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Douglas Coleman Songwriter/Singer,Musician, Radio Talk show host, owner of DJC Productions.
Currently I am into digital art. I love to take images on my phone and then edit them using phone apps, and Photoshop. I have made all of the banner for this site. I have also written my own Photoshop training script and have trained fellow workers in the work place.
I am currently unemployed, but would love to get paid employment working in art or social media.
Although I have painted for most of my life I often don’t have photos. I am not a qualified artist but as a dyslexic I was encouraged by mother to draw. I did go to art school briefly but was asked to leave as the teacher said I was too much of an individual. I have given many of my paintings away, sometimes on mass. I also make art in places in the woodland, with natural materials that I find, and never record this, as I like the idea of somone else discovering it.
I have completed a series of paintings inspired by the poems of Oxford poet Sir John Wain. (I love poets and song writers.) click on my flicker link to see them.
Finally i have started to write again. I’ve starting back on Octopus Pirate book two, and have been surprised by much of the plot, (old age!). Although i am a bit distracted by the unexpected sunshine we are having here in Oxford England, and I wish i still had my dog Mandy to go for a walk to look for squirrels and marvel at daffodils.
Review for Garden :Harness your imagination, grab your tissues, and dive into “Garden,” a charming Steampunk novel by Jane Yates.From its first scene, the story’s protagonist, Aberdeen Gale, drew me into her unique world of elegant spaceships, Guardian robots, and colorful characters. Aberdeen lives on a spaceship where children are “heard, but not seen”. Ignored by her parents and rejected by her peers, Aberdeen leads an isolated existence.However, when a deadly virus unexpectedly strikes Aberdeen’s spaceship, killing her parents and destroying the Guardian robot that raised her, her life is forever changed.She is sent to Earth to live with her only surviving relative, a grieving uncle with a tragic past.Angry, lost, and confused, Aberdeen struggles to adjust to life in her new home. With only her pet metal snake to comfort her, Aberdeen passes her days in despair as she fights to miss the parents she never really knew and the dependent existence to which she was accustomed.Enter Maisy, Aberdeen’s uncle’s jovial and patient housekeeper. Maisy treats Aberdeen with kindness, beguiling her with the fascinating tales she creates. Maisy also provides Aberdeen reprieve from her loneliness and the disapproving eye of Mrs. Merriweather, her uncle’s head housekeeper.Over time, Aberdeen learns to accept Maisy’s unconditional affection. In the process, the two form a deep and lasting friendship. Maisy introduces Aberdeen to Maisy’s brother, Peter, a quick-witted teenager with a knack for numbers. These three embark on a journey of discovery through Aberdeen’s new home. In the process, they find family, friendship, and adventure.
I found the characters in Garden engaging, relatable, and fascinating. In particular, I enjoyed witnessing Aberdeen’s transformation from an angry and spoiled youngster to a caring and independent young lady.While Garden is geared toward third to seventh graders, I, a 25-year-old adult, found the story fun, exciting, and relatable. Additionally, I enjoy the deft hand with which Jane handles the difficult topics of death, disability, and difference. Several of the main characters contend with one or all of these issues. The author treats each of the characters with respect, refusing to resort to stereotypes.Furthermore, I appreciated the author’s sense of imagery. She does not simply tell the reader what the characters are experiencing, she shows the reader. She transports the reader from this world into the world of the book. In the process, Jane brings an intergalactic tale down to earth.
Garden is a great book for any reader who enjoys a solid sci-fi story with heart, soul, and a little bit of magic.Nicole Saunders, author of Disposable
Not only did i write a book about a Garden. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Garden-Steam…
but i am a qualified gardener who runs to allotments. I have just made over a new allotment.
here are some photos. before first four photos and after, after!
I was inspired by Sarah Lambert-Gates post of a yarn bomb on a tree to do another Yarn Bomb myself at Oxford City Train Station x x my misspent middle age!
Magic at Jesus College Oxford
Just after someone asks were Dumbledore is on this periscope of Jesus Collage,
as i am filming inside the chapel door,
a fairy fly’s past.
watch it here
I have been going around the colleges, looking at the grounds and the gardens, dinning halls and chapels.
