trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 738424

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I&#39;m sure there are plenty of pinks out there that all nine Flamingos could be pink if that&#39;s your desire! I will add that I love how Melissa Hoffman (@fiddlestitches) chose a simple quilting design for this quilt. We didn&#39;t want to distract from the flamingos!<br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">Complete tangent but I just realized why I love the name Florence. </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622971970c-pi\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"160855\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622971970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622971970c-800wi\" title=\"160855\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">It&#39;s everybody&#39;s favorite TV mom, Carol Brady (aka...Florence Henderson!) Hard to believe she passed in November, but we will always have her in those Brady Bunch re-runs! </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Kits/p/Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-x23105927.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Florenace-Pineapple\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01b7c8d7ce22970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b7c8d7ce22970b-800wi\" title=\"Florenace-Pineapple\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">Seeew let&#39;s talk about those fabrics for a minute. While the &quot;Mothership&quot; used a variety of manufacturers and designers, I can tell you that some of these prints are from the <span style=\"color: #7ab354;\"><a href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Fabric/Lewis-and-Irene.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #7ab354;\" target=\"_blank\">Lewis &amp; Irene Tropicana collection</a></span>. I also see prints from Me &amp; My Sister Designs,<span style=\"color: #ff4040;\"> <a href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Fabric/Moda/Summerfest-by-April-Rosenthal.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #ff4040;\" target=\"_blank\">SummerFest by April Rosenthal</a></span>, Essential Dots from Moda, <span style=\"color: #00bfbf;\"><a href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Fabric/Moda/Bumble-Berries.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #00bfbf;\" target=\"_blank\">Bumble Berries by the Jungs for Moda</a></span>...oh and I see a little bit of Pam Kitty! </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Kits/p/Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-x23105927.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-23 (1)\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01bb097afb4c970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01bb097afb4c970d-800wi\" title=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-23 (1)\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">My favorite Flamingos of course are the green and aqua! </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Kits/p/Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-x23105927.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-5 (1)\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622b04970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622b04970c-800wi\" title=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-5 (1)\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">Seeew with all of these bright, happy colors getting me inspired I figured today we would offer you a chance to win this all new <span style=\"color: #7ab354;\"><a href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Precuts/Charm-Packs/p/Kimberbell-Basics-Color-Charm-Pack-x23102007.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #7ab354;\" target=\"_blank\">Kimberbell Basics Charm Pack</a></span>! All you have to do is leave a comment below before 11:59pm Tuesday, February 21 for a chance to win! </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Precuts/Charm-Packs/p/Kimberbell-Basics-Color-Charm-Pack-x23102007.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Cp_maskib_col\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622c6a970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622c6a970c-800wi\" title=\"Cp_maskib_col\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b7c8d7d129970b-pi\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"12963638_10208763067250252_4138139198378511362_n\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01b7c8d7d129970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b7c8d7d129970b-800wi\" title=\"12963638_10208763067250252_4138139198378511362_n\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">Now before I go, I took this photo above at Disney&#39;s Animal Kingdom with my first iPhone in 2014. My favorite part of that park is the lush entry which is known as the Oasis. They of course, have Flamingos! Since the park opened in 1998 (I&#39;m trying to find my footage from the Today show because I was there!) it had always been a daytime park. Meaning...it closed between 5pm-7pm depending on the season. For the first time in its nearly 20 years they will offer nighttime entertainment with the all-new <em>Rivers of Light</em>. Take a peak! BTW...Michael Curry&#39;s design studio is located in Scappoose, Oregon! Mind...blown! Who knew?<br /></span></p>\r\n<p class=\"asset-video\"><iframe allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/L51_VUrNRIo?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0\" width=\"560\">&#0160;</iframe></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">For now you&#39;ll have to excuse me as we have a new office to move into before we get into our new store space! Don&#39;t forget to leave a comment in the comments for your chance to win our giveaway! </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c  no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; top: 7575px; left: 18px;\">Save</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c  no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer;\">Save</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c  no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; top: 3741px; left: 18px;\">Save</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c  no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer;\">Save</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c  no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer;\">Save</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c  no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; top: 7598px; left: 18px;\">Save</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c  no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; top: 2082px; left: 18px;\">Save</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c  no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer;\">Save</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"border-radius: 2px; text-indent: 20px; width: auto; padding: 0px 4px 0px 0px; text-align: center; font: bold 11px/20px &#39;Helvetica Neue&#39;,Helvetica,sans-serif; color: #ffffff; background: #bd081c  no-repeat scroll 3px 50% / 14px 14px; position: absolute; opacity: 1; z-index: 8675309; display: none; cursor: pointer; top: 3741px; left: 18px;\">Save</span></p>",
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         "renderedContent": "<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Kits/p/Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-x23105927.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-20\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d261fd47970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d261fd47970c-800wi\" title=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-20\" /></a></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"><span style=\"font-size: 36pt;\"><strong><span style=\"color: #00bfbf;\">S</span></strong></span>eeew...</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">Before Florence flies South (<em>and trust me, she will as we cannot make anymore kits with these fabrics</em>) I wanted to do a little encore wrap up! Plus, I wanted to offer you another chance to engage with us and win something! You do like to win, right? Granted we can&#39;t give you all a car or an all expense paid trip to Disney, but what we can give you is the gift of sewing yet another project!&#0160; </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">However, let&#39;s just focus on Florence for a minute. Florence is...a Flamingo. </span></p>\r\n<p class=\"asset-video\"><iframe allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/KW8GX2n4qbY?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0\" width=\"560\">&#0160;</iframe></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">Florence is gorge and we only have one kit left <span style=\"color: #ff007f;\"><a href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Kits/p/Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-x23105927.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #ff007f;\" target=\"_blank\">seeew click here </a></span>if you want it!&#0160; She has like...nine ensembles of bright, cheerful colors! Just in case someone is out there thinking, &quot;<em>Flamingos are supposed to be pink</em>&quot;....don&#39;t worry, we&#39;ve got it covered! </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Kits/p/Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-x23105927.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-21\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d26228c7970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d26228c7970c-800wi\" title=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-21\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">This quilt isn&#39;t literal. When creating, a flamingo can be any color you want it to be! I&#39;m sure there are plenty of pinks out there that all nine Flamingos could be pink if that&#39;s your desire! I will add that I love how Melissa Hoffman (@fiddlestitches) chose a simple quilting design for this quilt. We didn&#39;t want to distract from the flamingos!<br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">Complete tangent but I just realized why I love the name Florence. </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622971970c-pi\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"160855\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622971970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622971970c-800wi\" title=\"160855\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">It&#39;s everybody&#39;s favorite TV mom, Carol Brady (aka...Florence Henderson!) Hard to believe she passed in November, but we will always have her in those Brady Bunch re-runs! </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Kits/p/Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-x23105927.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Florenace-Pineapple\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01b7c8d7ce22970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b7c8d7ce22970b-800wi\" title=\"Florenace-Pineapple\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">Seeew let&#39;s talk about those fabrics for a minute. While the &quot;Mothership&quot; used a variety of manufacturers and designers, I can tell you that some of these prints are from the <span style=\"color: #7ab354;\"><a href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Fabric/Lewis-and-Irene.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #7ab354;\" target=\"_blank\">Lewis &amp; Irene Tropicana collection</a></span>. I also see prints from Me &amp; My Sister Designs,<span style=\"color: #ff4040;\"> <a href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Fabric/Moda/Summerfest-by-April-Rosenthal.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #ff4040;\" target=\"_blank\">SummerFest by April Rosenthal</a></span>, Essential Dots from Moda, <span style=\"color: #00bfbf;\"><a href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Fabric/Moda/Bumble-Berries.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #00bfbf;\" target=\"_blank\">Bumble Berries by the Jungs for Moda</a></span>...oh and I see a little bit of Pam Kitty! </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Kits/p/Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-x23105927.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-23 (1)\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01bb097afb4c970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01bb097afb4c970d-800wi\" title=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-23 (1)\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">My favorite Flamingos of course are the green and aqua! </span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Kits/p/Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-Kit-x23105927.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"display: inline;\" target=\"_blank\"><img alt=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-5 (1)\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622b04970c image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://hollyhillquiltshoppe.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a5f3f908970b01b8d2622b04970c-800wi\" title=\"Florence-Flamingo-Quilt-5 (1)\" /></a><br /></span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">Seeew with all of these bright, happy colors getting me inspired I figured today we would offer you a chance to win this all new <span style=\"color: #7ab354;\"><a href=\"http://www.hollyhillquiltshoppe.com/shop/Precuts/Charm-Packs/p/Kimberbell-Basics-Color-Charm-Pack-x23102007.htm\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #7ab354;\" target=\"_blank\">Kimberbell Basics Charm Pack</a></span>! 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My favorite part of that park is the lush entry which is known as the Oasis. They of course, have Flamingos! Since the park opened in 1998 (I&#39;m trying to find my footage from the Today show because I was there!) it had always been a daytime park. Meaning...it closed between 5pm-7pm depending on the season. For the first time in its nearly 20 years they will offer nighttime entertainment with the all-new <em>Rivers of Light</em>. Take a peak! BTW...Michael Curry&#39;s design studio is located in Scappoose, Oregon! Mind...blown! Who knew?<br /></span></p>\r\n<p class=\"asset-video\"><iframe allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/L51_VUrNRIo?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0\" width=\"560\">&#0160;</iframe></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: 14pt;\">For now you&#39;ll have to excuse me as we have a new office to move into before we get into our new store space! 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(Picture of the <a href=\"http://www.theartisansquillhandmadepens.com/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">handmade pen</a> my sister gave me for my birthday.)<br /><br data-saferedirecturl=\"https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.FluentFrench.com&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1486745329768000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEQ7Omx1DrBfeUNM1yg1PVJy6H9fw\" /><strong><span style=\"font-size: 14pt;\">TODAY&#39;S WORD: le stylo</span></strong><br /><br />&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160; <span style=\"font-size: 12pt;\">: pen<br /><br /><em>un stylo bille</em> = ballpoint pen<br /><em>un stylo plume</em> = fountain pen<br /><em>un stylo feutre</em> = a felt-tip pen<br /><br /><strong><a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1438071531/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1438071531&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkId=e39313a76ce514002483a27f70039aa2\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Try <em>Mastering French Vocabulary</em> with Audio MP3</a></strong><br /><br /><span style=\"font-size: 14pt;\"><strong>EXAMPLE SENTENCE:</strong></span></span><br /><br />Votre lettre doit être irréprochable : écrivez sur une feuille blanche A4, au stylo bille noir ou bleu foncé (pas de bleu turquoise, fluo ou paillettes!). (<a href=\"http://www.lesjeudis.com/article/cb-650-10-erreurs-a-ne-pas-commettre-dans-votre-lettre-de-motivation\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Texte issu de l&#39;article 10 erreurs à ne pas commettre dans votre lettre de motivation</a>)<br /><br />Your letter must be irreproachable: write on a white page A4, with a black or blue ballpoint pen (not turquoise, neon-colored, or with sparkles!). 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That small leather<em> trousse</em> symbolized a still-exotic-to-me <em>art de vivre</em>--a way of living I yearned for deep down.<br /><br />Not long after my return from France a young Frenchman I had met in Aix-en-Provence searched his own pencil case for a suitable pen in which to write me a letter, the first of many. And that is how my husband stole my heart. We eventually married and had two beautiful children--one of which, now in design school, <em>stole my pencil case</em> :-)<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>FRENCH VOCABULARY</strong><br /><br /><strong>la trousse</strong> = pencil case<br /><strong>le crayon</strong> = pencil<br /><strong>le stylo bille</strong> = ballpoint pen<br /><strong>l&#39;art de vivre</strong> = lifestyle<br /></span><br style=\"font-size: 12pt;\" /><br /><br /></p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/InHouse-Sylvia-Handwriting-Artistic-Multicolor/dp/B017N9C8TG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1487328740&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=handwriting+french&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=de8abf61f1033397c65a1c3520a6451f&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Apron french script\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a3aac970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a3aac970d-650wi\" style=\"width: 650px;\" title=\"Apron french script\" /></a><br />Shopping:<br /><br /><a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/InHouse-Sylvia-Handwriting-Artistic-Multicolor/dp/B017N9C8TG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1487328740&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=handwriting+french&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=de8abf61f1033397c65a1c3520a6451f&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325\">APRON WITH FRENCH SCRIPT<br /><br /></a><a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_7?url=search-alias%3Dgarden&amp;field-keywords=pencil+case&amp;sprefix=pencil+%2Cgarden%2C479&amp;crid=KM51N1L2S1J4&amp;rh=n%3A1055398%2Ck%3Apencil+case&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=bade838390a1a878ef985c4738b5a69c&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325\">PENCIL CASE</a> - every French student carries one!<br /><br /><a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/Heirloom-Finds-Eiffel-Earrings-Crystal/dp/B00BR1CWHA/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1487332218&amp;sr=1-1&amp;nodeID=7141123011&amp;keywords=eiffel+tower+earrings&amp;refinements=p_89%3AHeirloom+Finds&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=93b226fc4c993582b708caeed3443bf8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325\">EIFFEL TOWER EARRINGS</a><br /><br />Selection of <a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/Fountain-Pens/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=1085704&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=27796e6950fe9c739e544bc30682749f&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325\">FOUNTAIN PENS</a></p>\r\n<div class=\"photo-wrap photo-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d\" id=\"photo-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d\" style=\"display: inline-block; width: 600px;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Jackie and cousins\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Jackie and cousins\" /></a>\r\n<div class=\"photo-caption caption-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d\" id=\"caption-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d\">A handwritten sign is the most welcoming! Here are my niece and nephew welcoming their cousin to Denver a few years ago.</div>\r\n</div>\r\n<p>A few <span style=\"font-size: 12pt;\">comments from the post about <a href=\"http://www.french-word-a-day.com/2017/02/candidature-applying-for-a-job-in-france-jackies-cover-letter-in-french.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">French Cover Letters</a>, bring up some interesting topics about handwriting in France:</span><br /><span style=\"font-size: 12pt;\"><br /><em><span id=\"comment-6a00d834515cae69e201b8d25fd674970c-content\">Chez nous, employers would expect that the cover letter would be computer generated and printed even were a teenager applying for such a job as candy seller or life guard. Is it not the same in France?</span> - Robert</em><br />&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;*<br /><em>I also am amazed that the handwritten letter is required. I&#39;m sure that in the USA, someone would be quick to &quot;find&quot; it to be a subtle form of discrimination, against those who do not write as legibly as others...&#0160; Joan</em><br /></span><br /><span style=\"font-size: 12pt;\">These points and the following questions make for good conversation. Should handwriting stay or go? Should it still be taught in schools? Required for a cover letter? Does handwriting still matter?<br /></span></p>",
