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Big Ben: London’s Clock Tower

The 320 foot high Clock Tower of the Houses of Parliament is one of London’s most popular monuments for any tourist or visitor. The nickname “BIG BEN” is often used to refer to the clock and the clock tower clock itself.

The name though actually relates to the main bell, officially known as the Great Bell, is the largest bell in the tower is better known by the nickname “Big Ben”. The bell weighs over 13 tons, and was cast in 1858 at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in East London. To this day one of the largest bells they have ever cast. Big Ben was the largest bell in the British Isles until “Great Paul”, a 17 tonne bell currently hung in St. Paul’s Cathedral, was cast in 1881.

The original clock tower was built at Westminster in 1288. The present tower was raised as a part of Charles Barry’s design for a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire on the night of 22 October 1834. Just two months later, Big Ben cracked. A lighter hammer was fitted and the bell rotated to present an undamaged section to the hammer.

The clock tower looks spectacular at night when the four clock faces are illuminated.
• Each dial is 23 feet square (2.13 square metres)
• Big Ben’s minute hands are 14 feet long (4.26 metres)
• The figures on the face of Big Ben are two feet high (0.6 metres)

A special light above the clock faces is also illuminated, letting the public know when parliament is in session.

During the Second World War, the Palace of Westminster was hit by German bombing, on 10 May 1941, a bombing raid damaged two of the clockfaces and sections of the tower’s stepped roof and destroyed the House of Commons chamber. Despite the heavy bombing the clock ran accurately and chimed throughout the Blitz.

The idiom of putting a penny on, with the meaning of slowing down, sprang from the method of fine-tuning the clock’s pendulum.[11] On top of the pendulum is a small stack of old penny coins; these are to adjust the time of the clock. Adding or subtracting coins has the effect of minutely altering the position of the pendulum’s center of mass, the effective length of the pendulum rod and hence the rate at which the pendulum swings. Adding or removing a penny will change the clock’s speed by 0.4 second per day.

The chimes of Big Ben are known throughout the world, were first broadcast by the BBC on 31 December 1923, a tradition that continues to this day.


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond
http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/
http://across-t-pond.com


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THE GRAND NATIONAL
WHY UK DRIVES ON THE LEFT
MOTHERS DAY ACROSS THE POND
ABOUT THE UNION JACK
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

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Today on my book radio show “A BOOK AND A CHAT” my guest did not show. While I’m sure there must be a good reason, I was not as prepared as perhaps I should have been as I did receive confirmation from my guests agent.

So what do you do?

After a brief outline of the guest and her book, hoping that she would dial in eventually, I went through the guests and events over the last two weeks, as well as some sporting items that have been going on today and mentioning my UK Sunday blog which tomorrow will be about “BIG BEN”. To tourists this is the clock tower which is part of the “House of Parliament” as well as being one of the best known landmarks of London. However.. you are wrong… that is not Big Ben. Read tomorrows Sunday blog to find out all the details.

Okay so that was ten minutes of the show, so what did I talk about for the other twenty?

The answer is what I intend to blog all next week.

“BOOK PROMOTION ON A BUDGET”

Each day next week I will be talking about various ways you can save while helping your book promotion. I wrote this document earlier in the week working on all the various items I have found since my book has come out. It was suggested I make it into an E Book, perhaps to make some money, but to me that went against the whole idea of why I was writing the document.

So starting Next Monday each day through the week I will be trying to offer help for any author, writer or reader as to ways of promoting your book without spending a fortune.

needless to say I got quite into it on the radio show and you can here some of what will be shared on today’s “BOOK AND A CHAT with Storyheart”

PLEASE… if you are a writer, reader, author, story teller etc PASS THE WORD about next weeks blog, it is all to help people by items I have learned and I will tell it as it is. No flowery words, in a language that people can understand.

