So yesterday, it occurred to me that I have been staying at home for exactly a month. As with everything in this strange time we're all living through at the moment, it occurred to me that it feels like a lifetime ago, when it's actually been just a bit over 30 days since I became … Continue reading Observations since I started staying home.
Good evening everyone, I did wonder about the best way to do this blog. Until as recently as a couple of days ago I'd written something very different. Anyway, I filmed a little IGTV video on Instagram tonight that I think for once, does justice better than written words: https://www.instagram.com/tv/B94v09ShffV/?igshid=1fwjald3v6rey So, to sum up / … Continue reading Checking in, staying safe.
Hello everyone, It's been a strange and sad old weekend, and yet somehow it feels a bit longer than that. Then again, that always seems to be the way when a massive loss happens. Most people reading this post from the UK will already know, but for any international readers among you, the sad news … Continue reading Kindness first, always.
I'm grateful for Victoria Coren Mitchell. The writer and presenter summed up a national mood in a piece she wrote in The Observer this weekend just gone, that I'm sure many writers and bloggers - present writer included - are feeling countrywide at present. Political uncertainty and general turmoil following a snap general election, and a … Continue reading Q: Are there good things in the world to think about?
Dear Cat & Fi, Hello there. So it's Saturday night, I'm watching 'Smack the Pony' (more specifically this hilarious pisstake of All Saints they did) and it's the second of the 'Dear Cat & Fi' blogs that I'm writing to you. I've made it to a second one so I think that deserves a little … Continue reading Dear Cat & Fi: The One When I Pay my Coffee Forward
Dear Cat & Fi, Hello! Your little bro Alex here. I thought today's blog post could potentially be the start of something new. Obviously, both of you, my twin sisters, live miles away from me now and I may not get to touch base with you both as much as I'd like to - some … Continue reading Dear Cat & Fi: The One Where I Get a New Favourite Band
All the acts from 2008-12's great British pop renaissance either suddenly flopping hard in the charts and/or launching solo careers of varying degrees of amazingness this year, has led me back to reminiscing on the last time that happened. And when I sat down to work it out this week, I reasoned it must have … Continue reading Rachel Stevens’ “Come & Get It” at 10: celebrating a great lost pop classic.
Most of you who read this blog - or at least, I hope most of you - will know that away from here, I'm also a budding writer. All of you reading this will also know that I am a fan of the weekly vlogs on YouTube by the Fletcher posse - Tom, Giovanna and … Continue reading Inspiration: how do you get yours?
The year is 1945. VE Day marks the end of World War II, actor Martin Shaw and singer songwriter legend Van Morrison are both born. And in May of that year, on exactly this week, the first in a new series of books for children called 'The Railway Series', charting the lives of a team … Continue reading ‘The Railway Series’ at 70: still crossing the points to new generations
Apologies for being slightly late to the #AwesomeBoresome-ness this week. Blame this on the fact that I am currently fending off a sore throat and thus have the energy and attention span of a fruit fly. Being slightly ill isn't one of my #Boresomes though, but there are a couple of things that are. So … Continue reading #AwesomeBoresome (Week ending 19/04/2015)