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The Inside Story on the Space Station Commander on the Planet of Gorillas

Wikipedia has a very interesting entry on gorillas, which will help you learn quite a bit about them. Even though it was a shock for many people when it was discovered just how closely humanity was related to the other species of great ape on this planet, the unmissable similarity between the species was often marked in the names we gave them. The word 'gorilla' originates "from an alleged African word for a wild or hairy person. It was first found in the ancient Greek account of the voyage of an explorer from Carthage named Hanno in the fifth or...

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Some Inside Story Facts about Tom

Are some children pre-disposed to being bullies, and others pre-disposed to be their victims? Do the reasons for bullying and victimisation lie in nature or nurture? Why in the same family does one child often behave very differently from another? When looking for reasons why people behave in the way they do - often very differently from one another in a given set of circumstances - one had better start by recognising that there are no simple answers. Reasons for bullying and victimisation will lie both in nature and nurture. And what about the reasons for wanting to be a...

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Some Inside Story Facts about Nick

I have a lot of time for Nick. I identify with the kind of boy he was in his early years. I was born in 1942, and saw almost nothing of my father in my first two years. It was wartime, and he was in the Merchant Navy: and I think that was why my relationship with my mother was so close. She and I were living in Knowsley Road in Bootle, only 400 yards from Gladstone Dock (which was then the biggest dry dock in the world). The docks stretched from Gladstone Dock all the way to the Pier...

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Some Inside Story Facts about Zack

Zack doesn't know where he came from. He's not even sure what he IS. But since they went to Cornwall for Gordon's eleventh birthday and learned something very interesting about where Gordon's special powers might have come from, Zack has been giving the matter some serious thought... It seems to him likely that his existence and current residence inside Gordon is down to the same mysterious Entity that conferred those special powers upon Gordon in the first place. After all, is he not numbered himself among the special powers that Gordon has? (I asked him why he gave "Entity" a...

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Some Inside story facts about Gordon

He first came to me when he was 9½. I was daydreaming through a patch of savannah woodland in Belize, which was quite appropriate really, because Gordon is an Aisling wizard. If you haven't read Book 1 yet, it is likely that you won't have come across the word 'aisling' or 'aislinn' before. Dream is the nearest one-word in the language we now speak; but it falls short of all that 'aisling' means. According to Gordon's sixteen greats grandmother, "an Aisling wizard finds and tames wild things that wander through the tangled world of dreams. He travels in the wonderland...

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Some Inside Story Facts about Myrddin

This is an artist's (Rembrandt's) impression of Myrddin in one of his earlier manifestations. He's carrying the Ten Commandments, written in the language spoken at the time in that part of the world. His name was Moses then... I first realised it was Myrddin when I read the Book of Exodus, which clearly chronicles the words and deeds of a powerful wizard. Moses had the finest teacher of course, so the story goes: one who understood that magic could confound and thus convince of a power that passed all understanding. The people would never see this Supreme Sorcerer - the...

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