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Hit the North! or My Icelandic Drama, pt. 2

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The first leg of our Icelandic trip was spent in the south, with trips out to the golden circle, and down time soaking up Reykjavik’s chilled vibe. When we left the UK, we… Continue reading

Icelandic Drama: part 1

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I’ve just turned 50 – woohoo! To celebrate arriving at such a grand old age, my family and I went to Iceland (the country, not the frozen food emporium – that would make… Continue reading

When it comes to lolly theft, only Bruce Lee will do.

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Somebody at work has been stealing my ice-pops, and I’m furious. I’ve been working at a homeless hostel for a few years now, and for the past six months or so I’ve been… Continue reading

Happy New Year, Happy New Books!

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Happy New Year! In shocking news, I’m breaking with my own traditions this January by not making any resolutions. Nope, not a single one. As the world hurtles towards oblivion, it feels pointless… Continue reading

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

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This month’s book group read was Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I read the slim volume quite a few weeks ago now so I was glad of the discussion in the local pub’s… Continue reading

Proust goes on holiday

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My last post was all about the stress. As we were feeling frazzled, my husband, daughter and I booked flights and Air BnB and headed to Kos for some half term sunshine –… Continue reading

What to do when Blogging Burn-out Strikes? Running, Knitting and Pobol Y Cwm

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I’m fatigued. Blogger burn-out has set in and to be honest, it’s a miracle I’m writing this post at all. I enjoy my job in a homeless hostel, but working night shifts does… Continue reading

The Left Hand of Meh

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Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) is fêted as a feminist Sci Fi masterpiece. It ended up as our Book group choice because it was on one of those lists of… Continue reading

Clothes, Music, Boys, and why Viv Albertine is my new heroine.

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I found this copy of Viv Albertine’s memoir in a charity shop a few months ago. None of the titles in my TBR tower were particularly calling out to me, so I picked… Continue reading

Summer Book Group Reads, Part 2:’The Words in My Hand’ by Guinevere Glasfurd

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I hadn’t come across Guinevere Glasfurd’s The Words in My Hand before it got plucked out of the hat as one of my book group’s Summer read choices. I love that book groups introduce… Continue reading