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catching up on the #legalread discussion for #rwpchat

July 3, 2015

Did you miss the #legalread discussion this week.  You can catch up on this interesting discussion on Storify.

 

 

July is #chillread.

Join the July #chillread discussion for #rwpchat

June 30, 2015

This month the theme is #chillread, as some people will be chilly and others will be chilling out.

Huskies pulling sledge

Huskies pulling sledge from State Library of NSW collection

Will you be shivering or chilling with Ice station by Matthew Reilly,  Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean or Chasing the light by Jesse Blackadder?  You may also want to explore the history of the Antarctic with information about Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton, Robert Scott and their expeditions.

Will you be reading books which make chills go up your spine, or watching or reading tales of crime that makes your blood run cold or is true crime more your style? Do you chill with Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Karin Alvtegen and their characters in cold climates? Or are you seeking to chill out and relax?  This could be a time to try reading some comics, or is reading about romance more your #chillread?

Perhaps ice-cream and gelato recipes will your #chillread, or will you be making cocktails, reading about craft beer, or even making it.

Hobbies can help us chill, so you may want to explore knitting, crochet, or cycling (or you could be knitting and crocheting while watching the Tour de France).  Will you be playing winter sports in the chill to keep warm, or summer sports to chill out?

Do games help you chill?  Does World of Warcraft help (with the chilly home world of the Dwarves and Gnomes), or do you chill with crossword or jigsaw puzzles, or would you rather scrabble or other board games?

What is music is a #chillread for you?  Or do you want the speakers to freeze so you have silence?

We also should include Frozen, The snow queen, and the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe.  If you want sadder reading try, The little match girl and the Happy prince (which are both #chillread titles), and of course, “Winter is coming”.  The Hobbit and The Lord of the rings are also #chillread titles to watch or read or play.

What will be your favourite #chillread this month? Don’t forget …while you are reading, playing or watching your #chillread, you might like to tweet about it using  #chillread #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you about your  #technoread.  You can add to the discussion on Pinterest too. You might like to post your photographs to Instagram or Flickr and use  #chillread #rwpchat so others can share in your reading, watching and playing.

There will be a twitter discussion on 28 July starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags  #chillread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of  #chillread, so others can join in the conversation too.

Join the #legalread discussion today #rwpchat

June 30, 2015

#legalread

There will be a twitter discussion on 30 June starting at 11am, and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 8.00am GMT, 12.00 noon Central European Time. Note: this is a staggered start to the discussion.

Use the tags #legalread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #legalread, so others can join in the conversation too.

Magna Carter Memorial

Magna Carter Memorial, photographed by Trevor Lowe

 

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of one of the world’s most important documents: Magna Carta.

Magna Carta is so much more than a peace treaty between a quarrelsome King and his barons, sealed (not signed) in a meadow on the banks of the Thames on June 19th, 1215. Its lasting iconic value as the foundation of so many world democracies lies in the power of an idea – a principle, which states that nobody, including the King, is above the law of the land.

You can find out more about Magna Carta through the anniversary committee’s website or on Twitter: #MagnaCarter800th

Some aspects of law have become entrenched in popular culture, such as the Miranda Warning, while every day, around the world, people seek legal information in plain language including Hot Topics online. Genealogists, students of history and those who are simply curious also regularly access sites such as Births, Deaths and Marriages, Convict Records, the Old Bailey Online, various Police Gazettes and pieces of legislation that changed our lives including Mabo.

The law has also played an increasingly important role in crime fiction from tales of Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes, classic tales of those who feel forced to break the law – for examples some of the characters in the novels by Charles Dickens – to thrillers by Harlan Coben and modern day police procedurals including works by Ian Rankin and legal procedurals from authors including Sydney Bauer, John Grisham and Lisa Scottoline. Readers who enjoy these novels might also enjoy the forensic procedural, a genre dominated by the likes of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs. These stories easily translate to large and small screens with popular shows including Bones, Castle, Cold Case, New Tricks, Rake and many more. Other popular genres also provide opportunities to read about the law from James S. A. Corey to Star Trek.

For those who prefer fact to fiction there are numerous true crime works available (books and documentaries) as well as biographies of legal professionals and histories of famous legal battles.

The only judgements made for #legalread are those found online, on the page and on the screen: readers are free to play around with what interests them and perhaps use #legalread to engage with a type of fiction or non-fiction that they have not read or watched before (you can also play games).

 

Magna Carta and laws past and future

June 15, 2015

2015 is an important year for #legalread. We are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta sealed at Runnymede in Surrey in 1215. Visit exploring Surrey’s past to find out more about Surrey in the Age of Magna Carta In Surrey we recently heard why ‘boggy’ Runnymede was chosen as the Magna Carta site from Dr David Starkey in his talk at Guildford Cathedral. Dr Starkey’s book Magna Carta and us investigates the effect of the charters of 1215 and 1225. The British Library in their exhibition: Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy  tell us that since 1215, Magna Carta has evolved from a political peace treaty to an international symbol of individual. If you want to find out more about the Magna Carta and history related to it try this biography of King John, David Carpenter’s The Struggle for Mastery, or by the same author, this discussion of the historical background and impact of the Magna Carta. In America the Magna Carta’s influence can be seen in the Bill of Rights, the link is commemorated in a memorial at Runnymede erected by the American Bar Association. Allen Drury’s political novels show US politicians and judges grappling with legislation. But why do we need laws? Summed up by Sir Thomas More in a Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

