My book is called Ride the Rocket - Toronto Enabled. As the title implies - it's about Toronto.
Written over several visits, this is a family book - a humorous travelogue about a serious subject – disabled access to Toronto’s tourist attractions.
It’s also about family – meeting newly-discovered family and exploring the city with them.
It’s also about the differences between our languages – English and English. Yes, there are huge differences, and these differences led us into many humorous situations.
My main reason for writing Ride the Rocket is because so many travel guides show the wheelchair accessibility symbol. However, when you arrive at a tourist attraction you sometimes get in through the front door only to discover parts of the attraction, often the best bits, are not accessible.
I have explored Toronto through disabled eyes. I’m qualified to do so because of major spinal injury that forced me to use a wheelchair for a short time so I saw just how easy, or how difficult, things can be for disabled visitors. I have to tell you that Toronto comes out extremely well especially with the amount of help Torontonians offer disabled visitors, either wheelchair users or anyone requiring just a little extra help.
Ride the Rocket - Toronto Enabled, is self-published and available in paperback and e-book format through Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and Lulu.com.
The author explains how different governments around the world have influenced the actions of the population since ancient times. More than 100 illustrations provide a valuable insight into state propaganda machinery, its shortfalls and efficiencies.
Sedos - the Stock Exchange Dramatic and Operatic Society - presents Hot Mikado - a musical comedy based on Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. Snappy rhythms, Fosse-type dance routines and fabulous costumes make this an exciting not-to-be-missed production. Read more at Hot Mikado Just Got Hotter!
The British Library has some of the world's finest and most important medieval Hebrew manuscripts including the magnificently illuminated North French Miscellany. Read about the manuscript's fascinating history, its beautiful illustrations and its complex and highly skilled calligraphy in this article published on Infobarrel. Every page is a work of art in its own right. The images demonstrate great skill and a fine sense of humour.
Thanks to a collaboration between the British Library and London publishers Facsimile Editions a limited edition facsimile has been produced thus allowing many more museums to display copies and increase awareness of this wonderful manuscript.
The show presents the responses of artists to medical research projects carried out by the Wellcome Trust and it's absolutely fascinating. The research projects range from research into the spread of malaria to the transmission of animal diseases to humans.