Haworth is a beautiful, historic village nestled in to the outskirts of the Pennines. It is famous for its cobbled streets, olde world sweet shop, apothecary and of course it was the home of The Brontës from 1820 until 1861. The Brontë sisters, and their brother, were born in Thornton village, just along the road from where I grew up. This is where my love of the Brontës and Haworth stems from. I feel a connection with them and Brontë Country because to me they are of great importance, their history, and the imprint they have made on the world. … Continue reading The Brontës
*Spoiler alert* If you haven’t seen ‘The Thin Red Line’, starring everybody! Then you may want to close your eyes, major spoiler alert. Also get over it, the film came out in 1998, in fact the original was 1964, where have you been?! I’m trawling my way through these blog ideas. I’ve not been doing them in order, mainly because number one sounded stupid, so I’m doing that one now. Number one on the blog list idea was ‘Go for a walk, list the things that you see or find on the sidewalk’… This is number one on my latest … Continue reading Sidewalk pickings.
Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot… Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes, Plot Night. Whatever you call it, us Brits love to celebrate the 5th of November with a big fire, lots of loud sparkly things, some pie and peas and toffee apples. On the 5th of November, 1605 a man named Guy Fawkes and 12 other Catholic conspirators tried to blow up Parliament and kill the King. They failed. The tradition of a bonfire actually began the same night of the foiled gunpowder plot. When the people of London learnt that their King had had an attempt … Continue reading Guy Fawkes Night
Happy Halloween! It is illegal to use, possess or sell ‘silly string’ in Hollywood on Halloween. A full moon on Halloween is actually quite rare. The last one was 2020, before that it was 2001 and the next one won’t be until 2039. Halloween is believed to date back as far as medieval times when children and poor adults would dress up and beg for food and money in exchange for songs and prayers. Back then it was known as ‘guising’ or ‘souling’. Trick or treating lost its popularity throughout WWII when sugar was rationed. By 1952 cartoons such as … Continue reading Happy Halloween
“You hang up on me again and I’ll gut you like a fish” – Scream, 1996. These aren’t in any particular order, these are just some of my favourites and also suggestions for you to watch this Halloween. A Nightmare on Elm Street – ‘One, two Freddy’s coming for you’… A horrifying man with knives for fingers, terrorising the dreams of teenagers. Who doesn’t love a bit of Krueger? I think my favourite is ‘The Dream Master’, but any of them will do. Hell Raiser – I remember watching this with a friend when I was about 12, it was … Continue reading What’s your favourite scary movie?
Give him a day where everybody lives! This post contains spoilers sweetie! Do you remember that first spark of excitement you felt when you heard those fantastic words? “I’m The Doctor. Run”! The same excitement when ‘Bad Wolf’ was appearing every where and you just knew the connection was going to be so exciting that you couldn’t keep still on the sofa, you were jumping up and down and the not knowing where this was heading was killing you, but you knew it was going to be brilliant! I cannot convey the emotions I feel when Rose stares in to … Continue reading Dr Who
I believe that there is someone for everyone. (Unless you are evil. Then you don’t deserve happiness. Or your ‘someone’ is also evil, you find each other and die painfully in a fire together). I believe that it is impossible … Continue reading I believe…
Well, what can I say? We go way back, 5 or 6 years? The relationship, I feel, is very one sided. You’re not particularly verbal. I sometimes feel as though you’d drop me in an instant if another suitor came along at any time. I must admit that that is understandable, it is common knowledge that I use you. At least I’m consistent though. Our meetings are very emotional and rapid. I really know how to push your buttons, every time! I can’t help myself and you always end up in floods of tears. That’s usually the point where I … Continue reading Turbulent Times
The build of anticipation as you tentatively ease that little red straw from the tube of marble doom! Who didn’t love playing Kerplunk as a kid? It was always the game of choice on rainy afternoons when I was visiting … Continue reading Kerplunk!
Here is a story I wrote as part of my ‘Creative Writing’ module with the OU, back in 2014(?). I don’t remember the score I was given for this piece but it wasn’t good. My tutor told me the story … Continue reading In The Eyes Of The Lord