This scope is Trinity College, oxford university
I have loaded the best visits up to YouTube, full list here
follow me on periscope for live visits
to see my Alice in wonderland scopes and the university colleges.
OK i have your attention with the cute duck – Now I want to share my dream with you
I bought the domain name http://www.museumtrails.com/
I have built a simple app which I am waiting for google play to OK. This is the second museum trail app that I built. I feel that I have improved on the first one.
I have made one trail for the Pitt Rivers a museum I used to work in and also volunteer as a guide for children.
My dream is to develop the app so that everyone can add there trails to it, I am aiming for the passionate museum people who love to share what they know about objects and share there fav museums.
I want the app to be both free and child friendly.
So please contact me if your interested or have any ideas to help build this dream
Currently I am working towards setting up my own
business in the Oxford area.
It will be offering WordPress Training and site design
The new site for it is www.wwoxdord.com
my book Garden inspires move star and jewelry maker to create an unique piece of artwork.
I was blown away when I was contacted by actor Paul Redfern.
Paul who has many roles on the big screen such as being one of the wizards in Harry Potter as well as smaller parts in the film Hugo, and TV shows and adverts. Contacted me after a fan of his individually one off pieces of jewelry purchased a brooch which was inspired by the character Mrs Merryweather sold to a fan of his.
Paul posted me a copy of Garden and his brooch so I could sign the book and pose for a photo to send to the lady who purchased them for her daughter birthday.
what was so nice was that the lady included a lovely personal letter which said she loved the book Garden as it showed dyslexia in a positive light as too of the characters were dyslexic. She also added that her daughter was dyslexic and had done very well for herself.
Garden a steampunk tale published by
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I’ve recently completed work on a steampunk novel called ‘Garden’ written by dyslexic author Jane Yates.
The story has strong associations with the traditional book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, except this tale is interwoven with Steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy overtones.
The story starts with young girl Aberdeen and her home in space, above a perilous Earth suffering from Oxygen deprivation. We follow her journey back to the Motherland and see as she is thrown in at the deep end, under the uninterested Guardianship of her Uncle, left to wander his estate and home. During her time there, magic, science and technology play a significant part in the Earths recovery, as she grows and develops herself and discovers the most wonderful friendships.
Anna Parker-Naples is a British Audiobook Narrator with 30 titles behind her, since she began narrating just 18 months ago, initially for the Royal National Institute for the Blind in the UK. She is a trained professional actress, having spent years touring theatre both nationally and internationally, and a successful commercial Voiceover Artist. Narrating is the best job in the world – Anna gets paid to read books, to tell the most wonderful stories and be all the parts all at once. An Actor’s Dream.
A delightful retelling of the classic Secret Garden tale; only this one is Steam Punk, and Aberdeen,our child protagonist, does not come from the exotic far-flung corners of the globe, but rather,she is from the empty blackness of Space.Upon the death of her parents, Aberdeen is transported from her space-station home back to an Earth recovering from the deadly effects of destructive gamma rays, which have made the air toxic. Many people were killed or suffered from radiation poisoning. Aberdeen returns to a world made cold and uninviting. As in the Secret Garden, Aberdeen’s Uncle remains distant and absent for long periods of time. Aberdeen meets Maisy the ever-helpful maid. She also meets Mrs Merryweather, the overbearing housekeeper. There is a robot master-locksmith who can open any door, and there are many doors in her Uncles big mansion. To kill time, Aberdeen wanders the many halls of the building, up and down staircases, finding all sorts of curios things, and of course the boy Lenard, her sick and seemingly crippled cousin.
This may be a blighted world,but Yates instills hope for a brighter future in this her dystopian pastiche of the classic tale. Robotic gardeners tend to plants, and work tirelessly to erect and extend bio-domes over the Uncle’s estate in order to keep out the toxic air. We see an angry and spoiled Aberdeen blossom along with the a new-found Spring.
Garden has it all: secret codes, secret tunnels and rooms, and the secret garden. There are machines that run on steam, whirling cogs, and robotic dogs and birds.
I enjoyed Garden and recommend it to children and adults alike.
