Month: September 2014

Second-hand book heaven

Last week I was lucky enough to stumble across a wonderful second-hand bookshop in Alnwick, Northumberland.

This shop, located in an old Victorian railway station built in 1887,  was opened in 1991 and since then has grown a bit like Topsy. It is run by a couple with business and academic backgrounds helped by a variety of staff of all ages from 16 to 76. The New Statesman called it ‘The British Library of secondhand bookshops’. An accurate and very suitable  compliment!

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As you can see in this picture, in honour of the building’s history a railway line has been built linking the tops of some of the stacks and several trains with carriages run around it – there is a video on the shops’s website.

In the background you can see framed on the wall the original Keep Calm, Carry  On poster.

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Books on almost every conceivable subject (but nothing on Conductive Education unfortunately) are arranged by subject and easy to access. The old waiting room is now a cosy place with armchairs for spending time browsing your selection of books or having a cup of coffee, as a cafe is also on site.

I could have spent the whole  day there. If you are ever in the area please do go and visit. I guarantee you will not leave without at least one book!

Expansion for centre in Florida


It is always great to have some good news to report and I received a Yahoo alert today with exactly that.

Conductive Education Center of Orlando, Florida has a bigger, better, new building that is three times larger than the previous one.,0,7994103.story

This centre, opened in 2001,  is one of those that has managed to keep going for thirteen years and looks like continuing to do so. Its supporters have  made sure that

The new school was tailor-made for CECO at no cost by a group of local builders, vendors and donors.


Bathrooms feature stalls the size of walk-in showers, with room for wheelchairs and supportive equipment. Doors are designed with buttons or handles that the students can operate them. And classroom floors include both tile and carpet so students can get used to moving on different surfaces.

The extra space also means the school can expand its after school and summer programs and establish a program for young adults.

Congratulations to all concerned!