from-the-horses-mouthHello. My magazine has now been running for three years so I think it’s fair to say it is  established.

Of course, the magazine couldn’t have existed without input and cooperation from many helpful people like my parents, Robert Williams, Ruth Minich, Brenda Condoll and Michael Blackburn. I have been fortunate to witness the magazine readership grow weekly and have seen a steady  increase in the number of subscribers.

The competitions have proved to be a popular inclusion in the magazine and have provided me with some very interesting material which I have been able to use.

Many people have been kind enough to let me interview them about their work and lives and this is something I intend to continue doing in the future. If you would like me to interview you, you can contact me

The magazine exists for everyone and aims to give a voice to people who are usually ignored – you can view the magazine at:

Best Wishes, Dean Charlton.


Short Story Competition – FTHM Autumn 2017

Short Story Competition – FTHM Autumn 2017

A NEW Short Story Competition

For the month of October 2017 there is a new short story Competition at From The Horse’s Mouth, full details of this short story competition are here:

Closing date for entries is Midnight GMT 31/10/2017, Halloweeen.
So get your ghoul suits on and start writing, what about a good ghost story, or a chilling tale from Chesapeake ?

Short Story Competition Prizes:

1st Prize – £100 (GBP)
2nd Prize – £50 (GBP)
3rd Prize – £25 (GBP)

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Many thanks

Dean and Robert

Mike Leigh slams Radiohead

Mike Leigh slams Radiohead

Mike Leigh slams Radiohead for Ignoring Palestinians

There has been masses of coverage about Radiohead breaking the Boycott, here is just a tiny part of it. Film writer and director Mike Leigh has criticised Thom Yorke and Radiohead for ignoring Palestinian suffering, two days ahead of their controversial Israel gig. This follows Radiohead front-man Yorke defending the band’s decision to play in Israel and ignore the Palestinian picket-line, arguing that music was about ‘crossing borders’ and ‘shared humanity’.

Oscar nominated Leigh said “On Wednesday Radiohead will perform in a Tel Aviv stadium built over the ruins of the Palestinian village of Jarisha. It is a sad fact that Radiohead have failed to engage with Palestinians who have called for them not to play, and that Thom Yorke’s comments are devoid of any reference to Palestinians at all”. He continued “As the lights go out in Gaza and Palestinian cancer patients die because they are denied travel permits by Israel, while a Palestinian poet in Israel lives under house arrest for a poem she wrote on Facebook, while a young circus performer from the West Bank languishes in administrative detention without charge or trial – Thom Yorke speaks loftily about ‘crossing borders’ and ‘freedom of expression’. One has to ask, freedom for whom exactly?” Read more on the Artists for Palestine website.

Poetry Competition Closing Soon

Poetry Competition Closing Soon

The Latest From The Horses Mouth Poetry Competition is NOW CLOSED

You only have the month of August 2017 to get your entry into the #FTHM Poetry Competition

The Top Prize is £100 Cash

It is simple to enter, just email your entry to Dean Charlton. It can be a Poem of any length on any subject.

The only rule is that YOU MUST join in with the Magazine to enter, simply enter your email here.

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Poetry Competition Prizes:

1st Prize – £100 (GBP)
2nd Prize – £50 (GBP)
3rd Prize – £25 (GBP)

Read More about the #FTHM Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition Winners are announced in the October 2017 From the Horse’s Mouth Edition

Google’s future is useful, creepy and everywhere: nine things learned at I/O

With Google Assistant coming to the iPhone, the company hopes to kill off Siri and wants to see inside your home as it reiterates its AI-first approach

There were whoops and cheers from developers as Google announced the incremental ways it is strengthening its grip on many aspects of peoples lives at its annual developer conference, Google I/O.

There were no jaw-dropping major product launches nor executives proclaiming their utopian vision of the future (ahem, Mark Zuckerberg). Instead there was a showcase of features, powered by artificial intelligence, designed to make people more connected and more reliant on Google.

We are focused on our core mission of organising the worlds information for everyone and approach this by applying deep computer science and technical insights to solve problems at scale, said CEO Sundar Pichai.

By combining the personal data harvested from its users with industry-leading (and human Go player beating) artificial intelligence, Google is squeezing itself into spaces in our everyday interactions it hasnt been before, filling in the gaps and oozing into new territory like a sticky glue that is becoming harder and harder to escape.

Heres what the key I/O announcements tell us about Googles future.

1. AI is Googles unique selling point

Google reiterated that the company has shifted from a mobile-first to an AI-first approach. This means using AI at the core of all of its new products, whether thats to improve image recognition in Google Assistant or for beating human players at Go.

2. Google wants to see as well as hear your surroundings

Lens is Googles answer to Facebooks augmented reality Camera Effects platform. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Lens is Googles answer to Facebooks augmented reality Camera Effects platform. It comprises a set of vision-based computing capabilities, combined into Google Assistant and the Photos app, that works to understand what youre looking at. So you can point the camera at a flower and it will identify the species or automatically connect to a wifi network by showing the camera the log-in details printed on the sticker on the router. You can also hold your camera up to a restaurant in the street and see reviews.

3. Google Assistant is getting smarter

Googles equivalent of Siri, Google Assistant, is embedded in Android devices including smartphones, watches and Google Home. Googles Scott Huffman noted that Assistant would become even more conversational over the coming months, allowing you accomplish tasks with a quick chat.

