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This Bank Holiday Weekend I'm giving away Kindle copies of my latest book, 'Life by Satellite' absolutely FREE. The offer is live now and runs till Monday night so don't miss out.
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Just to remind you... My new book "Life by Satellite" is on sale at the top eBook retailers, including iBooks, Amazon, Kobo, etc... It's also now on Scribd and should soon be on the Barnes and Noble "Nook" store. Just search for the book by name (or look for "Christine Burns").

The new book is a departure from the bulk of what I've published before, in that it's not overtly equality related (although then it sort of turns out that it is when you might not expect). Above all, it's about a developing friendship -- a real one -- this isn't fiction. It's also about the things that can scare us, and dealing with them. It reveals some stuff that I've been reluctant to talk about until now. In short, I think you'll enjoy it.
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Apparently you can read the whole book FREE for two weeks if you try a two week subscription to Scribd. See here for details https://www.scribd.com/book/300773970/Life-by-Satellite 
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Make someone's weekend (or your own). My lovely poetry anthology "Fishing for Birds" is now at Smashwords.com at an insanely generous price ($2.99). Download it for yourself or send to someone you love.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/616683
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"Life by Satellite", my forthcoming book with friends Linda Henry and her husband Robert, is coming on in rather exciting leaps and bounds since I first announced my work on the project online two weeks ago. The book is many things ... you'll be able to enjoy it on many levels ... but the thing that most struck me, working hard on the edit, was that it reveals aspects of myself that have not been seen in the twenty one years since I made myself a bit of a public property. This is my younger ("stealth") self ... a social butterfly, just filling my days with an amazing variety of activity that was largely curtailed after I outed myself to become a campaigner. This is about loves (plural) and a horrible wrenching loss that I needed to deal with by resort to counselling. There is a secret to be shared. There are vivid dreams. There is Widor's Toccata. There are the origins of some of my poems. And, through it all, there is an amazing transatlantic friendship that helped me keep it all together. This is Christine Burns raw, as told in the moment.
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DON'T MISS OUT! I'm marking National Poetry Day by giving away my poetry book "Fishing for Birds". Click here to claim yours and remember you don't need a Kindle to read Kindle books. There are excellent free apps for phones, tablets or Windows and Apple PCs. There's even a reader that works in your browser without installing anything (if you're on a work computer). I'm just happy to share. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EXARBZK/
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ATTENTION AMERICA! (And anyone else who purchases books through Amazon's dot com store, as opposed to the other regional sites). This whole week you can buy both "Pressing Matters" books for just $2.99 each -- an amazing 70% discount.

Readers in the UK enjoyed offers like this when the books were first published but it wasn't possible at that time to extend the same kind of discounts to the US. This promotion was set up before the amazing news from the Supreme Court but it's a great pleasure to offer a deal like this at such a historic time. It continues until midnight PST on July 5th -- so this is a great way to decide your Independence holiday reading.

Pressing Matters charts a period when trans activism was just getting underway on both sides of the Atlantic. It was a time when, thanks to the new medium of email and then the World Wide Web, we collaborated frequently. Any information we had -- and any advances we made -- were to our mutual benefit. This is the unique insider account of a tiny under-resourced part time campaign run by a handful of Brits from their bedrooms. It changed the law in several ways and each advance raised the bar for our associates around the world.

Both books have been well received in the UK. You can read the reviews on the Amazon UK site. And this is a one-off celebratory opportunity for people in the US to pick up an eBook bargain. Tell your friends!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HL1I6SE 
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Delighted to announce that our highly regarded Equality and Diversity classic "Making Equality Work" is now available across the whole range of online stores where eBooks can be purchased, and in both ePub and Kindle format. In particular you'll find it at iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords and Barnes&Noble (Nook). It will also shortly become available on the Overdrive and Axis 360 library content systems, so you can borrow from any public lending library which uses those services.
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Dear Friends, I apologise for this but, for the next few days, I shall probably mention the new book quite a lot. That's because the biggest drawback of self-publishing is not having a publisher's marketing team and budget to do that for me -- and I really would quite like you to read it.

I think you'll enjoy "Life by Satellite" because it is full of real people and real emotions. It covers a time before I became a visible and vocal trans campaigner. It's about a life lived in that strange place "stealth". It's about exposing vulnerabilities and neuroses which many people have, but which I needed to grow out of in order to move on and grow. Some of it now hugely embarrasses me, but I've kept it true and real so people can know. It's about bereavement and spite. But it's also unselfconsciously funny, because it's about two women from very different backgrounds just getting to know each other and become closer friends. In short, it's LIFE ... but it involves Satellites.

