World Book Day

Wakefield Libraries

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Thursday 5 March is World Book Day and libraries are celebrating with storytimes based on the much loved book ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. This is to celebrate the opening of an exciting new Room on the Broom Adventure Trail at Anglers Country Park on 5th March. It’s free and fun for all the family, so call in to Anglers to explore!

Children under five can also pick up a free voucher at library storytimes. This can be exchanged for a choice of special books produced for World Book Day books at participating shops. Visit the website to find out more about World Book day including games, competitions and story videos. Contact your local library to find out details of their World Book day storytimes.

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Bookstart Bear is always very excited by World Book Day as he is setting off on a Grand Tour of libraries…

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Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Apologies for the lack of real posts. Life as usual getting in the way. This review is not promising to be well written if I am being honest.

Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is a young man lost in his life and after he lands in trouble with the law, he is bailed out by Harry Hart (Colin Firth) offering him a new life: to become an agent with the Kingsman, an independent spy organisation. Plucked from a deprived background, he has to fight against the other more affluent and upper class applicants to become a Kingsman. Meanwhile, Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), an internet mogul is planning to unleash a signal that will send everyone into a psychotic murderous rage in an act of eco-terrorism.

Kingsman is a flashy comedic take on the gentlemen spy, a mix of a spoof but genuine attempt at the genre. The fight scenes are fluid and fun with amazing cinematography. The main moments that kept the audience hooked in from start to end were also the moments which had everyone in the showing laughing together. I can’t really explain which they were without spoiling the film and let’s face it, the puppies are cute.

All the characters are fun but I would say that not all are relate-able to the average audience. The upper class is heavily spoofed making it hard to relate. Later I wondered if the British characters were intended as social commentary about British society. Eggsy is from a council estate with a step father and a half-sister whilst many of our politicians are seen as out of touch private school old boys. The rivalry and hazing of Eggsy by the other applicants of upper class background was possibly there to show the divide in British society. Eggsy’s application was noted to possibly be a case of social engineering, which is frequently claimed in some circles, especially in regards to university applications.

I have to say though that I feel Kingsman was lucky to get its 15 certificate with the swearing and violence prevalent within the film. If you are not expecting it, it can be shocking whilst also being fun. In that respect, it is surprising that there hasn’t been more of an outcry over how controversial it is. The film is also somewhat clichéd with the story but if they had done the opposite, I can’t help feeling that I would still be saying that it was clichéd. Perhaps this is down to genre.

Kingsman is a fun film, definitely of its genre and possibly has more to say for itself than it seems at first glance. Despite it possibly being controversial and very violent, it was a great film.

55 Interesting Intel Devices

Writing crime, spy thriller or something similar? Maybe this can help.

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Often in my novels, I use digital devices to create havoc in my plot. There are so many ways to do that–electronic eavesdropping, cloning smartphones, stealing wifi signals–that I now keep a list of the devices and purposes. See if any of these motivate–or frighten–you.

A note: These are all from novels I’ve read and therefore for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly from an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted when published).

Computers

  • Each keystroke made a distinct sound, as individual as a fingerprint. As the strings of keystroke clacks and clatters were beamed across the Atlantic, they were processed and stored at the Tordella Supercomputer Facility on the grounds of Fort Meade. Space bars, for example, made a very different sound when struck than regular keys. So did the return key, and it was always struck at the end of…

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Writing inspirations – almost a slice of Gotham city

Writing inspiration folks?

Matthew Wright

There is a corner in Wellington, New Zealand, that could almost be Gotham city – two art deco buildings in close proximity with newer structures around.

Shades of Gotham in central Wellington, a bit. Shades of Gotham in central Wellington, a bit.

The full Gotham illusion disappeared several years ago when one of the buildings was raised by several floors, in distinctly modern style. Which means that today a photo of the buildings and some of their neighbours captures not just the styles of the 1930s, but the abstract shapes of architectural styles spanning nearly eighty years. I find that pretty inspiring. Do you?

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