May Gee’s review Mar 10, 15
5 of 5 stars
Read from October 04, 2014 to March 10, 2015
Garden is a lovely story full of simple pleasures like marmalade on toast and looking at daisies! Jane’s writing is straightforward and has an honesty of expression rarely seen in literature, which is an utter delight to read. It is a very accessible book, great for anyone with a younger reading age and is especially wonderful for any dyslexics as two of the characters Maisy and Peter are themselves dyslexic and illustrate very nicely the wonderful positives dyslexia brings! The story itself is joyous and kind, with lots of intrigue and excitement, I would recommend this book to anyone!
Also all my books are in the top 100 British Steampunk Chats
New review by Paige of Garden
I was surprised at how much I had in common with the main character, Aberdeen- we both have blue to our hair, we both own a snake, we both love dragons, and we’re both pretty terrified of flying. I’m about 90% sure this girl is my narrative twin, haha. I loved it.
Garden was a dazzling retelling of one of my beloved children’s books, and I felt Jane did a fantastic job of incorporating elements of science-fiction and steampunk into the story.
As a very-closet lover of steampunk, Garden was the first book I have read within this genre and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the whole genre is new, revolutionary and fresh; it adds a very much wanted spin to plain science-fiction novels.
Throughout reading, I was constantly amazed by the emotions I kept feeling. I wasn’t expecting to laugh as much as I did, or feel so much- well, what’s the opposite of Schadenfreude? Schadenfreude is finding joy from other people’s misfortune, but with Garden, I was finding joy from Aberdeen’s joy. Anti-Schadenfreude, perhaps?
Nevertheless, it made me incredibly happy. I particularly enjoyed the little crush Aberdeen seemed to develop upon Peter, it just made me go ‘awww’ repeatedly.
One thing I loved was Aberdeen’s reasoning behind her self-imposed isolation: ‘The environment was alien to her and befriending some stranger wouldn’t change that.’ A lot of people usually try to find themselves at ease by associating with large groups, but I don’t think that would be calming at all in Aberdeen’s situation. I was glad she stayed by herself.
But then of course, she met Maisy, and I was very glad- Maisy was a well-rounded character, who really opened up Aberdeen’s childish, snappy and bratty personality to a lovely, nice little girl. Not only that, but Maisy (along with her brother Peter) are portrayed as dyslexic, which added a very heart warming touch to the story- it was refreshing to see Maisy so proud of her dyslexia, and able to talk about it without shame or sadness.
Maisy’s story telling was fantastic, as well. Especially her first tale, the Dragon Story, made me snort and giggle with the ending. Dragon Story is not you’re typical fairy tale, which was brilliant, the sense of humour within this book is really something.
The aspects of planet Earth and the bio-domes was revitalising, giving the story both supernatural and science-fiction elements, presenting the world in near-dystopia.
Aberdeen, once she came out of her shell and became the nice little girl, was very amusing to read. She cared deeply for her new found friends, and her bout of mischievousness was interesting.
All of the characters within Garden had their own quirks; Mrs Merryweather, for example, was strict and horrid on the surface, but as the story continued she warmed up and even began smiling at the children.
I particularly loved the ring, it’s description was very beautiful. As was all of the robotic guardians and keepers, in particular Aaron, the garden bird. Though I think my favourite was by far the orrery.
For me, Garden was a fantastic read, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to do so. Thank you very much, Jane!
My favourite quote;
“And at that very moment, Aberdeen felt as if a soft warm glow of energy moved from the four sculptures in the garden and up towards the sky and out across the world, spreading into the furthest, darkest corners, giving every sick child hope and the will to live magically in their hearts.”
Star Rating: 5/5
New reviews of my books by book raiders
- First published for paperback 2015 by Autumn Orchard
- Text copyright © Jane Yates
- Author photograph © Jane Yates
- Chapter Illustrations © Jane Yates
I have a great interest in sci-fi. I also enjoy stories that feature Steampunk style, so one can imagine how I feel about the latest book Garden by the talented author Jane Yates.
The main character is Aberdeen. She is a child that is from a family that has no time for her, and they all live on an enormous spaceship. Essentially, the poor girl is being raised by her personal robot. She lives isolated from other children, for her mother told her they were lower than her in social class and hygiene, so she viewed the other children as inferior.
