Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Torfaen Council Update - October 2016

Council Update

This is the second installment of this council update series - you can find my September update HERE - and it's probably going to run quite long as it's been a busy month. This morning I'm off to chair my first meeting of Full Council, filling in for the Mayor, so wish me luck! :)


The first real matter of business was Item 7, Public Question Time, with some questions about potential development of the 'British' (an old iron works and colliery site in Talywain) from John Cox.

Item 9. Full report on the acquisition of the British.

Item 10. Annual Monitoring Report on the Torfaen's Local Development Plan.

Item 11. Report on the Torfaen Community Infrastructure Levy.

Item 12. Report on the resettlement of refugees and vulnerable children in Torfaen. Just confirming Torfaen's commitment to the VCRP (Vulnerable Children's Resettlement Programme) and the UASC (National Scheme of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children). We also support the SVPRS (Syrian Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme), with three Syrian families already settled in Torfaen, and another three due this financial year.

Item 13. Annual Council Performance Report.

Item 14. Just formalising the scrutiny arrangements for the Torfaen PSB (Public Service Board).

Item 15. Noting the outcome of a complaint under the local resolution protocol. Cllr Harris put a complaint in against Cllr Mawby, over an incident at the June meeting of the Safer Scrutiny Committee when Cllr Harris' suitability as chair was called into question. (The Mail covered the story HERE.) The committee decided there was no basis for going further with the complaint.

Item 16. An extension to the period a Councillor can go without attending a meeting before being disqualified for Cllr John Marshall, who has sadly been very ill for some months.

Item 17. Members' Questions.

Item 19. Noting Cabinet decisions.

You can watch the whole thing on webcast HERE.



We (the Pontnewydd Councillors) hold our advice surgery on the first Saturday of every month, from 10:30am - 12 noon, at Mount Pleasant Hall. We're in the 'green room' where the bar is, and the main hall has Zumba classes going on. You won't confuse the two! I don't really write much about casework on the blog because it's confidential and fairly repetitive to boot, but we deal with all kinds of issues. The most common problems will be things like neighbour disputes, litter / potholes / overgrowth / other streetscene issues, people getting nowhere with Homeseeker (the housing waiting list) or their RSL (Registered Social Landlord), etc. We can't always resolve the problem, for a huge range of reasons, but we'll do our best to at least signpost you to someone who can.



There was a full council meeting on October 5th (agenda HERE). There wasn't anything controversial, and the biggest issue was probably the policing update which I've written about below. The next CCC public event is the Senior Schools Choral Festival on November 10th (6pm - 8:30pm); it's being held at Cwmbran High School and I think tickets are available from the Council House. (See more on their Facebook page.)



I think there was a sub-committee meeting for Croesy this month, but I couldn't make it. I've got a governors meeting at Maendy Primary tonight and I'll be giving apologies for TASG (Torfaen Association of School Governors) tomorrow. I did attend a seminar on the play service yesterday though, and the team did a great job again over the summer holidays, providing play opportunities. Check out their video overview -

Also on education, a consultation opened yesterday and will run until November 28th, looking at reducing the 11-16 capacity of Croesyceiliog Secondary to 1,200 pupils, from the current c. 1350. It wouldn't affect current pupils, but will mean a reduction from nine form groups to eight from September 2018 admission. (The idea is to reduce the number of pupils attending from outside the catchement area.)


Out and About in Torfaen

Veronica, the mayor, has had to have a knee replacement operation so I've been pretty busy covering the mayoral engagements over the last few weeks, including:

 - Mic Morris Sporting Trust Meetings.
 - St. David's Hospice AGM. (6th)
 - Blaenavon Male Voice Choir Concert, with Four Lanes Choir from Cornwall. (7th)
 - Reaffirmation of the Royal Welsh Regiment's freedom of the borough of Rhondda. (8th)
 - Welsh Gurkha Community Dashain Festival. (8th)
 - Meeting with Chinese delegation from Suzhou Planning Bureau. (14th)

If you want the mayor to attend an event, or would like your group, etc, to visit the mayor's parlour, just put a request in through Chris Slade in Democratic Services via democraticservices@torfaen.gov.uk or ring 01495 742163.



 - Torfaen Well-being Questionnaire. Let us know what you feel is good and bad about your community.
 - Proposed Changes to the Churchwood and Springvale Ponds Local Nature Reserve.