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(Picture of the <a href=\"http://www.theartisansquillhandmadepens.com/\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">handmade pen</a> my sister gave me for my birthday.)<br /><br data-saferedirecturl=\"https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.FluentFrench.com&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1486745329768000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEQ7Omx1DrBfeUNM1yg1PVJy6H9fw\" /><strong><span style=\"font-size: 14pt;\">TODAY&#39;S WORD: le stylo</span></strong><br /><br />&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160; <span style=\"font-size: 12pt;\">: pen<br /><br /><em>un stylo bille</em> = ballpoint pen<br /><em>un stylo plume</em> = fountain pen<br /><em>un stylo feutre</em> = a felt-tip pen<br /><br /><strong><a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1438071531/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1438071531&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkId=e39313a76ce514002483a27f70039aa2\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Try <em>Mastering French Vocabulary</em> with Audio MP3</a></strong><br /><br /><span style=\"font-size: 14pt;\"><strong>EXAMPLE SENTENCE:</strong></span></span><br /><br />Votre lettre doit être irréprochable : écrivez sur une feuille blanche A4, au stylo bille noir ou bleu foncé (pas de bleu turquoise, fluo ou paillettes!). (<a href=\"http://www.lesjeudis.com/article/cb-650-10-erreurs-a-ne-pas-commettre-dans-votre-lettre-de-motivation\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Texte issu de l&#39;article 10 erreurs à ne pas commettre dans votre lettre de motivation</a>)<br /><br />Your letter must be irreproachable: write on a white page A4, with a black or blue ballpoint pen (not turquoise, neon-colored, or with sparkles!). (Text from the article 10 mistakes not to make in your cover letter)<br /><br /><span style=\"font-size: 14pt;\"><strong>ECOUTEZ - </strong></span>Hear Jean-Marc pronounce the example sentence in French: <strong><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/files/10-errors-you-do-not-want-to-make.mp3\">Listen to today&#39;s example sentence</a></strong></p>\r\n<p><br />Improve your spoken French with <a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1438072813?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;creativeASIN=1438072813\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\"><strong>Pronounce it Perfectly in French</strong></a> or&#0160; <strong><a href=\"http://www.amazon.com/Exercises-French-Phonics-Francis-Nachtmann/dp/0875632157/ref=as_li_bk_tl/?tag=mdj-20&amp;linkId=acc8529bae66160e112e5b68b9b948b1&amp;linkCode=ktl\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Exercises in French Phonetics</a></strong><br /><br /><br /><strong><span style=\"font-size: 14pt;\">A DAY IN A <em>FRENCH</em> LIFE</span></strong><br /><br />&#0160; &#0160; <strong><a href=\"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1467929794/mdj-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">by Kristi Espinasse</a></strong><br /><br /></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 12pt;\">There are status symbols and then there are <em>story symbols</em>. 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That small leather<em> trousse</em> symbolized a still-exotic-to-me <em>art de vivre</em>--a way of living I yearned for deep down.<br /><br />Not long after my return from France a young Frenchman I had met in Aix-en-Provence searched his own pencil case for a suitable pen in which to write me a letter, the first of many. And that is how my husband stole my heart. We eventually married and had two beautiful children--one of which, now in design school, <em>stole my pencil case</em> :-)<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>FRENCH VOCABULARY</strong><br /><br /><strong>la trousse</strong> = pencil case<br /><strong>le crayon</strong> = pencil<br /><strong>le stylo bille</strong> = ballpoint pen<br /><strong>l&#39;art de vivre</strong> = lifestyle<br /></span><br style=\"font-size: 12pt;\" /><br /><br /></p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"https://www.amazon.com/InHouse-Sylvia-Handwriting-Artistic-Multicolor/dp/B017N9C8TG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1487328740&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=handwriting+french&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=de8abf61f1033397c65a1c3520a6451f&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Apron french script\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a3aac970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a3aac970d-650wi\" style=\"width: 650px;\" title=\"Apron french script\" /></a><br />Shopping:<br /><br /><a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/InHouse-Sylvia-Handwriting-Artistic-Multicolor/dp/B017N9C8TG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1487328740&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=handwriting+french&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=de8abf61f1033397c65a1c3520a6451f&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325\">APRON WITH FRENCH SCRIPT<br /><br /></a><a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_7?url=search-alias%3Dgarden&amp;field-keywords=pencil+case&amp;sprefix=pencil+%2Cgarden%2C479&amp;crid=KM51N1L2S1J4&amp;rh=n%3A1055398%2Ck%3Apencil+case&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=bade838390a1a878ef985c4738b5a69c&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325\">PENCIL CASE</a> - every French student carries one!<br /><br /><a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/Heirloom-Finds-Eiffel-Earrings-Crystal/dp/B00BR1CWHA/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1487332218&amp;sr=1-1&amp;nodeID=7141123011&amp;keywords=eiffel+tower+earrings&amp;refinements=p_89%3AHeirloom+Finds&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=93b226fc4c993582b708caeed3443bf8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325\">EIFFEL TOWER EARRINGS</a><br /><br />Selection of <a href=\"https://www.amazon.com/Fountain-Pens/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=1085704&amp;_encoding=UTF8&amp;tag=mdj-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;linkId=27796e6950fe9c739e544bc30682749f&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325\">FOUNTAIN PENS</a></p>\r\n<div class=\"photo-wrap photo-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d\" id=\"photo-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d\" style=\"display: inline-block; width: 600px;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Jackie and cousins\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d-600wi\" style=\"width: 600px;\" title=\"Jackie and cousins\" /></a>\r\n<div class=\"photo-caption caption-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d\" id=\"caption-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201bb097a39fd970d\">A handwritten sign is the most welcoming! Here are my niece and nephew welcoming their cousin to Denver a few years ago.</div>\r\n</div>\r\n<p>A few <span style=\"font-size: 12pt;\">comments from the post about <a href=\"http://www.french-word-a-day.com/2017/02/candidature-applying-for-a-job-in-france-jackies-cover-letter-in-french.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">French Cover Letters</a>, bring up some interesting topics about handwriting in France:</span><br /><span style=\"font-size: 12pt;\"><br /><em><span id=\"comment-6a00d834515cae69e201b8d25fd674970c-content\">Chez nous, employers would expect that the cover letter would be computer generated and printed even were a teenager applying for such a job as candy seller or life guard. 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Alas, few remain as many of his manuscripts were destroyed during the egregious firebombing of the city during the war.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>Here is the first movement of his <em>Concerto for horn in D major</em>, with the best French horn player from the last 50 years, <strong>BARRY TUCKWELL</strong>, doing the honors on the instrument.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec941970c-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec941970c image-full img-responsive\" alt=\"Barry Tuckwell\" title=\"Barry Tuckwell\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec941970c-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p class=\"asset  asset-audio at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779ef1970d img-responsive\"><a href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/files/knechtel---concerto-for-horn-in-d-major-1.mp3\" class=\"inline-player\">&#9835; Knechtel - Concerto for horn in D major (1)</a></p><br />\r\n\r\n<p>Felix always contended that his sister <strong>FANNY MENDELSSOHN</strong> was a better musician and composer than he was (and that's a big call).</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779dd0970d-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779dd0970d img-responsive\" alt=\"Fanny Mendelssohn\" title=\"Fanny Mendelssohn\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779dd0970d-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p>Alas, given the mores of the time, it wasn't the done thing for a woman to earn a living doing that sort of thing. 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Not just Hitch's films, he also wrote the music for Orson Welles' films like<em>Citizen Kane</em>, </em>The Magnificent Ambersons</em> and so on. Lots of others, more than 50 in total.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>However, he's here today because he also wrote what those inclined in that direction like to call serious music – a symphony, concerto, sonatas etc. One of his compositions was called <em>The Fantasticks</em>, not to be confused with the musical with the same name (he did it first).</p>\r\n\r\n<p>This was a piece of music that charted the months of the year. Unfortunately, he only got as far as May and the rest didn't see light of day. 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Thus for much of his life he was a citizen of the U.S.S.R.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b7c8d47f60970b-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b7c8d47f60970b image-full img-responsive\" alt=\"Aram Khachaturian\" title=\"Aram Khachaturian\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b7c8d47f60970b-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p>He held high positions in the Union of Soviet Composers. Then he was officially denounced as a \"formalist\" (whatever that is – \"anti-people\" was the official reason) along with Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Later he was reinstated. A bit of a yoyo existence being a Russian composer of that time.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>Anyway, he wrote music for a ballet called <em>Spartacus</em>. I assume Kirk Douglas wasn't in that one. 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It's called <em>Pastorale</em>.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec9ba970c-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec9ba970c img-responsive\" alt=\"Ronald Hanmer\" title=\"Ronald Hanmer\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec9ba970c-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p>The rest of the world probably does though. 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He wrote more than a dozen other operas, motets, masses, ballets, lots of songs and the usual symphonies, concertos and so on.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>One of the \"so on\" is a piece called <em>Funeral March of a Marionette</em>. 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He spent the rest of his life in America.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779e85970d-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779e85970d image-full img-responsive\" alt=\"Sergei Rachmaninoff\" title=\"Sergei Rachmaninoff\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779e85970d-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p>He was an excellent pianist and many of his compositions feature that instrument. People who have seen the film <em>Shine</em> will remember the \"Rach 3\", that is, his piano concerto no 3. That's not one I like at all, but his <em>Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor</em> is a particular favorite.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>Here is the second movement. 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By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read <a href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/weblog/tgb-elder-music-contributor-peter-tibbles.html\">Peter's bio here</a> and find links to <a href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/weblog/elder-music/\">all his columns here</a>.</em></p>\r\n\r\n<p><div style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong>* * *</strong></div></p>\r\n\r\n<p>Continuing this series of columns (originally named by Norma, the Assistant Musicologist) to highlight lesser known composers who are seldom heard on radio or in concert, although some of the music today may be familiar to many of you.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><strong>JOHANN GEORG KNECHTEL</strong> was a horn player (what we call the French horn these days) in Dresden in the mid 1700s. Jo doesn't seem to have had his photo taken, so no picture for him.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>He was principal horn player in the court of Dresden at the time and he wrote many works for the instrument. Alas, few remain as many of his manuscripts were destroyed during the egregious firebombing of the city during the war.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>Here is the first movement of his <em>Concerto for horn in D major</em>, with the best French horn player from the last 50 years, <strong>BARRY TUCKWELL</strong>, doing the honors on the instrument.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec941970c-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec941970c image-full img-responsive\" alt=\"Barry Tuckwell\" title=\"Barry Tuckwell\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec941970c-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p class=\"asset  asset-audio at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779ef1970d img-responsive\"><a href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/files/knechtel---concerto-for-horn-in-d-major-1.mp3\" class=\"inline-player\">&#9835; Knechtel - Concerto for horn in D major (1)</a></p><br />\r\n\r\n<p>Felix always contended that his sister <strong>FANNY MENDELSSOHN</strong> was a better musician and composer than he was (and that's a big call).</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779dd0970d-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779dd0970d img-responsive\" alt=\"Fanny Mendelssohn\" title=\"Fanny Mendelssohn\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779dd0970d-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p>Alas, given the mores of the time, it wasn't the done thing for a woman to earn a living doing that sort of thing. However, with the love and support of both her brother and husband, the artist Wilhelm Hensel, Fanny managed to play (a little) and compose (a lot of) music, and even had some published in her lifetime (under Felix's name mostly).</p>\r\n\r\n<p>She did manage to get some out under her own name at the time (a lot more now). There are 460 compositions of hers that are known, and are increasingly becoming part of the musical performing repertoire. She and Felix both died of complications due to massive strokes only six months apart. They were both too young.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>Her string quartets are far in advance of any at the time, including her brother's, and even today are somewhat challenging. I had one pencilled in, but sorry, I changed my mind and have gone instead for the third movement of the <em>Piano Trio in D Minor Opus 11</em>.</p>\r\n\r\n<p class=\"asset  asset-audio at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b7c8d4801e970b img-responsive\"><a href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/files/fanny-mendelssohn---piano-trio-d-minor-op.