More Outrageous Fake Book Titles Surprise Subway Users…

By January 12, 2017Video

Scott Rogowsky is not one to shy away from sharing his comedy with the public as we have seen with previous videos that capture him reading some odd book titles on public transport: HERE and HERE. The social experiments caused much mirth as well as much confusion… And this latest one will be no different. Be warned, Reading Addicts, although this was made with humour- you may not appreciate it, depending on how broad your mind is and how sensitive you are…




This DIY Enchanted Rose from Beauty and the Beast will Light up Your Life

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We’d all love an Enchanted Rose like the one that appears in Beauty and the Beast, but sadly we’re not all capable of great magic! Thankfully that doesn’t matter any more as we’ve found a tutorial to make your own Enchanted Rose (no magic required).

The finished effect is stunning, but it’s also fairly simple to make. If you’re planning a Beauty and the Beast inspired birthday party, or even a themed bedroom, this enchanted rose will make the perfect addition. It’s lovely! Read More

99 Year Old Ex-Librarian Receives a Celebrity Visit!

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Connie Mauro, currently living in a nursing home in Marietta, Georgia, spent almost 50 years working in the Mount Vernon, New York library. Her job was one many Reading Addicts would covet: recommending books, collating and organising titles, and prescribing many people their first library cards.

One day in 1961 a little boy of 7 years old walked into her library, asking if he could join. Of course Connie helped the lad, gave him his first library card, and enabled him to cultivate his love of reading. Despite it being so long ago, Connie never forgot that young man as he had a pretty memorable name: “Denzel Hayes Washington Jr”, and that little boy grew up to be a world famous, award-winning actor, director, and producer.

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Spike Milligan Reads On The Ning Nang Nong

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Spike (Terence Alan Milligan) was born on 16 April 1918 to parents Florence and Captain Leo Milligan. His father was serving in the British Indian Army so Florence gave birth to Spike while living in Ahmednagar, India. Spike grew up as an ‘British army brat’ in Pune and Rangoon, and was educated at various Roman Catholic schools where he learned to play the cornet, cultivating his love for jazz.

During a stint in the services in the 1930s and 40s, Milligan allegedly entertained the troops with his humour and playful nature, and reflected on his times there in his memoirs, Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Rommel, Gunner Who?, Monty: My Part in his Victory, among others. 

He is perhaps best known for his part in The Goon Show, an irreverent radio comedy full of nonsense and jollity, but many of us know his nonsense rhyme and poetry we were entertained with as children.

One of his most famous short poems, On The Ning Nang Nong, was voted the ultimate favourite comic poem in 1998 in a UK wide poll. It was streets ahead of other nonsense poets such as Lear or Carroll.  When set to music it became a favourite on Australia’s children’s show Playschool. The Office for Standards in Education (UK) reported that the poem is one of the most commonly taught poems in British primary schools. 

Take a look at the man himself reading the famous rhyme below and see why…

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Simon Callow Reads from The Canterbury Tales

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Simon Callow is best known as an actor, on screen and in theatres; many of you will recognise him from his role as Charles Dickens in Doctor Who (2005 and 2011), or as the voice of Grasshopper in the 1996 film adaptation of James and the Giant Peach.

I adore his silky smooth voice, and wonderfully English manner, so I was thrilled when I came across his reading of an excerpt of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

The Folio Society provides such lusciously illustrated versions of popular books: The Canterbury Tales was wonderfully crafted by illustrator Eric Gill, and boasts many sumptuous designs to feast our eyes upon. The price tag is quite steep at nearly £400, but other versions are available (see links under the video).

We can see the stunning, unique collector’s edition, read by Simon Callow, in the video below.

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Listen to Charles Bukowski Discuss His ‘Crappy Life’

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Blank on Blank is an excellent YouTube channel which finds old, obscure, or all but lost interview recordings and puts them to excellent and often surreal animations. The channel features iconic figures from Ayn Rand to Jimi Hendrix and allows the viewer to listen to said figure discuss an important issue or point. From Jim Morrison discussing why he feels fat is beautiful to Jane Goodall on instinct, there are a variety of videos that will give you food for thought. Read More

The Grammar Vigilante of Bristol

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I love being British. The big story here today is about a grammar vigilante who has been going around his home city of Bristol for the last thirteen years correcting shop signs around the city. The secret corrector has been at it for a while, but the BBC have tracked him down and found how hard he works for proper grammar.

The mission to correct the city’s grammar is one he takes very seriously, taking his home made ‘apostrophiser’ around the city to correct signs. He works hard not to be a vandal, repairing each sign perfectly, matching up colours and using sticky apostrophes rather than permanently defacing signs. Read More

Martina Cole Celebrates 25 Years With 25 Questions

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Martina Cole is a British crime writer who has had great success with her novels, four of which have been adapted for television. Many of her books feature a female antihero protagonist, and some taking place within the Irish community in England.

She has continued to be a popular writer throughout the last 3 decades and in March 2017, Martina celebrates 25 years since her first book Dangerous Lady, published in 1992.

Watch the video below to see her answer 25 questions for her 25 years of publishing.

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