Monthly Archives: January 2012

Book review: Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill

There is something strange about apartment 16.  It has been empty for years and yet there are noises within.  When Apryl inherits a neighbouring apartment from her great-aunt, she discovers a series of disturbing journals and resolves to uncover the … Continue reading

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Book review: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

This philosophical novel explores life through the eyes of the concierge of an apartment building in Paris, interweaved with the journal extracts of one of the inhabitants, a 12 year old girl who has resolved to commit suicide on her … Continue reading

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Theatre review: Swallows and Amazons

Vaudeville Theatre, London – 12th January 2012 I never read Swallows and Amazons as a child, which is surprising since I munched my way through so many books.  I can picture it through, a pale yellow cover protected in an … Continue reading

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Review: Florence and Giles by John Harding

Florence and her younger brother, Giles, are orphans, living with servants in the rambling house of their absent uncle.  Although denied an education, Florence hides in the library where she secretly teaches herself to read and devours its books, particularly … Continue reading

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Look after the pennies and…

One of the major things I learnt last year was how much money it is possible to waste.  When we moved house, I was horrified at the possessions that had been accumulated through the years.  There were things in the … Continue reading

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50@50 – The (almost) definitive list

I have now updated my 50@50 list with number 11-40 and here they are: 1.            Have tea at the Ritz London 2.            Climb a rock face 3.            Sing karaoke 4.            Meet an animal at the zoo 5.  … Continue reading

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Happy 2012!

It’s resolution time again but let’s do it differently this year.  Action for Happiness have some feel-good resolutions, which make a change from the normal quit smoking, lose weight, give up cakes-type resolutions that we usually make.  All that negativity … Continue reading

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