Silent Sunday 30.1.22
Jan30

Silent Sunday 30.1.22

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The RAD Intermediate ballet exam
Jan27

The RAD Intermediate ballet exam

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Intermediate ballet exam is the second vocational ballet exam, following on from the Intermediate Foundation exam. Not many people do these exams. The Intermediate exam is about the equivalent of a Grade 6, but is much more rigorous and challenging. The Intermediate ballet exam requires a higher level of technicality than the Grade 6. It demands greater commitment and not everyone wants to do that, or...

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My journey to dog ownership
Jan25

My journey to dog ownership

Spoiler alert, but anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram will know that we recently became puppy owners. That will probably come as a surprise to people who have known me for a long time, as I’ve never been a dog lover. Or even an animal lover. But that has changed in recent years. As a child and well into adulthood, I was quite wary of dogs. I didn’t hate them and I wasn’t scared of them exactly, but I...

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Silent Sunday 23.1.22
Jan23

Silent Sunday 23.1.22

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The Familiars by Stacey Halls
Jan21

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

The Familiars is the first novel by Stacey Halls. I bought it because I really enjoyed her second novel, The Foundling, and also because it was recommended by fellow bookworm, Anne of At Home a Lot blog. The Familiars is the story of Fleetwood Shuttleworth, set in 1612. At just 17, Fleetwood is married and pregnant for a fourth time. Yet she still has no living heir. Struggling with debilitating sickness and fearing for the life of...

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