Tony Robinson Wins Blue Peter Book Award!
Author, presenter and former Blackadder actor Sir Tony Robinson has won a Blue Peter Book Award for Weird World Of Wonders: World War II. A panel of judges and young viewers voted him top of the factual category, while Rooftoppers by newcomer Katherine Rundell was named best story.
“If happiness is usually the size of a tennis ball, my feelings are the size of Australia,” Sir Tony said. The awards are part of the CBBC show’s World Book Day celebrations.
Sir Tony, who has written more than 20 books as well as fronting Channel 4′s Time Team, previously picked up a prize in 2007 for his book Worst Children’s Jobs In History.
“Blue Peter is a genuine stamp of approval and because children themselves do the voting, there’s something very real about this win – it actually feels like a pat on the back from the readership themselves,” he said.
The show’s editor Ewan Vinnicombe said the book about World War Two was “witty, clever and gives the reader an insight into an important historical event”.
The winners were announced during a World Book Day Newsround bulletin, who will collect their prizes during Thursday’s Blue Peter programme.
A study to coincide with World Book Day revealed the average British household has 138 books, but more than half of them have never been read.
The survey of 2,000 adults by self storage firm Shurgard showed two-thirds kept books because they were emotionally attached to them, with an estimated 3.6 billion on shelves, in bedrooms or lofts in people’s homes.
Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axiata Offers 4G Smartphone…
Customers wanting to upgrade to the firms 4G-LTE network with burst speeds of up to 40Megabits per second could use the Dialog Q 143L Smartphone, the firm said in a statement.
“Sri Lankan mobile users are hungry for sophisticated yet affordable mobile phones that allow them to reap the benefits of the mobile internet,” Lasantha Theverapperuma, Senior General Manager, and Head of Mobile Telecommunications at Dialog Axiata said.
The phone is offered for 34,990 rupees.
It runs on Android’s 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) operating system. It is 11mm thick and weighs 151 grams, and has a battery with 240 hours standby and 6 hours of talk time.
Pretty Women – Roy Orbison
Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), also known by the nickname The Big O, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top Forty, including “Only the Lonely”, “Crying”, and “Oh, Pretty Woman”. His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songs and the use of “In Dreams” in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet (1986) revived his career. In 1988, he joined the supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne and also released a new solo album. He died of a heart attack in December that year, at the zenith of his resurgence. His life was marred by tragedy, including the death of his first wife and his two eldest sons in separate accidents.
Orbison was a natural baritone, but music scholars have suggested that he had a three- or four-octave range. The combination of Orbison’s powerful, impassioned voice and complex musical arrangements led many critics to refer to his music as operatic, giving him the sobriquet “the Caruso of Rock”. Elvis Presley and Bono have stated his voice was, respectively, the greatest and most distinctive they had ever heard. While most male performers in rock and roll in the 1950s and ’60s projected a defiant masculinity, many of Orbison’s songs instead conveyed a quiet, desperate vulnerability. He was known for performing while standing still and solitary and for wearing black clothes and dark sunglasses, which lent an air of mystery to his persona.
Orbison was initiated into the second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 by longtime admirer Bruce Springsteen. The same year he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame two years later. Rolling Stone placed Orbison at number 37 on their list of The Greatest Artists of All Time, and number 13 on their list of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2002, Billboard magazine listed Orbison at number 74 in the Top 600 recording artists