In addition to having voice recognition, Google Assistant, drawing on Lens, can now take in, understand and have conversations about what you see. For example, if you are in Japan but dont read Japanese, you can hold the Assistant up to a sign advertising some street food and it will read and translate the text. You can then ask what does it look like? and Google will know that the it refers to the name of the food written on the sign and it will pull up pictures of the dish.

It comes so naturally to humans, and now Google is getting really good at conversations too, said Huffman.

4. Google Home is getting creepier (and more useful)

The voice-activated smart speaker Google Home will offer proactive assistance rather than waiting for you to say OK, Google to wake it up. For example, it might notify you if you have to leave your house earlier than expected because traffic is particularly heavy. Perhaps the company will start proactively advertising to customers in the future?

Less creepy is the option to make hands-free calls from the Google Home speaker. You simply ask it to dial any landline or mobile number in the US or Canada and it will do so for free. The device can also now recognize up to six different voices in a household and adapt to personal preferences accordingly.

Hands-free calls are coming to the Google Home speaker. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

5. Google wants to replace Siri on iPhones

A key theme throughout the keynote was creating a seamless experience across devices, even if that device isnt in Googles Android ecosystem. This means that Google Assistant is now available on the iPhone.

Assistant is widely considered much smarter than Siri, thanks to the fact that Google harvests a lot more personal data than privacy-conscious Apple. This means that frustrated Siri users wanting to translate a sentence into another language, play a movie on their Chromecast-enabled TV or order takeout using voice commands will now be able to do so.

6. Its trying to keep YouTube creators happy

Ever since Google added stricter controls for advertisers on YouTube after it was discovered ads were being placed alongside hate speech or terrorist videos, some vloggers have complained about making less money.

YouTube relies on these internet celebrities to post regular videos and live streams as they attract huge audiences to the platform. That might explain why the company has launched the super chat, announced in January. Audience members can pay to have their comment featured prominently during a live stream and in turn donate money to the YouTuber or their chosen cause. The feature was enabled during a popular live stream of a New York-based giraffe giving birth in February, allowing the zoo to make tens of thousands of dollars.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

7. It wants to take a slice of recruitment advertising

Google for Jobs is a new search function that, by disintermediating the many job listings middlemen, makes it easier for people to find employment (and harder for those listing sites to make money).

We want to better connect employers and job seekers through Google for Jobs, said Pichai.

The company has worked with partners including LinkedIn, Monster, and Career Builder to aggregate search in one place similar to what its done with its airline-search tool, Google Flights. The company uses machine learning to understand and group together roles for which employers and employees use different words, for example store clerk and retail manager.

Pichai positioned the launch as an effort to boost American employment, but its sure to help get Google already taking, along with Facebook, the lions share of online advertising revenue a bigger slice of the pie.

8. It needs to attract the next billion or two

During the I/O keynote, Pichai stated that seven of Googles products had more than a billion monthly users: Google search, Android, Chrome, Maps, YouTube, Google Play and Gmail. However, if its to continue to grow, it needs to attract the so-called next billion users, typically users in lower-income countries just starting to come online through mobile devices. Thats why Google has developed Android Go, a pared-down version of the mobile operating system for entry-level devices that uses less data and loads apps more quickly, even when the signal is poor.

Android Go will be embedded in the latest version of Googles mobile operating system, Android O, which is more battery efficient and features better protections against viruses and malware in downloaded apps a notorious problem for Android devices compared with iPhones.

Pichai stated that seven of Googles products had more than a billion monthly users. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

9. Its realistic about VR and AR

Theres a bucketload of hype around virtual reality and augmented reality, but Googles approach felt more measured, focusing on the immediate, practical applications (perhaps a symptom of being burned by the now defunct Google Glass prototype, launched with great fanfare and an army of tech evangelists).

The company already has an entry level VR headset that uses a smartphone as the screen, but it teased a couple of more advanced standalone DayDream headsets, made in collaboration with HTC and Lenovo. The details were scarce but Google emphasised that unlike with Oculus or HTC Vive headsets, DayDream headset users wouldnt need expensive computers to power them or rigs of external cameras to detect the persons position.

With augmented reality, Google described a visual positioning system similar to GPS but with accuracy to the level of centimetres. It works by using the camera to identify objects visually within a space, for example a large store. This means youd be able to hold up your camera (or wear a pair of smart glasses) and be guided to a specific product on a shelf. This extends Googles mission to organize the worlds information in the physical domain.

Imagine what it could mean to people with impaired vision, said Clay Bavor, vice-president of virtual reality, who suggested that Google-powered camera phones (or other wearable devices) could act as a blind persons eyes.

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Photograpy Competition May 2017 Winner

Photograpy Competition May 2017 Winner

Photograpy Competition May 2017 WINNERS

The Photography Competition was on the very general subject of Nature and we had many entries. After much deliberation and consultantation with our main judge, a professional phtoographer (retired) we came to the conclusion of these three admirable winners. So in reverse order and without any further ado.

In Third Place

This amazing Spider’s web against a background of autumn leaves in a colour changing transition state from Susie Laing
Susie Laing

In Second Place

Some mouldy boots grab the second place point.
Amanda Millington

In First Place

This piece of Poultry from Jason Oldroyd grabs the first prize pot of £100
Jason Oldroyd

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