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Stephen John Beccia when previously on “A Book and a Chat” shared with us about his book “The Treelanders – Journey to the Giants” which was an award winner of iUniverse’s Publishers Choice, and Editor’s Choice. A musician for most his life, he started writing stories when he was ten, the first one being his version of Dr. Jekyll.

Stephen as well as his children’s books also produces adult short stories, his list of novels and stories include Winter Chill, Seed of the Werewolf, White Room, Flying with Frank and Warning Sign.

Since last appearing on the show Stephen has produced a kindle version of “The Treelanders – Journey to the Giants”, and now a new novel entitled “The Hawk Squad”.

About “The Hawk Squad”: (taken from authors web site)

During
the summer of 1977 while playing a friendly game of baseball, Dustin
Baker gets himself into quite a pickle—a quandary involving his misfit
friends, a brilliant hawk, and a distress note written by a girl they
have never met. Throw some bad guys and bullies into the mix, and that’s
one big fat pickle! 

 

 

 

The
Willabee kidnapping is the biggest crime Dustin’s town has ever
experienced, and he stands in the heart of the beast. Unknowingly,
Dustin and the Hawk Squad are about to play the greatest game of
baseball ever played, both on and off the field. 

 

 



The
Hawk Squad is a fast paced story about a coming of age adolescent geek
who finds the inner strength to triumph over one of life’s biggest
challenges: being bullied. Unified with his group of misfit friends,
Dustin Baker realizes he is not alone in his struggle against criminals
at large. Despite taking his share of punches, jeers, and humility, a
hero emerges to confront the biggest battle of his life.

As we heard through the program Stephen already has another four of the “Treelander” series on the way, with book two due out hopefully later this year.

So sit back and listen to today’s interesting and entertaining show as I host “A Book and a Chat with Stephen Beccia“.

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Barry

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Moving from Hertfordshire to the USA, into music, has just written a book… No today’s show was not about me, but about somebody who has done these things and much more, and is making a welcome return to the show in the form of today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat” was George Earl Parker.

Unlike those  writers who have started writing stories seemingly as soon as they could hold a crayon George’s first success in the world of writing earned had definite benefits when coming runner up in writing contest sponsored by Cadbury’s earned him a large amount of chocolate,  at the age of around ten that was better than any other award going.

George was the  designer and director of the short film “Yellow Submarine Sandwich,” which was included in Eric Idle’s pseudo-documentary of a band called the Rutles, he has received accolades, awards, and a showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This lead to George, like myself, to take the step across the pond, from England to first New York and latterly California.

George is also a talented musician, three of his songs have shown up on the European Country Music Association charts and he shared that his latest song has entered already gone straight into the charts.

When last on the show we discussed novel “Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble“. Not your traditional “Vampire” novel, so don’t expect a version of “Twilight”, rather as one reviewer described the book…  “Its humor will brighten any day and its perspective will lighten your heart. It’s silly, it’s endearing, it’s very human, and it will make you laugh out loud.”

Now George is back with his new book “The Subatomic Kid” a full blown, unable to put down,  adventure novel for all ages.

About “The Subatomic Kid”

John Smith is a perfectly ordinary thirteen-year-old boy who accidentally gets trapped in an illicit scientific experiment at his school. That same morning he’d met a couple of older kids on the school bus who’d dared him to get a date with a beautiful girl, which amazingly he’d done, and now here he is—blown into a strange Subatomic world where an ever-changing cast of characters urge him to get his thinking straight because all that exists in the cosmos is threatened with destruction.


Pulled back by instinct into the world of matter, he seeks to discover those responsible for his plight, but at the same time he’s bound and determined to keep his first date with the girl of his dreams.


Two squabbling half-brothers searching for the secret of immortality turn out to be the culprits standing in the way of his happiness, and now one of them surmises that if John survived the powerful blast of the experiment, he could have the ability to become anything he wants—even the fly on the table in front of him.        


