Category Archives: Random musings on family life, love the universe and everything

On preferring Sicilian Sun to Scandinavian Noir – ‘Inspector Montalbano Sono’

Wallander, Sarah Lund, Lisbeth Salander, Harry Hole et al – we are now in thrall to the Scandanavian detective. Introduced to the characters via the wonderful BBC4 I have since escaped into the novels of Henning Mankell, the lead character … Continue reading

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I don’t know what it is but I’ve lost it…the evaporation of the blogging mojo

Over recent months visits to my blog have doubled, but the number of posts I have written has halved. What could the explanation be? It is easy actually, to know why this has happened. I am not sure how to see my … Continue reading

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Temps Perdu – on deja vu and Dorothy Parker

I have been experiencing some odd feelings of deja vu in the last few weeks. Trying to explain them to a friend, I struggled and frankly  sounded slightly odd. Perhaps this was because in every day terms we have come to use … Continue reading

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In praise of daytime antiques programmes – a tribute to David Barby

For some reason I have felt compelled to write a quick blog post. Usually I spend quite a lot of time researching and writing a post that involves a literary or historical connection. Or I indulge in reminiscence or even … Continue reading

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The WRITER not the film star! The ‘other’ Elizabeth Taylor…..

(As I publish this I have just heard Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter Judith Kingham will be on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour tomorrow to talk about the centenary of her mother’s birth and the re-issue of the short stories. It really … Continue reading

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I want to tell you a story….Why reading REALLY matters…

Last Saturday I spent three hours in the company of some of the nicest people I have ever met. It was our reading group ‘farewell do'; a chance to say goodbye to one of those happy episodes in life that seem to … Continue reading

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Mock Orange – a poem for work & the summer weather

Mock Orange Watching, as the waxy flowers fall into the scattered gravel of the summer garden; it seems the world, the weather and a clouded view conspire to damp the spirits. Her fingers leave the glass. She turns into the … Continue reading

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