Allan Milne’s online Leaving Book

Allan Milne’s online Leaving Book

As a mark of affection for Allan Milne on his retirement, an online ‘Leaving Book’ has been created for friends and colleagues, both past and present, to leave heartfelt messages for Allan after 36 years at the University of Abertay Dundee and Dundee Institute of Technology. Joining as a Lecturer in 1979 in computing, he later became Senior Lecturer in 1985.

Allan has always been recognised as a magnificent teacher, often delivering highly technical subjects in many engaging and exciting ways, always making learning a fun experience! Most importantly he always made sure that students and staff were dealt with fairly, he really cared for others throughout his career.

The beauty of this online book is that anyone can come back to the page and leave a message whenever they want to. Vicki Pring, of whom introduces herself as; ‘hopefully your favourite ever student from Birmingham’, left a lovely message 6 months after everyone else. It is fantastic to see a message from a student who truly looks up to him. She has also attached a photograph of him teaching her to dance at the informatics ball.

One of the benefits of this online book is that Allan, who is blind can use his ‘text to speech’ equipment to enjoy his special messages, which we are sure brought a lot of joy. Most importantly, all of our online books can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of disability.

We are always delighted to help people come together to show their appreciation for someone special. In this book it is clear to see that Allan is a very loved character and has made an impression on many people’s lives. You can see Allan’s ‘Leaving Book’ here

If you would like your very own special dedicated online book or you know of someone who deserves one, you can find out more here 


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Polly BolithoAllan Milne’s online Leaving Book

ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 Certification

Good news! We are delighted to have passed the renewal of our ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certification. This means that we continue to provide quality management and our information security is to a high standard.

Quality Management

The ISO 9000 family concentrates on various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’S best-known standards. We try our best to consistently meet our customer’s requirements, while always upholding a quality standard. We constantly find new and different ways to achieve our client online book vision: for fundraising, promoting knowledge and sharing memories, bringing people together with photos, videos, well-chosen words, and fond reminiscences. All of our online books, including birthday books, retirement books, memorial books, guest books as well as many more are created to the highest quality standard.

Information Security

The ISO 27000 family of standards helps organisations keep information assets secure. We are proud to successfully manage the security of financial information, intellectual property, employee details and information entrusted to you by third parties. We as The Online Book Company are passionately committed to protecting your privacy. Any information given to us by our clients are honoured and respected in every way.

If you would like your very own special dedicated online book or you know of someone who deserves one, you can find out more here

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Katherine GeorgeISO 9001 and ISO 27001 Certification

Thank You from The Queen’s Birthday Book

Thank You from The Queen’s Birthday Book

Hurray! The Queen has now celebrated her 90th Birthday in Royal true style. We hope you enjoyed witnessing The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations as much as we did. It’s times like these that make us feel proud to be British.

Over the last few months we have been working on something very special to honour the Queen on her 90th birthday, it is of course, The Queen’s Birthday Book. The Queen’s Online birthday book has received Thousands of heart-felt good wishes, fond memories and captured moments, all from people who really appreciate Her Majesty. The birthday messages this special Online Birthday book now holds have come from over 100 Countries, which is simply outstanding. This proves how loved and adored our Monarch really is around the world. A real sense of community and passion is obvious to see.

This project has also been supported by an abundance of patronage charities, raising money for a good cause while sending birthday messages to Her Majesty.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this very special project, including, all of the charities involved, everyone that left a message and those who helped make this project possible. We truly enjoyed and had fun with this project.

If you have enjoyed this Online Birthday book, and would like one for your own celebration, whether it’s an anniversary, retirement or your very own birthday book please contact us and we would be delighted to help.

Contact Us – personal Online Book enquiry form.

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Polly BolithoThank You from The Queen’s Birthday Book

Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

This weekend The Queen’s birthday will be officially celebrated by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour. This beautiful display will take place on Saturday 11th this year, with her personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with The Queen attending herself and taking the salute.

This iconic event dates back to around 1700. During these early days of land warfare, vibrantly coloured-flags of a battalion, ‘colours’, were used as rallying points so they would be visible through the smog and dust of battle.

The streets will be lined with excited crowds waving flags as the parade travels from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again. In participation of Trooping the Colour will be over 1400 officers and men, two hundred horses, four hundred musicians from ten bands who will play as one.