On the day of the date, the four teenagers are kidnapped by an ex-secret agent in the brother’s employ and brutally imprisoned. But when his terrified new friends turn on him because they have absolutely no idea what’s going on, he realizes that he must do virtually everything in his power to bring them home safely, defeat his fear, and understand the nature of his new talent before he can even consider saving the universe and keeping his promise to the masters of the Subatomic world.

So why not sit back and listen to an enjoyable show as George Earl Parker in my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”.

Barry

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Sandi Craig did things somewhat in the reverse order, got
married and had children and then started out on her career, and what a career
as we learned during today’s “A Book and a Chat”.
She started off as a news anchor for an ABC affiliate in the
Midwest as well as being a News Reporter for a CBS affiliate in Texas, brining
her many awards for her unique perspective. During this time Sandi had the
opportunity to interview such notables as Christopher Reeve, Dick Cheney, President
Bill Clinton to name just a few.
Moving to Los Angeles two years ago she decided to learn
more about the movie industry from the inside taking on many roles in both film
and TV to “learn the trade”. She has now produced several screenplays which
might well move on into novels, her latest being “Pawn”.
About “Pawn”: (taken from Sandi’s web site)
Fiona Foster has discovered the perfect murder weapon—her
autistic son.

Fiona learns that her husband is divorcing her to marry Marilyn, a woman he met
online, and Fiona doesn’t adjust well to change. She resolves to train her autistic
son, Andrew, to eliminate her rival by putting a lethal dose of poisoned cream
in Marilyn’s coffee.

But Marilyn has targeted Fiona from the beginning.

Marilyn has plotted for years to eliminate Fiona, her half sister, and take
what she believes is rightfully hers—her husband and her wealth. And Marilyn
has another surprise—she’s done her own training with Andrew.

The two sit down for coffee. One of them is gonna die.

With several other screen plays and sitcoms  underway, her passion for writing is just
another string to Sandi’s bow that already includes that of a broadcaster,
actor, TV host and singer.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on “A Book and a Chat with Sandi Craig”.

