Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdadottir
Mar31

Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdadottir

I was lent Why Did You Lie? by a friend who shares a very similar taste in books to me. She told me it was one of the best thrillers she’d ever read, so I had very high expectations. And I wasn’t disappointed. Why Did You Lie? is set in Iceland (and translated from Icelandic) and tells three seemingly unconnected stories. There’s the four strangers stranded in a small lighthouse on a rock, running out of food and not...

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Not ‘a bit ill’
Mar30

Not ‘a bit ill’

There was a time when if my kids told me they felt ‘a bit ill’ that I would give them some paracetamol and they would be better. Occasionally my daughter might be slightly unwell for a day or two, but it was nothing to worry about. All that seems to have changed this year. My younger son came home from school at the start of January feeling ‘a bit ill’ and was ill for a week. My daughter felt ‘a bit...

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Review of Heelys from Skates
Mar29

Review of Heelys from Skates

I hadn’t realised, being a 43 year old woman, that Heelys, the wheeled trainers, are still very popular among kids of primary school age. A lot of my daughter’s friends have them and she asked for a pair for Christmas. Right after I’d finished the Christmas shopping. So we were very pleased when Skates, the UK’s first Heelys specialist, asked us if we’d like to try a pair out just in time for spring....

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New Parkrun PB – at last!
Mar28

New Parkrun PB – at last!

I’m pretty consistent when it comes to my Parkruns. My PB for nearly a year has been 23:23 and I always finish within 20 seconds of that. And every week I try to beat it. I look at my watch, I do the maths, I think it’s possible, I push myself… And I finish 20 seconds over or 15 seconds over, two seconds over (twice!) and even one second over. But try as I might, I could not beat that damn PB. The other week, I...

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Skin warriors
Mar27

Skin warriors

In recent years, I’ve put myself up as a bit of a poster child/ poster old woman for skin stuff. Acne, rosacea, eczema, I’ve been there, done that and got the Tshirt. I’ve tried most treatments and I’ve heard the same old crappy advice from well-meaning people who know nothing about the severity of the situation I’ve been in. Recently, I’ve had a new role, I’ve been fighting a battle for my...

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