During the ceremony, The Queen used to arrive on Horseback however in recent years she has travelled by carriage. Upon arrival Her Majesty is greeted by a Royal salute, she will then carry out an inspection of the troops, who will be wearing the ceremonial uniform of red tunics and bearskin hats. After the military band’s performance, the regimental Colour, or flag, is processed down the ranks of soldiers. Over one hundred words of command are used by the Officer in Command of the Parade to direct the soldiers. Once the Foot Guards have marched past, The Queen will make her way back to the Buckingham Palace ahead of the soldiers before taking the salute again. Her Majesty is then joined by the rest of The Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony where together, they will watch the Royal Air Force fly past. A 41-gun salute is also fired in Green Park to mark the occasion.

There is still time to wish The Queen a happy birthday in The Queen’s Birthday Book here.

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Happy Birthday Prince Philip

Happy Birthday Prince Philip

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be celebrating his 95th birthday on June 10th.

Born with the title, Prince of Greece and Denmark, Philip was the youngest of five however the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg. In 1922 the family moved to France, Saint-Cloud where Philip attended various different schools in Hampshire, Germany and Scotland.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and the Duke of Kent in 1934. They met for a second time in 1939 when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth toured the Britannica Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, where Philip was enrolled. Since then Elizabeth and Philip exchanged letters which continued throughout World War II.

In November 1947, Philip and Elizabeth married at Westminster Abbey. As a gift to his bride, Prince Philip designed a bracelet made with stones from his mother’s tiara. Together they have four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and eight grandchildren.

Prince Philip has made over 5,000 speeches, visited more than 170 countries, and today is a member, president and patron of around 780 charities and organisations. Since founding the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme in 1956, over four million young people from 90 countries have taken part.

Prince Philip is the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the oldest ever male member of the Royal family. He is a character known for his playful sense of humour, Happy 95th Birthday Prince Philip.

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10 Things you didn’t know about The Royal Family

10 Things you didn’t know about The Royal Family

1. Prince Charles and Princess Diana first met when she was just 16 years old.

2. The Middleton Family once lived in Jordan for two years during the 80’s due to Kate’s father’s work.

3. Kate Middleton has a degree in Art History, making Kate the UK’s first royal bride to have a university degree. She graduated from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, which is where she and Prince William met.

4. Prince William carried his mother’s 18-carat ring in his rucksack to Kenya where he proposed to Kate in October 2010.

5. As well as Prince William, Prince Harry took a gap year, where he worked with AIDS orphans in Africa, making the documentary The Forgotten Kingdom. He wanted to carry on things his Mother didn’t get to finish.

6. When greeting The Queen she must be referred to as “Your Majesty,” and from there she can be referred to her as “ma’am.”

7. The image of The Queen on the UK stamp is the most reproduced work of art in history.

8. William and Kate received more then 60,000 fan mail letters during The Royal Wedding, everyone with a return address got a reply.

9. Although William and Kate made a lot of headlines, Prince Harry was named ‘Most popular Royal in 2014’.

10. Prince Harry’s real given name is Henry Charles Albert David.

Don’t forget you can still leave your very own birthday message to The Queen here.


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Polly Bolitho10 Things you didn’t know about The Royal Family

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

The Queen’s birthday celebrations continued on Sunday 16th May with a ‘90th birthday extravaganza’ in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The Queen and Prince Philip made their entrance in a stunning horse-drawn Scottish state coach. Other members of the Royal family in attendance where The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Also in attendance was The King of Bahrain and Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse, who accompanied the Royal Family on the front row.

When it comes to The Queen’s birthday present, “just make sure it includes lots and lots of horses.” The spectacular, glitzy celebration featured 900 horses, elegantly performing in honour of The Queen. Some of the riders included Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Zara Tindall and Lady Louise Mountbatten, who took part in the parade. The Queen was pictured looking absolutely delighted.

Hosting the gala celebration was the famous Ant and Dec as well as narrations from Alan Titchmarsh. The event also held some spectacular performances from Gary Barlow, Imelda Staunton, Dame Helen Mirren, Katherine Jenkins, Beverly Knight, James Blunt, Kylie Minogue, Jess Glynne and closed with Dame Shirley Bassey singing ‘Diamonds are forever’.

The Queen’s Birthday Book really represents what this event is all about, which is the coming together of talented, passionate people in honour of The Queen’s 90th. The book has received messages from many fellow equestrians, and celebrities such as Alan Titchmarsh.

