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13 January

Book of the day

songfortomorrowA Song for Tomorrow
Alice Peterson
(UK: Simon & Schuster, 2017)

Tom fell in love with Alice the moment he saw her. He realises that being with her will not be easy, but she is a force of nature, a burst of sunlight in his otherwise ordinary world.

Some people might look at Alice and think she has everything, but Alice knows she is not like other women. Her life is complicated, unpredictable, difficult. Alice does not like pity. All she wants to do, has ever wanted to do, is sing.

Alice has been told not to follow her dreams. So has Tom. But when fate has already dealt a tough hand, it’s time to stop listening to everyone else and only follow their hearts.

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine, or via Amazon (A Song for Tomorrow)

woman-reading-4Facts of the day

13 January

1404 The Act of Multipliers is passed by the English Parliament forbidding alchemists to use their knowledge to create precious metals. Policy-makers feared that if any alchemist should succeed in making gold from lead, it would cause economic collapse.

New Year

Until 2006, the Space Shuttle never flew on New Year’s day or eve because its computers couldn’t handle a year rollover.


In the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo there is one sentence that is 823 words long.

Writers birthdays

1406 Matteo Palmieri (Italy)
1562 Mark Alexander Boyd (UK)
1720 Richard Hurd (UK)
1749 Maler Müller (Germany)
1802 Eduard von Bauernfeld (Austria)
1812 Victor de Laprade (France)
1832 Horatio Alger Jr (USA)
1859 Karl Bleibtreu (Germany)
1859 Kostis Palamas (Greece)
1884 Johan Elsensohn (Netherlands)
1893 Clark Ashton Smith (USA)
1895 Anton Betzner (Germany)
1898 Kaj Munk (Denmark)
1901 A B Guthrie Jr (USA)
1921 Dachine Rainer (USA)
1926 Carolyn Gold Heilbrun (USA)
1926 Pamela Cunnington (UK)
1926 Michael Bond (UK)
1933 Ron Goulart (USA)
1940 Edmund White (USA)
1945 Joy Chant (UK)
1955 Jay McInerney (USA)
1957 Lorrie Moore (USA)

Jokes of the day

Google+ is the gym of social networking. We all join, but nobody actually uses it.

Cartoon: Randy Glasbergen, Cartoons on women’s fitness, Glasbergen Cartoon Service

Quote of the day

Robert Maynard Hutchins: ‘Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes.’