Barry

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At the third time of asking I finally was able to have Tony
Cane-Honeysett
as my guest on “A Book and a Chat”. Last Friday we had issues
with the radio broadcast, with echo’s on the line then troublers with the
actual program, we were due to re-do the program on Monday but I had to cancel
owing to other commitments.
Tony is one of those talented people who no matter what they
do they find success, from wanting to be a musician (he did go to Nashville and
make an album later in his life), doing ballet to help with his soccer, to being
an Emmy Award winning writer and filmmaker, and now author.
His documentary film “The Royal Academy” which started out
as an exercise so he could learn how to use his new camera ended up winning two
Emmy awards. This success was followed up by a bondage film “Mondo Bondo”.
During his investigation for “Mondo Bono” he chatted to
several Dominatrix’s and was amazed at the number of high ranking judges and
directors that used that service.
Tony has now taken this knowledge and produced a wonderful
novel “Fem Dom” which is the shortened term used for ‘Female Domination’. Originally Tony was planning to make
this into another screenplay but instead went the direction of it being a
novel. Not that the original idea has been forgotten, indeed you can see a
short film snippet on the web site link.
When I
asked Tony how he was promoting the book, his wonderful reverse psychology was…
“I tell
people it’s a disgusting book and strongly advise them against buying it. This
always piques their interest and they always want to know more!”
About “Fem
Dom
”:
When faithful wife Tara Drew suspects her advertising
executive husband is seeing a Dominatrix, she sets out to trap him in the act.
She pays the Dominatrix to teach her how to please men by dominating them and
inflicting pain. But her plan to snare her husband has very bizarre
consequences. Way out of her comfort zone as an undercover Fem Dom, Tara
discovers a kinky world that both intrigues and disgusts her. But now she is
the one with a secret life that she doesn’t want her husband to find out about.
He has already received some great reviews and I am including
on from one of the top reviewers on Amazon Grady Harp who gave the book 5
starts.
A Movie Waiting to be Optioned!, October 8, 2012
Tony
Cane-Honeysett has the gift! Though the title of this book may throw a few
prospective buyers off, FEM DOM is not a travelogue into the bowels of
degenerate sexual behavior, but instead it is a at once a study of how control
dominates the minds of those climbing the steep ladder of corporate success,
leaving in its path the bruised family and friends and how in turn women can
respond to the need for domination – either actively or through persistent
investigation of the male control process and needs. Cane-Honeysett has created
a credible story about some incredible situations and he relates it with the
force of a both a dramatist and comic master. He comes to this first novel with
a depth of experience as a filmmaker of documentaries (which happens to include
a film that studies B&D `Mondo Bondo’) and as an Emmy award-winning writer.
Clem Drew is in the advertising field, completely immersed in his job and his
struggle to become the next CEO of his huge company when the current CEO
retires: his creative juices are responsible for landing some mega accounts for
he company while at the same time attempting to avoid the too evident struggle
with his in house competitor Kurt Fitzgerald. Tension and long hours keep Clem
fatigued, and the person who suffers is his wife Tara who spends her boring
housewife hours ending to Clem and volunteering as a baker for a church
charity. Tara longs for the missing passion and physical aspects of her
marriage to the handsome Clem, and when she sees whelps and bruises on Clem’s
back she grows suspicious of extramarital affairs. Follow-up on hints of
indiscretions of a name at the office prove false but the last straw is the
discovery of a card in Clem’s suit – Mistress Krystal – Professional Services -
952-941-5051 and on the back is the appointment Tuesday, 5 PM. Tara shares this
with her best friend Lorraine, a self-assured black gal who advises Tara to
explore this thoroughly.

The story flies from this point: Tara makes an appointment with Mistress
Krystal, a Dominatrix, who gradually introduces Tara into the world of Bondage
and Discipline and Tara buys her needed outfits and watches the humiliation
Mistress Krystal inflicts on wealthy men, ultimately being giving the chance to
humiliate one customer called `Sissy Boy’ – all in preparation to give Clem
what he desires at home while catching the bug for the role as a Dominatrix.
How this all plays out to the benefit of all persons introduced in this story
(with one MAJOR exception) is the hilarious manner in which the author closes
all doors and windows he has opened. Nothing is as it appears and the surprises
leave the reader completely satisfied.

It is rare when an author can use a dark subject as the basis for a story, but
in using the B&D idea he serves up a psychosocial sexual brew from which we
all learn about a subject few know. He makes it work – beautifully!

Like Grady
I can see this becoming the film that the book set out to be.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Tony Cane-Honeysett

Barry

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It’s not everybody’s dream to act a Shakespeare play in a warehouse with temperatures in the nineties, wearing a woolen sailor suit, nor was it Jon Skovron’s, my guest on today’s Male YA Author “A Book and a Chat”. In fact that was the start of him giving up the acting and following his writing career, which eventually has lead to the hugely popular debut YA novel “Struts & Frets”.

Jon is an insatiable music geek who can play eight instruments, but none of them well… (According to him). He started writing in junior high, which developed into short stories at high school. He also, wrote songs and still has is old song books, from which some of the songs within “Struts & Frets” have been taken.

As we heard during the entertaining program, Jon shared with us, how one of the main influences in his writing is Vanity Fair by William Thackeray. John shared how he definitely feels a very intense connection to Thackeray’s work unlike any other author he’s ever read. What’s weird is that, stylistically speaking, is that they are nothing alike as writers.

As with Sammy the hero of “Struts & Frets” music runs in Jon’s family, with characters such as Sammy’s grandfather not far away from his own relation.

About STRUTS & FRETS:

Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.
When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together.

The book has been called “honest, urgent, inspirational, hilarious and moving”.