So FOLLOW NEXT WEEKS BLOG – BOOK PROMOTION ON A BUDGET

SUNDAYS UK BLOG – BIG BEN


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

Book Site:http://across-t-pond.com
Follow my daily blog at: http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com
Follow my Blog Talk Radio Show at :http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond
Amazon Reviews: http://tinyurl.com/o7sokpGuardian

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Angel Publishing Authors Go On Tour

May 27, 2009 – In an effort to promote their books, six children’s authors published by Guardian Angel Publishing team together to tour the blogosphere in a two-week long virtual book tour.

Bounding for Books Blog Tour will last from June 1st until June 15th. Blog stops will include reviews, interviews, spotlights and inspirational articles. People who leave comments will be eligible for prizes.

Participating authors include:

Mayra Calvani, author of Crash!, http://www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Gladen, author of A Star in the Night, http://www.jgladen.blogspot.com/

Donna Shepherd, author of Dotty’s Topsy Tale, http://www.topsyturvyland.com/

Kim Chatel, author of A Talent for Quiet, http://www.kimchatel.com/H1A_Daily_News/H1A_Daily_News.html

Margot Finke, author of Rattlesnake Jam, http://margotfinke.blogspot.com

Shari Lyle-Soffe, author of Nothing Stops Noah, http://sharilyle-soffe.com

Also joining the tour is Joy Delgado, publisher and illustrator of Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa, http://goingbeyondreading.blogspot.com

Each author will be hosting another author three times a week (on Monday, Wednesday and Friday) for the duration of the two-week tour. For more information, visit http://www.kimchatel.com/N2A_Bounding_For_Books.html

Aggressive book promotion is a must these days for all authors, but especially for small press authors whose publishers don’t have the resources for expensive advertising. It’s wonderful to see authors team together like this in order to bring visibility to their books and their publisher.

For readers and book lovers alike, this is a wonderful opportunity to check out the latest print and electronic titles for your children’s summer reading.

For more information, contact Mayra Calvani at mayra.calvani(at)gmail.com
Visit the publisher’s website at http://www.GuardianAngelPublishing.com


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

Book Site:http://across-t-pond.com
Follow my daily blog at: http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com
Follow my Blog Talk Radio Show at :http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond
Amazon Reviews: http://tinyurl.com/o7sokpGuardian

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As John Cleese would say…

“And now for something completely different”

I am not sure if I have shared this with you before, but I really enjoy singing karaoke and even run a show of my own on a Saturday night. Being a host one has to be able to sing whatever people want to hear from heavy and rock, to country and ballads, and be available for help with most duets…Even MEAT LOAF (all 8 minutes).

Some of the stuff I really love singing are silly songs, parades.

I have written about five parodies, two of which I do regularly at various shows, normally straight after somebody has song the correct version.

My version of Kerri Underwoods “HE CHEATS” called “NEXT TIME SHE EATS” and Garth Brooks “FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES” called “I’VE GOT A RASH IN LOW PLACES” seem to go down well.

(Check the songs at http://4tenderheart.com/karasong.html)

Any way… on the way into work today, I got a flash of inspiration which churned into an idea and tonight became reality.

My blog tonight shares my brand new parodies of “HERO” by Enrique Igliasais… “PLEASE GIVE ME A HERO”

PLEASE GIVE ME A HERO

YOU CAN COOK, WHAT YOU WANT TO COOK
YOU CAN FRY, WHAT YOU WANT TO FRY
I DON’T CARE, WHAT YOU COOK TONIGHT
A SUB WILL DO JUST FINE

I DON’T WANT, NO GREASY BURGER N’ BUN
I DON’T WANT, NO CHICKEN TO.
ALL I WANT, IS THE THING I LOVE
A LARGE HERO HERE TONIGHT

I JUST WANT A HERO BABY
FILLED WITH HAM ‘N TURKEY TO
LETTUCE, TOMATO MAKES IT BETTER
BUT PLEASE JUST HOLD THE MAYONNAISE

NICE WHITE BREAD, NOT TO OLD AND STALE
WITH MEAT AND A SLICE OF CHEESE
AM I ASKING TO MUCH, IF YOU DON’T MIND
I WANT HERO HERE TONIGHT