Life by Satellite is available right now from Amazon and Smashwords in Kindle and ePub formats. The latter will reach iBooks and other online stores next week.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01C7U3Q9M
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This post is particularly aimed at people who aren't in the UK and were therefore unable to see my appearances on Christmas University Challenge 2015 or catch up with the BBC's iPlayer (which is geofenced). The YouTube playlist below includes both shows. The first is our initial first round contest against the University of East Anglia; the second is our semi-final contest with Sheffield.

University Challenge has been running on British TV for 53 years and usually consists of a big competition between teams of students from most of the the country's Universities. The Christmas special maintains the format but there are fewer teams (in this case 14); the teams are picked by the producers; and the competitors are graduate alumni of their institutions, considered to be notable in some ways.

The appeal of UC is that whilst the format is simple, the questions are devilishly difficult to answer under pressure. The producers say that the best of teams typically only get about half of the answers right. People watching at home enjoy watching teams struggle and are ecstatic when they themselves know an answer to a question that foxes the players.

Personally, I was terrified at first by the invitation to take part. Then I decided that it would be fun, whether we got anywhere or not. And my team mates were lovely people to work with.
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Coming up in thirty minutes: Tonight I shall be captaining a team of former Manchester University graduates competing against similar from the University of East Anglia in Christmas #universitychallenge. If you know the show it's 30 minutes of hell, with the constant threat of looking like an idiot. But it's Christmas! And my team are lovely. BBC Two 7.30pm. Join in the tweet along if you're able.
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You'll enjoy this, I promise. Read my quirky account of exploring late 90s Australia without a schedule. At £1.99 it won't break the bank and, for once, it's not about earnest stuff but just having fun and sharing it with my friends. If you've ever dreamed of making a transcontinental journey let me give you some ideas.
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Today is the 85th birthday of my Member of Parliament, Sir Gerald Kaufman, who (having been an MP continuously for 45 years) is now the "Father of the House" in Parliament. The occasion is a good excuse to reprise a couple of in-depth Podcast interviews which I recorded with Sir Gerald at his home five years ago. Back then the constituency had just celebrated his 80th birthday and people were taking stock following the Labour Party's General Election defeat, and the formation of a Conservative-LibDem coalition. This is among my favourites in a long series of in-depth interviews, which I always carefully researched beforehand. The research paid off in terms of steering Sir Gerald through a detailed recollection of his family and career. There were moments when I was tempted to interrupt the flow, if he didn't answer a question quite the way I had planned, but generally I restrained myself and just went with the flow. In return I was rewarded with this intimate account of a distinguished career.
It was the BBC interviewer Robin Day who once famously infuriated Tory Defence Minister John Nott by referring to him as a ‘Here today, gone tomorrow politician’. The epithet stung perhaps because Day was reflecting a truism that seems even more rel...
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Retired Equality and Diversity Specialist and activist. Now an author with four books published.
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Equality and Diversity Specialist; Blogger; Podcaster; Campaigner - Not known for suffering fools gladly
Introduction

Nature loves diversity ... humans struggle with it.

My unique proposition used to be that I combined the solid experience of over 30 years of successful business and IT consultancy at a senior level with over 20 equally successful years learning my craft in the Equality and Diversity field. The combination is an E&D expert with all the disciplines that business managers want from a consultant providing them with advice.

I've been a successful public speaker; I produced the world's first regular E&D-themed Podcast "Just Plain Sense"; I was appointed as an advisor for the Department of Health; I chaired the North West Equality and Diversity Group for three successive years; I amassed a great deal of experience applying equality principles to the health economy, and people generally STILL pay attention when I've got something to say. My widely praised books reflect that experience and viewpoint.

Views expressed here are those of myself and my former company Plain Sense Ltd. They are not represented to be the views of any of my professional clients except where expressly stated

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Awarded MBE in Dec 2004 Honours; Patron of LGBT History Month, Proud2Be and the LGBT Youth Network; Time Out LGBT Power List 2011; Pink List 2011 and 2012; Pink and Rainbow List judge 2013-14; Pink News most influential LGBT twitter users
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Manchester
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South East England