A day at the Museum of Civilisation


Anyone who has read Station Eleven will recognise the reference. For those who haven’t, the Museum of Civilisation is a collection of things gathered together by the survivors in a very depleted world, things they had little use for, but wanted to have remembered. Goldsboro Books in London did a window display based around the […]

Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome – expanded edition.


Yesterday’s book-on-a-train was Pretending to be Normal, Living with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) by Liane Holliday Willer – the new expanded edition. The original book came out in 1999 so there’s an additional 15 years of reflection on AS life to be added. Compelling and witty, Liane Holliday Willey’s account of growing to adulthood […]

News: Dept of Education official fails to understand concept of average

This isn’t really news, because it’s not new. It seems to be fairly endemic throughout all levels of government. For example, this wonderful exchange between the Chairman of the Select Committee and the then Education Secretary, Michael Gove. Q98 Chair: One is: if “good” requires pupil performance to exceed the national average, and if all […]

On the beach


And afterwards.

Looking back, over my shoulder


Not a bad view. First attempt at running round the point for a while was remarkably unsuccessful. My legs didn’t like the shingle, then when I paused Runkeeper to take the photo I confused it and it didn’t track the rest of the run. Oh well. Just as well I haven’t actually started the build […]

Saturday snippets 18 October 2014


{Watching} Earth to echo for family film night. Full review and giveaway coming soon. {Enjoying} yet more late sun. I got two whole loads of washing dried today. That’s a lot of washing for October. *and* I spotted when it was about to rain and got it in in time. I think I’ve finally got […]

Have you got your Reading Eyes open?

ranty head

I read an excerpt of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s David Fickling lecture in the guardian yesterday, and it stuck with me all day. I have to say I think he’s completely wrong. Schools aren’t destroying the power of stories. It’s far far worse than that. The particular bit of his lecture echoing round my brain is […]

It’s not me, it’s you. Mhairi McFarlane

its not me its you mhairi mcfarlane

I have read previous Mhairi McFarlane books. I thought I’d reviewed at least one, You had me at Hello, but if I have, I can’t find it right now. Oops. So, we’re firmly in romantic self discovery territory here. The blurb: Delia Moss isn’t quite sure where she went wrong. When she proposed and discovered […]

Motherhood #voiceofmums

Motherhood. It means so many different things to different people. For me, when I think of motherhood, I think of that moment when I first held each child in my arms, and it felt like something physically rearranged inside me to fit this new person into my heart. It’s a powerful emotion. At that moment […]

Books to open your eyes.

a wrinkle in time

I think I was reading dystopian fiction before it was called that. I remember reading The Chrysalids (kindle) at school, and wishing I would suddenly discover that I was telepathic. (And the first seeds of thoughts about the rights and wrongs of judging appearances and differences were sown. ) There was A Wrinkle in Time, […]

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