I JUST WANT A HERO BABY
FILLED WITH HAM ‘N TURKEY TO
LETTUCE TOMATO MAKES IT BETTER
PLEASE JUST HOLD THE MAYONNAISE

OH I’M FEELING SO HUNGRY
I’M FEELING SO VERY HUNGRY
OH YES
AM I ASKING TO MUCH, IF YOU DON’T MIND
I WANT HERO HERE TONIGHT

I JUST WANT A HERO BABY
FILLED WITH HAM ‘N TURKEY TO
LETTUCE TOMATO MAKES IT BETTER
BUT PLEASE JUST HOLD THE MAYONNAISE

I JUST WANT A HERO BABY
HEAPED WITH HAM ‘N TURKEY TO
LETTUCE TOMATO MAKES IT BETTER
PLEASE JUST HOLD THE MAYONNAISE
I DON’T WANT NO MAYONNAISE

I JUST WANT A HERO

Well I hope you enjoyed the parodies, I’ll be singing it at my show this Saturday

Barry Eva (Storyheart)
Author of “Across the Pond”
Book Site:http://across-t-pond.com

Daily blog at: http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com
Blog Talk Radio Show at :http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond
Amazon Reviews: http://tinyurl.com/o7sokp

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With having to change my radio show from Wednesday to a Tuesday, my Views, Reviews and Weird News blog has moved to a Wednesday. A blog about radio show guests, some of the interviews, book reviews and some weird news from Across the Pond.

VIEWS:

Last Wednesday I had one of the most enjoyable “Book and a Chat” radio shows with X Soap star and Emmy award winner, now author Louise Shaffer. I always enjoy doing these shows but Louise and I had so much fun, even after the show ended we were still chatting on the phone.

Thursday I appeared as a guest on WXCI radio at Central CT University, as always it was fun, and the 30 minutes show which is aired over much of Southern Connecticut went great.

Saturday at the last minute my friend, writer and fellow radio show host Kim Smith stepped in at the last minute and as normal, the Kim and Barry show was a period of news views and laughter.

Monday my special blog guest was Liv from LIV READ BOOKS, again a great interview.

As mentioned I’ve had to move my Wednesday blog radio show to a Tuesday (softball games are now on a Wednesday) and yesterday I my guest was young writer Esteven Vega, a young man whose first book was published when he was only 15, and whom I’m sure has a fantastic future. Another enjoyable chat.

I have also just signed an option that will now allow my POD books to be sold with “bye back” which means they can now be available in “normal book stores” not just online.

REVIEWS:

Last week as I typed the blog the number of interviews rose to the big 70, hence the picture, in the last seven days this number has climbed to 75.

Here are the last five reviews…

A teen romance that finds more than one reward…, May 26, 2009

“Across the Pond” starts out by a Mom and Dad in England who aren’t able to take their son “Fred” with them on their vacation and decide to send him to the USA to stay with old friends. As a trade off he is given a project to work on “word differences” to earn a game and finds while he is there that his prize may be more than a game…he sees and finds may first things including “Brit” his first love. This was an easy read and a story that keeps you interested, until the end.

A delightful read full of emotions and humour., May 23, 2009

“Across the Pond” begins with a British teenage boy going to America. Although his stay was short, it was filled with comedy, emotion, romance, suspense, and action. I couldn’t put the book down as I kept wanting to know what is going to happen the characters. If yo0u have teenagers, give them this book. If you a an adult, it is time for you to remember the passion you used to have. “Across the Pond” is a rare treasure you shouldn’t pass on.

Well written story that can be appreciated by all ages, May 21, 2009

Brief overview of the story: Fred from England travels to visit family friends in America, where he encounters their daughter Brit, and they start a budding romance.
I greatly enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read, with the target audience clearly for middle/high school, yet, it still remained entertaining and had enough substance for older readers as well. I was a little skeptical at first, assuming the story would follow a cliché romance, but was pleasantly surprised at how tastefully the story was handled. Especially since it broke away from the stereotypical boy meets girl, and incorporated both different cultures and sports into the core of its plot. I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family!

