My reading this week – a mini break special

I am going to start posting about my recent reading…and I am starting with my reading during my mini break to Ireland (see last post) and the long bank holiday. First up – ‘Abortion Wars’ by Judith Orr published in 2017 by Policy Press. This is a fantastic book and for anyone wanting to be…

‘Yes / Tá’

When I decided I needed a break and to fly solo for the first time, I plumped for Dublin and then decided to extend it with visits to Drogheda and Belfast too. It took me a couple of days to realise that I had booked the trip for the days of the referendum in Ireland…

“as time goes by”

I want to do some writing about music so I writing about some of my favourite lyrics…I have a playlist with some of them in called ‘1973’. They don’t always come from artists or even songs I like! However, let’s go… ‘By The Way’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers: The opening lyric to this track I…

My tips for new vegetarians

Have you had a mega chocolate binge over the Easter weekend? Thinking about a heath kick? Maybe trying vegetarianism? I am not qualified to speak on vegetarianism with authority, however I have been vegetarian for most of my life so I am offering some of my top tips for anyone planning to try out becoming a…

An ornament

I am not really one for ornaments. As discussed in a recent blog post I have moved around a lot recently and my possessions have reduced in number (aside from lunch boxes, clothes, books and Nivea face products). But there is one non utilitarian item that persists… A hinge. I have had it for a…

A roar of a theatre production

As part of my Yorkshire explorations, I can now add Harrogate to my list of visited places. I went recently for a theatre trip to see ‘We Are The Lions, Mr Manager’, a wonderful production about the 1976 – 1978 Grunwick strike and its astonishing leader, Jayaben Desai. When I saw the play it was in…

In defence of house shares

House shares get a bad press. It is easy to find blog posts and articles on line with details of house share horror stories featuring awful, disgusting and bizarre behaviour. I am shortly going to be moving into my sixth shared home in a bit over five years (eighth if you include the one month…

A reading of 2018

Happy 2018! A slow building realisation has crept up on me in the last couple of months and become completely clear in the new year – I am a reader again! A few years ago I went through a big break up (the kind that involved a sudden move and my possessions being spread across…

Why art fans should visit Bedford in 2018

The Higgins Bedford is an art gallery that reopened in its current form in 2013 following a redevelopment that combined two separate institutions; Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Bedford Museum. The Higgins has an extraordinary collection and this includes hundreds of watercolours and prints and their rolling programme of exhibitions can be curated drawing from this collection….

Picks of the year and art as fun

My cultural picks for 2017 are included in this month’s Socialist Review magazine (along with lots of others, all worth a read). Check them out here: http://socialistreview.org.uk/430/pick-year Mine feature The Hepworth Wakefield, The Higgins Bedford, the poetry of Derek Walcott and the Henry Moore sculpture ‘Old Flo’. From The Hepworth Wakefield in 2017 I particularly…