Sunday, 10 April 2011

Sunday supplement

Did you know that if you read for pleasure you're likely to be richer? It's true! According to research done by Mark Taylor, a sociologist at Oxford University, those who read fiction at the age of 16 are more likely to have a higher status (and thus, higher earning) job at the age of 30. Amazing! It doesn't seem to matter about the type of literature, either - chick-lit, romance, horror, all seem to have the same effect. And if you're in the market for some books to read for pleasure this morning, you're in the right place.

The story of a young girl's recovery from depression, Writing Therapy has been described by Richard Coles (BBC Newsnight Review and Saturday Live) as 'a beautifully-angled novel about growing up and breaking down'. The multi-layered book-within-a-book also cleverly charts the creative process of writing a novel and explores the often blurred relationship between fact and fiction.

Now it goes completely against all my natural instincts to blow my own trumpet, but... if I don't do it, no-one else will. So if you're a Kindle owner (or in possession of iPad, iPhone, iPod - you can even get Kindle software for your PC) and you'd like something 'original' to read this weekend, might I humbly suggest this?


At just £2.29 on Amazon it's a bargain, surely? But if the physical experience of holding an actual book is what you're after, it's also available in paperback (again, either on Amazon or direct from Dotterel Press). See the sidebar for details -------------->>>>>>>>



Next, someone else's trumpet. Want to win tickets to the Baby Show at Birmingham's NEC? Well I've got five pairs to give away - and all you have to do is leave a 'pick me' comment. (Well, you can be more creative if you like, but the winners will be drawn at random after the competition closes at midnight on Friday 15th April.

You won't need me to tell you that the Baby Show is the only place where in just one day visitors can shop for everything they need from the widest range of products including all the baby brands mums (and dads) love. You can enjoy huge savings on 1000s of baby and maternity products with plenty of exclusive deals and unbeatable prices.

Leading experts will also be on head to offer complementary sessions and offer professional advice and tips. The Baby Show takes place on 20-22 May, NEC, Birmingham. Tickets are on sale now for The Baby Show and are available from the box office on 0871 231 0844 or online at thebabyshow.co.uk. Head to www.thebabyshow.co.uk for full details. Or leave a comment below and keep your fingers crossed.

And on the subject of  lady luck, I happen to know (from my visit to the site yesterday) that you might be in with a very good chance of winning £250 worth of Boden vouchers if you head over to the competition on the Party Times website. For a start, there are two vouchers on offer. Second, there don't appear to be many takers at the moment. The odds certainly look a lot healthier than the horse I had in the National yesterday. But two people who did win, if not the National, then at least the copies of 'One the Road' I was offering last Wednesday were... *drumroll* Domestic Goddesque and Rhian Drinkwater (as chosen by the random number generator. Well done to them, and good luck to everyone else for today's competition.


Finally (and appropriately) Finish. The end. The conclusion of the Finish trial, the jury's verdict and the launch of the website. I've given you my opinion on the re-launched QuantuMatic here, as well as here and even here rather a long time ago. But why take my word for it. (Why take it for anything?) Have a read of what my fellow jury members had to say by taking a look at the dedicated Finish QuantuMatic Trial website. Opinions come from a range of households, with very different cleaning demands so there should be something to match your lifestyle. Despairing of the debris from that full English breakfast? See how All Baby Advice coped. Kids always in the kitchen with you, baking? See what LunchBoxWorld and her family made of it. And if you want to try it for yourself you can download a voucher for £5 off the starter kit, as well as enter a draw to win a Spa break.

As for me, it's the old Sunday roast test again today... the beef is on the oven as I write. And we're having Yorkshire puddings. And not worrying - not a bit - about the washing up.
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