What A Great Read!!!, May 21, 2009

What a wonderful book! I surprisingly read the book in one sitting as I was immediately taken by this book. It transported me back to my teenage years. This book is for both the young and the young at heart. I can not wait for the (hopefully soon to come) sequel. I would highly recommend this book!

Suprisingly Entertaining!, May 19, 2009

When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be another teeny-bopper book that only middle/high school females would like. Boy was I wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of a Brit, Fred, traveling to the US visiting a family friend while his parents were off in Australia. Another character in the book, Brittany, the daughter of the family friend, and Fred hit it off, first as friends, and then into a young romance.

My favo(u)rite part of the book was the differences in English (British and American.) I liked learning about the differences that I didn’t know about.

Anyone and everyone should pick up this book and enjoy a great story that is humo(u)rous as well.

WEIRD NEWS:

Britain’s longest living married couple have celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/8067752.stm

Three Year old Purchases earhdigger online
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8063769.stm

Today Wednesday May 27th ninety years ago, the Pop-up toaster was invented.

That’s it for this week, more weird news next Wednesday


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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On tonight’s “Book and a Chat” my very special guest Estevan Vega

http://www.estevanvega.com

As a young boy, Estevan Vega never really felt interested in the written word. Far more fascinating things like comic book superheroes and sketching fantastical beings caught his eye. But in the fifth grade, writing short essays for a standoffish teacher ignited a fire that is still burning. Using his imaginative father as a springboard for ideas, Vega set out to write a full manuscript. His dream to become a published author came forth when he was just 15 years old, releasing his first literary creation, Servant of the Realm,to the world, a story about a teenager who sees the future deaths of those he loves and tries to change it.

The Sacred Sin, his second book, was published when he was 18, and shows a darker edge and deeper intensity than his first effort. The Sacred Sin bleeds with honesty and emotion, and tells the story of Jude Foster, a cynical self-loathing detective,assigned to bring down a serial killer capable of stealing victim’s souls without ever touching them.

Listen and enjoy thirty minutes of enjoyable chat as Storyheart and Estevan talk about his writing, books anything else that could be fun.

You can listen to the show at.

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com

The Radio Show at

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond

or you can listen, link or download the mp3 file at

http://romance2read.com/show-evega.mp3


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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As anybody who has read me reviews interviews or heard my comments on either my own radio program or where I have been a guest, you will know I am a great believer in what I call the “Small Blogger”. These are the people who read, write and live books are “The ‘sham wow’ of Teen/YA literature”.

Today my special guest is Liv from Liv’s Book Reviews

Hi Liz, welcome to my Across the Pond tell me about yourself.

Name I write under – Liv

Blog spot name – Liv’s Book Reviews

Blog address – http://livsbookreviews.blogspot.com

How long have you been blogging?

Let’s see here…I think it’s been since February 2008 which seems like SO long ago. When I started, I never imagined that I’d keep it going this long. In that time, I’ve done over 300 posts and written over 100 reviews. What’s funny is that at first I exclusively posted reviews. No memes, no random posts, no features, no nothing. Now, I don’t post as many reviews as I should. I post waaay too many posts about nothing. Haha. I guess that’s the way it goes.

What books do you read?

I mainly read young adult fiction and within that, contemporary and urban fiction. It’s the stuff I relate to most. But lately, I’ve been adding more and more “adult” books to my pile. I’ve requested a bunch of Jodi Picoult’s books from Bookmooch as well as James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces and Seabiscuit. I’ve been branching out more.

What is your favorite book and author of 2009?

If I had to pick just one, I’d say Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers. That book was just so real and emotional and precise. As it was her debut novel, I’m excited to see what she has coming out next. This year I also read Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld which was released a while back but it has definitely become a favorite of mine. Those two books outshine every other book I’ve read so far this year, I think.

