Marianna’s 7 Book Cover Challenge

After doing the 7 book cover challenge myself the other day, I decided to nominate my daughter Marianna to give challenge a go. Marianna and I read at least two books a day together, everyday she reads me one, and I read her one. Marianna has been a fan of books since she was a tiny baby, in fact some of my earliest moments with my daughter were of me reading to her whilst she was in hospital for the weeks following her birth.

These are some of Marianna’s favourites:

Where’s My Cow- Terry Pratchett 

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No, No Charlie Rascal- Lorna Kent

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Rabbits Nap- Julia Donaldson

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Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy- Lynley Dodd 

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The Gruffalo- Julia Donaldson 

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Where’s Polar Bear- Nico Hercules

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Everywhere Babies- Susan Meyers 

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Welsh Independence Really?

After reading an article today regarding the Plaid Cymru Leadership Contest one of the candidates suggests that Independence is the best path out of poverty? Really? Now I don’t have a degree in economics, but from my point of view, running away from the biggest source of income for the country, wouldn’t actually make anyone richer, it might in fact make everyone poorer.

In Wales public spending outweighs, tax income by over £4,000 per person (That’s over £12 Billion defecit, although the actual figure is probably closer to £15 Billion). I’d like to see how members of Plaid Cymru will make up that shortfall without raising the rate that the average tax payer pays (and given the cost of living vs the low level of income in Wales can ill afford to pay) or by crippling the children of Wales with debts that will last for decades.

Read the article that pissed me off here.

Remembering 9/11

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Its been 17 years since that awful day. And to be honest, I think it was the first time I became aware of terrorism, I’d obviously caught some news stories from the 1990’s about the IRA, but this was the first mass scale terrorism that I’d ever encountered, and even to this day, nothing really has been as big as this.