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The podcasts that keep me reading

This week some of my favourite podcasts are returning from their summer hiatus so I thought it timely to share them with you. I’m a late, but enthusiastic podcast adopter. I started with Serial (who didn’t?) but it wasn’t until last year when, faced with another house renovation project, I fancied something other than the radio to drown out the sound of floorboards being sanded. … Continue reading The podcasts that keep me reading

Adopt, Don’t Shop: Could you give a rescue dog a home?

Today is my dog’s Gotcha Day. Being a rescue dog, we don’t know his actual date of birth so instead, like many other adopters, we mark the day we welcomed him into our home. I remember that day – seven years go – vividly. He charged into the lounge, running across the sofa at 100mph before landing with a thud and looking at me expectantly. … Continue reading Adopt, Don’t Shop: Could you give a rescue dog a home?

Ramsgate Tunnels blackout tour – life underground during WWII

I studied history to A-level, which means eight years of lessons in total. Throughout this time, I failed to get excited about a single treaty-signing, nor could I remember any significant dates or locations (apologies to Mr Pugh, who remained cheerful despite my shortcomings). What really interested me were the stories of the people involved in each battle, famine and revolution. History lessons offered a … Continue reading Ramsgate Tunnels blackout tour – life underground during WWII

Crowdfunding authors: Backing books I want to read

If you’re around my age, ‘backing books’ will conjure up images of wrestling your school set texts into jackets of brown paper (or Fablon if you were a bit posh). But, this isn’t a post about the merits of attempting to protect the cover of your already dog-eared Tricolore. Last year, author Caitlin Davies spoke at the Margate Bookie literary festival. She told the story … Continue reading Crowdfunding authors: Backing books I want to read

Sirayane Boutique Hotel and Spa, Marrakech

With fresh rose petals on the sheets, and double beds surrounding the swimming pool, the Sirayane hotel and spa in Marrakech was geared up for couples, but turned out to be perfect for a short break with good friends. This week, me and four pals flew to Morocco for a few days of relaxation to mark a significant (but unmentionable) milestone birthday. Our criteria for … Continue reading Sirayane Boutique Hotel and Spa, Marrakech