Solo Cinema Trips

It may surprise you to know that the very idea of going to the cinema alone fills me with abject horror.   Buy a ticket for one and sit by myself?!  I might as well just get a sandwich board with “I HAVE NO FRIENDS” plastered on it and stand in the multi screen car park, surely? Apparently not. I spotted an article in Stylist magazine being shared online yesterday

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Toby Carvery do takeaway, who knew?

Not me that’s for sure. True fact, my first job was in a Toby Carvery.  Working on Sundays whilst at college it was my job to “man the rumbler”,  the massive machine that peeled sackfuls of potatoes so we could then chop them into roasties.   It was 1986 and I can’t hear Starship’s “We built this city” without being taken back to that kitchen in Peterborough.   Since the

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The Upside Down House

If somebody says to you they are off to the upside down house you would be forgiven for thinking they meant a house where the kitchen is downstairs, and the bedrooms are upstairs.   Or that there has been a disaster with somebody’s caravan falling off a cliff and landing on its roof on the beach below. In Bournemouth, however, this is an actual upside down house.  Well to be

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The 72 things I learned in 2018 — Part 2

  Welcome to part 2 of what I learned in 2018.  I didn’t mean for this to be in two parts but part one was pushing 3000 words so it was time to split it up before people started reading and feel asleep.  If you missed Part One, click here The world stopped for a while when the news broke that Kate, a mum of two, a daughter, a dear

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The seventy two things I learned in 2018 — Part 1

This is a  collaborative post For the most part 2018 was rubbish.   I certainly won’t be remembering it with any affection, that’s for sure.  But in amongst all the poop, there were some lovely moments.  Such as seeing Caity get married, it really was the most perfect day and she looked stunning.   Mr B and I celebrated ten years of marriage.   My granny had seventy people sing

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Visibly Vegan candles — a review

I must admit I thought I knew quite a bit about being a vegan.   Not that I have ever been one, though I was veggie for a while as a teenager.  I know that it means that along with the obvious meat and eggs it also means you can’t have honey, wear leather shoes or have gelatine sweets.     I didn’t realise, however, that it goes as far

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#Gifted

This might be a controversial one but here goes.   I don’t like the term #Gifted. To be fair it might not be something that is even on your radar, so let me explain. Us bloggers, or influencers as we are increasingly being referred to, are required by the ASA to mark anything that we have been paid for, or sent for inclusion in a blog social media, as an

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Dear Deborah Ross

Help me out here Deborah.  Why did you feel it necessary to pen a column in the Times this week where you said that influencers should be relabelled “Detestable Freeloaders”?   Well I know what brought it about, your watching the programme about Cliveden and the inclusion of two influencers called Katie and Ben, but why did you have to give them (and all other influencers) this new moniker and

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Advent calendars, all with next day delivery

Let’s face it, I can’t be the only one who hasn’t quite grasped the idea that December starts at the weekend, can I?  Can I?  Anyone?  Bueller? Which means I may have been a bit slow off the mark with advent calendars.   And I know that the cardboard ones I had as a small child aren’t really going to cut it.  Even the ones I had that were covered

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My thoughts on the Menopause

I should probably date this post as I am pretty sure my thoughts on the menopause are going to keep evolving as I get closer and closer to the end of being menopausal and become post menopausal. But first of all, why this post today? Well I watched, with interest, the documentary that Mariella Frostrup did on BBC1 last night.   Menopause has been on my agenda for about six

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Technology is killing spontaneity

It hadn’t really occurred to me to be honest, that technology is killing our ability to be spontaneous.   In fact I was always thinking the exact opposite.    That having so much information in the plan of my hand as allowing me to have more knowledge of what I could do if I wanted to be spontaneous.    How finding ourselves with a free Saturday afternoon at home would

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The one about tights

You might think that writing a post about tights is bit “huh” but bear with me.  If you wear tights as often as I do you will appreciate how phenomenal it is when you find a pair that actually fits you.  Not just feel alright, but that actually fit.   For years I have battled buying tights that ended up falling down half way through the day.   I have

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