Ingenious ways with scarves for better house-keeping and a happier life.

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That Mrs Ramsey’s charm is universally irresistible, is hard to dispute. After all, even old Mr Carmichael succumbs when presented with a second bowl of her delicious soup. I’d like to propose that… Continue reading

George Eliot knew her onions

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George Eliot knew people. She wrote men and women as deeply and equally well as each other. Not everyone can do that, some men write female shadows, some women write stereotypical men, but… Continue reading

Happy Birthday Virginia Woolf!

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Virginia Woolf would have been 133 today, the 25th January, the anniversary of her birth. I thought I’d celebrate the date by making her the first author that I’d knit for my 2015… Continue reading

When I die, please scatter my ashes in the Oxfam bookshop.

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As it really is one of my favourite places in Aberdeen. Although, it seems likely I will then just be vacuumed up by a rather put-out staff member, who certainly didn’t volunteer with… Continue reading

He should have gone to a Premier Inn

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On the whole, I’m pretty good at sleeping. Once I’m off, it’d take the equivalent of a herd of angry buffalo doing the Macarena to wake me. However, as I’ve aged, I’ve started… Continue reading

Byronic vs Bionic

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It’s Byron’s birthday! He’s 227! I’m quite fond of Byron, I used to live very near to his house at Newstead. I used to wander around the abbey a lot, looking at his… Continue reading

Haul of Fame

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New books! Well, – new to me. Seriously, what beats trawling through the rich pickings of a secondhand book shop soon after fresh donations have hit the shelves? Nothing! Here are my latest… Continue reading

All the single (fictional Russian) ladies! Put your hands up! Oh, oh, oh…

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More than once I’ve thought it very unfair, that I after sixteen years together I discovered I’d married a cheating dead-beat, and it all went down the toilet. And while my relationships since… Continue reading

Burn, Baby, Burn, like a Dystopian Inferno!

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Reading Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ in 2015 is like checking the timetable of a ship that’s long since sailed. If the seeds of style superceding substance, and being well-liked carrying more… Continue reading

Easy ways to manage book addiction with home furnishings!

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Do you love books? Are you unable to walk past a secondhand bookshop without going in? Ever find yourself smuggling books into your home in secret? Come on in, you’re with friends! I’m… Continue reading