The story is told in a voice that will resonate not just with teenage musicians but with anyone who ever sat up all night listening to music and wondering if they’d ever find their place in this world.

We also heard about Jon’s new book “Misfit” a sarcastic yet lovable half demon girl in a Catholic School, a bigger and darker book, which is due to come out in the Fall of 2011. With a second a follow up to “Misfit” already underway, and a third story in the planning stage, Jon Skovron, is a name week hear a lot more of in the future.

So sit back and enjoy today’s Male YA Author “A Book and a Chat with Jon Skovron“.

Barry

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MALE YA AUTHOR MONTH GUESTS

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Nov 15th Jon Skovron – Author of “Struts & Frets” and “Misfit (2011)” – Mon 6:30pm EST

Nov 16th Barry Lyga – Author of “Fan Boy and Goth Girl”, “Boy Toy”, “Hero Type” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

Nov 17th James – Author of “Book Chic” blog – Wed 6:30pm EST

Nov 18th Daniel Nayeri – Author “Another Faust”, “Another Pan” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 20th Scott Westerfeld – Author of “Uglies”, “Pretties”, “Special”, and “Extras” - Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 23rd Steve Brezenoff – Author of ” The Absolute Value of -1″, “Alley of Shadows” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

Nov 24th Alex – Author of “Alex reads books” blog – Wed 6:30pm EST

Nov 25th Estevan Vega – Author of “The Sacred Sin” and “Arson” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 27th Allan Frewin Jones – Author of “The Faerie Path” and “The Warrior Princess” series – Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 30th Alan Gratz – Author of “Something Wicked”, “Something Rotten”, “The Brooklyn Nine” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

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My guest on today’s MYM (Male YA Author Month) A Book and a Chat is David Macinnis Gill, started was reading almost before he started school. In middle school his love for reading and literature lead him to volunteer as a library aid so that he could have free access to the library before during and after school. He wrote several short stories during those early years as well as teaching at several schools before becoming an associate professor in the English education department.

Two of his short stories “Broken Circles (1993)” and “Peoples Song (1996)” received praise and encouragement that eventually lead to the production of his first novel “Soul Enchilada”.

Originally “Soul Enchilada”, started as a short story, it turned into the spark that would eventually produce his first debut novel in 2009. The book became a success winning several awards including 2010 Best Book for Young Adults, 2010 Stuff for the Teen Age (NYPL) and 2010 Bank Street College Best Books of the Year.

As David explained during the show, the book was not without issues, even though the voice of “Bug” the main character came to him almost immediately, basing her on many people he’d come into contact with teaching. As well the music in the book is part of both his and “bug’s” life.

The challenge was that the setting of the book was El Paso, a place David had never been to, he narrated to us the various help and education he received both from friends and critic groups as well as by searching the internet.

We discussed about the various steps he went through with editing, how some of the language changed becoming more real and the addition of exclamation marks, something frowned on I by some editors.

The success of Soul Enchilada has been followed by another YA hit, “Black Hole Sun”. His new book is a mad story about a disgraced teenage soldier hired to save a group of out of luck miners. A novel he described to his editor as “Seven Samurai on Mars”.

A really funny story, with Monty Phyon like humor, the book has become a great favorite among the YA readers. As well as sharing with us how he had to learn to curse in seven languages for the book, he also told us a little bit about the follow up novel he is currently working on “Invisible Sun

So sit back and enjoy today’s Male YA Author “A Book and a Chat with David Macinnis Gill“.

