Sunday, 10 May 2015

A busy few weeks

What a week it’s been here in the UK! In fact, for me it’s been an interesting and busy few weeks all round and here are some of the reasons why:

The Election:  I promise this will only be a short moan...

For those who have missed it, most people expected Labour (the left) to do well, well enough to form a coalition government. They didn’t. Cameron and the Tories (the right) now have an overall majority. I'm not going to discuss policies here. Lots of other bloggers have covered that. What I find most surprising is that, everywhere I go, people are expressing their displeasure with the results. So where are all those people who voted another Conservative government in?  ...End of moan!

A cartoon illustration from the
Children's Book of Richard III
Children’s Book of Richard III:  The book is continuing to sell really well and I’m delighted with all the positive feedback. I'm still doing schools visits. I may blog about some more of them soon! This week I’ve met with the theatre group who are performing my Children’s History of Leicester in schools. They have plans, funding permitting, to take my Children’s Book of Richard III into schools using the same hilarious format. I’m very excited about this and so am typing with my fingers crossed (metaphorically speaking, of course).

Jewish Gilroes:  I'm still receiving and adding family stories to the Leicester Jewish Cemetery website. If you're interested in social history, or if you know members of the Leicester Jewish Community, you might like to catch up on these additional stories. You can see the list here:  Jewish Gilroes Stories

Jewish Voices:  I love the way that my Jewish Voices book in still in demand. I get a steady stream of email requests about it. If anyone would like a copy I have some to spare, courtesy of the Heritage Lottery. It’ll only cost you the postage. Here is a link to the website to remind you: Leicester Jewish Voices

Plus:  And of course I haven't yet mentioned my new writing project that I'm researching (fascinating but I'll save it for another blog post), my regular writing workshops, life, the universe, etc, etc.......





14 comments:

  1. sounds like an excellent two weeks (well except for the politics - but believe me, I feel your pain only in US gov't stuff). Congrats on all of the writing news - that's super. Can't wait to hear about the new project. You are a busy gal. Have a great week ahead

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    1. Have no fear, Joanne, I will blog about the new project if/when it is confirmed.

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  2. Great to see you having a good time - if very busy. It sounds really productive.

    As for the election - only 20% of the population voted for the Tories - 65% turnout - so if the other 35% had made the effort . . .

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    1. When I saw queues at the polling station I thought it was going to be such a high turnout. It really is very disappointing.

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  3. There are several similarities in our recent elections. I'm glad things are going so well for you, apart from that.

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    1. Thanks, Miriam. I'm afraid I'm not as well informed on Israeli politics as I would like to be.

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  4. Fantastic, Ros! I'm so pleased your book is doing so well, and how exciting that a theatre group wants to work with it too! May I say how I've loved reading Jewish voices. The stories are so intimate and personal. Really lovely! Anyway, its great that you are so busy and (it seems) very content about it all! Happiness in busyness :)

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    1. Thanks, Val, I'm so pleased you enjoyed my Jewish Voices book.

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  5. Wishing you well with your busy schedule. I do hope Rosalind that the play version of your book does well and may be seen in places other than in schools. I hope that it does not take you as long to tell us about "life the universe and everything" as it took "Deep Thought" to answer the question in The Hitch Hikers Guide to The Galaxy!!!!! Petra.

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    1. Thank you, Petra, it would be exciting to think that a show based on my book was destined to travel beyond the school assembly hall. As for my answer to life the universe etc, that all depends on my having been asked the correct question...if I'm remembering Douglas Adams correctly!

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  6. Well done with your books Ros. I wondered the same about the election but if people don't vote that's what makes the difference. I remember when I was young candidates would drive through the streets with a megaphone asking if anyone needed a ride to the polling station. I haven't seen that happening here for years. Where I live now it's a short walk to the polling station but where I lived before it was a bus ride and a 10 min walk after that . There's perhap many older people who can't get to vote and are also not able to apply for a postal vote. Even mothers with young children might find it difficult not everyone has a car.

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    1. There are still people who will give lifts to the polls though, Anne, and thank you re the books. :-)

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  7. I'd love to see the schools performances.
    I won't start on the politics - I've blogged my opinions. But I will point out that the electoral system contributed to a very unrepresentative parliament. UKIP and the Greens together got 5 million votes and only two seats between them. But it took just 1.5 million SNP votes to get them 56 seats.
    So that's why there are a lot of disgruntled people who didn't get the government they wanted. Of course, no sitting party will ever change the system that got them into power. (Climbs down off the soapbox)

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    1. Yes, Anne, the school performance had me laughing out loud! As for our voting system, what more can I say, except I wouldn't feel comfortable with any number of UKIP MPs. It truly is a problem.

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