-11-3.mp3\" class=\"inline-player\">&#9835; Fanny Mendelssohn - Piano Trio D-Minor Op. 11 (3)</a></p><br />\r\n\r\n<p><strong>LOUIS SPOHR</strong> was a German composer, violinist and conductor.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec961970c-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec961970c image-full img-responsive\" alt=\"Louis Spohr\" title=\"Louis Spohr\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec961970c-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p>Besides that, all the violinists since his time are indebted to him because he invented the violin chin rest. It seems such an obvious thing but nobody came up with it until Louis did so.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>Aside from that, he was a really prolific composer and his compositions are really worth listening to. One of those is the sixth movement of the <em>Nocturne for Winds and Turkish Band in C-major, Op.34</em>. Turkish themes were all the rage back then, even Mozart did some in that vein.</p>\r\n\r\n<p class=\"asset  asset-audio at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25eca7d970c img-responsive\"><a href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/files/spohr---nocturne-for-winds-and-turkish-band-in-c-major-op.34-6.mp3\" class=\"inline-player\">&#9835; Spohr - Nocturne for Winds and Turkish Band in C-major, Op.34 (6)</a></p><br />\r\n\r\n<p>Many of you, perhaps most, would know the name <strong>BERNARD HERRMANN</strong>, especially the film buffs amongst us.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779dfe970d-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779dfe970d image-full img-responsive\" alt=\"Bernard Herrmann\" title=\"Bernard Herrman\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01bb09779dfe970d-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p>Bernie was a major writer of film scores, most notably for those of Alfred Hitchcock. Not just Hitch's films, he also wrote the music for Orson Welles' films like<em>Citizen Kane</em>, </em>The Magnificent Ambersons</em> and so on. Lots of others, more than 50 in total.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>However, he's here today because he also wrote what those inclined in that direction like to call serious music – a symphony, concerto, sonatas etc. One of his compositions was called <em>The Fantasticks</em>, not to be confused with the musical with the same name (he did it first).</p>\r\n\r\n<p>This was a piece of music that charted the months of the year. Unfortunately, he only got as far as May and the rest didn't see light of day. That's okay as April is really good (I'm sure April birthday people would applaud that, particularly Ronni, my sister and the A.M.).</p>\r\n\r\n<p>Here it is with <strong>GILLIAN HUMPHREYS</strong> singing the part.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec988970c-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec988970c image-full img-responsive\" alt=\"Gillian Humphreys\" title=\"Gillian Humphreys\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec988970c-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p class=\"asset  asset-audio at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ecaa1970c img-responsive\"><a href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/files/hermmann---the-fantasticks-april.mp3\" class=\"inline-player\">&#9835; Hermmann - The Fantasticks April</a></p><br />\r\n\r\n<p>There's a theme to the remaining tracks, and theme is a singularly appropriate word as you'll see and hear.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><strong>ARAM KHACHATURIAN</strong> was born in Armenia in 1903. Thus for much of his life he was a citizen of the U.S.S.R.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b7c8d47f60970b-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b7c8d47f60970b image-full img-responsive\" alt=\"Aram Khachaturian\" title=\"Aram Khachaturian\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b7c8d47f60970b-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p>He held high positions in the Union of Soviet Composers. Then he was officially denounced as a \"formalist\" (whatever that is – \"anti-people\" was the official reason) along with Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Later he was reinstated. A bit of a yoyo existence being a Russian composer of that time.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>Anyway, he wrote music for a ballet called <em>Spartacus</em>. I assume Kirk Douglas wasn't in that one. The movement called <em>Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia</em> may be familiar to people who are long time watchers of BBC TV drama programs, and I'm thinking specifically of <em>The Onedin Line</em>.</p>\r\n\r\n<p class=\"asset  asset-audio at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b7c8d4804f970b img-responsive\"><a href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/files/khachaturian---spartacus-adagio-of-spartacus-and-phrygia.mp3\" class=\"inline-player\">&#9835; Khachaturian - Spartacus ~ Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia</a></p><br />\r\n\r\n<p>Australian readers will need no introduction to the next piece by <strong>RONALD HANMER</strong>. It's called <em>Pastorale</em>.</p>\r\n\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\"  style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec9ba970c-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec9ba970c img-responsive\" alt=\"Ronald Hanmer\" title=\"Ronald Hanmer\" src=\"http://www.timegoesby.net/.a/6a00d8341c85cd53ef01b8d25ec9ba970c-800wi\" border=\"0\" /></a></p>\r\n\r\n<p>The rest of the world probably does though. 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In a properly formatted novel manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point type, etc.) there should be about 16 or 17 lines on the first page (first pages of chapters/prologues start about 1/3 of the way down the page). <strong>Directions for submissions are below—</strong>they include a request to post the rest of the chapter, but that’s optional.</p>\r\n<p>A word about the line-editing in these posts: it’s “one-pass” editing, and I don’t try to address everything, which is why I appreciate the comments from the FtQ tribe. In a paid edit, I go through each manuscript three times.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c-pi\" style=\"float: right;\"><img alt=\"Mastering front 100Wshadow\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;\" title=\"Mastering front 100Wshadow\" /></a>Before you rip into today’s submission, consider this checklist of first-page ingredients from my book, <a href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/mastering_the_craft.html\" target=\"_self\"><em>Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling</em></a>. While it&#39;s not a requirement that all of these elements must be on the first page, they can be, and I think you have the best chance of hooking a reader if they are.</p>\r\n<p>Download a <a href=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/first-page%20checklist%20evolved.pdf\">free PDF copy here</a>.</p>\r\n<p><strong>A First-page Checklist</strong></p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>It begins <em>to engage the reader with the character</em></li>\r\n<li><em>Something is wrong/goes wrong</em> or <em>challenges the character</em></li>\r\n<li>The character <em>desires something</em>.</li>\r\n<li>The character <em>takes action</em>. Can be internal or external action: thoughts, deeds, emotions. This does NOT include musing about whatever.</li>\r\n<li><em>There’s enough of a setting</em> to orient the reader as to where things are happening.</li>\r\n<li>It <em>happens in the NOW</em> of the story.</li>\r\n<li><em>Backstory? What backstory?</em> We’re in the NOW of the story.</li>\r\n<li><em>Set-up? What set-up?</em> We’re in the NOW of the story.</li>\r\n<li>The one thing it <em>must</em> do: <em>raise a story question</em>.</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p>Caveat: a first page can succeed without including all of these possibilities. They are simply tools you can use. In particular, a strong first-person voice with the right content can raise powerful story questions and a create page turn without doing all of the above. On the other hand, testing pages with the checklist no matter where they are in a story can help identify where a narrative lags and why it does.</p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p><strong><em>Ela </em></strong>sends the first chapter of an upper middle grade story, <em>Red-Eyed Daniel</em>. There&#39;s an alternate opening and a second poll. The rest of the submission follows the break. </p>\r\n<blockquote>\r\n<p><em>Blisters. Again.</em></p>\r\n<p>My entire body was covered in them: pus-filled, bursting, itching boils. They could’ve attacked when I was at home. But no. Striking when I was sitting in the dermatology clinic, waiting for the doctor, was much funnier. Other patients had zits, warts, and strange-looking birthmarks, but I was different. One moment my skin was smooth, and two minutes later—all covered in blisters. Mom was the only one who thought I was normal.</p>\r\n<p>Unfortunately, Mom wasn’t here. In front of me sat a mother with her little girl who scribbled in a coloring book. The smell of her fluorescent yellow highlighter overpowered the stench of medication and even the smell of the freshly painted doorposts.</p>\r\n<p>But then the girl stopped scribbling.</p>\r\n<p>“Ewww, that boy is gross!” she said, pointing at me.</p>\r\n<p>My face burned and I looked at my sneakers.</p>\r\n<p>“Enough, Linda. That isn’t nice.” The girl’s mother said.</p>\r\n<p>“What about his friends?” the little girl continued. “Don’t they think he’s gross?”</p>\r\n<p>What friends? Nobody wanted to be friends with a boy who sometimes turned into a pizza.</p>\r\n<p>I wanted to jump to my feet and flee, but this time I couldn’t hide in a place with nobody around—I couldn’t miss my turn.</p>\r\n</blockquote>\r\n<script src=\"http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9667732.js\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\r\n<noscript><a href=\"http://polldaddy.com/poll/9667732/\">Were you compelled to turn the page?</a></noscript>\r\n<p>The voice and writing are good, and we’re dropped into an immediate scene and introduced to a likeable character who clearly has a problem. As for his desire, we can assume he wants treatment for his condition. But . . .</p>\r\n<p>Once we learn of his problem, we divert into a detailed description of the waiting room, right down to the smell of paint. As it turns out, none of this impacts the story. Even middle-grade kids know what a doctor’s waiting room looks like, and this description (overwriting) slows the story. Not needed.</p>\r\n<p>The girl’s reaction does let us know more about his condition, but I suspect that you had already been able to imagine that being covered with pus-filled boils was pretty gross. Not needed.</p>\r\n<p>I gave this an almost because I am not expert in what works for middle-grade readers. This might work fine for them. But it didn’t for me. What follows this first page is a fair amount of equally well written setup, and we do get to some very interesting developments later. In my view, the first page could have gotten to that part right away.</p>\r\n<p>Following is an alternative opening plucked from later in the chapter. It skips over much of the setup, some of which can be woven in later if needed. See what you think and give a vote.</p>\r\n<blockquote>\r\n<p><em>Blisters. Again.</em></p>\r\nMy entire body was covered in them: pus-filled, bursting, itching boils. They could’ve attacked when I was at home. But no. Striking when I was sitting in the dermatology clinic, waiting for the doctor, was much funnier. Other patients had zits, warts, and strange-looking birthmarks, but I was different. One moment my skin was smooth, and two minutes later—all covered in blisters. Mom was the only one who thought I was normal.\r\n<p>The front desk lady announced that my long-awaited turn had arrived. “Daniel Venture?” she asked, looking out above her glasses. “You’re in room seven, at the end of the hallway.”</p>\r\n<p>The clinic was small but for some unknown reason I couldn’t find Room Seven. I trudged for about five minutes and as I wandered, it dawned on me that the blisters were vanishing. Rolling up my sleeve, I noticed that several erupted blisters had already dried and fallen off, revealing smooth, flawless skin. Finally, I found room seven in a narrow empty hallway.</p>\r\n<p>Inside, behind a square wooden desk, sat the doctor. She wore a floor length black evening dress, and her straight black hair flowed down like a mannequin’s wig.</p>\r\n<p>“Be seated,” she said softly.</p>\r\n<p>But before I had a chance to step forward, the chair slid backward.</p>\r\n<p>And that was when something emerged from her curtain of hair. A slim forked snake (snip)</p>\r\n</blockquote>\r\n<script src=\"http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9667734.js\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\r\n<noscript><a href=\"http://polldaddy.com/poll/9667734/\">Were you more likely to turn the page with this opening?</a></noscript>\r\n<p>I think there’s a good, strong story to be told and I urge Ela to see if there’s a way to get it started on the first page (note: if the doc is seated at a desk he can&#39;t see the length of her dress). A good beginning, for sure. 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In a paid edit, I go through each manuscript three times.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c-pi\" style=\"float: right;\"><img alt=\"Mastering front 100Wshadow\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.floggingthequill.com/.a/6a00d83453034869e201b8d0926934970c-800wi\" style=\"margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;\" title=\"Mastering front 100Wshadow\" /></a>Before you rip into today’s submission, consider this checklist of first-page ingredients from my book, <a href=\"http://www.rayrhamey.com/html/mastering_the_craft.html\" target=\"_self\"><em>Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling</em></a>. 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         "excerpt": "Good Sunday morning. I have a bright and cheerful framed birdhouse card to share with you today made using the Poppystamps Massa Leaf Frame, My Favorite Things Birdhouses, Stitched Square Scallop Edge Frames, Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and...",
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         "content": "<p>Good Sunday morning.&#0160; I have a bright and cheerful framed birdhouse card to share with you today made using the Poppystamps <a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/poppystamps-dies-massa-leaf-frame/#_a_29\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Massa Leaf Frame</a>,&#0160; My Favorite Things <a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/my-favorite-things-die-namics-birdhouses/#_a_29\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Birdhouses</a>, <a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/my-favorite-things-die-namics-stitched-square-scallop-edge-frames/#_a_29\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Stitched Square Scallop Edge Frames</a>, Lawn Fawn <a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/lawn-cuts-dies-fancy-scalloped-rectangle-stackables/#_a_29\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables</a> and Impression Obsession <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/impression-obsession-dies-tiny-flowers/#_a_29\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Tiny Flowers</a>.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301bb097ae666970d-pi\"><img alt=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 left\" border=\"0\" height=\"362\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301bb097ae669970d-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border: 0px;\" title=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 left\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>The leaf frame has a very thin layer of cardstock around the opening so I attached a scalloped double matted frame with double stick tape to give it a more substantial appearance. I used the leaf frame as a template to draw pencil lines on the fancy scalloped layer to mark where I wanted to cut a square opening.&#0160; I used a square Nestabilities die to cut the opening and then applied strips of mounting tape to the back of the fancy layer and attached it to the card base.&#0160; I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the leafy frame and then attached it over the square cut opening.&#0160; Using layers of mounting tape between the main scalloped layer and leaf frame allowed more dimension so the little tree house scene&#0160; would appear set back in the framed opening.&#0160; Wow!&#0160; I hope that sentence made sense. I applied a few tiny glue dots to some of the larger foliage branches to hold them in place.&#0160; I formed the leaves lightly with my fingers to create a more natural look.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b7c8d78fba970b-pi\"><img alt=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 center\" border=\"0\" height=\"353\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301bb097abc4d970d-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-width: 0px;\" title=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 center\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I assembled the birdhouse using tan woodgrain and red cardstock .&#0160; I cut a few extra small leaves and formed a few tiny flowers and attached them to the birdhouse using glossy accents.&#0160; I added a couple extra foliage branches inside the frame for the birdhouse to hang from.&#0160; I attached a small piece of twine to a branch with a glue dot and secured it to the base with a second glue dots.&#0160; I attached the birdhouse in place using mounting tape.&#0160; I formed a few tiny flowers and attached them to the branches with glossy accents.&#0160; The two tiny birds were attached with tiny squares of mounting tape.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b7c8d7b8d0970b-pi\"><img alt=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 right\" border=\"0\" height=\"361\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b7c8d7b8d2970b-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border: 0px;\" title=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 right\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I hope you are having a great weekend and I appreciate you coming by today.