I’m from a lifetime of Marks and Spencers underwear, from last season’s clothes bought on sale and from the dizzy limit of wealth being enough spare cash to buy a jacket from Jaeger. I’m from a favourite cousin’s hand-me-down sailor dress, and from a family of women who each in turn convinced themselves that they [...]
An almost audible cyber-sigh passes around Facebook on Sunday teatimes when one of the Class of 1988 announces that they’ve put line-dried sheets on the bed and will be turning in early. Someone fanatically houseproud chimes in to say that they’ve ironed their bed linen, and we laugh through a debate about which of us [...]
A potato. Kicked into the little bonfire and pulled out an hour or so later with a bit of green stick that happened to be left on the ground. Burned potato skin pulled open with a rusty fork. The same fork that had stirred the curried beans warmed up as a side dish. Beans curried [...]
An assortment of the very strange faces from my 1970s version of “Guess Who?”. I’m comforted to see that the game seems to have been updated and the current faces are a little less sinister than these ones. Yes, it’s already 18th January and I’m still only at picture number 6.
I was a peculiar child. Peculiar in that bookwormy, writery, reading-absolutely-everything-I-could kind of way. I’m guessing that I’m amongst similarly peculiar friends here on the blogosphere. We – my sister and I – always had lots of presents at Christmas, but the ones that stand out the most are the strange ones, the ones that [...]
Our Table Topics theme at Toastmasters last week was based around the advice that we’d give to our 10-year-old selves, given the opportunity to go back and have a word. Table Topics are normally given quickly, moments before having to stand up and speak with no preparation. They’re about as ‘life on the edge’ as [...]
Do you see the concentration on that little face? The hands resting on the keys that, at first glance, look like the effortless hand-over-hand movement of a concert pianist? The beginning of family lessons in music, because we’re from Yorkshire and there was no point throwing good money away on an actual teacher. Learning mostly [...]