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I’m delighted to report that Mark Beaumont last night won the Sport Award in the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards, celebrating great Scottish achievement on the world stage. Mark beat off competition from Sir Alex Ferguson, Andy Murray and Chris Hoy to win the sport award (although Hoy was named ‘Top Scot’ – see story below, along with a clip of Mark aired on Scottish TV in the run-up to the awards).

Tune into STV on Sunday evening to catch the whole ceremony and don’t forget Mark’s book The Man Who Cycled the World is published on the 21st May 2009!

http://news.scotsman.com/arts/Hoy-spirits-away-top-Scot.4741513.jp

http://video.stv.tv/bc/news-headlines-s2-20081110-spirit/

Mark Beaumont

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Memories of an Author
by Lynsey on Nov 28, 2008 at 1:29 pm
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To honour the publication of Sophie Kinsella’s new novel Remember Me? released in paperback, Sophie has kindly agreed to tell us her top five memories. Read on…  

Sophie Kinsella by Blake Little
Having my children has got to be top of my memory list: my three sons, Freddy, Hugo and Oscar. I have a mixture of very vivid memories – the births, the first sight of each newborn, that piercing little cry – and then lots of blurred memories: night feeds, the snuffling sound of a hungry baby, that fresh-bathed baby smell, the moses basket on the bed, flowers everywhere. These memories all seem to run into one another–the first weeks of a baby scramble your brain!

My wedding. I got married in a traditional Oxford college chapel and it was all very English and Four Weddings-like. The funniest moment was just before the ceremony, when I suddenly decided I needed to visit the bathroom. My dress was so massive and flouncy I had to take the whole thing off, so I was rushing into the bathroom in just my veil, underwear and shoes, just as the chaplain knocked onto the door to see if I was ready. Thank goodness my bridesmaids were there to head him off….

The Beach!Swimming in the sea. I adore the sea, and when I think of the perfect holiday moment, it’s an afternoon in the south of France, years ago. I’d gone with a whole gang to an island off the coast near St Tropez. The sea was turquoise and the sun was shining and I can remember swimming around with my sister Gemma and feeling life was pretty much perfect.

Remember Me?My first kiss. This has to be up there, just because it was so funny. I was walking across the common to my friends’ house, aged thirteen. With no warning, my friend’s brother just pulled me aside into some trees and kissed me. I can remember thinking “Ooh, we’re kissing like they do on TV”. Then we walked to his house and watched Star Wars, and neither of us ever mentioned it again. He went to the States for the summer and by the time he came back I had a boyfriend, so our love affair lasted approximately five minutes!

Doing a backwards somersault. This is a strange one. The reason it?s a top memory for me is that there’s no WAY I could do a backwards somersault now –but I used to do gymnastics, and I did them all the time. So in my memory, I know what it’s like to jump into the air, rotate confidently and land with a flourish. But sadly, only in my memory!!

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The Sun’s inspired headline “SUPER CALEY GO BALLISTIC CELTIC ARE ATROCIOUS” which was used to describe the 3-1 home defeat of Celtic by Inverness in the Scottish Cup in 2000 has been voted the best headline ever written, according to over 3,000 people who contributed to a poll run by the global online polling community www.pollthepeople.com . Coming a close second was an equally head turning caption, “Great Tits Cope Well With Warming” by the BBC.

The poll was run to celebrate the release of Isle of Wight to get Ceefax, an hilarious collection of spoof news stories, interviews and features from Britain’s funniest satirical website, www.newsbiscuit.co.uk created by comedy writer and bestselling author John O’ Farrell, who comments

“The winning caption happens to be one of my own favourites. I think the Celtic team must have thought about trying harder but decided it would be a shame to spoil such a great headline!”

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To get your hands on a copy of Isle of Wight to get Ceefax click here!

Poll The People was founded by Glenn Cooper in March 2008, to create authoritative and trusted polls, whilst also helping users to discover new experiences recommended by their peers and to have a say in recommending to others. For more information, contact kirsty@pressonit.co.uk

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Check out this fantastic review of The Sabre’s Edge audio book by Sue Arnold at the Guardian.  She reiterates what we at between-the-lines have always known, that Allan Mallinson leads the charge when it comes to authentic military storytelling.  His latest book Warrior is the tenth novel in the series and marks one million words written on Matthew Hervey.

“What do you do when you’ve finished the last of Bernard Cornwell’s 24 Richard Sharpe novels and the last of Patrick O’Brien’s 21 Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin naval stories? You start reading Allan Mallinson, that’s what.

His series of 10 novels about Captain Matthew Hervey’s career as a cavalry officer in the Light Dragoons begins more or less where Sharpe left off, under Wellington at Waterloo. Mallinson, a retired brigadier, took up writing when he left his own cavalry regiment, the Royal Hussars, to become British military attaché in Rome. As a romantic lead, Hervey isn’t a patch on Sharpe, with that scar that gives his outrageously handsome features a mocking smile, but he’s every bit as brave.

Ideally you should start at the beginning. I chose this, his fifth, for personal reasons. It’s set in 1823, when the British army was attacking Rangoon en route to Ava, the old royal capital. My Burmese great-grandmother was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Supayalat, consort to the last Burmese King. Outside Cinemascope, this is as near as you’ll get to the raw excitement of a fullscale cavalry charge:

“‘Left wheel into line,’ he called, checking the pace to a trot to allow them the manoeuvre time. Trumpeter Storrs blew the call perfectly, just the four notes and a simple fifth interval. Easy enough with a bugle even at a bounce. ‘Draw swords!’ Out rasped 200 blades … this was the best time, a troop in hand, every man intent on his next word of command … ‘CHA … A … RGE!’ Four hundred cavalry at the gallop. Lances couched but swords held high …” Wonderful stuff.” – Sue Arnold

To listen to the series check out: http://www.wholestoryaudio.co.uk/catalogue/artist/author/allan_mallinson/353

To find out more about the Matthew Hervey series visit the website on: http://www.booksattransworld.co.uk/allanmallinson/website/bookscv.shtml

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Take a Peep at Peep Show!!
by Lynsey on Nov 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm
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Following on from the great coverage of The Peep Show party from fellow reporter Sam, I am pleased to present, for your entertainment, Peep Show in all it’s glory! Channel 4 have very kindly allowed us to post this clip which will definitely liven up your Friday afternoon! For more mirthful outings check out Peep Show The Scripts And More by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong out now.   

