5 Literary Cats

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Ernest Hemingway A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/cat-animal-cat-portrait-cat-s-eyes-1508613/ Charles Dickens What greater gift than the love of a cat. image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/kitten-grey-heart-cat-christmas-1856133/ Mark Twain If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow;…… Continue reading 5 Literary Cats

Book Blog: The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

A few weeks ago, every time we went on Netflix the first title offered was The Queen’s Gambit. The blurb was intriguing: In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction. I googled the title and found that the series…… Continue reading Book Blog: The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

Henry Wood was born #OnThisDay in 1869

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Sir Henry Joseph Wood (3 March 1869 – 19 August 1944) was an English conductor best known for his association with London’s annual series of promenade concerts known as The Proms. In 1893 a new concert hall opened in London. The hall could seat over two thousand people and the sound quality was the best…… Continue reading Henry Wood was born #OnThisDay in 1869

I wandered lonely as a cloud in March!

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The special flower for March is the beautiful daffodil. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says The daffodil stands for unequaled love, so giving this flower to someone expresses quite a lot. With their bright yellow petals, daffodils seem the perfect way to say that the sun is always shining whenever your significant other is around. image…… Continue reading I wandered lonely as a cloud in March!

Have you read Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray?

The likelihood of you finding “Magnificent Britain” by Michael Murray from a random search of the Kindle Store isn’t great. So I’ve written this post to help you. “Magnificent Britain” was the first ebook Michael (my husband) and I published with Kindle Direct and that was back in 2012 at the start of the ebook…… Continue reading Have you read Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray?

Book Blog: “Still Life” by Val McDermid

Several years ago I had an enthusiasm for reading the Tony Hill novels by Val McDermid. After a while I found the very gruesome nature of her serial killers’ crimes too unpleasant and moved on to other crime writers. However, recently I noticed that McDermid’s new novel, “Still Life”, was the Kindle Deal of the…… Continue reading Book Blog: “Still Life” by Val McDermid

On This Day in 1939 the first Anderson Shelter was erected.

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I’m not so old that I can remember WW2 first hand! But Anderson shelters were to be found during my childhood in use as garden sheds. Indeed, an Anderson shelter is still in use as a garden shed in the house next door to my very elderly aunt. When we visited her as children in…… Continue reading On This Day in 1939 the first Anderson Shelter was erected.

Swinging Sixties fashion shows

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Following on from my 1950s fashions post yesterday, here are some brilliant video clips from the 1960s. The first clip is great for a walk down Memory Lane as it features the mini-kilt, my favourite in 1966. I bought my mini-kilt from C&A (Coats and ‘Ats as it was known in my family). My dad…… Continue reading Swinging Sixties fashion shows