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Re-boot for 2020

Watch, fountain pen, bookIn the current state of lock down, an online spring-clean seemed in order and this blog is once again the creative centre for anything that isn’t movie, tech or fencing-related. New sites are up, old projects and sites have been closed down and  Everything Express has been put to bed, Proactivity Press has opened for business, while various writing projects have begun or are being dusted off. …

Stop the Spread

#stopthespread with these handy tips.

Follow these tips from the World Health Organization to keep yourself safe and help contain the spread of the virus. …

It’s World Book Day, 2020!

World Book Day 2020World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. …

Proactivity Press Goes Live!

Proactivity Press homepageWelcome to Proactivity Press.

Our new website is now live with our existing titles in print and some upcoming publications available to back order.

Our online shop is also live integrated with a secure PayPal checkout, so you can buy titles direct from us.

The Golden Record – Voyager’s Message in a Bottle


Voyager's Golden RecordThe Voyager spacecraft has recently left the orbital limits of our solar system. It is now the furthest any made-made object has travelled from Earth.

If you’re not old enough to remember the launch, Voyager left carrying a golden record containing a sample of sounds and images from Earth. So should any extraterrestrial life encounter Voyager in deep space, those beings should be able to listen and view the sounds of our civilisation.

If you go to the Golden Record web-site http://goldenrecord.org/, you can see exactly what NASA placed on the golden record, “a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials.” …

Check Out One Book Per Month On Amazon Kindle Lending Library

Image: Steaci Library by Raysonho@Open Grid Scheduler, Wikimedia CommonsE-books may not kill off the lending library after all; at least for Amazon Kindle owners.

Amazon’s recently announced Kindle Owners’ Lending Library will allow Kindle users to check out one e-book a month from the library to be returned without buying. Which all sound fine until you get to the small print.

The service is only available for Amazon Prime subscribers, who pay $79/year and it will only work on Kindle devices – a Kindle app on a smartphone doesn’t count. The service is limited to one book per month and is controlled by Amazon’s Digital Rights Management, so when you ‘return’ your library book it is deleted from your device. …