</p>\r\n<p>Card size:&#0160; 5.50” x 4.25”</p>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden !important;\">\r\n<div style=\"height: 145px !important; width: 145px !important; float: left !important; border: #efefef 1px solid; padding: 3px !important;\">\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; 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border: #efefef 1px solid; padding: 3px !important;\">\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; height: 95px !important; text-align: center !important;\"><a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/my-favorite-things-die-namics-stitched-square-scallop-edge-frames/#_a_29\" rel=\"nofollow noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"https://cdn3.bigcommerce.com/s-vw57mn/products/34855/images/94117/My-Favorite-Things-Die-namics-Stitched-Square-Scallop-Edge-Frames-MFT927_image1__41649.1485819393.600.600.jpg?c=2\" style=\"max-width: 139px !important; vertical-align: middle !important; margin: 0px auto; max-height: 95px !important; box-shadow: none; border-style: none !important; padding: 0px !important;\" /></a></div>\r\n<p style=\"font-size: 10px !important; height: 40px !important; margin: 0px; line-height: 1.1em !important;\"><a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/my-favorite-things-die-namics-stitched-square-scallop-edge-frames/#_a_29\" rel=\"nofollow noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">My Favorite Things Die-namics, Stitched Square Scallop Edge Frames</a></p>\r\n</div>\r\n<div style=\"height: 145px !important; width: 145px !important; float: left !important; border: #efefef 1px solid; padding: 3px !important;\">\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; height: 95px !important; text-align: center !important;\"><a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/lawn-cuts-dies-fancy-scalloped-rectangle-stackables/#_a_29\" rel=\"nofollow noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"https://cdn3.bigcommerce.com/s-vw57mn/products/35552/images/93169/Lawn-Cuts-Dies-Fancy-Scalloped-Rectangle-Stackables-LF1322_image1__51855.1484593086.600.600.jpg?c=2\" style=\"max-width: 139px !important; vertical-align: middle !important; margin: 0px auto; max-height: 95px !important; box-shadow: none; border-style: none !important; padding: 0px !important;\" /></a></div>\r\n<p style=\"font-size: 10px !important; height: 40px !important; margin: 0px; line-height: 1.1em !important;\"><a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/lawn-cuts-dies-fancy-scalloped-rectangle-stackables/#_a_29\" rel=\"nofollow noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Lawn Cuts Dies, Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables</a></p>\r\n</div>\r\n<div style=\"height: 145px !important; 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         "renderedContent": "<p>Good Sunday morning.&#0160; I have a bright and cheerful framed birdhouse card to share with you today made using the Poppystamps <a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/poppystamps-dies-massa-leaf-frame/#_a_29\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Massa Leaf Frame</a>,&#0160; My Favorite Things <a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/my-favorite-things-die-namics-birdhouses/#_a_29\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Birdhouses</a>, <a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/my-favorite-things-die-namics-stitched-square-scallop-edge-frames/#_a_29\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Stitched Square Scallop Edge Frames</a>, Lawn Fawn <a href=\"https://www.ellenhutson.com/lawn-cuts-dies-fancy-scalloped-rectangle-stackables/#_a_29\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables</a> and Impression Obsession <a href=\"http://www.ellenhutson.com/impression-obsession-dies-tiny-flowers/#_a_29\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Tiny Flowers</a>.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301bb097ae666970d-pi\"><img alt=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 left\" border=\"0\" height=\"362\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301bb097ae669970d-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border: 0px;\" title=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 left\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>The leaf frame has a very thin layer of cardstock around the opening so I attached a scalloped double matted frame with double stick tape to give it a more substantial appearance. I used the leaf frame as a template to draw pencil lines on the fancy scalloped layer to mark where I wanted to cut a square opening.&#0160; I used a square Nestabilities die to cut the opening and then applied strips of mounting tape to the back of the fancy layer and attached it to the card base.&#0160; I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the leafy frame and then attached it over the square cut opening.&#0160; Using layers of mounting tape between the main scalloped layer and leaf frame allowed more dimension so the little tree house scene&#0160; would appear set back in the framed opening.&#0160; Wow!&#0160; I hope that sentence made sense. I applied a few tiny glue dots to some of the larger foliage branches to hold them in place.&#0160; I formed the leaves lightly with my fingers to create a more natural look.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b7c8d78fba970b-pi\"><img alt=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 center\" border=\"0\" height=\"353\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301bb097abc4d970d-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border-width: 0px;\" title=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 center\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I assembled the birdhouse using tan woodgrain and red cardstock .&#0160; I cut a few extra small leaves and formed a few tiny flowers and attached them to the birdhouse using glossy accents.&#0160; I added a couple extra foliage branches inside the frame for the birdhouse to hang from.&#0160; I attached a small piece of twine to a branch with a glue dot and secured it to the base with a second glue dots.&#0160; I attached the birdhouse in place using mounting tape.&#0160; I formed a few tiny flowers and attached them to the branches with glossy accents.&#0160; The two tiny birds were attached with tiny squares of mounting tape.</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b7c8d7b8d0970b-pi\"><img alt=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 right\" border=\"0\" height=\"361\" src=\"http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed958f3883301b7c8d7b8d2970b-pi\" style=\"background-image: none; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px; border: 0px;\" title=\"KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 right\" width=\"480\" /></a></p>\r\n<p>I hope you are having a great weekend and I appreciate you coming by today.</p>\r\n<p>Card size:&#0160; 5.50” x 4.25”</p>\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden !important;\">\r\n<div style=\"height: 145px !important; width: 145px !important; float: left !important; border: #efefef 1px solid; padding: 3px !important;\">\r\n<div style=\"overflow: hidden; 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Senators are being encouraged to see it as an affront on the legislature by the presidency,” the source said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Now we are daily being told to go all out and protect the independence of the legislative arm of government against interference by the executive. We are even made to believe that the decision to send back Magu’s name after the Senators initial refusal to confirm him upon his appearance is an attempt to arm-twist the National Assembly to accept whatever the presidency desires.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>The Nation also gathered that the Senate is in possession of fresh petitions detailing new allegations against the EFCC boss ahead of his re-appearance before the Red Chamber.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>It is all part of the effort to stop Magu,the source said,adding:”Let me say this, but with caution though. I say with caution because the appropriate office is yet to brief Senators officially.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“But I am aware of talks of fresh petitions being received against the confirmation of Magu as EFCC boss. Aside the DSS report that nailed him the last time, it appears he will have some explanation to make whenever he appears before us.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“From what I learnt, the new petitions contain weighty allegations. Of course, the Senate will be properly guided by the rules in handling the matter. It is not for me to say whether the allegations are true or false. But I can tell you that we will expect the nominee to painstakingly convince us of his innocence in all the matters raised against him.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Another source said: “Magu’s problem is beyond just the National Assembly.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“As we speak many prominent individuals even outside the National Assembly have joined the gang of those who are opposed to his confirmation. 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Their argument is that he has been indicted by the DSS report and as such, he is constitutionally unfit to hold such a position until he clears himself.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“A fellow Senator who attended a parley in Abuja on Monday where the issue was discussed told me. He also said that some leading members of both arms of the National Assembly, as well as other notable Nigerians, are part of the plot to stop the confirmation of the EFCC acting chairman by the Senate.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>His Traducers</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>While most of the anti-Magu Senators are from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),some from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have also joined the fray.</strong></em><br /><em><strong>One of such is Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi State who vehemently opposed his confirmation the last time.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Senator Melaiye is still unrepentant in his opposition to Magu’s confirmation. And his argument is based on his conviction that for a man who will head an anti-corruption agency, Magu needs to clear himself of some allegations. He is not the only APC senator who feels that way. There are others too and it is important Magu is aware of that,” another source said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Majority of our colleagues in the PDP caucus are opposed, not only to Magu’s confirmation, but also to the re-presentation of his name by the presidency and they are not hiding their feelings about this,” a Senator from Edo state said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>A PDP senator from Ekiti state, speaking on phone with The Nation on Thursday, said there is no way the opposition senators will support Magu’s confirmation as substantive head of the anti-corruption agency. According to him, PDP legislators view the re-presentation of Magu’s name to the Senate by the Presidency with suspicion.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“It is impossible for any right thinking PDP senator to support Magu,” he said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“This is because we see him as an agent of the ruling party in its mission to silence the opposition. Take a good look at his activities and you will agree with me that he is being used to witch-hunt opposition politicians. His fight against corruption is selective and we have said this severally long before now.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“We are also wondering why his name was sent back to us after he was clearly rejected by the Senate. We are suspicious of the move by the presidency. Is Magu the only Nigerian who can do the job? It is as if the Presidency wants to confirm our claim that Magu is an agent of the APC. We will continue to oppose his confirmation.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>It was also gathered that the anti-Magu campaign is being financed largely by ex-governors in the Senate.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Majority of the ex-governors here are working against his confirmation. 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More than ever before, these ex-governors are united in their bid to stop the confirmation of Magu.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Investigation revealed that EFCC’s probe of the governors’ handling of the Paris Club refund and budget support fund featured prominently at a recent meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) with many of them declining to support Magu’s confirmation.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>The source said:”If it is true that the Governors are angry with him over the alleged probe, then he will have many Senators to contend with when he comes for confirmation.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>This is because many of the senators are here on the goodwill of their home governors and will most likely do the bidding of the governors.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Should the body language of the state governors suggest that they do not want Magu to continue in office as EFCC chairman, it will be difficult from him to get the senators loyal to these governors to support his quest for confirmation,” another source added.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>His Supporters</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>But Magu is not without some support in the Senate.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>In this group are the Senators from his home state of Borno, led by Senator Ali Ndume, the former Senate Leader.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>There are even suggestions that he may have lost his position because of his determination to see Magu confirmed.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Ndume, sources claim, is still working hard behind the scene for the success of the EFCC boss.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Ndume is unrepentantly committed to seeing Magu confirmed. I don’t know whether this is largely on the strength of their coming from the same state or due to another yet to be identified reason. But what I can tell you is that Ndume and the other senators from Borno are among the people Magu can bank on as regards his quest for confirmation,” a senator said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>The Nation also gathered that Senate President Bukola Saraki may not be against Magu’s contrary to earlier speculations. According to very reliable sources, Saraki may be willing to have Magu confirmed after all. His new stance, sources said, may not be unconnected with the new wind of peace within the ruling party.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Although he was obviously opposed to Magu before now, I think the Senate president is no longer hell bent on stopping the EFCC boss. This may not be unconnected with the quest for peace and harmony within our party. 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At least two governors from the Nnorthwest and his own governor from Bornu state are working for him. They are talking to the Senators to support his confirmation. The ministers too are all doing their best to curry support for him amongst senators. Don’t forget that some of them were Senators before they became ministers.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“One of the two governors who was a member of the National Assembly before now is also using his contacts to help Magu’s cause. The other one is penetrating the Senate using the Senators from his state. 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While some are of the opinion that he stands a better chance than he did the last time, others believe he remains unfit for the job.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Lagos lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, who has already instituted a court case against the process to confirm the EFCC boss says the initial refusal of the Senate to confirm the embattled EFCC boss was the best decision under the circumstance</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>He praised the Senate and said its decision was a manifestation of the independence of the legislative arm of government, which is not bound to accept all proposals and nominations of the executive. He faulted the presidency for re-nominating the rejected candidate and averred that the Senate should still refuse to confirm him.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>His words:”It is wrong to build our institutions, especially the anti-corruption agencies, around individuals. 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After all, the reason that Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia is in court, facing trial is for her inability to account for alleged her lavish possessions.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“If an ex-policeman is living in a luxurious N40million apartment and cruising in private jets, he should be put in the dock, as he has done to others. Also, the EFCC is too sensitive to be headed by a rejected candidate. It would mean simply that its operations have become illegal, after December 14, when the senate rejected Magu, and it can no longer file charges in court or indeed arrest any citizen.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>But Magu is not without some rays of hope. After his unsuccessful first appearance, some things working in his favor, have come to fore. In re-nominating him for confirmation, President Buhari took his time to explain why he wants Magu confiremd as the substantive boss of the anti graft agency in spite of the odds against him.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Buhari noted that in undertaking the anti-graft campaign, his administration had been guided by the need for urgency, consolidation and improvement of the statutory framework for addressing corruption. 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Senators are being encouraged to see it as an affront on the legislature by the presidency,” the source said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Now we are daily being told to go all out and protect the independence of the legislative arm of government against interference by the executive. We are even made to believe that the decision to send back Magu’s name after the Senators initial refusal to confirm him upon his appearance is an attempt to arm-twist the National Assembly to accept whatever the presidency desires.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>The Nation also gathered that the Senate is in possession of fresh petitions detailing new allegations against the EFCC boss ahead of his re-appearance before the Red Chamber.