Her private school Aberdeen attended sent her back because of her unruly behaviour. That action resulted in Aberdeen staying in her room a lot and exclusively interacted with her personal robot that did everything for her. It even dressed her. Her mother was a socialite and felt throwing parties and associating with her socially high friends was far more important than tending to her poor, neglected daughter Aberdeen.
Aberdeen’s entire life has been spent in outer space in a large ship that housed many people and provided their every need. However, the Earth below them was not doing well environmentally for its atmosphere, specifically the ozone layer, was destroyed by a supernova and life as anyone knew it ceased to exist. The world changed completely. People had to build enormous domed environments to sustain a safe world to live until the atmosphere of the earth was safe to breathe again.
Unfortunately, life for Aberdeen was about to change, for some lunatic on board the ship she lived on released a virus and it killed nearly all the people on the ship including Aberdeen’s parents. She finds herself living on earth with her only surviving relative her uncle who lives in a sprawling manor home under a domed environment on earth, for the atmosphere is not breathable just yet.
Aberdeen is a wonderful character. She is not only a long-suffering one; she grows as she journeys through the pages of this marvellous book. She arrived on earth’s soil, devoid of social skills, lacking in friends or even what having a friend felt like. She had no idea how to help herself much less anyone else. As we read through her world, we become entranced in how she starts to evolve into far more than the girl that arrived. She becomes happy, she makes friends, learns to depend on herself and most of all brings a type of light into everyone’s life she meets. You might say she encourages the light to grow.
The characters start out cold in the domed world her uncle lives in. Mrs Merryweather, the lady that is in charge of Aberdeen and runs the staff, is a woman with a heavy shadow about her. We see her rarely crack any smile or even hint at one. Then there is Maisy, a warm girl that is a servant in the house and takes to Aberdeen fast. She is sad as well under the oppression of Merryweather and the darkness that appears to engulf the home in general.
The saddest character is Aberdeen’s cousin Lenard. He was a shut away convinced of his death. His world was dark and desperate. This until he met Aberdeen and the events that followed drew him from his dark, shrouded world into the light. I would say Lenard’s transformation was on par with a metamorphosis and how he shed his cocoon of despair.
Another character that was quite transforming for Aberdeen was Peter, Maisy’s adopted brother. He was a genius with technology and quantum physics. The reader has a treat in one of this bright boy’s inventions. Peter creates his own robots of all kinds. One of his splendid creations is a mechanical dog by the name of Frank. This dog was a fantastic touch to add, it was a character I fell in love. Most of its characteristics reminded me of K-9 from the science fiction Doctor Who one of my favourite series.
At the risk of giving away the entire plot, I shall stop here. I would highly recommend this marvellous book. Author Jane Yates has written a wonderful story of self-growth, courage and learning how to love. I enjoyed reading this book, as I believe anyone who enjoys a story that shows the experience of the joy of what it feels like to be loved and develop friendships. Excellent write. Go and buy it! GARDEN
review of Paradox Child by Book Raiders
The little girl Lilly a curious twelve-year-old learnt more about her past when her mother disappeared.Her grandmother lives with them and is ill, so when Lilly’s mother doesn’t return one night she takes care of her. It is from her enchanting grandmother she learnt about her unique history, and the time travelling that encompasses her parents’ past. She is taught by her grandmother how to find her mother and bring her back.This story uses a time travel reminiscent of H. G. Wells, and I found that enchanting. There is a great interaction between Lilly and her grandmother, and as a reader who became deeply interested in the character, I found myself thinking about my grandmother as I read about her. She treats her granddaughter with much love that comes through very well.The author is clearly acquainted with the central museum this story revolves around, and her knowledge is expressed in a lovely sense throughout the book. I enjoyed reading about the history and the museum itself as well as other historical elements.There are areas of science and complex explanations, about relativity, time travel and black holes; however, that wove into the plot well. It did not distract me as the reader. Those particular subjects can be tedious to write about without losing the reader, but that did not happen with this book.