What is your favorite author/book of all time?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Hands down. I give the same answer every time. That book is phenomenal. It’s just got so much to offer to everyone. It can’t be classified as a “girl book” or a “boy book” or even a young adult book. I had my dad read it and he loved it. And that’s saying something because my dad normally sticks to his murder mystery books. I’m really excited to see what Catching Fire has in store for Peeta and Katniss.

How many books do you have in your library?

Maybe 120? I don’t buy a ton of books because they’re super expensive but I do make good use of Bookmooch. It’s kind of funny though because I’m super particular about how my books are shelved and organized. I have them all in alphabetical order by the author’s last name and I only shelve the books I’ve read and liked. If I haven’t read them they go under the bed in a pile. If I don’t like them, they go to Bookmooch.

How many books do you read a week?

About two, which is not enough in my opinion. I used to be able to read a lot more but now that I’m in high school, my education and my studies are my priorities, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for reading. I do try to sit down and read for a little bit each night though. It’s a nice little ritual. And it helps me to slowly and steadily get through my books.

Not counting yours, what is your favorite blog to follow?

Oh gosh. I don’t think I can pick just one but I’ll name a few…I love Reviewer X because Steph’s amazingly blunt and tells it like it is. Plus she gets tons of great ARCs so it’s nice to get an early opinion. I also really like Pop Culture Junkie because she posts about all sorts of book-related stuff, not only reviews. As for non-book-related blogs, I like Color Me Katie and Little Brown Pen.

When is your favorite time/location to read?

Late,late,late at night, laying on my bed. It makes me feel rebellious. Haha.

If you could be a character in any book who would that be and why?

Maybe Diana Holland from the Luxe series. Which might sound strange because so far Diana’s been pretty unfortunate. I like her because she’s sassy and spunky. Plus, it would be fun to be a part of that whole drama-filled world. So either her or Katniss. Because Katniss is just bad-a**. And she gets Peeta.

Have you ever thought about or actually written a book yourself?

Actually, no. I don’t think I’m that great of a writer. I’ve tried to write some short fiction pieces for school before and it was a disaster. All of my ideas are just ridiculous. I’m better at opinion writing. And I like that more too because it’s personal and direct. I have thought about going into the publishing industry in some other form though. Like as an editor or publicist or…something else. Writing’s just not for me.

If you had a chance to advertise your blog in any way you could, what would you chose and why?

Oh dear. I have a horror story about this. So last year, my cousin mentioned that I had a blog to the school librarian. Bad. Because the librarian told all of the teachers. So a bunch of the teachers that had had me as a student over the years were now aware of the fact that I was publishing my thoughts/opinions on the internet and that I was actually getting a little bit of attention for it. A few comments here and there. And then the principal caught wind of it and he thought it would be a great idea to give me some sort of honor in front of the whole school. I swear, I bawled for an hour. And, I know, I know, the internet is a public thing and it’s out there for everyone to read, but the odds are that none of those teachers would have ever known what I was doing. Which is the way I wanted it. For me, my blog’s a private thing that I’ve only told a few people about. It’s like an escape. So. If I was able to advertise my blog I don’t know if I would. I kind of like it the way it is. Although it would be quite cool to have an excerpt of a review of mine published in a book or two or something like that. I have a little blurb in John Green’s Paper Towns which makes me sooo happy.

If you had a chance to interview any one author who would that be and why?

John Green. But not just interview over the internet. I’d want to go sit at a coffee shop and video tape it all. Because while John Green is an awesome author, he’s also an awesome person, and to be able to sit and talk with him would be beyond cool.

What is one thing about you that readers might not know?

Ummm. I have no idea! Maybe my age? People are always surprised to learn that I’m just in my early teens. I’m no college student.

If people are interested in being a guest on your blog or sending a book to you and your blog what is the best way to contact you?

email. livsbookreviews@gmail.com I try to respond to all of the emails that I get.

Have you ever seen a tree kangaroo? (that is just for me, one of my fave weird animals)

No! But I’m going to google them right now. 🙂

Thank you so much for being my guest Liv, good luck with your blog and keep up the great work


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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