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>It is all part of the effort to stop Magu,the source said,adding:”Let me say this, but with caution though. I say with caution because the appropriate office is yet to brief Senators officially.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“But I am aware of talks of fresh petitions being received against the confirmation of Magu as EFCC boss. Aside the DSS report that nailed him the last time, it appears he will have some explanation to make whenever he appears before us.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“From what I learnt, the new petitions contain weighty allegations. Of course, the Senate will be properly guided by the rules in handling the matter. It is not for me to say whether the allegations are true or false. But I can tell you that we will expect the nominee to painstakingly convince us of his innocence in all the matters raised against him.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Another source said: “Magu’s problem is beyond just the National Assembly.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“As we speak many prominent individuals even outside the National Assembly have joined the gang of those who are opposed to his confirmation. And these people are determined to stop him from becoming the substantive chairman of the commission,” the source, a Senator from Ogun State, said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“In the last few weeks, especially after the Presidency re-presented his name for the EFCC job, several meetings have been held and several text messages sent; this is one of such (showing our correspondent a text message on his handset which itemized some reasons why Magu must not be confirmed).”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>On the plan to go to court to challenge Magu’s nomination,the source said: “It may interest you to also know that plans are on by a group of anti-Magu forces to get the judiciary to stop the senate from confirming him.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“In a matter of days, they will head to court to get an injunction restraining the National Assembly from confirming him. Their argument is that he has been indicted by the DSS report and as such, he is constitutionally unfit to hold such a position until he clears himself.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“A fellow Senator who attended a parley in Abuja on Monday where the issue was discussed told me. He also said that some leading members of both arms of the National Assembly, as well as other notable Nigerians, are part of the plot to stop the confirmation of the EFCC acting chairman by the Senate.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>His Traducers</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>While most of the anti-Magu Senators are from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),some from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have also joined the fray.</strong></em><br /><em><strong>One of such is Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi State who vehemently opposed his confirmation the last time.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Senator Melaiye is still unrepentant in his opposition to Magu’s confirmation. And his argument is based on his conviction that for a man who will head an anti-corruption agency, Magu needs to clear himself of some allegations. He is not the only APC senator who feels that way. There are others too and it is important Magu is aware of that,” another source said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Majority of our colleagues in the PDP caucus are opposed, not only to Magu’s confirmation, but also to the re-presentation of his name by the presidency and they are not hiding their feelings about this,” a Senator from Edo state said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>A PDP senator from Ekiti state, speaking on phone with The Nation on Thursday, said there is no way the opposition senators will support Magu’s confirmation as substantive head of the anti-corruption agency. According to him, PDP legislators view the re-presentation of Magu’s name to the Senate by the Presidency with suspicion.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“It is impossible for any right thinking PDP senator to support Magu,” he said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“This is because we see him as an agent of the ruling party in its mission to silence the opposition. Take a good look at his activities and you will agree with me that he is being used to witch-hunt opposition politicians. His fight against corruption is selective and we have said this severally long before now.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“We are also wondering why his name was sent back to us after he was clearly rejected by the Senate. We are suspicious of the move by the presidency. Is Magu the only Nigerian who can do the job? It is as if the Presidency wants to confirm our claim that Magu is an agent of the APC. We will continue to oppose his confirmation.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>It was also gathered that the anti-Magu campaign is being financed largely by ex-governors in the Senate.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Majority of the ex-governors here are working against his confirmation. And they rejoiced when he was not confirmed the last time,” a source said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Expectedly, they were deeply troubled when his name was resent to the Senate for consideration. Don’t forget that many of them are being investigated by the EFCC. A good number of them have openly accused Magu of victimizing them. Some are even in court against him and the EFCC.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Senators in this category cut across party lines. I can tell you some APC senators who are ex-governors are behind the fresh moves to stop Magu. Of course, the ex-PDP governors who are Senators have never hidden their aversion to Magu’s choice. More than ever before, these ex-governors are united in their bid to stop the confirmation of Magu.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Investigation revealed that EFCC’s probe of the governors’ handling of the Paris Club refund and budget support fund featured prominently at a recent meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) with many of them declining to support Magu’s confirmation.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>The source said:”If it is true that the Governors are angry with him over the alleged probe, then he will have many Senators to contend with when he comes for confirmation.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>This is because many of the senators are here on the goodwill of their home governors and will most likely do the bidding of the governors.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Should the body language of the state governors suggest that they do not want Magu to continue in office as EFCC chairman, it will be difficult from him to get the senators loyal to these governors to support his quest for confirmation,” another source added.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>His Supporters</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>But Magu is not without some support in the Senate.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>In this group are the Senators from his home state of Borno, led by Senator Ali Ndume, the former Senate Leader.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>There are even suggestions that he may have lost his position because of his determination to see Magu confirmed.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Ndume, sources claim, is still working hard behind the scene for the success of the EFCC boss.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Ndume is unrepentantly committed to seeing Magu confirmed. I don’t know whether this is largely on the strength of their coming from the same state or due to another yet to be identified reason. But what I can tell you is that Ndume and the other senators from Borno are among the people Magu can bank on as regards his quest for confirmation,” a senator said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>The Nation also gathered that Senate President Bukola Saraki may not be against Magu’s contrary to earlier speculations. According to very reliable sources, Saraki may be willing to have Magu confirmed after all. His new stance, sources said, may not be unconnected with the new wind of peace within the ruling party.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Although he was obviously opposed to Magu before now, I think the Senate president is no longer hell bent on stopping the EFCC boss. This may not be unconnected with the quest for peace and harmony within our party. With the Presidency re-nominating Magu after the initial rejection by the Senate, the Senate president may have read the hand writing on the wall very clearly.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“If I am to go by the current body language of Saraki and some other principal officers of the Senate, I will say Magu has no problem with the leadership of the Senate. If he is able to weather through the storm, the leadership is most unlikely to work against him even though they may not come out openly to offer him support.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Aside the open support he enjoys from the governor of his home state of Bornu, Kashim Shettima, Magu is also being assisted in his quest to be confirmed by two governors in the Northwest and the majority of President Buhari’s cabinet members. According to sources, these governors and ministers have been soliciting the support of Senators for Magu.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“He is not without support. At least two governors from the Nnorthwest and his own governor from Bornu state are working for him. They are talking to the Senators to support his confirmation. The ministers too are all doing their best to curry support for him amongst senators. Don’t forget that some of them were Senators before they became ministers.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“One of the two governors who was a member of the National Assembly before now is also using his contacts to help Magu’s cause. The other one is penetrating the Senate using the Senators from his state. Just as those working against him are plotting, those supporting him are also not sleeping.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Magu's Chances</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>The DSS security report on Magu claimed,among other things, that he occupies a N20 million per year house, allegedly rented for him by someone under EFCC investigation; lives a flamboyant lifestyle and flouted the President’s order against public officers flying first class when he went on pilgrimage.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>And as he prepares to re-appear before the Senate to seek confirmation as the agency’s substantive boss, talks are rife about Magu’s chances of getting the Senate’s nod this time. While some are of the opinion that he stands a better chance than he did the last time, others believe he remains unfit for the job.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Lagos lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, who has already instituted a court case against the process to confirm the EFCC boss says the initial refusal of the Senate to confirm the embattled EFCC boss was the best decision under the circumstance</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>He praised the Senate and said its decision was a manifestation of the independence of the legislative arm of government, which is not bound to accept all proposals and nominations of the executive. He faulted the presidency for re-nominating the rejected candidate and averred that the Senate should still refuse to confirm him.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>His words:”It is wrong to build our institutions, especially the anti-corruption agencies, around individuals. We should strengthen the institutions, rather than the individuals.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>The issues plaguing the EFCC, like disregard for the rule of law, corruption and abuse of human rights, leading to constant, but avoidable deaths of citizens in its custody, obnoxious bail conditions as a means of keeping citizens in custody for longer periods of time, extortion and torture of suspects are some of the reasons why there is need for a new hand that can overhaul the agency.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“The issues raised in the report of the DSS in relation to Magu cannot be overlooked, as in similar or less weighty circumstances. The EFCC, under Magu, has preferred criminal charges against such suspects, followed with media blitz. After all, the reason that Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia is in court, facing trial is for her inability to account for alleged her lavish possessions.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“If an ex-policeman is living in a luxurious N40million apartment and cruising in private jets, he should be put in the dock, as he has done to others. Also, the EFCC is too sensitive to be headed by a rejected candidate. It would mean simply that its operations have become illegal, after December 14, when the senate rejected Magu, and it can no longer file charges in court or indeed arrest any citizen.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>But Magu is not without some rays of hope. After his unsuccessful first appearance, some things working in his favor, have come to fore. In re-nominating him for confirmation, President Buhari took his time to explain why he wants Magu confiremd as the substantive boss of the anti graft agency in spite of the odds against him.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Buhari noted that in undertaking the anti-graft campaign, his administration had been guided by the need for urgency, consolidation and improvement of the statutory framework for addressing corruption. He said the need to take the benefits of institutional memory and present capacity in taking the campaign forward was also recognized.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Buhari said he had received adequate clarification in considering the matter relied upon by the Senate in arriving at its decision to reject Magu’s nomination.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“It is in the above context you will agree with me that there’s a need to maintain a current momentum and capacity of the EFCC since May 29th, 2015,” the President said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Also, the DSS, whose report nailed Magu the last time, may have given him a lifeline following its presentation of another report which cleared the EFCC boss.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>According to reports, although the report still accused Magu of some infractions, it said the Senate could give Magu the benefit of the doubt.</strong></em></p>\r\n</div>\r\n</div>\r\n</div>\r\n</div>\r\n</div>\r\n</div>\r\n</div>\r\n</div>\r\n</div>\r\n</div>\r\n</div>",
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It is however worthy to restate that one of the constitutional responsibilities of the Nigerian Army is to come to the aid of the civil authority whenever the need arises. 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He alleged that soldiers shot dead 11 IPOB members on January 20 during a solidarity rally in Port Harcourt to celebrate the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>The spokesperson of the Division, Aminu Iliyasu, said soldiers deployed to ensure peace on the street restrained themselves from firing a single shot despite provocations from the protesters.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“The allegation is false, malicious and existed in the figment of his imagination,” the colonel said.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“We therefore wish to warn Mr. Emma Powerful and other like minded mischief makers that the Nigerian Army will no longer tolerate such spurious and unfounded allegations that are injurious to the hard-earned image and reputation of the Nigerian Army, its selfless and dedicated officers and soldiers by any group of criminals regardless of their appellation”.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>The army spokesperson said on the day of the protest, “members of the group were mobilized from Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Imo and Cross River States for an alleged rally with dubious intent of molesting innocent citizens, intimidating passers-by and wrecking havoc on commuters thereby disturbing public peace, safety and security”.</strong></em></p>\r\n<figure id=\"attachment_217886\" class=\"wp-caption aligncenter\" style=\"width: 526px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"size-medium wp-image-217886\" src=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/12/Nnamdi-Kanu.jpg?resize=526%2C301\" sizes=\"(max-width: 526px) 100vw, 526px\" srcset=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/12/Nnamdi-Kanu.jpg?resize=526%2C301 526w, https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/12/Nnamdi-Kanu.jpg?w=700 700w\" alt=\"Nnamdi Kanu\" width=\"526\" height=\"301\" data-attachment-id=\"217886\" data-permalink=\"http://www.premiumtimesng.com/video/217884-watch-nnamdi-kanu-blasts-buhari-court.html/attachment/nnamdi-kanu\" data-orig-file=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/12/Nnamdi-Kanu.jpg?fit=700%2C400\" data-orig-size=\"700,400\" data-comments-opened=\"1\" data-image-meta=\"{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}\" data-image-title=\"nnamdi-kanu\" data-image-description=\"\" data-medium-file=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/12/Nnamdi-Kanu.jpg?fit=526%2C301\" data-large-file=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/12/Nnamdi-Kanu.jpg?fit=604%2C345\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Nnamdi Kanu</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n<p><em><strong>“The choice of Port Harcourt (the Garden City) as the epicentre of the protest has left much to be desired. It is however worthy to restate that one of the constitutional responsibilities of the Nigerian Army is to come to the aid of the civil authority whenever the need arises. In line with this constitutional mandate, troops of 29 Battalion Nigerian Army, were deployed in conjunction with other sister security agencies to prevent any loss of life or property with strict adherence to the established Rules of Engagement.</strong></em></p>\r\n<div class=\"code-block code-block-3\" style=\"margin: 8px 0px;\">\r\n<div id=\"beacon_9e37579253\" style=\"position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 0px; visibility: hidden;\"><em><strong><img src=\"http://cat.ny.us.criteo.com/delivery/lg.php?cppv=1&amp;cpp=o4SxI3xQOEVVUThKWUFCNVA4MUhlTTlXSklHZklSVlN4ZnZzRzJiV2c0eC9vZmJtRHA4SmI5YTNqN0VvSjJKZUJNUXdRNzhIK2lORWVLS1pCanhQS29ISXpxd0dIb3lReENyV0d0ZGgrQ3d1bSt1RUdNWWJEdXZCeDJ1a0tQQ1lhVStBeWN2MUdIN3hqSUV6NmlDVzlOdDNocFVIZVh5S0tyeDZuUHhrUDk5V1VjbEJmTm5SRWV2c2h2dUFCQkpWbmhlQ2orbE5IcnFlNHRFNE42YW5SNy9aYmZha25LSUkydGE1ejI3b0dtcWV6TUdENjJmMUN0OGxHZ0doL05wOHcreDBlfA%3D%3D\" width=\"0\" height=\"0\" /></strong></em></div>\r\n</div>\r\n<p><em><strong>“Despite all provocative attempts occasioned by the stoning of security agents and the smashing of commuters’ windscreens by the violent protesters, troops refused to be cajoled into the criminal gang’s trap to fire a single shot. This is indicative of the troops’ total compliance with their Rules of Engagement. The violent protest was subsequently subdued with the use of tear gas and arrests were made by a sister security agency with no casualty recorded on either side.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“It is however worrisome and disturbing for anyone to falsely accuse troops deployed in support of civil authority who conducted their duty professionally under the beaming lenses of cameras of allegedly killing 11 citizens of our great country. A well observed trend of this criminal gang is the malicious posting of old videos and pictures from their archives on social media platforms which has no bearing on their claims to attract public sympathy and whip sentiments among the citizenry.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“To this end, Headquarters 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, wishes to inform the public that the allegation is not true and should be dismissed as mere propaganda by the separatist group. We wish to restate our total commitment to the protection of lives and properties within the Division’s Area of Responsibility.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>“We therefore solicit the cooperation and understanding of all peace loving citizens and further enjoin them to join hands to help eradicating all forms of criminality within Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Delta States. This will no doubt enhance mutual co-existence, peace and socio-economic development of the region”.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong>IPOB is one of the Igbo groups dedicated to the creation of an independent Biafra country. The leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, is in detention where he is being tried by the Nigerian government.</strong></em></p>",
