Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.
Sarah Bosdiccia has written 619 posts for 100gf | Politics and Computers

McDonald’s to gave away free books with Happy Meals in the UK

McDonald’s is to replace toys with books in its Happy Meals until February 7th in the UK, as part of a new hook-up with HarperCollins. The book in question will be from Michael Morpurgo’s popular Mudpuddle Farm series, and The National Literacy Trust has welcomed the move in light of recent research that showed one … Continue reading

Amazon’s KDP Select program gets off to a strong start with $1.70 per borrow

Authors who enrolled their ebooks in Amazon’s KDP Select program earned $1.70 per borrow, much higher than guestimates that had put the likely figure at between 10 and 50 cents. For authors whose books are in the 35% royalty category, this means that borrows were worth significantly more than outright sales. The figure is likely … Continue reading

Obituary: silent-era screenwriter Frederica Sagor Maas dies aged 111

Frederica Sagor Maas, the US playwright, author and screenwriter who was one of the last living connections to the world of silent cinema, has died aged 111. She died at a nursing facility in California, and at the time of her death she was the third oldest person in the state. Born in 1900, Frederica … Continue reading

Obituary: Lord of the Rings, Star Wars sword master Bob Anderson dies aged 89

Bob Anderson, the sword master whose work was featured in films such as the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings series, has died at the age of 89. The former competitive fencer passed away in hospital on January 1st. Anderson’s most famous film role was probably his work as Darth Vader in the majority … Continue reading

Google, Facebook and Twitter considering blackout to protest against SOPA

Some of the internet’s biggest sites, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, are said to be considering a blackout in protest at the controversial SOPA legislation currently being pushed in the US. Other companies believed to be considering such a protest include Amazon, Paypal, Wikipedia and Yahoo. SOPA has caused great concern for many tech companies … Continue reading

BBC criticised for allegedly filming Tony Blair obituary

The BBC has been criticised for allegedly filming an obituary for Tony Blair, despite the former prime minister being less than 60 years old. The BBC has refused to comment on he claims, but a Labour Party source has been quoted describing the obituary as ‘ghoulish’. It’s standard practice for many media organisations to pre-prepare … Continue reading

Sweden to let a different citizen curate @Sweden Twitter account each week

The Swedish tourism authorities have hit upon a novel way of using the country’s @Sweden Twitter account. Each week, a different citizen will be given the ‘keys’ to the account and will be able to curate its content and messages. The Curators of Sweden project aims to democratise the attempt to create a ‘voice’ for … Continue reading

Obama signs NDAA, but says he doesn’t agree with entirety of the bill

US President Barack Obama has signed the controversial NDAA defence bill, but added that his administration would not use the bill to indefinitely detain US citizens without trial. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what the bill allows, and many critics have criticised the president for allowing the bill to become law. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), … Continue reading

Swedish woman loses wedding ring in 1995, finds it on a carrot in 2011

A Swedish woman has found her wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden, 16 years after the ring vanished. Lena Paahlsson from Mora, in central Sweden, was pulling up carrots recently when she discovered the ring. Paahlsson believes that the ring fell off when she was peeling vegetables in the mid 90s, after … Continue reading

Mitt Romney leading in Iowa, with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum gaining ground

Polls are showing Mitt Romney with a narrow lead in Iowa heading into the crucial caucus season. But rivals Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are being credited with a late surge that could cause trouble for Romney, who remains (in the eyes of many Republicans) vulnerable on a number of fronts. Former Massachusetts governor Romney … Continue reading