Africa by Richard Dowden

Paperback cover of Africa

This book spent so long on my to be read stack, I’m talking maybe five years, and whilst I really wanted to get stuck in and find out everything it had to say I was also a little bit intimidated by it. Over the years I’ve learned to not be so scared by a book […]

Black Day At The Bosphorus Cafe by M.H.Baylis

M.H.Baylis Rex Tracey #3 book

Books that are part of a series but can be read alone are fantastic. That is until you pick up a book that is part way through, or in this case the current end, of a series and the irrational anger of reading something out of order overwhelms you. Reading the Black Day at the […]

A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study In Scarlet

It has been several years since I first picked up this book and I actually worked my way through half of the eight books that I have back then but given it was such a long time there was part of me that just wanted to start again from the beginning. As I had read […]

Under A Mackerel Sky by Rick Stein

Under A Mackerel Sky

I love seafood to both cook and eat so often enjoy watching and reading Rick Stein recipes and as a result I picked up a copy of his memoir Under A Mackerel Sky. I knew it was a bit of a long shot as good food, recipes or understanding of ingredients does not make for […]

Café Adagio, Croydon 

Soup and bread roll

My partner and I love a trip to Café Adagio on Lower Addiscombe Road here in Croydon. It is our very most local independent cafe and happens to be run by a really love guy. In fact my partner likes it so much he sometimes goes there without me to sit and read his book! There […]

My Goals For 2017

For me at least 2017 is the year of achievable goals and being able to feel proud at the end of them. Here are some things I’m planning to gove my all during the year ahead.

Olympic Opening Ceremony

The day that signals the start of competition is just around the corner for many athletes has finally arrived. Opening ceremonies constantly set out to be memorable and impressive for those that are participating, in attendance and tuning in through some form of media. Some athletes, such as the footballers, will be unable to attend […]

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

So many people seem to have read Frankenstein, or at least sections of it, during their time at school. I never watched a film version of it either, to my knowledge, so my thoughts on it were completely skewed. It somehow managed to pass me by and I only ever knew of it because of […]

Discovering Local Events

Things are always happening just around the corner but how often do we know about them until they have actually happened? Things can be so badly publicised unless you know exactly where to look and that can make it really effort-some to actually go off and find them. I used to work once a week […]

This Material Culture Challenge

Recently This Material Culture contacted me on twitter and said they would love for me to get involved in a competition they have going on. I’ve browsed their website several times in the past and always fallen in love with so many pieces. They are based in Liverpool and do bangles, necklaces, earrings and rings […]