I think the story about her father was quaint and quite a hook for more speculation and exploration about her past. It adds a dimension and so many more possibilities. There is a witchcraft element running through the family that adds the mystery behind the plot. I think it accelerates and sets the characters in their unique places.I enjoyed the way the final chapter wrapped all the loose ends up and the mystery about that odd man hovering about her neighbourhood seen throughout the chapters. The situation with her mysterious friend Anna is developing very well. There appear to be parallels with Anna and her family and people from Lilly’s family’s past. The reference to my all-time favourite sci-fi series Doctor Who was an unexpected treat, as well as the mention of Tom Baker, my all-time favourite Doctor of them all. That was a lovely touch!I would recommend this charming book. The central character develops and embeds herself into your mind’s eye as you read. This reader gives it five stars. The Paradox Child is greatly creative and enjoyable.Also, you can purchase this book from Amazon HEREBook review of Paradox child book 2
https://bookraiders.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/therianthropy-book2-a-review-written-by-book-raiders/In this delightful sequel “Therianthropy” to the wonderfully enchanting first book: “Paradox Child” we see Lily and her friend Maggie still together through the Christmas holidays. Lily plans to take one of the two bracelets Jack gave her back in time. She wants Mr Pitt Rivers to catalogue it in order for her to travel back to the point Jack and company were swept away by the cloud phenomenon. She feels if she can make them not take the boat that led to their demise everything will be okay again. However, she is met with a large disappointment when she speaks to Mr. Rivers on her return to his timeline.I enjoyed the way Rose took her daughter and her friend through the museum, and they had such great fun together. The imagination of the girls at play amongst the artefacts in the museum was captivating. I could see them in every step. From their time at home with a comforting pot of tea and the spread of delectable foods accompanying it to the rich moments spent relaxing by the blazing hearth and the comfort of the dogs about them. All of it was homespun. That is a mark I really enjoy. The entire feel of the family interaction was lovely. The way the characters lay into the scene is warming.This book shows a lot of Mr. Rivers timeframe, and Lily gets to meet his son, and it is lovely the way she has a little attraction going with the boy Shawn from that time. It reminded me of her mother, and how she met a man from another time that ended up becoming Lily’s father. This reflects Rose in Lily that is a good thing, for it helps with the believability of her character even more. That is a lovely bonus to an already greatly fleshed out character.One of the most surprising twists is when and where Lily finds Anna. I had the feeling Anna was happy. I found myself smiling as I read about her latest adventure in the old west.One of the saddest events that unfolded was the death of her dear dog. It made me cry to read about their poor, beloved pet’s demise.I liked that one of the biggest mysteries of the crow men has taken flight with the events that took place at the witches’ house and their legions of crows. It is nice to understand where they came from. However, the sister witches are not the least bit nice. They are the type of character you cheer for meeting a sticky end. Nevertheless, the mystery of their whereabouts is still at large for not all were destroyed. They were some strong characters. I could see each one well, and hated them equally.I think the adventurous side of Lily’s personality comes through loud and clear when she enjoys traveling by herself to see historical people. Her time in the old west was especially interesting. Also, the comment about the Kentucky fried chicken king Colonel Saunders was priceless. The time that Rose takes with her daughter is heartfelt and reminded me of my special times with my mother. I enjoyed reading about their little exploits. The characters in this story are very believable. It feels as if I know them at this point.Rose has so much love for her daughter and her daughter’s friends. It came through even more in a gallant way with this book. Rose and Lily are quite strong characters that you come to love. It is a great accomplishment of the author, when the characters in the book they have written stay with you through the day and night. I adore that aspect of a good book, and this one never fails to please in that area.The cliff-hanger about the boys is perfect! It leaves the reader wondering in a good way. Of course, I shall be reading the next book in this heart-warming series. I highly recommend this book by splendid author: Jane Yates. This book as the one before is like reading about a real family with its quirks and marvellous love they all have for each other. Five stars and two thumbs up! Bravo!You can buy this lovely book HEREBook review by Book Raiders paradox child book 3
Original Destination: Book #3 of The Paradox Child series. A Review
©copyright J Yates June 14th 2014 | YA fictional
In Jane Yates book “Original Destination” the third book in the series “Paradox Child”, we find Lily and Maggie along with Maggie’s grandmother traveling to the Scottish town of Banff to go to the hospital to see Jack and Jim. The boys mysteriously appeared after the ominous cloud accident on the boat at sea. A previous friendship between Lily and Jack has the opportunity to blossom even more through the pages of this story. Yet, Lily feels torn between Jack and another friend of hers from a different time from her time travels. His name is Shawn.
