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.

image credit: kim traynor [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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

image credit: By Ham II (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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

Spring Fashions from the 1950s

Lars Nordin/Nordin Nilson, Nordiska museet [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I grew up in the 1950s but I don’t remember being aware of fashions until the 1960s. Looking at old black and white photos of my mum I really like the dresses she wore. Like many women in those days, she made all her own clothes and those for my sister and myself too. She…… Continue reading Spring Fashions from the 1950s

Live today as best we can.

I’m gradually working my way through all the folders on my laptop trying to get them into some semblance of order. I’ve backups on memory sticks and an external hard-drive which are in an equally large muddle. I’ve even got folders labelled “not to be deleted in case they contain something useful” and “probably not…… Continue reading Live today as best we can.

On This Day in 2002 actor John Thaw died

Of many great TV detectives have there ever been better than DCI Morse and DI Regan? The brilliant John Thaw somehow managed to convey the blokey, sexist, irascible Regan in The Sweeney and then turn on a sixpence to portray the intellectual, sensitive, irascible Morse in the series of the same name. The Sweeney was…… Continue reading On This Day in 2002 actor John Thaw died

Book Blog: A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin

I read this novel for the first time when it was originally published in the early 1980s. The author is one time Labour Party MP, Chris Mullin. Having led the Labour Party to victory in the General Election promising state control of finance and the end of newspaper monopolies by millionaire magnates, Harry Perkins doesn’t…… Continue reading Book Blog: A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin

Wise words in a notebook

Now that I’m getting my life back on track I’ve started writing again. During my thirty months of chemotherapy I wrote lots of blog posts on both this blog and elsewhere. I stopped writing blogs in 2020 as I’d too many other things to contend with. My bowel cancer surgery was in March followed by…… Continue reading Wise words in a notebook