Barry

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Nov 10th David Macinnis Gill – Author of “Black Hole Sun” and ” Soul Enchilada” – Wed 6:30pm EST

Nov 11th William Kostakis – Author of “Loathing Lola” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 13th R.A.Nelson – Author of “Teach Me”, “Breath My Name” and “Days of Little Texas” – Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 15th Jon Skovron – Author of “Struts & Frets” and “Misfit (2011)” – Mon 6:30pm EST

Nov 16th Barry Lyga – Author of “Fan Boy and Goth Girl”, “Boy Toy”, “Hero Type” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

Nov 17th James – Author of “Book Chic” blog – Wed 6:30pm EST

Nov 18th Shaun David Hutchinson – Author of “The Death Day Letter” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 20th Scott Westerfeld – Author of “Uglies”, “Pretties”, “Special”, and “Extras” - Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 23rd Steve Brezenoff – Author of ” The Absolute Value of -1″, “Alley of Shadows” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

Nov 24th Alex – Author of “Alex reads books” blog – Wed 6:30pm EST

Nov 25th Estevan Vega – Author of “The Sacred Sin” and “Arson” – Thur 6:30pm EST

Nov 27th Allan Frewin Jones – Author of “The Faerie Path” and “The Warrior Princess” series – Sat 11:00am EST

Nov 30th Alan Gratz – Author of “Something Wicked”, “Something Rotten”, “The Brooklyn Nine” etc… – Tues 6:30pm EST

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My special guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is author “Jeri Smith-Ready”. While Jeri has several books and trilogies under her writing belt, her new book “SHADE” is her debut venture into the realms of YA literature.

Jeri’s early plans save the earth were ruined when she realized she was more of a “problem maker” than a problem solver. This did not deter her however and her first book written in 1995/6 was about an environmental crusader-type guy fighting a coal mining company. This novel never saw the light of day and as Jeri explained she now classes it as her first “practice novel”. Her second attempt proved much more successful, though being ahead of her time with EBooks did turn her novel more into a “cult” book than actually find her overnight success.

Requiem for the Devil” did however put the name of Jeri Smith-Ready onto the literature map. The book garnered a cult following (which is a nice way of saying only a few people read it, but those who did, loved it). This following included Stacy Boyd, who later became one of the editors for a new imprint of female-focused fantasy, Luna Books. Stacy asked Jeri to submit a proposal, and the “Aspect of Crow” series was born.

The Aspect of Crow trilogy proved to be a huge success, being soon followed by “Wonderful Game” the first book in the extremely popular “WVMP Radio Series”.
During the show Jeri shared with us her current work in progress as well as what might be happening in her other” Urban Fantasy” novel, before we started discussing her YA book “Shade”.

What people say about “SHADE” which will soon be follwed by her next book in the series “SHIFT

SHADE is a hauntingly good story and an intriguing beginning to a new series. Jeri Smith-Ready proves again why she is one of my very favorite reads! –P.C. Cast, New York Times-bestselling author of the House of Night series

The perfect combination of mystery, ghosts and romance, SHADE left me breathless. –Lisa Schroeder, author of I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME

Smith-Ready writes movingly and well about music, first love and the drama of having too much responsibility thrust upon your teenage shoulders. Her world is first-rate and every one of her characters rings true. You’ll want to read the next book in this exciting series immediately, but alas, you’ll have to wait. –RT Book Reviews.

Jeri proved a really interesting and entertaining guest and the show is one people of all ages will enjoy. So why not sit back and listen to today’s “A Book and a Chat with Jeri Smith-Ready.

Barry

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Throughout history the caricature has been part of the artists armory. My guest today on “A Book and a Chat” is Victor Pross professional caricaturist and illustrator, known for his “extreme caricaturing”, whose book “Icons & Idols” has been recently released.

with over 100,000 faces estimated to have been drawn by Victor, he has an extensive experience in caricature art, comic art, editorials, game boards, character design, CD covers, print advertisements, to name but a few.

During the show Victor shared with us some of the origins of both his art and how he came to create his new book “Icons & Idols

Along the way some of his favorite moments have been creating a caricaturing actor Fred Ward when he appeared in Toronto for some on location shooting. Being commissioned to paint Ron Howard’s caricature portrait as a gift for the famous director. Let alone his own moments as a teacher or appearing in radio and TV.