Warning this clip contains adult content

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Peep Show party exclusive!
by Jonny on Nov 14, 2008 at 3:36 pm
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The evening of the 4th November 2008 will forever be known as the day when history was made. No, not Barack Obama’s victory over McCain (though that was pretty cool), but the launch of the Peep Show: The Scripts and More book at funky Tiki bar Two Floors in Kingly Street.

Robert Webb

Peep Show legends David Mitchell and Robert Webb were among the first guests to arrive, offering their congratulations to scriptwriters Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. Following a speech from editor Sarah Emsley, Jesse declared that the show had now achieved “cult status”, which of course makes the Peep Show book an essential bible for all fans.

Fans of the show will be pleased to know that the sixth series will be airing in Spring 2009. We also managed to pick up some exclusive and exciting gossip, learning that our favourite character Dobby will return in the new series!

Sam and Jesse

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Winner of Girls Aloud Signed Autobiography!!
by Lynsey on Nov 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm
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Congratulations Martin Badcock!!

Martin answered correctly that there were 14, yes 14 Girls Aloud track titles hidden artfully in our article on the 22nd October. For those of you watching closely they were…

Call the Shots
Sound of the Underground
Models
No Regrets
Wild Horses
Whole Lotta History
Something Kinda Oooh
It’s Magic
Close to Love
The Promise
Can’t Speak French
Jump
Some Kind of Miracle
Everything You Ever Wanted

Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations again to Martin a signed copy is on it’s way to you now with our compliments.

Dreams That Glitter

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Ronan O’Gara’s My Autobiography and Touching Greatness by Dermot Gilleece, both published by Transworld Ireland, have been long listed for this year’s William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year Award. The list of 23 contenders was announced on November 4th, with the winner due to be announced in early December.

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A huge variety of titles have been long listed, including books on athletics, horse-racing, Gaelic games, golf and football and Tony Kenny, PR Manager for William Hill in Ireland, believes the standard is extremely high this year. ‘We’re absolutely thrilled with the selection of books that have made the long list,’ he said. ’There are some very strong entries for this year’s award and it will be fascinating to see who our judging panel select as the overall winner.’

This is the third year of the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year Award. The inaugural award in 2006 was won by Paul McGrath for his autobiography Back from the Brink, published by Century.

This year, for the first time, the public will also get a chance to have their say in the award. So, whether you’re a fan of Ronan O’Gara’s exploits on and off the rugby pitch, or Dermot Gilleece’s tales of golfing legends and memorable moments on the fairway, you can vote for your favourite book on www.irishsportsbookoftheyear.com! The book that receives the highest number of public votes will be named the public choice and will be added to the votes of the eleven judges in determining the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year for 2008.

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Pensioners offered chance to hibernate
by Jonny on Nov 6, 2008 at 12:29 pm
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The government has hit on a novel way to save money this Christmas, by offering pensioners the opportunity to hibernate for the next three or four months

PensionersSignificant savings are expected on pensions, flu jabs and winter fuel allowances if the pilot scheme is successful.

‘Winter is a very difficult time for old people,’ explained Junior Health Minister Karen Brady. ‘Many die of flu, some slip on ice and break a hip, others are expected to visit relatives for Christmas and are distressed to see their grandchildren playing Grand Theft Auto or enjoying the overt homosexual references on the Little Britain DVD. Now they have the chance to skip all that, going to sleep in December and waking up in time to enjoy the daffodils.’

The NHS hibernation scheme is being piloted in Worthing, Sussex, where if it is successful, around 90 per cent of all local residents will be going to sleep for the next three months. Participants are given a nourishing milky drink, which contains sleep-inducing drugs, and are then tucked up in bed with the Teasmade set for April. Health visitors will tiptoe in once a week to feed the goldfish and ensure that the electric blanket hasn’t been left on.

But civil liberties groups have criticized the scheme, saying that many old people are being given the drugs by their families without knowing that they will be missing months of their life. One anonymous family confessed they had forced the drink on their elderly relative: ‘This is great, we won’t have to visit her for months,’ said the victim’s son-in-law. ‘We’ve already got the kids’ cash for Christmas off her; now we can put her in a coma and we won’t have to listen to all that bloody moaning about “queers” getting married or “blacks” reading the news.’

The Health Minister said they were listening carefully to all the objections to the pilot hibernation scheme, and that all these issues would be discussed as a matter of urgency by a Parliamentary inquiry, which the government had entrusted to the House of Lords. However, work on the Lords’ investigation appears to have been postponed until mid-May.

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As we all know, Kate Atkinson’s latest book, When Will There Be Good News? is completely unputdownable. Such is the author’s prowess that those who read the dramatic opening chapter are literally enthralled till the final page. Therefore we were in no way surprised when we spotted the below picture of bestselling horror writer Stephen King reading his copy in the middle of a Red Sox baseball game.

Stephen King

As his beloved team were losing at the time, the title of the Kate’s novel was particularly apt. Stephen King, author of countless blockbusters including The Shining and Carrie, has been a lifelong fan of Kate, branding her first foray into the thriller genre, Case Histories the “best mystery of the decade”. 

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