November 8th is National Cappuccino Day!

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Happy National Cappuccino Day

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Here are today’s five things to know about Cappuccino:

Cappuccino was invented in Italy.

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It was first patented by a man named Luigi Bezzera in 1901.

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In Italy, cappuccino is traditionally consumed once a day with breakfast.

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The steamed foam served with capuccino serves as an insulator and allows the liquid to retain its heat for a longer period of time.

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Capuccino is rumored to have been named after Marco d’Aviano: a friar who led the resistance to the Turkish seige of Vienna in 1683. This rumor has not been supported by any historical evidence.


Today’s Food History

  • 1789 Elijah Craig distilled the first bourbon whiskey from corn, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
  • 1910 This is one for those who think the electric insect ‘zapper is a relatively new device. A patent for the first electric insect ‘zapper’ was issued to William H. Frost of Spokane…

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Book Review-The-Blue-Mile

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The Blue Mile

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While I have grouped The Blue Mile in the General Fiction category, it is said, on the blurb to be an historical fiction novel, which I suppose is, as it takes place at the start of Australia’s Great Depression in the early 1930s.  The Blue Mile refers to the stretch of water, in Sydney Harbour, between the homes of lead characters, Yo O’Keenan and Miss Olivia Greene.

O’Kennan and Greene must overcome their Irish Catholic and English backgrounds and also in the mix is O’Kennan’s young sister who he has taken with him to escape an abusive home environment.

O’Kennan manages to find work building latter stages of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.   This is not ongoing work and upon its conclusion his Irish pride sees his life appear to fall apart.

However, we all know that young love will win out over adversity.  In…

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Wednesdays Visual Writing Prompt

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Visual writing prompts are an excellent method to spark your creativity. They are a means of exploration into your journey as a writer. Taking part in writing prompts can lead you into depths of writing discovery that may have otherwise eluded you.

Taking twenty minutes to participate in prompts like this on a regular basis can unlock your true potential as a writer.

Good Luck!

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The Challenge

Use this prompt to think outside the box, to go somewhere with your writing that you had never dared go before. See what kind of magic you can work with that brilliant mind of yours.

  • Use this prompt to add a scene to the current book you are writing.
  • Start a short story that you can give away for free to subscribers of your blog.
  • Or just practice your skills.

It’s true that a picture like this can spark…

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Markets For Writers

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Flash 500 aren’t just looking for 500-word stories, they also hold other writing competitions. Here are details of their current short story competition:

It’s an open-themed competition. All genres are accepted, including those written by or for children. They also welcome adult material as long as the content fits the story and is not gratuitous.

Stories should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Here’s what they’re looking for, in their own words:

A story with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used). Make us laugh, make us cry, but most of all, make us feel!”

Entries need to be in by 28th February 2018.

Prizes:

1st: £500

2nd: £200

3rd: £100

The entry fees are dependent on the number of stories entered. To check this and for other details, visit the competition page.

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