Archive for July, 2008

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"10 Explorers who Changed the World" sneak peek #4

July 28, 2008

Here’s our regular Monday afternoon Explorers sneak peek. Has it really been a whole week since the last one? Things have been so busy at Cool Surface Towers that the time has really been flying by…


10 Explorers Who Changed the World
Publishing 4 August 2008
By Kingfisher, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Books
www.panmacmillan.co.uk

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"10 Explorers who Changed the World" sneak peek #3

July 21, 2008

As promised, here’s the next Explorers Day (formerly known as Monday) sneak peek installment. Here, Jacques-Yves Cousteau uses his trusty underwater camera to fend off sharks…


10 Explorers Who Changed the World
Publishing 4 August 2008
By Kingfisher, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Books
www.panmacmillan.co.uk

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Increase your karma: help Matthew Woodson!

July 16, 2008

Here at Cool Surface towers, we’re big fans of Ghostco’s Matthew Woodson. Not only is he an amazingly talented artist, but he writes a very honest and entertaining blog “With hands and hair…” which you should bookmark for reading immediately after your done with your regular visit here.

Now to the crux of this post, unlike here in England where the spiders are just things that I have to get out of the room because Sarah is scared of them, in America the spiders mean business.

I’ll let Matthew elaborate: “On Monday of last week I was bitten by a yet unknown poisonous spider on my right knee. By Tuesday I was running a high fever and unable to walk. On Friday evening I collapsed and was rushed to the ER. After a series of x-rays and a whole lot of examination, I was informed that I had a rather large abscess and cellulitis due to the spider’s bite. I was sent home early Saturday morning after having my knee surgically “drained”, and in more pain than I have ever been in. After a doctor’s appointment this Monday, another abscess was drained and I was informed that I would need to see a doctor weekly until the wound had healed, which could possibly take up to 8 months. Within these 8 months there will remain the very real threat of the infection spreading into the bone of my knee, as well as the possibility of blood poisoning.”

Because Matthew lives in America, there’s no NHS, so this is going to cost him. A lot. So we’re asking you to go and visit his site and maybe buy a print from him, or even better, commission him to draw something. It’s the first time he’s ever taken on commssions, and you couldn’t ask for a more talented artist to draw something for you, and even better, you’d get a great piece of art while helping him out financially. And if you need more convincing, here’s a sample of his work here:Well, what are you waiting for? go visit his site and blog now! If you’re lucky, he may even be persuaded to email you the pics of his knee hole!

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"10 Explorers who Changed the World" sneak peek #2

July 14, 2008

It’s Monday, so here’s another taster from the upcoming book “10 Explorers who Changed the World”.


Every Monday we’ll treat you to another preview image from the series, so come back next week to see a unique method of shark repellent…

10 Explorers Who Changed the World
Publishing 4 August 2008
By Kingfisher, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Books
www.panmacmillan.co.uk

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Win some Cool Surface Art at "Do You Remember.co.uk"!

July 6, 2008

Who wants some art for free? (Actually, I do, but nobody ever sends me any…*sniff*) Enough about my lack of free stuff, this is all about free stuff for you!

Our good friends at “Do You Remember?” (probably the world’s number one retro website for everything that was cool in the the 70’s and 80’s) are currently holding a competition for one lucky winner to have their very own extremely limited edition Cool Surface artwork created just for them! Now, this could go to anyone on the site, but we’d like it even more if somebody who regularly views this blog wins, so go enter now!

All you have to do is let them know which 80’s character you would most like to adorn your wall – this could be anything from
Transformers to Barbie or even Spotty and Superted! Sarah wants Superted, but personally, I’m thinking that “Blues” here looks pretty good, nudge nudge…