The athlete goes from strength to strength
Jun25

The athlete goes from strength to strength

A few weeks ago, I told you about my son, the athlete. He really seems to have found himself with athletics this summer and, since that post, has gone from strength to strength. I was reminded of his first parents’ evening, way back in year 7, when his PE teacher described him as ‘one of the best sportsmen in the cohort’. At that stage, he was just quite a good rugby player who could run fast. But his teacher could...

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Silent Sunday 24.6.18
Jun24

Silent Sunday 24.6.18

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Project 365 2018 Weeks 24 & 25
Jun23

Project 365 2018 Weeks 24 & 25

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with a birthday, two athletics competitions and an Ed Sheeran concert, in addition to all of the usual stuff. Here’s our fortnight in pictures… Day 161 – Sunday 10th June –  a quiet day at home, catching up with stuff. The guinea pigs had their first bath of the year, or first bath ever, in the case of Cedric. Wilfred (that’s him in the towel) was incredibly calm...

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Jun22

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

I’ve read a few Holocaust novels over the years, but when I read a review of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, I knew I had to read it. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the memories of Lale Sokolov, a Jew who spent three years at Auschwitz Two – Birkenau. The author, Heather Morris, met Lale in 2003. His beloved wife had recently died and he wanted to share his incredible story before it was too late. Heather Morris pieced...

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Farewell, contract…
Jun21

Farewell, contract…

Regular readers will have heard me talking about the contract I have to do with children’s books, just one of the jobs I work on as a freelance writer. I’d been doing it for three years, and had done a related job for nine months before that. I enjoyed the job. I love reading, and can read children’s books just as happily as I could read any other books. Being paid to read sounds like a pretty good job. Except I was...

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