Planning Committee is a monthly affair, this time it fell on the 11th. There were six applications to deal with; an update to flood zone conditions for an industrial development in Llantarnam (approved), 21 unit housing development on Belle Vue Road in Old Cwmbran (approved), confirmation of the reasons for rejecting a change of retail use for the gun shop in Pontnewydd, a standalone Flying Start Learning Centre on Blenheim Road Primary School site (approved), and erection of a pole mounted CCTV camera and an Eco Schools flag at Garnteg Primary School (approved). You can watch the meeting on webcast HERE.



From 10am - 11am on the second Saturday of the month there is a police advice surgery for Pontnewydd, again in the 'green room' at Mount Pleasant Hall. Zai, our local PCSO, is super nice and will do his best to help you with any policing related issues you might have, from drug related offences through to obstructive parking. I missed it this month as I was doing mayoral stuff, but I did get a crime stats update at Community Council.

Anti-social behaviour is generally down, but there have been a spate of break-ins and so on committed by a group of boys from Greenmeadow. In one night they broke into two youth clubs and smashed a bunch of windows en route! We've also had a few clown sightings, but I think the first fine issued by Gwent Police for the craze went through last week in Caerphilly.



I had two scrutiny meetings this month. First up was Healthier Communities on September 29th (webcast HERE) looking at the impact the new benefit cap will have on Torfaen. There are about 160 households (including over 500 children) which will be affected, almost all with complex support needs, spread over the RSL and private rented sectors. It was reassuring to hear that the visits by the Revenue and Benefits team are going well, and that Torfaen is being so proactive about finding ways to make up the shortfall.

Resources and Corporate Business Scrutiny, held on October 12th, followed a fairly similar theme, looking at DHP (Discretionary Housing Payments) capacity specifically. Torfaen has a fairly generous DHP scheme which is currently being used to keep people affected by the 'Bedroom Tax' afloat. Because, shockingly, a policy designed to ease housing pressure in the densely populated cities doesn't work quite so well in an area where the vast majority of your housing stock are 3-bed family homes. I digress. Anyway, I'm convinced that Revs & Bens are trying their best, but I'm not at all sure the scheme is sustainable as is. Torfaen currently pays out an extra £150k or so on top of the government subsidy, and most of those affected by the benefit cap will now be looking to claim DHP in the near future... You can see the webcast of that meeting HERE.


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Monday, 17 October 2016

#brightFuture Challenge

Even the smallest actions are steps in the right direction.

Marianna's arrival made me care a whole lot more about the future of the planet. Suddenly I had this tangible link with the world after me, and it gave me a whole new commitment to doing my bit. I mean, I've always been interested in the whole 'reduce, reuse, recycle' mantra, but it's taken on an extra dimension now and become something that really means a lot to me.

The best thing about this move towards the sustainable is that even the tiniest action can have a hugely beneficial impact.


The most obvious way to create less waste is to, well, consume less stuff in the first place. Meal planning, for example, has helped us to reduce the amount of food we throw away, as well as give us back some control over the weekly schedule. Another way I've been reducing is using more all round cleaners, rather than purchasing endless job specific products. Eventually I'd like to move to a less chemical based cleaner, but for now I love multi-purpose Domestos which can be used in the kitchen and the bathroom. (And anywhere else which plays host to a toddler dedicated to mess and destruction...)

This focus on using less also saves me a few pounds each week, which is not something to be sniffed at!

Yeah, I just styled a bleach bottle shot...


This is where the fun comes in. I love craft projects, but am also a major cheapskate, so reusing every day items is the obvious way forward. Whether it's transforming glass jars into snowglobes, or turning empty baby food tubs into fancy storage containers, trash can so easily be made into treasure. Not only is this money saving, you can also make money by selling your creations, telling the world about them (the women's weeklies will pay well for your upcycling stories), or simply collecting and selling the raw materials for those who don't have the patience. Bottle tops, toilet roll tubes, and empty jam jars, for instance, can all be sold in bulk on eBay to bring in a little extra income.

