HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND ALL PRAYERS FOR 2017! #ChristmasCard

So … it’s nearly the end of 2016! Hurrah, say many of you! So, it’s time for my e-Christmas card! For the first time this year, alongside Advent material from Brian Draper and Embrace the Middle East, I’ve decided to do a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar‘, either to go to Trussell Trust, or a local charity I’ve become aware of – Re:dish, because one of the challenges of 2016 that there has been (aside from the Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #28: The Falcons of Montabard by @Chadwickauthor (Time Warner, 2003)

As a long-term fan of Georgette Heyer, typically regency novels are more my type of historical novel, but I’ve been playing with a few others – another £1 charity shop buy – I enjoyed The Falcons of Montabard – I’ve got very little knowledge of that period, but judging by the extra-reading offered at the end, it seems well researched, and the story was well paced – giving insights into the brutal realities of living life in Continue Reading →

Raising Children in a Digital Age described as ‘thoroughly researched’ by @FosterCareCoOp

Really appreciated this review of Raising Children in a Digital Age, by Lynn Findlay, which you can read fully on The Foster Care Co-Operative Blog: Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #8: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (via @TansyJTweets)

Thanks Tansy for buying this for my birthday last year … get me reading it before the next birthday has rolled around 🙂 Another book that may have taken me into another early morning read on the second night of reading!! Harold Fry, retired but 6 months, receives a letter from a friend (who he hasn’t seen for 20 years, and who he feels he has wronged) who is dying from cancer. He decides to Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #5 #6 #7: The Jewel, The House of the Stone, The White Rose @amyewingbooks

I spoke at an event for children’s librarians a couple of year’s ago, and one of the perks was getting copies of books that were recently, or shortly to be, published. When I’m tired I get particular joy out of reading teenage fiction – it’s generally got quite an inspirational, moral line but accompanied by easy reading. The Hunger Games and Divergent are both on the list of series I’ve enjoyed – ones that have worlds that Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #4: The Perfect Sinner by Will Davenport

So, it’s full on into a new term, so light-weight fiction is generally what I’m looking forward to at the end of the day to send me off to sleep… although I seem to keep picking ones that I want to know so much more about. The Perfect Sinner was a slow starter for me .. it starts with Sir Guy de Bryan (one of the First Knights of the Garter) watching his Chantry being built as Continue Reading →

New Job, New Achievements

Sometimes life just gets so busy, so crazily involved, that I forget what I’ve achieved – if Marcus Buckingham is to be believed – this is not a good thing for me – plus this might save me time for my PDR in future! At the end of August 2015, I finished with CODEC at the University of Durham, sold my house – having decluttered severely, and moved on to a new post as Senior Lecturer Continue Reading →

Happy Christmas 2015

After so many dead robins appearing in my newsfeed, I thought I’d add a live one! My online Christmas card may be less effortful than last year – but here’s a few pics that I’ve enjoyed seeing appear in my newsfeed (with some random bits of news from me) to wish you a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2016… I’m not into Star Wars (I know, shock horror!), but the jokes still make sense – Continue Reading →