She likes him a lot as he does her. He falls into a sinister situation with three witches from his timeline. Lily learns about this dilemma and decides to rescue him in the past. She of course needs the time machine located in the Pitt Rivers Museum. Lily struggles with the witches and their personal assassins known as Crow-Men.
Lily is an adventurous girl with a big heart. I think these endearing qualities are what make me like her the most. There is a bit of turbulence between her and her best friend Maggie as for their friendship with the boys in their young lives. The pages of this lovely book describe the heartfelt plight of the girls for the boys, and when they are sad because of the direction their friendships turn here and there, the reader can feel it. They are easy to understand and quite likable.
I can say the same for the mother, Rose. Her heart was hurt by Lily’s father. After such an emotional upheaval, she closed her heart down to any relationship. It is through the pages of this story we see her passion revived, and she begins to feel alive in a sense as she felt once before. Any woman can relate to her plight. This is another endearing quality of her character. Rose is a warm, tender woman that is indeed likable, and one could see as a true friend. Lily carries the same character qualities and Maggie as well. I find all of them enchanting.
Original Destination allows the reader to see into Lily’s life as well as her friends in a more profound way. You feel a real sense of their emotions at play through the twists and turns their lives take them.
The ending of the book has a very interesting twist. As the reader, I certainly didn’t see it coming but, I appreciated it and found it gave a great way to tie up everything as well as leaving a window open for a possible fourth book. Especially the major twist with Anna! Read the books to find out! You shall not be disappointed!
Throughout this (and the previous books in the series) there’s much information about the Pitt Rivers Museum located in Oxford England. Author Jane Yates speaks authoritatively about the items found in this marvellous museum. She works there herself and is well acquainted with the contents of this magnificent place. Her knowledge of the artefacts and other items found in this museum comes across in the writing very well and makes it all that much more enjoyable. If you would like to learn more about this fantastic museum, CLICKHERE.
Do I recommend this book? Yes, indeed I do! To fully understand the book, I recommend reading all three of these lovely YA books written with the young reader in mind. They are a trio of heart-warming books with a strong tie to family that I cannot see anyone not enjoying.
Book Raiders! Happily reading life one page at a time!
I often get asked about setting up a page by other writers, so here is a blog post with hints and tips. If you find it helpul pls leave a comment at the end of the page. TY jane
For New Writers – The Value In Joining goodreads
If you are a new writer, and especially if you are an indie, the hardest part is to self-publicise your work.
There seems to be the assumption that to promote or recommend your own book is in some way bad form. However most indie authors have a limited budget so most, if not all, of their book promotion is done by self-promotion on social media sites.
One site that is particularly useful for this is goodreads. This is part of the Amazon group, is free to join site, and attracts both writers and readers.
It can be a bit of a confusing site, with an unhelpful layout. However, I have found several useful features on it that really help with self-promotion. For instance, there are groups that you can join, which have subjects that you are interested in. And you can create and moderate your own group.
My group is https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/… This is a group for my series, The Paradox Child, and also moderated by Dan. Having a group means that I can talk about the ideas and the information in my books, and add photos of items that are displayed in the Pitt Rivers which are mentioned in the series. Best of all, I can email everyone in my group on mass in one hit, so I can share news of the books and any promotions.
Goodreads also tells you who has added, is reading, or has read your book; and shows their star rating review, if they have left one. It also allows you to contact your readers, giving a valuable connection, which often leads to pleasant exchanges. All in all, this feedback direct from your readers gives valuable insight, and in my case, the encouragement to keep writing.
Another useful feature is that when your book is first out you can offer some as a prize. This is both free for you to add your book, and free for people to enter to win it. I did this with my last book, Original Destination https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh… In this case, 690 people entered: this not only means that people get to know about your book, but also that they have the option to add it to their to read list on goodreads.
This read list feature means you can list you book, or any that you like, to a list and this helps get you book out there for people who are interested in a particular genre. For example, a book with therianthropy (people who can turn into animals) can be added to the list here.https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8…
If goodreads doesn’t already have list that you want you can make your own.
So even although it’s a bit of a fiddle navigating the site (at least initially), it’s definitely worth joining.
Please add me as a friend!
Edited by the marvellous Chis Keppie