George and Xiaolong’s chums at the Tower

Meet the ravens of the Tower of London in this BBC profile – along with the Yeoman Warder lucky enough to look after them – the Ravenmaster, Chris Skaife. Ravens_005 and

Ginger cats really hate this book

Mary & Weasley
Weasley was so disgusted by this point that Mary couldn’t keep him still

While Mary Estes loved the book and couldn’t put it down, Weasley the ginger cat was disgusted by all the mice, and there is a point in the book that most cats turn off. You’ll have to read it to find out which bit, but I’d advise you not to read it to your cat. Especially if your cat is ginger…

Want to be a nicer, kinder person?

Want to become a better person? Then you might want to consider picking up a book because according to a new study, reading regularly could make you kinder and more empathetic, writes journalist Sarah Young in The Independent newspaper.

After being quizzed on their preferences for books, TV and plays, 123 participants were tested on interpersonal skills including how much they considered other people’s feelings and whether they acted to help others.

The study, conducted by Kingston University in London, found that readers were more likely to act in a socially acceptable manner compared to those who preferred watching television.

“Engaging with fictional prose and comedy in particular could be key to enhancing people’s empathetic abilities.”   Read the article here

 

 

Exciting, yes, but there’s more to it.

Sair & bookshelf

Sarah Grant, English teacher and British expat in Bucuresti, had this to say about the book (and more).

Arabella McIntyre-Brown’s exciting Dragons Over London brings home the values of loyalty, courage and openmindedness through a whirlwind of magic, suspense and adventure. Whether you’re a tiny mouse or a huge dragon, acceptance and truth are the crux to overcoming bigotry, discrimination and prejudice to build strength and resilience in the face of adversity…. Read the whole review here.