10 ideas to get kids reading

Reading should be fun! After a long day, or on rainy days, books should get you and your kids excited, not filled with dread. So grab your favourite, story themed toys (Paddington, anyone?) and follow these 10 tips to get reading back on the agenda and have some fun while you’re about it! Put wordsContinue reading “10 ideas to get kids reading”

Advice for the writer – Thomas More

Advice for the indie writer can be found in the most surprising places sometimes. This extract, from More’s Utopia, is amazingly fresh and relevant considering it was written around 500 years ago. “But to tell the truth, I’m still of two minds as to whether I should publish the book or not. For men’s tastesContinue reading “Advice for the writer – Thomas More”

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast

You find the darndest things in your cereal sometimes but today my daughter found this ‘weird & wonderful’ facts card in her Chocolate Curls. It features a ‘weird quiz’ on the back: 1) Which sea creature doesn’t have a brain? a. Shark b. Lobster c. Starfish 2) How do butterflies taste things? a. With theirContinue reading “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast”

The ‘British Accent’ – A Rough Guide for the Perplexed.

So I was chatting the other day to my friend Matthew Curry of The Chia Pet Circus and he very kindly tweeted this clip to me, reminding me how quaint the BBC used to be: “Don’t forget your cocoa, and don’t let the bed-bugs bite. Breakfast will be at six SHARP!” One of the thingsContinue reading “The ‘British Accent’ – A Rough Guide for the Perplexed.”

Talking heads.

      A cephalophore (from the Greek for “head-carrier”) is a saint who is generally depicted carrying his or her own head; in art, this was usually meant to signify that the subject in question had been martyred by beheading. In Dante‘s Divine Comedy (Canto 28) the poet meets the spectre of the troubadour Bertrand de Born in the eighth circle of the Inferno, carrying his severed head inContinue reading “Talking heads.”

Underwater Sculptures

Recently I found a truly amazing picture of this underwater statue, Christ of the Abyss, at the wonderful hauntedshoreline. So I went investigating and found more pictures of underwater statues that have been placed in various sites around the world. These statues were completely new to me and creepily cool, I think. Christ of theContinue reading “Underwater Sculptures”

The Power of Porridge – or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love New Foods.

I’ve recently discovered something new. For lots of you out there it won’t be new at all but for me it’s a discovery that has taken me by surprise. I like porridge. Not just, “yeah, it’s alright” but “hmm, running low on porridge, better get some shopping in”. Now obviously, this hardly sounds like momentousContinue reading “The Power of Porridge – or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love New Foods.”

Thought of the Day

“It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.” W. Somerset Maugham “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.” Oscar Wilde How do you deal with mornings? Find it easy to get up or are you throwing on your clothes as you gulp down a coffee in a desperate attemptContinue reading “Thought of the Day”

Don’t worry Be happy

All around the UK there are signs of life! Daffodil leaves are poking up through the grass and there’s even the occasional day of sunshine. But how can we stay happy even in the bad weather? (It’s still snowing every other day here in the midlands!) Well of course, your state of mind plays aContinue reading “Don’t worry Be happy”