My favourite example of reusing in our own home is the 'wall of sound'. Basically, we needed a cheap and easy way to decorate without damaging / altering the wall (we're renting), and a way to get rid of old CDs and DVDs the trade-in sites weren't interested in. Two birds, one stone, and this was the outcome:

Wall of Sound


It didn't exactly make me many friends in the community, but I was strongly in favour of the new 'skinny bins' we use locally. By reducing the capacity in our general waste bins, Torfaen Council has (using the stick more than the carrot, it's true) managed to bring the authority's recycling rates up to Welsh Govt standards (58%) and put us on course for the next target - 64% by 2020.

And when you feel like you can't be bothered to wash out your bottles and tins for collection, or just want to dump it all in a black bag and be done with it, just think of how much difference a single bottle can make. The energy saving from recycling just one bottle will, according to Amgen Cymru:
☆ Power a 100 watt light bulb for almost an hour.
Power a computer for 25 minutes.
☆ Power a colour TV for 20 minutes.
☆ Power a washing machine for 10 minutes.

Feel the power!

Creating a #brightFuture with Unilever

Unilever are fronting a campaign at the moment for a #brightFuture, encouraging their brands and their consumers to look at the positive difference they can make to the world, one small action at a time. Domestos has pledged to help 25 million people gain access to better toilet facilities by 2020 - because even today over a billion people are lacking that basic amenity - while the Dove Self-Esteem Project has already touched the lives of over 19 million young people.

Read more about the campaign over at the Unilever website, and get involved on social media using the #brightFuture hashtag. Today, 83% of children feel optimistic about their own future, and 59% feel optimistic about the future of the environment. Let's do them proud and get that figure rising!

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

This Week #52

Adar o'r unlliw, ehedant i'r unlle - Birds of a feather flock together.
Life This Week

This week I've just felt like I'm spinning lots of plates, and spinning them badly! Veronica, the mayor of Torfaen, has had to go into hospital for a knee replacement, so as deputy I've had to step into her shoes for the duration. It's way more exhausting than I thought it would be. I don't think it helps that I'm naturally a shy and retiring type, and the role is all about making small talk with strangers! Hopefully I'm not being a total disaster at it.

It is fun how diverse it makes your days though. Over the last fortnight I've been to AGMs, concerts, the south wales Dashain celebration, a parade of the Royal Welsh through Pontypridd, and met with a delegation of officials from the Suzhou Planning Bureau. Next week, among other things, I'm opening the poppy appeal for the local British Legion branch, helping to host a fundraising quiz night, and dropping in at a 100th birthday party. There's never a dull moment, really!

We're spending the day at my mum's today, so the hope is I can get all my blog stuff written and scheduled for next week, so at least there will be one less plate to spin.

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This Week, I 'ave Been Mostly...

☆ READING: I found an old piece I'd written about LGBT+ representation in youth media - I reposted it for National Coming Out Day on Tuesday.

☆ WRITING: The A-Z of Creepy Retro Television.

☆ WATCHING: Scary - and not so scary - movies for this week's Friday Frivolity linky!

 LISTENING: My mum introduced Marianna to the 80s cartoon Raggy Dolls. YouTube duly introduced me to the full length version of the theme tune... I can't stop listening!

☆ WEARING: The deputy mayoral chain - my neck has a permanent crick right now!

☆ EATING: I had my first mince pie of the season this week.

☆ REVIEWING: The Book of Everyone - I'm hosting a competition to win one in that post too.

On the Blog

I posted about linky etiquette, and did the 5 Things Blogging Tag.

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

An A-Z of Creepy Retro TV

The A-Z of Creepy Retro Television

What it says on the tin - an ongoing guide to the best of creepy British TV from back in the day. (Pre-1990 at any rate.) I particularly love the kids' shows, because clearly nobody believed in safe spaces for children when there was mental scarring to be done.

YMMV (your mileage may vary) on my picks, but I skew more towards ghosts and folkloric revival than aliens and sci-fi, just as a heads up!

A - Anthology

British horror has always loved the anthology, whether its aimed for cinema or the television. Examples include Leap in the Dark, Shadows, and, of course, Hammer House of Horror.

B - Bristol

I.e., the setting of 1978 HTV children's drama The Clifton House Mystery. This series starts out super creepy, but kind of loses its way over the last few episodes. Still it has a hidden room and lots of slow build realisation, which are two things I can overlook a lot for!
Watch it: DVD.

