'from you to me' Blog

  • Do you really know your family?

    As we approach the centenary of the armistice that brought an end to World War I, it made us realise how many of the real stories from the war are already lost.  Diaries have been found by some families telling the story of what is was really like to be involved, but if those people were here now, what questions would be asking them over our dinner?  Sadly, in this case, it is too late. Our...

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  • The Summer Slide

    Helen B, Consumer Communications Champion at from you to me and mum of two boys, introduces My Summer Rant & Rave - our summer writing competition for primary aged children - and explains the motivation behind it.  In the US the term ‘the summer slide’ is pretty well known, as for here in the UK we might be more familiar with the term ‘summer learning loss’ or perhaps you’ve never heard of either. While we have...

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  • Interpreting the stories in 'The Book Of Upside Down Thinking' by Brian Patten

    Brian Patten, author of the beautiful The Book Of Upside Down Thinking, joins us once again as a guest on the blog to give us a further insight into his magical new collection of humorous and thought-provoking verse, in this post looking at interpreting the stories. There is no one interpretation or ‘meaning’ to a Djuha story and there are hundreds of stories. The first ones I read were in an old travel book I picked up in a second-hand comic exchange when I...

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  • The inspiration behind 'The Book Of Upside Down Thinking' by Brian Patten

    Acclaimed poet Brian Patten, author of the beautiful The Book Of Upside Down Thinking, joins us as a guest on the blog to give us an insight into the inspiration behind this magical new collection of humorous and thought-provoking verse. Written in Morocco The Book of Upside Down Thinking was inspired by folk-stories from the Near and Middle East that date back as far as the 11th century...read on to find out more from Brian.  Most...

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  • Supporting Shops ... online or high street

    from you to me is a publishing business that sells to both the trade (Gift, book, baby and other specialist shops found on the high street and online) and direct to customers through its own website. Our website helps us to have a platform where we can show off all our journals and books as well as testing new ideas with our customers - who we know will give us honest and open feedback. We can also...

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  • Down to Zero

    Well it's been a little while since I updated my online story about the troublesome 'C' word and how it's been affecting my life. Since I last put pen to paper ... or rather put fingers to keyboard ... Prostate Cancer seems to have taken a more high profile position in the UK because of its impact on well-known celebrities like Stephen Fry, Bill Turnball and George Monbiot as well as recent television programmes like The Full...

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  • Climb every mountain ...

    I am on the way up ... climbing my own personal mountain and it feels good to be on the move. Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages over the last few months and, as many of you have requested, I wanted to give you an update on my journey. Courtesy of the inspiring Jeff Smith My last blog shared the story of how I had been diagnosed with cancer and the topsy turvy...

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  • Well I wasn’t expecting to wake up to this one …

    I have led from you to me for the last 10 years and with never a dull day. Growing as an entrepreneur having left the security of the corporate world was both exciting and scary at the same time and the ten years we have been trading has also seen the World face the largest recession since records began. Challenging times but also ones that saw us learn every day and move from strength to strength...

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  • Happy Father's Day to Inspiring Dads

    We are approaching Father’s Day on June 18th, a date that is also celebrated in many countries around the world, and as a father myself, it started me wondering about my role as a Dad for my daughter, Mila. Am I a good father? Do I act as a role model for her? Do I provide inspiration? As a school governor I have been thinking a lot about our education systems. Do our schools, colleges and universities...

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  • Sharing some family stories at Mother's Day

    Mother's Day was last Sunday and we have asked Mother and Daughter Kathy and Meg to give a little insight of some of their motherhood experiences, memories and stories, A little about our guests….. Daughter's Name: Meg Birleson Age: 35 How many children: 3 Location: Wiltshire, UK Mother's Name: Kathy Keltner Age: 66 How many children: 2 Location: Tennessee You both live hundreds of miles apart with the Atlantic between you. I imagine this makes sharing your...

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