In his book Victor shares some of the “extreme caricaturing” creations he has created, from Jack Nicholson to Einstein. A sample of these drawings can be found on Victors website, though I would suggest purchasing a copy of his book would really show you the artistic talents of Victor Pross. During the show Victor even offered to add a caricature for the person purchasing a copy of his book.

So why not stop by and listen to today’s very entertaining forty-five minute show “A Book and a Chat with Victor Pross”

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Shares in Sat-Nav device companies crashed earlier this week when Google unveiled it’s “FREE” live satalight navigation system for mobiles. Us Firm Garmin‘s shares fell 185 in one day, while Tom Tom dropped 13% when the markets opened on Wednesday.

The Google application promises “free real time, turn-by-turn directions” for people to follow on their phones.

The “Motorola Droid” will be the first mobile phone equipped with this system.

This news came only days after Google announced it was entering the “online music market” with a new service for finding and buying music. Their “One Box” is an alliance with music sites Lala and MySpace owned iLike.

According to Google, the words “music” and “lyrics” are amongst the top 10 search terms of all time.

So what next for Google… a phone that reminds you that you have locked your keys in the car or perhaps an option to make you a cup of tea while you drive?

Barry



BARRY EVA (Storyheart)
Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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Tickety-Boo

Yesterday I was hunting around for a copy of a song I heard a while ago thinking to replace the opening music for my “Book and a Chat” radio shows which currently is set to “Tea for Two”. The reason being, the show is aimed to be a friendly chat between two friends over a cup a tea/coffee. The guests I have had so far and the show has been running since February with over forty shows so far and a waiting list for guests going into November.

Anyway I was looking for a song called “Tickety-Boo” by one of my favorite singers Ralph McTell, who sang the song along with Billy Connolly with the launch in October 18th 1999, Tickety-Boo is tea. The sales of this tea in eighteen months after the launch, Tickety-Boo had already raised over £50,000 to help children in India, China, Romania and Tibet.

The song not only starts with a whistling kettle coming to the boil but has such wonderful lines as…


“A little cup and saucery is magic in the morning.”

And…
“Tickety-Boo, isn’t that nice? The only cup of tea that makes you feel good twice. “

Needless to say I could not find my copy (old cassette) nor find a place on line to purchase or down load the music.

Today I did find the old cassette, and also why I had not played the music as the cassette due I would guess to little fingers was broken.

So while I hunt the internet for another copy I though I’d check up on the meaning of
“tickety-boo”

This is the best I have found…

There are a number of theories regarding the origin of the expression “tickety-boo” (also sometimes spelt “ticketty-boo”, tiggity-boo”) meaning “all in order, satisfactory, as it should be.” or ” Everything is going fine”.”Things are proceeding smoothly or quickly”.
It appeared in the early 1920s, well before World War II, and was in general use by the 1940s. It is still used in UK by people of “a certain age” and therefore has become rather old fashioned.
There is the theory that it is a relic of the British colonial presence in India and it may have originated in the British military. One of the most accepted and common theories about “tickety-boo” connects it to the Hindi expression “tikai babu” or “tickee babu” meaning “Everything’s alright, sir”.

So this week when people ask how you are feeling,just tell them.

“I’m tickety-boo”


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond
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ENGLISHMANS VIEW ON BASEBALL
WHAT IS BOXING DAY
BRITISH TV TRANSPLANTS
WHO WAS SAINT GEORGE?
BOBS YOUR UNCLE
SWEET FANNY ADAMS
EUROPE’S GOT TALENT – WELL PERHAPS
GOBSMACKED, BOBBIES AND AN ARM AND A LEG
BIG BEN… OR IS IT?
THE USA NEEDS A CITIZENS CHARTER

FROM CHARIOTS TO NASCAR
WHAT IS FATHERS DAY?

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