C - The Changes

CBBC has produced some dark programming, but nothing comes close to the bleakness of this 1975 drama based on Peter Dickinson's Changes trilogy. Overnight a strange frequency begins to be emitted by all technology on the planet, causing humans to destroy it all to save themselves from insanity. The Changes follows schoolgirl Nicky Gore as she tries to discover the whys and the hows, and to reunite with her parents.
Watch it: DVD.

D - Dead of Night

Dead of Night ran for seven episodes in 1972, although a few are missing from the archive, with the eigth - The Stone Tape - being released as a standalone.
Watch it: DVD / YouTube.

E - Escape into Night

Based on Catherine Storr's 1958 novel Marianne Dreams - also the source material for the 1988 film Paperhouse - Escape into Night is a six part ATV drama wihch originally aired in 1972. Marianne has broken her leg, and so finds herself stuck at home, completing her schoolwork and generally feeling bored to distraction. At least until she discovers that her drawings suddenly have some very unusual properties... Although this one was filmed in colour only the B&W prints remain, so this is the format you'll find on DVD and YouTube.

F - The Feathered Serpent

Produced by Thames TV, The Feathered Serpent starred Patrick Troughton (i.e. the second Doctor) as a scheming Aztec high priest, set on scaring children across the country at teatime.
Watch it: DVD.

G - A Ghost Story for Christmas

In the 1970s the BBC fulfilled its remit of scaring people witless all year round with their annual A Ghost Story for Christmas programming.
Watch it: DVD / YouTube.

Children of the Stones

H - Happy Day!

As said in greeting by the villagers of HTV's Children of the Stones. It is often named as the most frightening children's drama ever made and, let's face it, whoever's compiling those lists knows what they're talking about. Because originally airing in 1977, the series followed the investigations of Adam and Mathew Brake as they attempt to work out just what the hell is happening to them and their neighbours in their new home of Milbury.
Watch it: DVD / YouTube.


Britain's concession to commercial television launched in 1955, changing the nation's evenings forever. Each area had its own television network which - after winning its local franchise - contributed to the ITV (Independent Television) network, including ATV (Associated Television), Granada, HTV (Harlech Television), TVS (Television South), and dozens of others. ITV was viewed as less classy, and less stuffy, than the BBC, no doubt giving them greater scope to focus on the crowd pleasing creepy.

J - Jonah

The name of the school tearaway in Tarry Dan, Tarry Dan (Scary Old Spooky Man), a BBC production which first aired in 1978. Jonah thinks he's big and touch, but local tramp Tarry Dan has a message for him...
Watch it: YouTube.

K - King of the Castle

King of the Castle is a creepy children's drama, produced by HTV in 1977. It centres on lonely pre-teen Roland Wright who, desperate to escape the miserable bullying of his real life, finds escape in a strange fantasy world.
Watch it: DVD / YouTube.

Come Back Lucy

L - Come Back Lucy

Based on a 1973 book by Pamela Sykes, it was adapted for television by ATV in 1978. The titular Lucy has only ever known a reserved old fashioned lifestyle in the care of her aged Aunt Olive but, following her death, she has to move in with her super modern cousins and their parents, the career woman Aunt Gwen and the progressive Uncle Peter. It seems like her life can't get any worse - until a long dead Victorian girl starts calling for her... You can read a more detailed overview over at The Chestnut, and watch it on YouTube HERE.

M - Moondial

Moondial is a lovely little BBC timeslip drama from 1988.
Watch it: DVD / YouTube.

N -

O - The Owl Service

Originally airing in 1969, The Owl Service was a Granada adaption of the 1967 book of the same name by Alan Garner. Over eight episodes Alison, holidaying in rural Wales, comes close to losing herself to the ghosts of the past.
Watch it: DVD / YouTube.

P - Penda's Fen

Penda's Fen is weird. Seriously, there is no other word for it! It's also a coming of age story, and a disquieting look into the hypocrasies of the establishment. .
Watch it: DVD / YouTube.

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R -

S - Survivors

This BBC drama from 1975 was like the adult answer to CBBC's The Changes. Created by Terry Nation - he of Dalek fame - Survivors told the tale of a world post 'The Death', a modern plague that has wiped out all but a handful of the population. It also made sure to do it as disturbingly as possible, because that was the way the BBC rolled back then.
Watch it: DVD / YouTube.

