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World Book Night

March 5, 2011

Saturday 5th March 2011 was World Book Night and to mark this event one million books were being given away to readers around the UK.  Quite something I must admit.

It made me wonder about books and reading though.  I know of people that never read a book.  People that never pick up those leaves of paper bound together.  There really are people who just dont enjoy reading! :O That is rather shocking dont you think?  It’s not that they are not fans of fiction, or that they dont want to read factual content.  No, they just dont want to read!  Amazing huh?

Ok, so I dont read half as much as I should or would like to.  But that’s more an issue to do with my lack of free time or my bad planning of the free time I do have.  I can spend hours with my head in a book – actually in lots of books – when I’m away on my holidays and I find that reading really is a good way to spend time.  To be able to absorb myself in something else, to learn about other things, or to simply be entertained is priceless.  So World Book Night is a good thing in my opinion as it might just encourage a few more people to pick up a few more pieces of paper and learn about a few more things.

Maybe one day I’ll get around to writing my own novel, but in the meantime I’ve a bookcase full of books to get through and a Kindle full of books as well.

Happy reading people 🙂


Wake up & smell the coffee

March 2, 2011

I was sad to read in the local press yesterday that a local business in closing, a shop that at 132 years of age, is one of the oldest in the city. So it really is a shame that today it closed its doors for the final time.

The business in question is a coffee shop. Yes I know that our high streets are full of various well-known coffee companies, but this one was different. It wasnt just a place to go and enjoy a cup of coffee, or other refreshments in recent years. No, it was a shop that sold coffee: coffee beans, ground coffee, coffee makers and other coffee accessories. As a child I used to go along there with my father when he went to buy his coffee beans. I can still remember the smell even now, 30 plus years later. Mmmmmm.

So today is a sad sad day for the people of Sheffield. No longer will children stand gazing at those coffee displays, smelling that lovely coffee bean smell. I guess we’re all going to have to go somewhere else now to smell the coffee 😦




February 25, 2011

Ok, so I guess I’ll never make a food photographer, will I?

I did try thought to give you a flavour (flavour, get it?) of my culinary skills this evening. Hopefully the colours help to show you a little. This was yummy chicken stuffed with ham & spinach, accompanied by roasted yellow pepper, and steamed sugar snaps, baby sweetcorn, baby carrots & brocolli, topped off with a greek yoghurt dressing.  Yum 😀



Cave dwelling

January 14, 2011

I stumbled upon this online earlier today.  Wow, and wow again!!  Ok, so I’m a glutten for photos and beautiful photos at that, but these images are just amazing.  Oh how I’d love to have the opportunity to take photos like these.

I’ve never been a fan of caves myself & I absolutely hate complete darkness (I have memories of them switching the lights off in Peak Cliff Cavern in Castleton – shiver) but these pictures have made me look at caves in a whole new light, literally.  They really are breathtaking.  Wouldnt you just love to live in one of these?

Some would say that perhaps they are not entirely realistic for those of us here in the UK.  But me, I say they’re fantastic and something for us all to aspire towards, perhaps? 😉  And if nothing else, we can just admire the skills of the craftsmen who built them as we gaze upon their beauty from afar.


Embrace Life

July 1, 2010

I just stumbled across this video – wow!

It’s refreshing to see a safety message being illustrated in such a postivie light and really makes you stop & take note about what it’s saying.  The high number of views that this video has received on YouTube (currently over 9 million) indicates that there are a lot of other people out there who think the same & who are taking the time to forward this on to others.

Check it out for yourself today!


back to the 20s

February 19, 2010

How would you like to go back in time?

When would you choose to go back to?

It’s something I was thinking about recently (long story) & I decided on the 1920s and Paris!  Ok, so I didnt exactly choose that at random, somewhere gave me a list of suggestions & that was the most appealing but the more I think about it, the better it actually sounds.  Perhaps I have the wrong idea about that period of time, but the 1920s makes me think of fun & laughter, a time when life was simpler & more enjoyable, a time of great fashion, fun music, lively theatre.  In fact a time when life was just more exciting & easier!  It was between the wars, so there were none of those atrocities happening, terrorism wasnt a daily fear hanging in the air, people werent so tied up in themselves and in what they could get out of life.  Instead, they spent time with their families and didnt crave the materialism of today.  Certainly sounds good to me.

And Paris?  Well, I love Paris.  My ancestors are from Paris & the opportunity to meet them would be great.  Every time I go to Paris, I wander down those streets admiring the Parisian architecture & imagining my ancestors strolling down those self same streets.  🙂

Ok, so perhaps I’m being too idealistic & just looking at it all through rose tinted glasses.  I’m sure that the people back then had problems of their own, but from this distance, 90 years later, it seems like a pretty good era and location to be living in.  Would I swap it for today?  Hmm, tough one & not really something I can actually do, but oh how I’d love to get in that time machine & go take a sneak peak,. just for a little while ….


A new year, a new me? But what’s wrong with the old one?

January 1, 2010

Ok,  so I’ve written in the past about how I dont believe in making new year resolutions, about why should we have to wait until a specific date to think about making positive changes in our lives.  As we now find ourselves in 2010, a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year, even a new decade, my thoughts havent really changed, however I am using this occasion as a time to reflect & think about my life.

January used to just be another month, well January to be precise, but in the last few years I’ve found myself disliking it.  Perhaps it’s the anticlimax after all the festivities in the past week, or perhaps it’s the sense of fear about the future or regret about the past, or the feeling that I’ve failed somehow or that the world actually expects me to be full of enthusiasm for a new year, in wonderment of what’s to come?   I really dont know.  But this year I want this to be different.  I dont want to spend the next 4 weeks feeling miserable.  I dont want to look back at all the bad things that have happened in the past year.  I dont want to be fearful of what lies ahead.  I just want to be me!  I want to be positive.  I want to be happy.  I want to enjoy my life.

Hmm, so how exactly do I go about that?

To be honest I dont know, but I just heard someone on the radio saying that their new year resolution was to do something special every month.  I think that’s a good place to start.  Plan to do things which are different which make me happy.  Perhaps that’s a good place to start this new year, focusing on doing stuff which brings good feelings?

I really dont know, but that’s where I’m going to start.  Now to start on that list … 🙂

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