“ABC UK” By James Dunn

I recently won a compitition that the charity
Living Paintings
Which does books with raised pictures and an audio accompaniment for blind and partially sighted children and adults. I used to edit books for them when i was a child, and did rent some of their adult books, but found i didn’t much have the time for listening.

So anyway, this compitition was to name a sock monkey that was someones mascott for completing a cycle trip around Paris i think. I can’t even remember what the question was, but i suggested Lilly for the monkey and won it. I still need to get a picture sorted for the living paintings website lol. Included in the box was a book that they wanted to know what i thought. It was called “ABCUK” by James Dunn. With a title like that i thought it was a kids book, but i couldn’t have been more wrong! Yes it is a kids book sort of, but it is all about the ABCS of britain today. Things like “A for Arthur” meaning King Arthur, or “P is for punk”. It starts off with the author’s history, and who is illustrating the book. It then goes into the different letters, followed by some music, then a litle history about the particular thing beginning with that letter. Not all the pictures are raised up, but they are well described. Even the raised up one sare well described.

I like how it seems to be young people doing each letter. I’m sure it was a fun project for them to do.

It was a fun book, and if you were interested in the history etc, it would be even better. My only other problem was that it was written in grade one braille, which isn’t a problem exactly, but rather an annoyance as when you are used to grade 2 it really slows you down! This isn’t a criticism though. I also like that it isn’t just boring people reading, and that it was young people who would have been interested in football and that.

If you would be interested in following living paintings, look for “Living paintings” on Facebook, or follow @Livingpaintings on twitter.

I would encourage people to check this library out. It’s free too to lend a book.

Thanks again for the monkey and i promise i’ll get a pic soon!

Third place!

It’s me Ushi just letting you know that i won third place in the
Mango minster 2012 compitition
For my
In the “bad sports” categry of the compitition.
Hound dog mom
Has very kindly donated my prize which is a goodey bag of stuff. She even emailed mum to ask what i could and could not have. Mum emailed back and just said i couldn’t have balls or food related toys since i don’t like working for food. I can’t wait to see what i will get!

Thank you so much again for those that voted, and you had to actually comment on the entry with all the other people rather than the individual entries to vote. Oops! I missunderstood that one.

To see who else won,
Go here

Thank you again!

Mango Minster Voting

Just a quick one before i go and do my quilting.

Voting for the Mango minster 2012 Bad sports categry is now open. I even got a nice email from Mango saying that voting would open today and she asked if i could leave comments and all. She emailed because she had put the voting details in a picture and didn’t think i could read them. How thoughtful! I really appreciated it.

So voting closes at 5 PM eastern time but i’m not sure what time that will be here in the UK. If you wouldn’t mind, go vote for
Ushi’s Entry
I think you vote by leaving a comment. Let me just say that i entered this compitition for fun so i’m not really in it to win. If i do that would be nice though.

You can see the other bad entries

Good luck and happy voting!

I’m A Bad Sport

Competitor Badge for the Mango Minster Compitition 2012

Hi. In case anyone is new here, my name is Ushi and i’m taking over mums blog. I haven’t been on here in such a long time and heard about this awesome competition that I am allowed to enter. I’ll have to have words with mum as to why i am in the “Bad sports” catagory though.

So anyway as i told you, my name is Ushi. I am a 2 and 3 quarter year old Labrador retriever cross. My birthday is in February so i am nearly 3, but lets not be picky. I am mums guide dog. (Could i be entered into the “working stiffs” category instead?).

I don’t think i’m gonna get changed into “working stiffs” so i may as well explain why i’m a “Bad sport”.

I am quite a stubborn little girl when i want to be. If i don’t want to do something, i’m gonna make sure mum knows. Like for instance when mum first got me i was working fine but then after about a month, i decided to just stop one day. Just came to a total stop. Of course that got mum all worried in case she had done something wrong so she phoned our guide dog association and the instructors who taught us to work together told mum to be more positive. So i played along for a few days until i decided to do it again. She had to get someone else out from the association and again i worked for a few days after that. I was then evil and would hardly let mum take me out of the house. The manager for our team from the association said that i was just getting bored and that she just needed to be more firm with me. I didn’t like that so i was a good girl and didn’t stop…as much. Plus i heard her say that she would give me back and i certainly didn’t want that. If i do stop now there really isn’t much point because mum just tells me to “get on with it” and i don’t get told i’m a good girl.

If mum is getting ready to work me sometimes she just takes far too long so i have to go back to bed. I love my bed quite alot and would love to sleep all day. Mum always makes me work though. I do like working but can a girl not enjoy her beauty sleep too?

I’m really evil and sometimes like to play a game called “find the Ushi”. This is basically where once i’ve came in from my busies in the garden (that’s a ladylike term for going to the toilet, by the way), and mum goes to put my harness on, i’ll walk as quietly on our carpet as possible. She then goes to reach for me, and i’m not there. It’s really funny to do but i eventually get caught. Plus she could grab my tail which just wouldn’t be cool.

I’m not really a fan of water. Mum says i must have forgotten that i’m a lab lol. If it is raining, I will walk about two miles an hour to see if we’ll go home. We never do though unfortunately. One day i even tried to go behind mums legs but that just didn’t work either. But sometimes if i have to busy and it’s pouring, i’ll stiffen up so mum kind of has to push my bum until i move then she closes the door until i’ve gone. She doesn’t push hard in case you all think she is cruel.

Finally there is my whining at certain foods. When i am fed i have to wait until mum blows a whistle three times before i can eat. I wait a little longer though until she puts it away and sits down. If i am given a carrot, Dental stick, kong or dog chew, i have to whine just to make sure they won’t attack me. Once i am satisified i can eat whatever it happens to be, i’ll tuck in. Sometimes i think carrots are toys and just play with them. Oh and i will not touch unpeeled carrots and will run away if you give one to me.

I guess looking at all that i am a bit of a “bad sport”, but don’t let mum know i told you.

This has been my entry for the
Mango Minster 2012 competition
For anyone else wishing to enter,
Here are the rules

Thanks for reading! Ushi x.

Nicky Needs Your Votes

A friend of mine,
Nicky Kealy

Has been singing in a compitition over the last couple of weeks. It’s called Glor tire and it is on TG4 which unfortunately is an iresh channel so we can’t get it up here in the north. I can however let you hear
An early song
That he did called “Limric you’re a lady”.

The compitition has now reached the ellimination rounds. Unfortunately voting for each week closes at 12 o’clock in the afternoon every Wednesday so i’m a bit late in posting this, but if Nicky is in next weeks show, please text Glor7 to 81108 in the UK, or 53307 in the republic of Ireland. You can vote as many times as you like.

So even if you can’t watch the show itself i’m sure Nicky would appreciate every vote he gets. So it’s Glor7 to 81108 in the UK and Glor7 to 53307 in the republic.