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About janejolly

I am a Primary School teacher and a Children's author. I have had three picture books published.

A Beautiful Blog to Look At

We have just seen this beautiful blog, which talks about the book and praises it for all it is. Worth having a read.

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Latest News For Mosha

Have just found a website which has some of the latest news on Mosha, the baby elephant whose story inspired the book, One Step at a Time. And on the site there is a short film called, can you believe it, “One Step at a Time: The First Elephant Prosthetics”.

You can find it here:

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Denmark had Landmines? I Never Knew That

During WW2 the German Army placed 1.4 million landmines on the south-west coast of Denmark as part of their defence line. Until recently approximately 10,000 remained in an out-of-bounds area on the peninsula. Amazing! Shifting sands,  the drift of the sea and local wildlife made it difficult to clear the area.

The minefield was finally cleared in 2012.

Another good news story. Unfortunately the clearing work still goes on in many countries around the world.

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Latest News About Mosha

This information has just come in from Elephant Parade.

 Mosha was only seven months old when she stepped on a land mine and lost her right foreleg. It was 2006, and the baby elephant’s mother was hauling logs for her owner with the baby walking peacefully by her side when the two crossed the border from northern Thailand into Myanmar. Now, at age nine, she needs a higher-level prosthetic — one that’s specially designed to withstand her 11,000 pounds and to help keep her agile and comfortable as she continues toward maturity.

Over the years, Mosha’s prosthetics have broken down and it is time for a new and improved pair of artificial limbs.

Animal Orthocare created new custom molds of her amputated leg in July, 2015. They will visit again and carefully fit Mosha with her new prosthetics.

Animal Orthocare help improve the mobility and comfort of these majestic animals as they try to live normal lives following their horrendous injuries.

You can see a video of their work at this address:

Derrick Campana from Animal Orthocare is a leading ‪specialist in orthopaedic services for various types of animals‬. Derrick has over 10 years experience in custom external prosthetics and orthotics for animals using the latest technology and materials available. He has drastically improved the quality of life of many animals ranging from elephants to common house pets.

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More Ratty News

Another report from the New Internationalist says that the NGO Apopo has successfully cleared 11million square metres of land containing 13000 landmines in Mozambique using the fantastic giant pouched rats, which have been trained to sniff out landmines.

The rats are also working in Angola and could soon be working in Cambodia.

This is fantastic because the rats are so intelligent and light weight that they can work without getting injured.

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Great News from Havana, Cuba

The New Internationalist reports that “after 50 years of war and two years of intense negotiations in Havana, Cuba, The Colombian Government and FARC rebels have reached a deal to remove all landmines from the battlefield. Colombia has seen almost 11000 killed or injured in landmine-related accidents since 1990, with 57 children killed in 2013 alone.”

This can only be good news!

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Translation Rights Sold!!!

 Great news for One Step at a Time!

MidnightSun Publishing has sold translation rights to Simplified Chinese to CTV Boler Beijing Media and Spanish rights to Ekare for One Step at a Time. – See more at:

We can’t wait to see the book in Chinese and Spanish!

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APOPO Mine Action

…And here’s the web address for the organisation training the rats.

Click on the heading Mine Action for heaps of information!

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ABC Radio National Phillip Adams Late Night Live “Rats to the Rescue”

On 12/5/15 Phillip Adams interviewed Bart Weejens, the guy who has been involved in training the giant pouched rats to sniff out landmines. The programme is called “Rats to the Rescue”  and can be accessed though the podcast service of the ABC. Well worth listening to.

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Latest from SafeGround in the Solomons


On a recent field visit in April 2015 Mette Eliseussen and John Rodsted from Australian non-government organisation (NGO) SafeGround documented the impact of the left over ordnance from the war that ended 70 years ago.

Working closely with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), Mette and John travelled to worst-affected areas and covered how UXO affects business development, farming and the environment. They
also spoke with survivors of dynamite fishing, which they found to be an extensive problem in some areas and highly destructive to the Solomon Islands’ precious marine environment.

“This visit has been a real eye opener for us and for the Solomon Islanders themselves who we’ve worked with” said Mette. “We’ve found a high level of UXO contamination that is comparable to other regions of the world that have had years of extensive clearance operations. Solomon Islanders have come to accept the presence of bombs as a normal part of life, but it is not.”

This project, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, looks at the Solomon Islands UXO problems and produces a report, exhibition and short film. These will be released in the Solomon Islands and to the international community.

“Internationally little is known about the scale and scope of the problem in the Solomon Islands and much of the Pacific,” said John. “We hope more countries will learn about the Solomon Islands and help in clearing the left over UXO.”

The exhibition covers a factual snapshot of the history of WW2 battles, life with the left over ordnance and current efforts to manage the issue of UXO. The US humanitarian foundation Golden West is based at Hells Point building national capacity with the RSIPF. The Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, who are now some of the world’s top professionals in dealing with WWII munitions, regularly retrieve and dispose of bombs in a safe and controlled manner.

“Ultimately, we hope to raise the status of UXO in the Solomon Islands as an issue of national importance, and through international awareness contribute to increased funding for UXO clearance operations” said Edmond Sikua, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services.

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