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         "content": "<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://adesesanodunaya.blogs.com/.a/6a01bb09158b9b970d01b7c8d7d1af970b-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a01bb09158b9b970d01b7c8d7d1af970b image-full img-responsive\" title=\"Sheriff-and-Jimoh\" src=\"http://adesesanodunaya.blogs.com/.a/6a01bb09158b9b970d01b7c8d7d1af970b-800wi\" alt=\"Sheriff-and-Jimoh\" border=\"0\" /></a></strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>It was one seat that was hotly contested, within and outside the courtroom, by two men who wouldn’t give up or shift ground.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>A temporary conclusion was reached on Friday as the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, recognised Ali Sheriff as the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Although the Ahmed Makarfi faction, which has the support of the party’s governors, has vowed to challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court, Mr. Sheriff has declared “no victor, no vanquished.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Although Mr. Sheriff has called for a united party, PREMIUM TIMES reviews the winners and losers from the Appeal Court ruling.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>AND THE WINNERS ARE….</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Ali Modu Sheriff</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_198529\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 400px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/02/Ali-Sharreef.jpg?resize=400%2C225\" alt=\"Ali Modu Sheriff\" width=\"400\" height=\"225\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Ali Modu Sheriff</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>One thing that can’t be taken away from Mr. Sheriff, as far as the leadership crisis within the PDP is concerned, is his courage and tenacity. The former governor of Borno State took on the hitherto invincible PDP governors’ forum and went through fierce political and legal battles against the Ahmed Makarfi faction which had the backing of the governors.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Before now, the support of the PDP governors’ forum was a major factor in choosing the national chairman of the party. Mr. Sheriff himself was handpicked by the governors in February 2016 as the acting chairman after the party which lost the 2015 presidential election.</strong></em></p>\r\n<div class=\"code-block code-block-3\" style=\"margin: 8px 0px;\">\r\n<div id=\"beacon_da12dd5d02\" style=\"position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 0px; visibility: hidden;\"><em><strong><img src=\"http://cat.ny.us.criteo.com/delivery/lg.php?cppv=1&amp;cpp=Ie4R9nx3ZDN1dGJHSVhhb01BYmwwZ0FHSDVnbTZjY1JIL0pLTVJ4dkpPWDRhbC91NjcvVUJ4ek5zL2JpaHJJb0NyMlBLN1hLSlRaenVZOXdIbDJVNzBtakdHa3o3VXdGQVEyZTUwN3VDUFJOVERXZEI2dGE0UGhRZXlGSHZtTk9IYmVkUmpaSGdkbDBlendJN0o1SjJhMnZoZ0hOR3NkYzBkZ0F0NU9DaE5KUjFhYmUvbGlzUE5uVFZQbWtGMmJNYjNsZC9rK1pBUkxjU0hxOXlaWURBUEN4cnNwdjZnd0ltb1lHTE5HQ3I4bk9jK3dhUnI5UHVkSCs3dDhjZTVhQm9pb2pWfA%3D%3D\" width=\"0\" height=\"0\" /></strong></em></div>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>For the Appeal Court judgment, Mr. Sheriff, 61, is obviously the biggest winner.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Jimoh Ibrahim</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_223936\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 401px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/02/Jimoh-Ibrahim.jpg?resize=401%2C226\" alt=\" Jimoh Ibrahim [Photo Credit: Twitter - Barr. 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After the Supreme Court affirmed Mr. Jegede as the right candidate of the PDP, Mr. Ibrahim in order to spite his party, turned around to offer political support to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rotimi Akeredolu.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Ibrahim claimed he could have won the election which was later won by Mr. Akeredolu.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The Court of Appeal ruling appears to have vindicated Mr. Ibrahim who has also celebrated the victory. A photograph uploaded on his Twitter page, Saturday, showed Mr. Ibrahim dancing, with a glass of drink in his hand, with the tweet “Ali Modu Sheriff is PDP National Chairman”.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong><iframe id=\"twitter-widget-0\" scrolling=\"no\" allowtransparency=\"true\" allowfullscreen=\"true\" class=\"twitter-tweet twitter-tweet-rendered\" style=\"position: static; visibility: visible; display: block; width: 550px; height: 778.283px; padding: 0px; max-width: 100%; min-width: 220px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\" data-tweet-id=\"832974446684155905\" title=\"Twitter Tweet\" frameborder=\"0\"></iframe></strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Justice Okon Abang</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_208824\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 419px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i0.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/08/Okon-Abang.jpg?resize=419%2C236\" alt=\"Justice Okon Abang\" width=\"419\" height=\"236\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Justice Okon Abang Justice Okon Abang</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had ruled in July last year that the May 21, 2016, PDP Convention in Port Harcourt was illegal. It was at that convention that Mr. Sheriff and his national working committee were replaced with Mr. Makarfi-led caretaker committee.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Abang, who also declared Mr. Ibrahim as the PDP candidate in Ekiti based on being nominated by the Sheriff PDP, also received a lot of criticisms for his rulings by the Makarfi PDP faction.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The judge is definitely one of the winners as he would feel justified by the Appeal Court ruling.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Buruji Kashamu</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_222068\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 408px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i0.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/01/Buruji-Kashamu.jpg?resize=408%2C230\" alt=\"Ogun State senator, Buruji Kashamu [Photo Credit: CBS News]\" width=\"408\" height=\"230\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Ogun State senator, Buruji Kashamu [Photo Credit: CBS News]</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Buruji Kashamu, a controversial senator from Ogun State, is among the high-profile supporters of Mr. Sheriff.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Kashamu, who was suspended by the Ogun PDP loyal to Mr. Makarfi, leads another faction in the state aligned to Mr. Kashamu.</strong></em></p>\r\n<div class=\"code-block code-block-2\" style=\"margin: 8px 0px;\">\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><em><strong><ins class=\"adsbygoogle\" style=\"display: inline-block; width: 468px; height: 60px;\" data-ad-client=\"ca-pub-7650359907253916\" data-ad-slot=\"9655271163\" data-adsbygoogle-status=\"done\"><ins id=\"aswift_4_expand\" style=\"display: inline-table; border: none; height: 60px; margin: 0; padding: 0; position: relative; visibility: visible; width: 468px; background-color: transparent;\"><ins id=\"aswift_4_anchor\" style=\"display: block; border: none; height: 60px; margin: 0; padding: 0; position: relative; visibility: visible; width: 468px; background-color: transparent;\"><iframe marginwidth=\"0\" marginheight=\"0\" vspace=\"0\" hspace=\"0\" allowtransparency=\"true\" scrolling=\"no\" allowfullscreen=\"true\" onload=\"var i=this.id,s=window.google_iframe_oncopy,H=s&amp;&amp;s.handlers,h=H&amp;&amp;H[i],w=this.contentWindow,d;try{d=w.document}catch(e){}if(h&amp;&amp;d&amp;&amp;(!d.body||!d.body.firstChild)){if(h.call){setTimeout(h,0)}else if(h.match){try{h=s.upd(h,i)}catch(e){}w.location.replace(h)}}\" id=\"aswift_4\" name=\"aswift_4\" style=\"left: 0; position: absolute; top: 0;\" width=\"468\" height=\"60\" frameborder=\"0\"></iframe></ins></ins></ins></strong></em></p>\r\n<div id=\"beacon_50ce28e82b\" style=\"position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 0px; visibility: hidden;\"><em><strong><img src=\"http://cat.ny.us.criteo.com/delivery/lg.php?cppv=1&amp;cpp=qwizinx1NHZkTmZNNkw3Yi9sQmZVUlVuOHQ3b0lKYys3MHgvSHlLclFTdjVyQm1sVVZFQWdaSHFOYjVFRy9nRUhRLzFSTENabk5sa2swYzZLbk5xa2c4bnZ3S2RTQ3RLWUgyZklkZUo4cFdNdnJOM0d3QXJwbFJubGdoZWFZME5iNm0waXp6RGgxcEVsbUJIODRHSWZnTHdFcUx6bk9pNHUybWJyclc5ZCsvOGRsejVxZEV2WmFKc0x5Ti9wTWtRNXg0UnRvUEVBT00vL3dzT0ZRYUE1MlpzeWFzUHZIT0M0WnV0bWkrOUJmcjZ3ck1GNHRtLytjMXk4dFRMcFFpYzFQQzk4fA%3D%3D\" width=\"0\" height=\"0\" /></strong></em></div>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The lawmaker will feel vindicated by the Appeal Court ruling.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>And the losers are….</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Ahmed Makarfi</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_204862\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 399px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i1.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/06/Senator-Ahmed-Makarfi-600x380.jpg?resize=399%2C258\" alt=\"Ahmed Makarfi Photo: The Breaking times\" width=\"399\" height=\"258\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Ahmed Makarfi Photo: The Breaking times</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Ahmed Makarfi, who has been battling with Mr. Sheriff for the PDP number one seat, is the first in the line-up of losers.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>With the court judgment, the former governor of Kaduna State is sure going to lose some following. Ben Murray-Bruce, a senator from Bayelsa State, who hitherto was with Mr. Makarfi’s faction, has already declared solidarity with Mr. Sheriff.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Murray-Bruce said it was high time the party put an end to the prolonged battle.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>PDP workers at Wadata plaza, Abuja</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_187619\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 404px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i1.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2015/08/IMG_20150801_091132.jpg?resize=404%2C258\" alt=\"PDP Headquarters\" width=\"404\" height=\"258\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>PDP Headquarters</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The PDP workers at the party headquarters took side with Mr. Makarfi’s faction, and shunned an invitation to a meeting with Mr. Sheriff.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The workers had protested the continued closure of the party secretariat by the police due to the crisis. They shunned a meeting with Mr. Sheriff to discuss the closure and blamed it for it.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Many of the workers will surely be worried by the implication of the Appeal Court ruling.</strong></em></p>\r\n<div class=\"code-block code-block-1\" style=\"margin: 8px 0px;\">\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><em><strong><ins class=\"adsbygoogle\" style=\"display: inline-block; width: 468px; height: 60px;\" data-ad-client=\"ca-pub-7650359907253916\" data-ad-slot=\"9655271163\" data-adsbygoogle-status=\"done\"><ins id=\"aswift_5_expand\" style=\"display: inline-table; border: none; height: 60px; margin: 0; padding: 0; position: relative; visibility: visible; width: 468px; background-color: transparent;\"><ins id=\"aswift_5_anchor\" style=\"display: block; border: none; height: 60px; margin: 0; padding: 0; position: relative; visibility: visible; width: 468px; background-color: transparent;\"><iframe marginwidth=\"0\" marginheight=\"0\" vspace=\"0\" hspace=\"0\" allowtransparency=\"true\" scrolling=\"no\" allowfullscreen=\"true\" onload=\"var i=this.id,s=window.google_iframe_oncopy,H=s&amp;&amp;s.handlers,h=H&amp;&amp;H[i],w=this.contentWindow,d;try{d=w.document}catch(e){}if(h&amp;&amp;d&amp;&amp;(!d.body||!d.body.firstChild)){if(h.call){setTimeout(h,0)}else if(h.match){try{h=s.upd(h,i)}catch(e){}w.location.replace(h)}}\" id=\"aswift_5\" name=\"aswift_5\" style=\"left: 0; position: absolute; top: 0;\" width=\"468\" height=\"60\" frameborder=\"0\"></iframe></ins></ins></ins></strong></em></p>\r\n<div id=\"beacon_ecb70f8acd\" style=\"position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 0px; visibility: hidden;\"><em><strong><img src=\"http://cat.ny.us.criteo.com/delivery/lg.php?cppv=1&amp;cpp=gX%2B41Xx1NHZkTmZNNkw3Yi9sQmZVUlVuOHR6bTROMWxacnFRc1E5ZXVuNEE1Y0U3VkpOaG5SWUhoNFhQSC9UQm5iUkxZamtHL0JPY0d0SVI4RlFPTTRROWFxRmpTRzBDMTE2ZmFUODUrQU1kaUk5bUtMdmxGbkZ3RXVYRStONzNTY1hoOGFDcXZhOW5UVWN3U05FaGJ2OStMZTdUZ3RVRDNidXNxR0UzMEk1ZDJwMUJENzRQbllKaDZQWFU1bnJtMjdKWU8ycHNGS1ZvR3dwSkszTlJRUlk1SmZITXEzOGFQa1BUZHd0QkVxSUUxblgyTUlaMHJPUndibko2UHFGckNtRjlifA%3D%3D\" width=\"0\" height=\"0\" /></strong></em></div>\r\n</div>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Nyesome Wike</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_222882\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 403px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i1.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/02/wike-696x464.jpg?resize=403%2C268\" alt=\"Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state. [Photo credit: Nairaland]\" width=\"403\" height=\"268\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state. [Photo credit: Nairaland]</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The governor of Rivers, Nyesome Wike, has played multiple roles in the crisis rocking the PDP. Besides chairing the committee that planned the ill-fated May 2016 Port Harcourt Convention, Mr. Wike is alleged to be among the few governors who “appointed” Mr. Sheriff as the acting national chairman of PDP and later dumped him for Mr. Makarfi.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Wike has been one of the major opponents of Mr. Sheriff, and now he could be one of the biggest losers.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Godswill Akpabio</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_221702\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 400px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i1.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/01/IMG_20170127_100904.jpg?resize=400%2C225\" alt=\"Senator Godswill Akpabio\" width=\"400\" height=\"225\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Senator Godswill Akpabio</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Akpabio, the Senate Minority Leader, moved the motion at the May 2016 Port Harcourt Convention which led to the sacking of Mr. Sheriff and the national working committee.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Since then, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, together with Governor Wike, has been working assiduously against Mr. Sheriff continuing as the PDP chairman.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Segun Mimiko</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_221961\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 400px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/01/Olusegun-Mimiko.jpg?resize=400%2C224\" alt=\"Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko\" width=\"400\" height=\"224\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Mimiko, the outgoing governor of Ondo State, pitched his tent with Mr. Makarfi. His state became the stage where the factional fight played out more dramatically during the last governorship election there.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Mimiko’s man, Eyitayo Jegede, defeated the controversial businessman, Mr. Ibrahim, at the Supreme Court to finally fly the party’s flag in the election, even though the PDP eventually lost to the APC in the general election.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Femi Fani-Kayode</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_203145\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 402px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i0.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/05/Femi-fani-kayode-EFCC-526x283.jpg?resize=402%2C216\" alt=\"FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC office Photo: ChannelsTV\" width=\"402\" height=\"216\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC office Photo: ChannelsTV</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Fani-Kayode, a former minister of Aviation and a chieftain of the PDP, has been consistent in his attacks against Mr. Sheriff whom he said was unfit to lead the party.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>At some point, the former minister said it was better for Mr. Makarfi’s faction to go form a new party than to negotiate with Mr. Sheriff.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Now, with the Appeal Court judgment, Mr. Fani-Kayode could be more angry and disappointed</strong></em></p>",
