Streets ahead – Smashed Avocado

By | June 8th, 2020|literature|

There is a certain kind of fragile that comes with a big Saturday night or at least, extreme sleep deprivation. It was the first real weekend after the lockdown and it seemed like we felt like little kids who have been let out to play. The streets are vibrant and people are out. Later on, [...]

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

By | April 2nd, 2020|bullshit, cinema, literature|

COVID-19 has certainly brought more television into my life. Some of it good, some of it not so good. A friend suggested Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency to me on the weekend 'if I liked something a bit quirky.' I bought the first episode of Series 1 on iTunes to get a sense of whether [...]

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Ode to winter rain

By | July 7th, 2019|literature, weather|

Warm in winter clothes while the rain falls. Sheltered from the atmospheric cold and wet. And viewing the world, separated by glass. It pours down around me. The world is bursting open with the life-giving product of the heavens. And while it is so cold outside, the bracing air outside feels all the more snug [...]

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All the better to eat me with

By | September 14th, 2018|literature|

What was the story of Little Red Riding Hood? The story of a girl (in a red cape), who gets lost in the forest and gets tricked by a BIG BAD WOLF, into thinking that the wolf is her dear grandmother? Is that the story? What happens!?

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The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

By | April 18th, 2018|literature, parks and gardens|

Have you ever read one of those books that just make you happy? I am part way through a book like this at the moment - The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. It is a story of a young girl, who through a kind of tragedy, finds her long lost grandmother. June (her grandmother) lives [...]

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Music and words – take a left

By | April 16th, 2018|literature, music|

I am in a very verbal mood this evening. The left hand side of my brain has probably been activated by listening to my lecturer say interesting things for an hour, and now I want to delve into the world of words. I am not so interested in images at the moment, but music is [...]

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The Night Brother – Rosie Garland

By | April 9th, 2018|daily life, literature|

It is a week or so since I finished the Night Brother by Rosie Garland. It was the most sumptuous and interesting book. Edie doesn't understand why she is so tired each morning, or why her feet are so dirty when she wakes up. Her mother becomes increasingly hostile towards her, and Edie doesn't know [...]

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Handmaid’s Tale – spoiler alert

By | January 22nd, 2018|bullshit, cinema, interesting people, literature|

I finished the first season of the Handmaid's Tale last night. It was an intense mixture of horror and uplifting inspiration. Such a great, creative story. And I loved the ending. I loved the audacity. I loved leaving that family completely barren. Dystopian fiction can be very interesting.

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