Tales of the Unexpected

T - Tales of the Unexpected

How can you not love Tales of the Unexpected? Produced by Anglia, the show ran for nine series between 1979 and 1988, adapting all manner of short stories and becoming ever more cheesy. My favourite episode is the first episode of series three, The Flypaper, which first aired in 1980. It drives home the horror of stranger danger when a teenage girl flees a creepy old man, only to find herself in a worse predicament.
Watch it: DVD / YouTube.

U - Out of the Unknown

Some instalments of this sci-fi anthology show have been wiped, but there are still some good supernatural episodes left in the archive. Out of the Unknown ran for four series on the BBC, between 1965 and 1971.
Watch it: DVD.

V - Visions

Like those experienced by the heroine of The Haunting of Cassie Palmer. Based on the 1980 novel by Vivien Alcock, this TVS production hit television screens in 1982, depicting 13-year-old Cassie, seventh child of a seventh child, who sets out to protect her medium mother from accusations of fraud, and ends up summoning a spirit of her own.
Watch it: YouTube.

W - The Witches and the Grinnygog

The Witches and the Grinnygog is a TVS adaption of the 1981 book of the same name by Dorothy Edwards, and originally aired in 1983. Strange things start happening when an old statue - the Grinnygog - literally falls off the back of a lorry and ends up exchanging hands in a small English village...
Watch it: YouTube.

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Friday Frivolity - do you like scary movies?

Friday Frivolity

This week we're talking about movies. Scary movies.

I actually did a pretty comprehensive run down of my taste in horror films for last Halloween, so I figured I'd talk a bit about movies which aren't really meant to be horror - but still scared me silly!

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park came out in 1993, when I was about 5 or so. I kind of doubt I was watching it aged 5, but there couldn't have been that much in it. Probably when it came out on video or something. Anyway, it was terrifying. Like, properly terrifying. I made my dad check under my bed for baby raptors for weeks afterwards, because they were totally small enough to get under there, the pesky matter of their long extinction being of no real importance.

Another film which I probably shouldn't have been watching, but Batman Returns. I've only ever seen it a couple of times because whenever I think of re-watching all that childhood fear of the Penguin comes flooding back. Just looking at this picture gives me the creeps. Because the thing about Penguin was that he was bad because other people had made him that way. So, to my kid brain, every time I was horrible to someone I was contributing to the Penguin origin story. I mean, presumably Penguin's deal was more than petty squabbles and falling outs over whose My Little Pony was sparklier, but you don't know, do you?

(We're actually watching Gotham (completely legitimately *cough*) at the moment, but thankfully Robin Lord Taylor is way too pretty to have that whole 'people paid good money to point and laugh at you' vibe.)

Gotham, The Penguin

Continuing with the theme of naughty children getting their comeuppance, I mentioned last week how much Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory used to scare me. The Oompa Loompas were like Santa, knew whether you'd been bad or good, punish you, and then sing a song about how it was all your fault to boot. TV bosses in their wisdom always scheduled it over Christmas holidays too, like some kind of reminder...

Willy Wonka

And then it was followed up with A Christmas Carol, another blunt force message about how being selfish is going to get you visited by a ghost set on showing you how little people are gonna care when you finally shuffle off this mortal coil. It also happens to be my mum's number one favourite thing about Christmas, in all versions, and especially the most pant-wettingly frightening one of all - the 1984 CBS adaption. I mean, just look at it:

A Christmas Carol, 1984

Okay, so it looks kind of goofy in a still like that, but trust me - it's nightmare fodder. Just like this:


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Five Things Tag

5 Things Blogging Tag

Because I haven't done one of these in a while... I found this one doing the rounds on Tumblr.

1. Five Things You’ll Always Find In My Bag -

Purse; possibly containing money, I wouldn't bet on it.
 Used bus tickets.
 Bobby pins.
 Appointments diary - i.e. the only hope I have of remembering anything.
 Tangle Teezer brush.

My bag is slightly less of a mess than last time I did a 'What's in my Handbag?' post but, then, that's not saying much...

What's in my Handbag?

