubbish to some but it is a three-course dinner to a little mouse.

The tube is made up of lots of different railway lines all criss-crossing under the city. Boris learned about it from his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Garibaldi. He lived in an old biscuit packet on the Bakerloo line and knew everything.

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Music Monday: Season of the Witch

It seemed like Nox Arcana hadn’t made an album suitable for Halloween in ages. (I know it’s only been two years since Gothic, but it has certainly felt like forever.) This teaser from Season of the Witch had me biting my nails in anticipation, and now that I’ve managed to listen to the whole album, there’s no disappointment to be found. A glorious return to form.

Wordless Wednesday: Romantic October

Storytime: Space Race

Year: 1997
Author: Malorie Blackman
Illustrator: Colin Mier

The Challenge
Lizzie loved living on the Astra Space Station. All her friends on Earth were so jealous when her family moved out there. Lizzie had soon made lots of new friends and it was great fun. There was just one problem. Jake! All he did was brag and show off.

Today he was at it again, boasting about his brand new, super duper, fat-ace, deluxe spaceship. ‘It’s got the latest computer so all I have to do is tell it where I want to go and when I want to get there and the computer does the rest. And my new ship is fast because it runs on diamond fuel. It’s one of the first ships anywhere on this space station to run on diamond fuel,’ said Jake.

Huh! If he was any more pleased with himself he’d pop like a balloon, Lizzie thought to herself.

‘I bet I’ve got the best spaceship in the whole school,’ Jake continued. He looked around the classroom. ‘It’s a lot better than any of your ships, that’s for sure.’

Lizzie had had enough. ‘Jake, I bet my ship could beat yours any day.’

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Music Monday: Callum Beattie

I know precisely nothing about Callum Beattie, but man, this song is an earworm of a class all of its own. Fan-tas-tic.


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