“William Roper – So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law Sir Thomas More – Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? William Roper – Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that! Sir Thomas More Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake! “

Laws and liberties beyond Magna Carta in many genres Modern thrillers often have characters who under the law can be both victims and the perpetrators of fresh crimes – histories of Domestic Abuse often feature in these. Alternatively the law can be made an Ass – as Rumpole of the Bailey demonstrated on a regular basis. The judiciary – the butt of many of Rumpole’s jokes can also be the hero as in – Judge John Deed. The means the law employs to arrive at its conclusions can be a hard but fascinating read. Forensics : the anatomy of crime by Val McDermid  accompanied the Forensics exhibition at the Wellcome Institute in London. New Worlds new laws – maybe we could all live by Isaac Asimov’s laws of Robotics?

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws

Sue Applegate (Surrey Libraries)

Turn Alice in Wonderland into a game

June 10, 2015
Alice in Wonderland statue (Guildford) (c) Flickr/ggstopflat

Alice in Wonderland statue (Guildford) (c) Flickr/ggstopflat

In 1865, Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book Alice in Wonderland was published, and 2015 is its 150th anniversary. This tale of a girl who is led on a strange journey down a rabbit hole and into a surreal world filled with fantastical creatures has inspired many versions and interpretations of the original story, including new illustrations, graphic novels, films and games.

With the queen constantly dispensing her own brand of justice (or is that in-justice?) to cries of “Off with his/her head!” and also the final court-room scene, it also feeds in to this month’s #legalread theme.

To tie in with the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, I thought it would be fun to set up an online computer game jam based around the book and its characters, which can be found here. The game jam runs from 27th June until 3rd July 2015. The game jam is open to anyone at all who wants to create a game around the Alice in Wonderland theme, and the game can be created using any software at all. The rules and details of how to enter can be found here.

We have mentioned previously on this blog that games can provide us with new opportunities for readers exploring new ways of thinking about their reading and the sharing of stories, both via interactive fiction and also through the use of classic books as themes for games.

Maybe, as someone with a love of storytelling, but with no programming or game-making experience you would like to get involved, but don’t know how to. There are free applications available that will allow you to make games even without any programming or coding skills. For example:

Like many other game jams there aren’t any prizes for entering or winning, but hopefully the theme will inspire game makers to take the original Alice in Wonderland story and characters and turn them into something new, engaging, interactive, original and fun.

Gary Green (Surrey Libraries)

Join in the #legalread for June for #rwpchat

May 31, 2015

#legalread

Without Prejudice: reading, watching and playing with the law

Magna Carter Memorial

Magna Carter Memorial, photographed by Trevor Lowe

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of one of the world’s most important documents: Magna Carta.

Magna Carta is so much more than a peace treaty between a quarrelsome King and his barons, sealed (not signed) in a meadow on the banks of the Thames on June 19th, 1215. Its lasting iconic value as the foundation of so many world democracies lies in the power of an idea – a principle, which states that nobody, including the King, is above the law of the land.

You can find out more about Magna Carta through the anniversary committee’s website or on Twitter: #MagnaCarter800th

Some aspects of law have become entrenched in popular culture, such as the Miranda Warning, while every day, around the world, people seek legal information in plain language including Hot Topics online. Genealogists, students of history and those who are simply curious also regularly access sites such as Births, Deaths and Marriages, Convict Records, the Old Bailey Online, various Police Gazettes and pieces of legislation that changed our lives including Mabo.

The law has also played an increasingly important role in crime fiction from tales of Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes, classic tales of those who feel forced to break the law – for examples some of the characters in the novels by Charles Dickens – to thrillers by Harlan Coben and modern day police procedurals including works by Ian Rankin and legal procedurals from authors including Sydney Bauer, John Grisham and Lisa Scottoline. Readers who enjoy these novels might also enjoy the forensic procedural, a genre dominated by the likes of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs. These stories easily translate to large and small screens with popular shows including Bones, Castle, Cold Case, New Tricks, Rake and many more. Other popular genres also provide opportunities to read about the law from James S. A. Corey to Star Trek.

For those who prefer fact to fiction there are numerous true crime works available (books and documentaries) as well as biographies of legal professionals and histories of famous legal battles.

The only judgements made for #legalread are those found online, on the page and on the screen: readers are free to play around with what interests them and perhaps use #legalread to engage with a type of fiction or non-fiction that they have not read or watched before (you can also play games).

There will be a twitter discussion on 30 June starting at 11am, 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. 9.00pm New Zealand Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 9am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm BST, 12.00 noon Central European Time. Note: this is a staggered start to the discussion.

Use the tags #legalread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #legalread, so others can join in the conversation too.

catch up on the #migrantread discussion from #rwpchat

May 29, 2015

You can catch up on the #migrantread discussion via Storify.  It was a very interesting discussion.

 

Next month the focus will be #legalread because of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Watch this video from the British Library as a small preview

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