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On World Books Day (March 3) this year, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, The Guardian, launched their children’s books site — designed and curated by children, for children. The editorial panel, according to the site, consists of 100 children and teens from around the world. The site aims to help young people read book reviews, follow discussions, and watch and listen to the questions the panel has put to top authors. There is an age-themed content, a monthly podcast, a book club, extracts, quizzes, competitions with prizes. Log on to childrens.books@guardian.co.uk for more excitement. Closer home, PageTurners has launched their online bookstore with special signed editions and 25 per cent off on classics. Log on to www.pageturners.in and connect with other booklovers.

UFOs? One can always hope!

Sir Eric Gairy, the country’s prime minister, was convinced that the objects he thought he was seeing were hostile alien aircraft from outer space.

The British government did not share Sir Eric’s conviction that, as he put it, “persons from outer space are studying us, or perhaps living among us as earthlings.”

A “ridiculous proposal that will only bring the United Nations into disrepute,” was what one British official called the prime minister’s campaign to persuade the United Nations to form an agency to investigate UFOs.

This historical tidbit was revealed by the British National Archives last week, when it released thousands of pages of government files related to the subject of UFOs over the years. Sadly, nothing in the material appears to prove without a doubt that we are not alone.
As for Sir Eric, flying saucers were his passion but also his undoing. After triumphantly persuading the United Nations to hold a debate on the subject in 1979, he flew to New York to take part — whereupon his enemies back home staged a coup and overthrew him, says Sarah Lyall of the New York Times.

Take a stretch break

As more and more of you grow up in front of computer screens, medical experts are reporting a rise in neck, back, and shoulder pain among youngsters, especially those using laptops. Here is what you need to know to protect yourself from serious injuries.

*They suggest using a mouse rather than a laptop track pad, which can put added stress on your hand and wrist.

Be sure that the mouse rests at elbow height and is positioned next to the keyboard, not sitting far off to the side, and keep your wrists in a neutral position.

*Computer monitors are often positioned too low for users, which may bring about a downward eye glaze, an increased neck angle and forward bending of the upper back, reports LiveScience.

*  There is a trend that shows people who are more physically active will develop fewer musculoskeletal discomfort issues. This is true for both children and adults.

*  In any case, it’s a good idea to get up from the computer and walk around every two to three hours at least. Be sure to stretch your wrists and neck, or use stretching software programs such as StretchWare or Stretch Break, which prompt users with stretch reminders while offering how-to demonstrations. Stretch Break also offers a version just for kids, reports AFP.

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