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         "renderedContent": "<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" style=\"display: inline;\" href=\"http://adesesanodunaya.blogs.com/.a/6a01bb09158b9b970d01b7c8d7d1af970b-pi\"><img class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a01bb09158b9b970d01b7c8d7d1af970b image-full img-responsive\" title=\"Sheriff-and-Jimoh\" src=\"http://adesesanodunaya.blogs.com/.a/6a01bb09158b9b970d01b7c8d7d1af970b-800wi\" alt=\"Sheriff-and-Jimoh\" border=\"0\" /></a></strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>It was one seat that was hotly contested, within and outside the courtroom, by two men who wouldn’t give up or shift ground.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>A temporary conclusion was reached on Friday as the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, recognised Ali Sheriff as the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Although the Ahmed Makarfi faction, which has the support of the party’s governors, has vowed to challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court, Mr. Sheriff has declared “no victor, no vanquished.”</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Although Mr. Sheriff has called for a united party, PREMIUM TIMES reviews the winners and losers from the Appeal Court ruling.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>AND THE WINNERS ARE….</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Ali Modu Sheriff</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_198529\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 400px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/02/Ali-Sharreef.jpg?resize=400%2C225\" alt=\"Ali Modu Sheriff\" width=\"400\" height=\"225\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Ali Modu Sheriff</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>One thing that can’t be taken away from Mr. Sheriff, as far as the leadership crisis within the PDP is concerned, is his courage and tenacity. The former governor of Borno State took on the hitherto invincible PDP governors’ forum and went through fierce political and legal battles against the Ahmed Makarfi faction which had the backing of the governors.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Before now, the support of the PDP governors’ forum was a major factor in choosing the national chairman of the party. Mr. Sheriff himself was handpicked by the governors in February 2016 as the acting chairman after the party which lost the 2015 presidential election.</strong></em></p>\r\n<div class=\"code-block code-block-3\" style=\"margin: 8px 0px;\">\r\n<div id=\"beacon_da12dd5d02\" style=\"position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 0px; visibility: hidden;\"><em><strong><img src=\"http://cat.ny.us.criteo.com/delivery/lg.php?cppv=1&amp;cpp=Ie4R9nx3ZDN1dGJHSVhhb01BYmwwZ0FHSDVnbTZjY1JIL0pLTVJ4dkpPWDRhbC91NjcvVUJ4ek5zL2JpaHJJb0NyMlBLN1hLSlRaenVZOXdIbDJVNzBtakdHa3o3VXdGQVEyZTUwN3VDUFJOVERXZEI2dGE0UGhRZXlGSHZtTk9IYmVkUmpaSGdkbDBlendJN0o1SjJhMnZoZ0hOR3NkYzBkZ0F0NU9DaE5KUjFhYmUvbGlzUE5uVFZQbWtGMmJNYjNsZC9rK1pBUkxjU0hxOXlaWURBUEN4cnNwdjZnd0ltb1lHTE5HQ3I4bk9jK3dhUnI5UHVkSCs3dDhjZTVhQm9pb2pWfA%3D%3D\" width=\"0\" height=\"0\" /></strong></em></div>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>For the Appeal Court judgment, Mr. Sheriff, 61, is obviously the biggest winner.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Jimoh Ibrahim</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_223936\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 401px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/02/Jimoh-Ibrahim.jpg?resize=401%2C226\" alt=\" Jimoh Ibrahim [Photo Credit: Twitter - Barr. 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After the Supreme Court affirmed Mr. Jegede as the right candidate of the PDP, Mr. Ibrahim in order to spite his party, turned around to offer political support to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rotimi Akeredolu.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Ibrahim claimed he could have won the election which was later won by Mr. Akeredolu.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The Court of Appeal ruling appears to have vindicated Mr. Ibrahim who has also celebrated the victory. A photograph uploaded on his Twitter page, Saturday, showed Mr. Ibrahim dancing, with a glass of drink in his hand, with the tweet “Ali Modu Sheriff is PDP National Chairman”.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p><em><strong><iframe id=\"twitter-widget-0\" scrolling=\"no\" allowtransparency=\"true\" allowfullscreen=\"true\" class=\"twitter-tweet twitter-tweet-rendered\" style=\"position: static; visibility: visible; display: block; width: 550px; height: 778.283px; padding: 0px; max-width: 100%; min-width: 220px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\" data-tweet-id=\"832974446684155905\" title=\"Twitter Tweet\" frameborder=\"0\"></iframe></strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Justice Okon Abang</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_208824\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 419px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i0.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/08/Okon-Abang.jpg?resize=419%2C236\" alt=\"Justice Okon Abang\" width=\"419\" height=\"236\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Justice Okon Abang Justice Okon Abang</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had ruled in July last year that the May 21, 2016, PDP Convention in Port Harcourt was illegal. It was at that convention that Mr. Sheriff and his national working committee were replaced with Mr. Makarfi-led caretaker committee.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Abang, who also declared Mr. Ibrahim as the PDP candidate in Ekiti based on being nominated by the Sheriff PDP, also received a lot of criticisms for his rulings by the Makarfi PDP faction.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The judge is definitely one of the winners as he would feel justified by the Appeal Court ruling.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Buruji Kashamu</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_222068\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 408px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i0.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/01/Buruji-Kashamu.jpg?resize=408%2C230\" alt=\"Ogun State senator, Buruji Kashamu [Photo Credit: CBS News]\" width=\"408\" height=\"230\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Ogun State senator, Buruji Kashamu [Photo Credit: CBS News]</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Buruji Kashamu, a controversial senator from Ogun State, is among the high-profile supporters of Mr. Sheriff.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Kashamu, who was suspended by the Ogun PDP loyal to Mr. Makarfi, leads another faction in the state aligned to Mr. Kashamu.</strong></em></p>\r\n<div class=\"code-block code-block-2\" style=\"margin: 8px 0px;\">\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><em><strong><ins class=\"adsbygoogle\" style=\"display: inline-block; width: 468px; height: 60px;\" data-ad-client=\"ca-pub-7650359907253916\" data-ad-slot=\"9655271163\" data-adsbygoogle-status=\"done\"><ins id=\"aswift_4_expand\" style=\"display: inline-table; border: none; height: 60px; margin: 0; padding: 0; position: relative; visibility: visible; width: 468px; background-color: transparent;\"><ins id=\"aswift_4_anchor\" style=\"display: block; border: none; height: 60px; margin: 0; padding: 0; position: relative; visibility: visible; width: 468px; background-color: transparent;\"><iframe marginwidth=\"0\" marginheight=\"0\" vspace=\"0\" hspace=\"0\" allowtransparency=\"true\" scrolling=\"no\" allowfullscreen=\"true\" onload=\"var i=this.id,s=window.google_iframe_oncopy,H=s&amp;&amp;s.handlers,h=H&amp;&amp;H[i],w=this.contentWindow,d;try{d=w.document}catch(e){}if(h&amp;&amp;d&amp;&amp;(!d.body||!d.body.firstChild)){if(h.call){setTimeout(h,0)}else if(h.match){try{h=s.upd(h,i)}catch(e){}w.location.replace(h)}}\" id=\"aswift_4\" name=\"aswift_4\" style=\"left: 0; position: absolute; top: 0;\" width=\"468\" height=\"60\" frameborder=\"0\"></iframe></ins></ins></ins></strong></em></p>\r\n<div id=\"beacon_50ce28e82b\" style=\"position: absolute; left: 0px; top: 0px; visibility: hidden;\"><em><strong><img src=\"http://cat.ny.us.criteo.com/delivery/lg.php?cppv=1&amp;cpp=qwizinx1NHZkTmZNNkw3Yi9sQmZVUlVuOHQ3b0lKYys3MHgvSHlLclFTdjVyQm1sVVZFQWdaSHFOYjVFRy9nRUhRLzFSTENabk5sa2swYzZLbk5xa2c4bnZ3S2RTQ3RLWUgyZklkZUo4cFdNdnJOM0d3QXJwbFJubGdoZWFZME5iNm0waXp6RGgxcEVsbUJIODRHSWZnTHdFcUx6bk9pNHUybWJyclc5ZCsvOGRsejVxZEV2WmFKc0x5Ti9wTWtRNXg0UnRvUEVBT00vL3dzT0ZRYUE1MlpzeWFzUHZIT0M0WnV0bWkrOUJmcjZ3ck1GNHRtLytjMXk4dFRMcFFpYzFQQzk4fA%3D%3D\" width=\"0\" height=\"0\" /></strong></em></div>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The lawmaker will feel vindicated by the Appeal Court ruling.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>And the losers are….</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Ahmed Makarfi</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_204862\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 399px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i1.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/06/Senator-Ahmed-Makarfi-600x380.jpg?resize=399%2C258\" alt=\"Ahmed Makarfi Photo: The Breaking times\" width=\"399\" height=\"258\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Ahmed Makarfi Photo: The Breaking times</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Ahmed Makarfi, who has been battling with Mr. Sheriff for the PDP number one seat, is the first in the line-up of losers.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>With the court judgment, the former governor of Kaduna State is sure going to lose some following. Ben Murray-Bruce, a senator from Bayelsa State, who hitherto was with Mr. Makarfi’s faction, has already declared solidarity with Mr. Sheriff.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Murray-Bruce said it was high time the party put an end to the prolonged battle.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>PDP workers at Wadata plaza, Abuja</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_187619\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 404px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i1.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2015/08/IMG_20150801_091132.jpg?resize=404%2C258\" alt=\"PDP Headquarters\" width=\"404\" height=\"258\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>PDP Headquarters</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The PDP workers at the party headquarters took side with Mr. Makarfi’s faction, and shunned an invitation to a meeting with Mr. Sheriff.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>The workers had protested the continued closure of the party secretariat by the police due to the crisis. 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Besides chairing the committee that planned the ill-fated May 2016 Port Harcourt Convention, Mr. Wike is alleged to be among the few governors who “appointed” Mr. Sheriff as the acting national chairman of PDP and later dumped him for Mr. Makarfi.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Wike has been one of the major opponents of Mr. Sheriff, and now he could be one of the biggest losers.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Godswill Akpabio</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_221702\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 400px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i1.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/01/IMG_20170127_100904.jpg?resize=400%2C225\" alt=\"Senator Godswill Akpabio\" width=\"400\" height=\"225\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Senator Godswill Akpabio</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Akpabio, the Senate Minority Leader, moved the motion at the May 2016 Port Harcourt Convention which led to the sacking of Mr. Sheriff and the national working committee.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Since then, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, together with Governor Wike, has been working assiduously against Mr. Sheriff continuing as the PDP chairman.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Segun Mimiko</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_221961\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 400px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i2.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2017/01/Olusegun-Mimiko.jpg?resize=400%2C224\" alt=\"Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko\" width=\"400\" height=\"224\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Mimiko, the outgoing governor of Ondo State, pitched his tent with Mr. Makarfi. His state became the stage where the factional fight played out more dramatically during the last governorship election there.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Mimiko’s man, Eyitayo Jegede, defeated the controversial businessman, Mr. Ibrahim, at the Supreme Court to finally fly the party’s flag in the election, even though the PDP eventually lost to the APC in the general election.</strong></em></p>\r\n<hr />\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Femi Fani-Kayode</strong></em></p>\r\n<div style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<dl id=\"attachment_203145\">\r\n<dt>\r\n<figure class=\"wp-caption alignleft\" style=\"width: 402px;\"><em><strong><img class=\"\" src=\"https://i0.wp.com/media.premiumtimesng.com/wp-content/files/2016/05/Femi-fani-kayode-EFCC-526x283.jpg?resize=402%2C216\" alt=\"FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC office Photo: ChannelsTV\" width=\"402\" height=\"216\" /></strong></em>\r\n<figcaption class=\"wp-caption-text\"><em><strong>FILE PHOTO: Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC office Photo: ChannelsTV</strong></em></figcaption>\r\n</figure>\r\n</dt>\r\n</dl>\r\n</div>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Mr. Fani-Kayode, a former minister of Aviation and a chieftain of the PDP, has been consistent in his attacks against Mr. Sheriff whom he said was unfit to lead the party.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>At some point, the former minister said it was better for Mr. Makarfi’s faction to go form a new party than to negotiate with Mr. Sheriff.</strong></em></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"><em><strong>Now, with the Appeal Court judgment, Mr. Fani-Kayode could be more angry and disappointed</strong></em></p>",
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God wants you and I to pour out our hearts to him, bringing hopes and dreams, anxieties and worries, and requests and gratitude (Philippians 4:6, Psalm 62:8, Psalm 66:19-20, 1 Peter 3:12). Journaling is a great format for doing so. Let’s dive into the purpose of journals, the benefits of journaling, and the various types of journals you can create.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><span style=\"font-family: helvetica;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.heartsencouraged.com/.a/6a01b8d2194a00970c01b8d2622871970c-pi\"><img alt=\"Journal pic 1\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a01b8d2194a00970c01b8d2622871970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.heartsencouraged.com/.a/6a01b8d2194a00970c01b8d2622871970c-320wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Journal pic 1\" /></a><br /><br /><span style=\"font-family: verdana, geneva;\">Purpose of Journaling</span></span></strong></p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>Journaling is a practice of self-care. You can be authentic and free to express in a safe manner all the feelings and thoughts that you can’t express in other ways.</li>\r\n<li>Journaling is an activity where you move the thoughts and emotions held within your heart and mind and place these in an alternative format. The format is determined by you to utilize the best expression of those thoughts and emotions. It can take any form such as a map, a list, as art, as narrative, or freeform streaming of thoughts and emotions.</li>\r\n<li>Your journal is a mirror to your mind and soul. You express what is within and this helps you to view your authentic self. Healing, growth, creativity, passion, dreams and more can be experienced and/or revealed.</li>\r\n<li>Journaling is a process that frees up your mind. As thoughts and feelings are realized in an alternative format, the process opens pathways that were blocked or clogged with the concern, issue, or emotional turmoil. Your mind is free to take a rest.</li>\r\n<li>Your journal is a memoir. As you place your inner most self in a tangible format (released from your heart and mind), you have an opportunity to take the position like that of a third party or observer. Observing yourself, as if from a distance, may help you understand with increased clarity and perspective. New insights may be revealed.</li>\r\n<li>Journaling helps you to track habitual thoughts and emotions that may be unproductive or unhealthy. It brings the subconscious to your awareness so you can take charge of what and why of thoughts and feelings.</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: verdana, geneva;\"><strong>Benefits of Journaling</strong></span></p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>Did you know that studies on journaling revealed we benefit physically from the practice of journaling? Physical benefits include enhanced immune system, improved memory function, reduced anxiety and stress, decreased blood pressure, increased capacity to cope with distressing issues and concerns, better sleep, increased healing of the body particularly the skin.</li>\r\n<li>There are spiritual benefits when you engage in journaling. Spiritual benefits include peace of mind, peace of heart, enhanced awareness of God’s active presence, a deepened belief and trust in the promises of God, and it helps you track God’s faithfulness in your life.