*21* music Friday

Something totally new for me. Lately I’ve been exploring – because shamefully it does feel like a world away from me – hip hop music and culture. Fascinating. I had always dismissed it but I guess I finally learned that it’s stupid to dismiss something without knowing anything about it… so… This song … I’m […]

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*20* scrappy socks

Let’s talk about something frivolous. I’ve done a lot of reading lately for College. Heavy stuff… actually ‘heavy’ is the wrong word… it was more like eye opening reading and what I saw wasn’t pretty… and I’ll have to think about it a little more before starting a conversation on this platform. In the meantime, […]

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*19* random Tuesday

How’s your day going? I’ve just been told our house needs a new roof. It’s going that well. I’ve just been in the attic and saw mould and condensation and the reason why there’s water pouring from the bathroom ceiling. That well… It’s going so well I’ve just had to rescue baby clothes I had kept […]

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*18* 48 years of books (2006)

“Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson Strictly speaking this book was first published in 2005… but, when searching for a book from 2006, I made a rookie mistake and took note the paperback edition publishing date. I apologise. Having said that I’m sticking by this book/year because I loved it and it deserves to be […]

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*17* poetry Friday

Mary Oliver died yesterday. I didn’t think I liked poetry before I ‘met’ her. Her poems changed all that, and will always be in her debt, so today instead of a music video you can listen to my favourite poem read by my favourite poet… And one more…. When Death Comes by Mary Oliver When […]

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*16* rocky road bars

Still in the middle of exam week. The boys are ratty, tired, fed up AND teenagers… there’s only one way to loosen them up and obtain a vaguely friendly grunt out of them: food. Food with chocolate. Enter the super quick and super delicious ‘rocky road crunch bars’ from Nigella Lawson’s book Nigella Express. (or […]

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*15* wellbeing

In my quest for ‘less waste’ I made myself try another everyday product in a different format, conscious that sometimes we get stuck in our ways and assume – (makes an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me’… they boys love it when I say that… not) – that how it should be, full stop. It’s so […]

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*14* A conscious Englishman

‘A conscious Englishman’ by Margaret Keeping This blog used to be about making stuff… now it seems to have transformed itself into a more of a reading review… oh well, such is life, eh? This was the first finish of this year. A gentle, tender, soft book about the last years of the English poet […]

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*13* poetry Monday

Back to college today, so you’re getting a bookish poem. Do you know Brian Bilston? This Bookshop life (Brian Bilston) I’d buy everything from a bookshop if I could.All my food would come from there.Atwooden tables I would sit, eating Dahl,Kipling Tartts or chocolate Baudelaires.There’d be flat tortillas, focaccia and the rye:it would be a […]

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*12* local history

Florence Earangey (nee How), lived at No 3 Wellington Square from 1899 to 1911. She was very active in the women Suffrage movement together with her husband, William George Earangey a local solicitor. Florence was supportive of any movement who would push forward the issue of women’s vote but when in 1907 her sister, Edith […]

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