16 Thursday, 16 July 2009 London Lite Kids authors hit out at sex offence check SamsarightTwitonstage by georgina littlejohnSOME of Britains top childrens authors will stop visiting schools in protest at a preposterous plan to make them reg- ister on a child protection database. The Vetting and Barring Scheme was set up after the 2002 murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells by school caretaker Ian Huntley. From October, anyone working with children must register on a national database for 64. But authors say including them is idiocy. Anthony Horowitz, writer of the Alex Rider childrens spy novels, says the policy is ill- thought out. Saying a guy who wrote this book may be a sick pervert isnt the most positive message, he added. Philip Pullman, author of the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials, said the policy teaches children to regard every adult as a poten- tial murderer or rapist. Quentin Blake, famed as Roald Dahls illustrator, will also refuse to pay the registra- tion fee. A Home Office spokesman said: Anyone working with children must be vetted.Protest: Anthony Horowitz HOST Samuel L. Jackson keeps the audience in stitches at a sports awards ceremony in Los Angeles by posting Twitter updates on a giant screen behind him. Winners at last nights Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards included Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps for best athlete. But Pulp Fiction star Jackson, hosting his fourth ESPY Awards, dared to Twitter: I am so bored right now. H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html