• 2016,  blogging,  Uncategorized

    Kicking The Bucket

    Content Note: This post mentions death. More so in the post linked at the end of this post then in this post. I’ve written before about the fact that I’ve been doing the NCTJ Foundation Certificate in Journalism.  And as a part of that there’s a unit of blogging and our tutor arranged for each of us to have the oppportunity to guest blog on a site called Kicking the Bucket. Kicking the Bucket is an Oxford based festival which will happen for the third time in October/November this year.  It’s a festival about living and dying. It looks like they have some interesting events planned.  I probably won’t go…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon

    I’m never quite sure how much to write in these reviews. I want to make them long enough that people can get a feel for the book but not too long that they can’t be bothered to read them. So just in case I’ve got it wrong I’ll start with the most important part of this review: I fully expect this book to feature in my Best Books of 2016 blog when December comes and it’s time to write it. It will take a lot to beat this. Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    The Love of a Book

    Over the past five or six weeks I’ve not read anything.  I’ve been listening to audiobooks in the background whilst working on a knitting projects – and old favourite series that I know well and don’t need to concentrate on (Swallows and Amazons). But the last time I actually read something was on Good Friday when I managed the first garden reading session of the year and finished The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon.  For the week or two before that I wasn’t reading much either. It’s not like me not to be at least reading something.  I even did three train journeys without a book…

  • 2016,  BADD,  Uncategorized

    It’s Not Disablism (But Really It Is)

    Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD). I’ve taken part since the beginning which I think was 2005. And I’ve written all sorts of things about different aspects of being disabled, different experiences I’ve had. Even a poem. I don’t have anything major to say today.  I don’t feel like I’ve experienced any real disablism for the last few weeks. If you asked my friend Angela she’d tell you different. She’d say I should write about a couple of weeks ago and people I know relatively well assuming I would do something and completely ignoring that several months before I’d said maybe and what I’d said to them about reasonable…