2. Five Things In My Bedroom -

 Vintage kidney shaped dressing table with a glass top. It's like my pride and joy - I'll have to do a room tour post some time and show it off!
 Pile of unopened mail. (It gets everywhere.)
 Shoes. So many shoes.
 Betsy Bunny, my childhood soft toy.
 Notice Board.

3. Five Things That Make Me Very Happy -

 The people who read my ramblings.
 That Builders vs Strutters advert. Like, it shouldn't be that funny. But the guy at the end, with the braces. It just gets me every time.
 My new Mary Jane Skechers, they're so comfortable.
 All Marianna related things, even when they're simultaneously making me very miserable. (Non-stop repeats of Rosie and Jim, anyone?)

Neil, just raving it up in his own sitting room, like you do.

4. Five Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do In Life - 

 Go to DisneyWorld / DisneyLand / some variation on this theme. (Except the one in France because, man, the last time I went to Paris was enough to last me a half dozen lifetimes.)
 Become a Mum. We got there.
 Catch 'em all.
 Write a book. I'm too fickle and always lose interest by about 20k words.
 Speak fluent Welsh. I have some serious beef with the Welsh Language Standards, but it would be nice to be certain I wouldn't need a headset at bilingual meetings or whatever. Plus, there's always work in translation.

30 before 30 - a bucket list

5. Five Things On My To-Do List -

 Make Anthony cut the hedge.
 Faff about with prettying up the CommentLuv form on the blog.
 Get my hair cut. Well, thinned out more than anything; it's becoming too unruly.
 Declutter the house. Again.
 Sort through all mail and email. There's so much of it... If you're waiting on a reply from me, I promise I'm gonna get to it in the near future!

6. Five Things I’m Currently Into -

 Those little triangle rings that are already old news.
 Vertical Horizon. They make the most perfect background music.
 True Crime. (Secret: I'm always into True Crime.)
 Gotham. It's a Batman prequel with that guy from The O.C. and the kind of forensic psychiatric services that are going to keep the adult Bruce Wayne very very busy.

Penguin at Arkham Asylum
The Penguin on Arkham Asylum's treatment methods.

7. Five Things People May Not Know About Me -

 These kind of questions always terrify me because I'm such a boring person.
 I studied history at Cambridge and had dreams of being a historian, until I realised I'd have to reference everything I wrote, forever.
 I've got about 750,000 words of fiction up on the web, altogether.
 I'm not very sentimental, except for when I'm watching movies. Then I just can't help myself. I even cried at the cinema watching Bridesmaids. (Because they broke friends. *sniff*)
 I got mentioned in The Times once. I mean, not for anything interesting, but still. The Times.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Review: Book of Everyone

The Book of Everyone Review

Last Christmas I reviewed a Book of Everyone keepsake book I ordered for my dad, and generally told the world how impressed I was with it. I was super pleased, then, when I was asked if I'd like to review another book this year. I decided to create one for my mum and, though I'm sharing a few pics here, I've already put it away for Christmas. :)

The Book of Wendy

The Book of Everyone is all about enabling people to create special, personalised books - without needing to attend a couple years worth of craft classes to get it looking how you want it! A whole team of professionals have contributed some kick ass graphics, quotable factoids, and an interface that makes the whole process a breeze.

Seriously, the website is incredibly easy to use. You begin by filling in a short 'who's it for?' form with name, gender and date of birth details. Next you input who the book is from, and their relationship to the recipient. Then the fun part begins!

The Book of Everyone Review

Even if you just go with the default settings, you can be sure the end product is going to be amazing. But there are still plenty of opportunities to put your own stamp on things. For some pages this might just mean picking from a selection of colours or backgrounds, like the page pictured above, while others give you the option to upload your own photographs and add your own text. Just like this:

The Book of Everyone Review

The print quality is really good - here's a bit of a close up, so you can see it better:

The Book of Everyone

If anything, I'm even more impressed with the service than I was last year! The customisation options are even more extensive, and there has been some reworking of the art to keep things fresh. So, why not check out The Book of Everyone and create a book of your own - they come in digital (£7.50), soft cover (£19.50), hard cover (£29.50), or deluxe (£49.50) formats. The latter three options include free postage and a free digital version, which is a really nice touch.

Even better, The Book of Everyone has kindly offered a free book to one lucky reader. Enter via the widget below for your chance to win! :) (Competition is open to UK readers only, and ends on October 26th.)

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