</li>\r\n<li>Journaling promotes a mindfulness of what we are thinking and feeling. Bringing awareness to your thoughts, thought patterns, emotional responses is one of the ways you can manage stress and your response to the events that happen to you and around you.</li>\r\n<li>Journaling brings your focus to the positive aspects of your day and your life.</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><span style=\"font-family: helvetica;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.heartsencouraged.com/.a/6a01b8d2194a00970c01b7c8d7ccb7970b-pi\"><img alt=\"Journal pic 2\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a01b8d2194a00970c01b7c8d7ccb7970b img-responsive\" height=\"202\" src=\"http://www.heartsencouraged.com/.a/6a01b8d2194a00970c01b7c8d7ccb7970b-320wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Journal pic 2\" width=\"304\" /></a><br /></span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: verdana, geneva;\"><strong>Types of Journals</strong></span></p>\r\n<p>Below are descriptions of a few types of journals you can create. You can have one journal that has two or three focus sections or two or more separate journals. There are many different templates for journaling available on the internet. Some examples include: Penzu.com/diary-template, Microsoft Word Diary Templates, or Evernote. You can have a writing journal or an art journal like me. The journal is to support you <em>not</em> to burden you. The journal should be part of your of practice of self-care and not an obligation. The purpose of your journal will be unique to what you need and want. I don’t write or draw in my journals every day. My journals are a creative outlet and it helps me connect with God. I have an art journal, a notebook where I write prayers to God, and I have a “word from God” journal. I encourage you to try the practice of journaling by using one of the ideas below.</p>\r\n<p><em><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\">Gratitude Journal</span></em></p>\r\n<p>I love the gratitude journal! There is so much for me to be grateful for. But too often I fail to be in a mode of gratitude. For example, it’s not until I’m sick with a virus or other malaise that I recognize how grateful I am for my overall good physical health. When I write down what I’m grateful for this act keeps me in a mode of thankfulness. It moves me away from a heart and mind that dwells only on what isn’t right, what isn’t happening, and getting stuck in a cycle of criticism and negativity.</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><em>Brainstorm Journal (or Mind Map)</em></span></p>\r\n<p>The brainstorm journal is great when you have a project or a passion that you are trying to bring to reality. The reason I love this journal is because it can be completely disorganized. I’m organized in every aspect of my life but this allows me to be the opposite. This journal has you place at the center of your Word doc or piece of paper an idea, a passion, a project, or even a problem. With the main concept in the center, you move from the center outward and place the words and/or images that come to mind around the center focus. For example, I brainstormed (mind mapped) my blog. At the center of my Word doc was the word BLOG and a stick figure of me. Then I pasted cloud images all around the word BLOG and filled each cloud with those ideas that would help me realize my project. For another example, go to the navigation bar on the blog site and find “I Get To…” This is an example of a Mind Map but is similar &#0160;to a Brainstorm Journal.</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><em>Scripture Journal</em></span></p>\r\n<p>The Scripture Journal is a wonderful way to imbed impactful verses of the Bible into your heart and mind. I’m such a visual person and there are times when I read a particular verse I get an image in my mind. One day I was reading Sarah Young’s book, <em>Jesus Calling</em>, and was on day January 19. The writing said, “I am like a supersaturated cloud, showering Peace into the pool of your mind.” Well, immediately I imagined a cloud over my body gently raining drops of peace on my head and body. That image brought such a peace into my heart that I decided I needed to draw it. I didn’t want to lose that image. My scripture journal is an art journal of those verses that evoke an image in my mind that I want to remember because I believe it deepens my unique way of being in relationship with God. (I use high quality stick figures—you don’t have to be an artist is what I’m implying.)</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><em>Mindful Awareness Journal (Mindful Journal)</em></span></p>\r\n<p>A Mindful Awareness Journal can have several purposes. For the journal to be effective you need to engage in the act of being mindful--being present and experiencing the present with full awareness. Here’s an example of being mindfully aware: I find a place to sit in quiet indoors or outdoors. I am purposefully aware and very present in the moment. I deliberately quiet my mind and body allowing my senses to become fully active. I let my senses have precedence over the movement of mind and body. I slow down to take in the details—sound, sight, smell, touch, taste. I focus on sounds and images present before me. I breathe in deeply the air making note of any scents. This very present awareness places me in a state of being able to receive. Receive what? The rhythm of nature, the peace of God, the presence of those with me. I use the Mindful journal to track whatever I experience or receive during my time in quiet awareness. Later, even weeks or months, I’m able to go back to what I perceived or experienced. Another use for the Mindful Journal is monitoring and document the ebb and flow of your emotions. Acknowledging what you’re feeling and allowing those feelings to surface has important health benefits. Yet another use for the Mindful Journal is related to food and diet. It can help you identify triggers for specific eating habits as you document what you eat, when you eat it, and what you’re thinking about before and during food intake.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.heartsencouraged.com/.a/6a01b8d2194a00970c01b8d2622881970c-pi\"><img alt=\"Journal pic 3\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a01b8d2194a00970c01b8d2622881970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.heartsencouraged.com/.a/6a01b8d2194a00970c01b8d2622881970c-320wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Journal pic 3\" /></a><br /><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><em>Well Done Journal</em></span></p>\r\n<p>A Well Done Journal is a fantastic way to capture your best self. In this journal, you congratulate yourself for what you have accomplished, goals achieved or achieving, mountains climbed figuratively or literally, or any small or big hurdle you have successfully conquered. You do so much good in your life and it often gets unacknowledged by you. Why do we need to congratulate our self? It’s great for us! Acknowledging what you do well keeps you motivated and encouraged. It’s promotes your confidence and feeds your soul. You are of such great worth to God and you are gifted by Him! When you recognize your unique contributions, it chases away self-condemning thoughts, internal criticism of self, and discouragement.</p>\r\n<p><em><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\">Faithfulness Journal or Prayer Tracker Journal</span></em></p>\r\n<p>A Faithfulness Journal is where you capture God’s history of faithfulness, goodness, or presence in your life. This journal can double as a Prayer Tracker Journal as well. 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God wants you and I to pour out our hearts to him, bringing hopes and dreams, anxieties and worries, and requests and gratitude (Philippians 4:6, Psalm 62:8, Psalm 66:19-20, 1 Peter 3:12). Journaling is a great format for doing so. 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You can be authentic and free to express in a safe manner all the feelings and thoughts that you can’t express in other ways.</li>\r\n<li>Journaling is an activity where you move the thoughts and emotions held within your heart and mind and place these in an alternative format. The format is determined by you to utilize the best expression of those thoughts and emotions. It can take any form such as a map, a list, as art, as narrative, or freeform streaming of thoughts and emotions.</li>\r\n<li>Your journal is a mirror to your mind and soul. You express what is within and this helps you to view your authentic self. Healing, growth, creativity, passion, dreams and more can be experienced and/or revealed.</li>\r\n<li>Journaling is a process that frees up your mind. As thoughts and feelings are realized in an alternative format, the process opens pathways that were blocked or clogged with the concern, issue, or emotional turmoil. Your mind is free to take a rest.</li>\r\n<li>Your journal is a memoir. As you place your inner most self in a tangible format (released from your heart and mind), you have an opportunity to take the position like that of a third party or observer. Observing yourself, as if from a distance, may help you understand with increased clarity and perspective. New insights may be revealed.</li>\r\n<li>Journaling helps you to track habitual thoughts and emotions that may be unproductive or unhealthy. It brings the subconscious to your awareness so you can take charge of what and why of thoughts and feelings.</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: verdana, geneva;\"><strong>Benefits of Journaling</strong></span></p>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>Did you know that studies on journaling revealed we benefit physically from the practice of journaling? Physical benefits include enhanced immune system, improved memory function, reduced anxiety and stress, decreased blood pressure, increased capacity to cope with distressing issues and concerns, better sleep, increased healing of the body particularly the skin.</li>\r\n<li>There are spiritual benefits when you engage in journaling. Spiritual benefits include peace of mind, peace of heart, enhanced awareness of God’s active presence, a deepened belief and trust in the promises of God, and it helps you track God’s faithfulness in your life.</li>\r\n<li>Journaling promotes a mindfulness of what we are thinking and feeling. Bringing awareness to your thoughts, thought patterns, emotional responses is one of the ways you can manage stress and your response to the events that happen to you and around you.</li>\r\n<li>Journaling brings your focus to the positive aspects of your day and your life.</li>\r\n</ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><span style=\"font-family: helvetica;\"> <a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.heartsencouraged.com/.a/6a01b8d2194a00970c01b7c8d7ccb7970b-pi\"><img alt=\"Journal pic 2\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a01b8d2194a00970c01b7c8d7ccb7970b img-responsive\" height=\"202\" src=\"http://www.heartsencouraged.com/.a/6a01b8d2194a00970c01b7c8d7ccb7970b-320wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Journal pic 2\" width=\"304\" /></a><br /></span></strong></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><span style=\"font-family: verdana, geneva;\"><strong>Types of Journals</strong></span></p>\r\n<p>Below are descriptions of a few types of journals you can create. You can have one journal that has two or three focus sections or two or more separate journals. There are many different templates for journaling available on the internet. Some examples include: Penzu.com/diary-template, Microsoft Word Diary Templates, or Evernote. You can have a writing journal or an art journal like me. The journal is to support you <em>not</em> to burden you. The journal should be part of your of practice of self-care and not an obligation. The purpose of your journal will be unique to what you need and want. I don’t write or draw in my journals every day. My journals are a creative outlet and it helps me connect with God. I have an art journal, a notebook where I write prayers to God, and I have a “word from God” journal. I encourage you to try the practice of journaling by using one of the ideas below.</p>\r\n<p><em><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\">Gratitude Journal</span></em></p>\r\n<p>I love the gratitude journal! There is so much for me to be grateful for. But too often I fail to be in a mode of gratitude. For example, it’s not until I’m sick with a virus or other malaise that I recognize how grateful I am for my overall good physical health. When I write down what I’m grateful for this act keeps me in a mode of thankfulness. It moves me away from a heart and mind that dwells only on what isn’t right, what isn’t happening, and getting stuck in a cycle of criticism and negativity.</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><em>Brainstorm Journal (or Mind Map)</em></span></p>\r\n<p>The brainstorm journal is great when you have a project or a passion that you are trying to bring to reality. The reason I love this journal is because it can be completely disorganized. I’m organized in every aspect of my life but this allows me to be the opposite. This journal has you place at the center of your Word doc or piece of paper an idea, a passion, a project, or even a problem. With the main concept in the center, you move from the center outward and place the words and/or images that come to mind around the center focus. For example, I brainstormed (mind mapped) my blog. At the center of my Word doc was the word BLOG and a stick figure of me. Then I pasted cloud images all around the word BLOG and filled each cloud with those ideas that would help me realize my project. For another example, go to the navigation bar on the blog site and find “I Get To…” This is an example of a Mind Map but is similar &#0160;to a Brainstorm Journal.</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><em>Scripture Journal</em></span></p>\r\n<p>The Scripture Journal is a wonderful way to imbed impactful verses of the Bible into your heart and mind. I’m such a visual person and there are times when I read a particular verse I get an image in my mind. One day I was reading Sarah Young’s book, <em>Jesus Calling</em>, and was on day January 19. The writing said, “I am like a supersaturated cloud, showering Peace into the pool of your mind.” Well, immediately I imagined a cloud over my body gently raining drops of peace on my head and body. That image brought such a peace into my heart that I decided I needed to draw it. I didn’t want to lose that image. My scripture journal is an art journal of those verses that evoke an image in my mind that I want to remember because I believe it deepens my unique way of being in relationship with God. (I use high quality stick figures—you don’t have to be an artist is what I’m implying.)</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><em>Mindful Awareness Journal (Mindful Journal)</em></span></p>\r\n<p>A Mindful Awareness Journal can have several purposes. For the journal to be effective you need to engage in the act of being mindful--being present and experiencing the present with full awareness. Here’s an example of being mindfully aware: I find a place to sit in quiet indoors or outdoors. I am purposefully aware and very present in the moment. I deliberately quiet my mind and body allowing my senses to become fully active. I let my senses have precedence over the movement of mind and body. I slow down to take in the details—sound, sight, smell, touch, taste. I focus on sounds and images present before me. I breathe in deeply the air making note of any scents. This very present awareness places me in a state of being able to receive. Receive what? The rhythm of nature, the peace of God, the presence of those with me. I use the Mindful journal to track whatever I experience or receive during my time in quiet awareness. Later, even weeks or months, I’m able to go back to what I perceived or experienced. Another use for the Mindful Journal is monitoring and document the ebb and flow of your emotions. Acknowledging what you’re feeling and allowing those feelings to surface has important health benefits. Yet another use for the Mindful Journal is related to food and diet. It can help you identify triggers for specific eating habits as you document what you eat, when you eat it, and what you’re thinking about before and during food intake.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.heartsencouraged.com/.a/6a01b8d2194a00970c01b8d2622881970c-pi\"><img alt=\"Journal pic 3\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a01b8d2194a00970c01b8d2622881970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://www.heartsencouraged.com/.a/6a01b8d2194a00970c01b8d2622881970c-320wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Journal pic 3\" /></a><br /><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"><em>Well Done Journal</em></span></p>\r\n<p>A Well Done Journal is a fantastic way to capture your best self. 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I started a journal documenting all the ways God had provided for me, sustained me in the past. I went all the way back to my birth. It was enlightening to go back through events hand in hand with God asking to be shown how He was there with me. At the time of those events I couldn’t see or understand God’s purpose and presence, but in reflection I saw with incredible clarity what I couldn’t see then—His nearness and His presence with me. I live in greater faith and trust because I invested the time to delve into God’s history of faithfulness to me. It’s that history that enables me to refuse to play with worst case scenario thinking and other non-productive thoughts. The Prayer Tracker also tracks God’s involvement in our lives. This journal involves documenting your prayers and then following up on these prayers with the status, response, or result. 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Terri</p>\r\n<p>&#0160;__________________________</p>\r\n<p>References</p>\r\n<p>Barbara Montgomery Dossey and Lynn Keegan, <em>Holistic Journal of Nursing, Sixth Edition</em> (Sudbury: Jones &amp; Bartlett Learning, 2013), 254.</p>\r\n<p>Brian Luke Seward, <em>Managing Stress: principles and strategies for health and well-being</em>&#0160; (Sudbury: Jones and Bartlett Publishing, 2006), 215.</p>\r\n<p>Cyndie Koopsen and Caroline Young, <em>Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals</em> (Sudbury: Jones and Bartlett Publishing, 2011).</p>\r\n<p>Kate Thompson, <em>Therapeutic Journal Writing: an introduction for professionals </em>(London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011).</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://www.samuelthomasdavies.com/journaling-template\">www.samuelthomasdavies.com/journaling-template</a></p>",
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