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AUTHOR NEIL GAIMAN DEFENDS CHILDREN'S LITERATURE FROM ADULT SNOBBERY

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52-year-old British author Neil Gaiman has spoken out against 'snobbish' adult judgements being placed upon children's literature.

The author, who delivered the second annual Reading Agency lecture in central London this week, chose to use this time, at least in part, to speak out against what he feels is a damaging trend in modern literary criticism.

"I don't think there is such a thing as a bad book for children," began the author, addressing a crowd that included many leading figures from the arts and entertainment world, as well as several representatives from educational institutions.

"Every now and again it becomes fashionable among some adults to point at a subset of children's books, a genre, perhaps, or an author, and to declare them bad books, books that children should be stopped from reading,"

"I've seen it happen over and over; Enid Blyton was declared a bad author, so was ('Goosebumps' author) RL Stine, so were dozens of others. Comics have been decried as fostering illiteracy".

"It's tosh, it's snobbery and it's foolishness", he continued.



Mr Gaiman, who's works include children's books (Odd The Frost Giants), comic books (Sandman, 1602) and prize winning novels (The Graveyard Book, Coraline, American Gods), has seen his works adapted into popular films (Stardust, Coraline), and has written for several TV shows (Babylon 5, Dr. Who, Neverwhere). He is generally considered to be one of the most prolific and celebrated authors of his generation, so it is likely that his criticisms will carry some weight.



Gaiman continued, saying that, "There are no bad authors for children, that children like and want to read and seek out, because every child is different. They can find the stories they need to, and they bring themselves to stories".

"A hackneyed, worn-out idea isn't hackneyed and worn out to them. This is the first time the child has encountered it. Do not discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is the gateway drug to other books you may prefer. And not everyone has the same taste as you.

He continued with a warning to parents, teachers and even older siblings, when he said that,

"Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child's love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st Century equivalents of Victorian 'improving' literature. You'll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant."

Gaiman's own book, 'Neverwhere' was recently removed from a High School reading list in New Mexico after a parent complained that it was inappropriate.

Gaiman's response to this was wry and well-considered, as he told a BBC reporter, "I tend to take books of mine being challenged and occasionally being banned - and very occasionally being burned - as a kind of badge of honour. You know you are doing something right."

Mr. Gaiman's concerns were echoed by a number of the lecture's attendees.

SOURCES:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ente rtainment-arts-24521225

Rediscovery of Knee Ligament Validates 19th Century Paper

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Doctors have discovered that an important knee ligament, first described in an 1879 paper, before being subsequently ignored for well over a century, is actually a very real and important body part.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are a common problem for many athletes. They are notoriously difficult to repair and the recovery is a tough and painful process that can take up to a year. Following treatment, however, many patients still complain of aches and pains and it is not at all uncommon for the joints to fail the necessary pivot-shift tests (performed so the doctors can check the success of their surgeries). Repeat injuries are also inexplicably common.

Last month, it was announced that a team of Flemish doctors appears to have finally solved this persistently vexing riddle and, in so doing, they validated a discovery made over a century ago.

Paul Segond, a 19th century French surgeon who is known for greatly aiding the development of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (as well as describing the Segond fracture), wrote of the ligament as a "pearly, fibrous band" in 1879. Segond posited that it was an additional ligament, but anatomists did not consider the initial discovery to be accurate.

After reading Segond's paper and deciding that there may be something to it after all, the team of knee surgeons and an anatomist began investigating the possibility that Segond's mystery ligament was, in fact, a very real part of the Human body.

The team examined the knees of 41 cadavers, finding that 40 of them actually contained Segond's ligament, just as he'd described it a hundred years earlier.

With this (re)discovery now published and proven, the ligament has been named as the anterolateral ligament (ALL).

The anterolateral ligament joins the other jointhere most important by doctors and anatomists, such as the lateral femoral epicondyle (LFE), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), Gerdy's tubercle (GT), popliteus tendon (PT), popliteofibular ligament (PFL), and, of course, the aforementioned anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Surgeons are already considering ways in which to repair ALL tears and damage, with the hopes of improving the quality of life for anyone who suffers any ligament damage to the knees. This rediscovery is likely to become a very significant one in the field of sports and athletics, across both amateur and professional playing fields.

SOURCES

http://www.scientificamerican. com/gallery_directory.cfm?phot o_id=7737D2E0-994F-A7AD-8721A1 4249EB4E02

Android-Powered Device - The Samsung Galaxy Note

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With the cost of living being increased to higher extent and more plus people are tending to purchase good mobile phones, Samsung has proposed a good mobile phone. The Samsung Galaxy W is a new mobile form the organization which belongs into the Smartphone and bar form factor category and is also a good budget mobile that comes almost all of fully loaded features and specifications. The Samsung Mobiles has always provided good performance in the Indian mobile marketplace.

According to sources of BGR's, Sprint's version of the samsung galaxy s6 Tab will be dropping for a pretty pricey $399. It doesn't fall good previous notion that unit would cost somewhere around $200-300.



You can search for the people around the earth using a username and you can connect with them, and instant messaging or voice chatting with them in too busy at every single one of. Skype also provides you using opportunity to video speak to people just about. It is a wonderful piece of software offers got better and better over the time.

Apple has raised the bar for photo quality-both in relation to its speed and low-light performance-with the iPhone 4S, as a result of new optics and an increased backside illuminated sensor. In addition, it captures sharp and smooth 1080p video tutorial. Android phones such as the Galaxy S II are only a step behind in regards to speed, though, and they take equally good photos outdoors.

This adaptation for the Samsung Galaxy Note 100.1 has a solid plastic eraser tip which can be to erase rapidly the mistakes. Moreover all were impressed together with stylus especially to business and personal term on the superior windscreen. After the month of February Samsung is not serious about its devices because because of high profile patent court case with Apple. Till IFA, Samsung could grasp back a European launch and in a number of weeks the bratwurst-and-tech trade demonstrates that kicks off in Germany.

One thing that is interesting truth that eBay (gasp) tracks your purchases. Whenever login towards the site in that link, any past eBay purchases seem noted for your personal inventory. That is, of course, whether you long for them to be there or even otherwise.

It ships with a huge 8MP camera with LED flash. Additionally, you will enjoy features in the likes of: Touch focus; Geo-Tagging; Face and smile detection; Image stabilization; as well as on this phone. What's more, it ships having a 2MP front-facing camera. This makes video chatting clearer and fun. You will also enjoy the phone's 1080p @24-30 fps (fps) video capability.

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