Don’t forget you can still leave your very own birthday message to The Queen here.

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Polly BolithoThe Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

5 Things we love about Prince Harry

5 things we love about Prince Harry

His personality

Whether he is pulling pranks, making jokes or making funny faces at the cameras, Prince Harry is known for having a ‘hilarious’ personality and outstanding sense of humour. Prince Harry shows that even royalty can have a good time! Prince Harry is also incredibly good with people and has been named “man of the people.”

His dedication to family

Prince Harry is known to be the loving Grandson which is clear to see in the many pictures of him greeting his Grandmother. We can only imagine what a “fun uncle” he must be to his nephew George and niece Charlotte.

His military background

Prince Harry has spent 10 years in the military. He has bravely served on the front lines of Afghanistan and has also spent some time in Australia.

He has a ‘big heart’

He has a huge involvement in charitable causes. He has co-founded the charity Sentebale to help orphans of Lesotho. He has also co-founded The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which is about offering guidance and support to disadvantaged young people. On the eve of his 30th birthday, Prince Harry concluded his first Invictus games, hosting 400 wounded service men and women.

He is single

Prince Harry is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, and as many women would like to hear, he is single. Last year he told Sky News in an interview, “There come times when you think now is the time to settle down … but I don’t think you can force these things. It will happen when it’s going to happen. I would love to have kids right now, but there is a process one has to go through. Hopefully I’m doing all right by myself. It would be great to have someone next to me to share the pressure but the time will come and whatever happens, happens.”


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Polly Bolitho5 Things we love about Prince Harry

The Queen and Her Corgis

The Queen and Her Corgis 

The Queen has had a well-known love for corgis since she was a small child, after falling for the corgis owned by the children of the Marquess of Bath. In 1933 King George VI bought Pembroke Welsh corgi, Dookie, and around the same time came another corgi named Jane. The Queen Mother had a corgi named Cracker who was nearly a constant companion and retired with her. In 1944 Queen Elizabeth was gifted a corgi named Susan for her 18th birthday. Susan even attended The Queen’s honeymoon in 1947. All of The Queens corgis are descendants of Susan. The Queen has owned over thirty corgis since ascending to the Throne.

The Royal corgis are well-known across the world and have been honoured through statues and works of art. In 1983 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Grand Cayman where government officials presented her with black coral sculptures of a corgi and a horse made by Bernard Passman. The crown coin which commemorated The Queen’s Golden Jubilee pictured her with a corgi.

They were once so abundant in the Royal household, that Princess Diana jokingly referred to The Queen’s corgis as ‘the moving carpet’. Monty, Holly and Willow also starred in the famous James Bond Olympic ceremony stunt that took place in Buckingham palace with The Queen. The Queen has now decided to stop breeding her corgis, making  Holly and Willow, her 12 year old corgis who are the 14th generation descendants of Susan, her last corgis.

Don’t forget there is still time to wish The Queen a Happy Birthday here.

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Polly BolithoThe Queen and Her Corgis

Happy Birthday to The Queen!

Happy Birthday to The Queen!

The time has arrived! This week we celebrate the Queen’s actual 90th birthday on April 21st. The Queen will be spending her special day privately however the occasion will be marked publicly by gun salutes in central London. Her official birthday in June however will be celebrated publicly at the Trooping the Colour parade.

On The Queen’s 18th birthday in 1944 she was gifted The Boucheron aquamarine brooches by her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother). These Art Deco brooches remain some of her favourite and most worn pieces to date. The Queen also received another very special gift for her 18th in the form of a much-loved Corgi, named Susan who began a long line of Royal Corgis.

When The Queen turned 21 in 1947 she gave a speech broadcasted on the radio to show her dedication to The Commonwealth during a tour of South Africa “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

In 2006 The Queen celebrated her 80th birthday where she did a walk around outside Windsor Castle to meet well-wishers. The Prince of Wales’s birthday gift to The Queen was a breath-taking fireworks display over Kew Gardens.

This year The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will undertake a walkabout in Windsor and then a walk from the Henry VIII Gate of Winsor Castle to the Statue of Queen Victoria. Here she will unveil the plaque marking The Queen’s Walkway.

We wish The Queen a very happy 90th birthday and you can too in The Queen’s Birthday Book Here.

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Katherine GeorgeHappy Birthday to The Queen!