Middlesbrough is a large industrial town in North East England, sitting close to the coast, on the border with North Yorkshire, or just within it, depending on who you speak to. Despite it being my hometown, I’m guilty of not taking the time to explore properly or enjoy some of the newer bars and restaurants that have popped up in… Read More
One of the highlights of my trip to Amsterdam was a morning spent in the Rijksmuseum, which is home to some of Amsterdam’s most famous art and historical artefacts. It’s also well known as the site of many a tourist selfie, thanks to the I Am Amsterdam sign that sits on the plaza outside the museum.
A review of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Ruth is passionate about her job as a labour and delivery nurse in a hospital in Connecticut, where she’s worked for 20 years, helping mothers and their babies. But when a white supremacist couple demand that Ruth – who is African American – not be allowed to touch their baby and… Read More
It doesn’t matter what your dream is, or your definition of success, but it can take a long time to achieve it. And there are times on that journey when you’ll feel like giving up. It’s inevitable. It doesn’t matter how hard you work, sometimes you feel like you’re wasting your energy. You’re trying hard and getting nowhere.
Amsterdam is one of those places that I’ve been planning to visit for years, but the trip never quite seemed to happen. So when I finally made the hop across the North Sea last week, I was looking forward to wandering around the picturesque streets and exploring the canals. And in fact, travelling by canal turned out to be one… Read More
If you’ve ever written a book and thought about getting it published, it’s probably a dilemma you’re familiar with: you’d like to get some feedback or support, but options can be limited, unless you’re willing to invest in the services of an editor or a mentor. Over the last 10 years or so, I’ve probably spent a few thousand pounds… Read More
Review: Sweetpea, by CJ Skuse Rhiannon leads a fairly unremarkable life. She works as an assistant at the local paper, socialises with friends that she doesn’t really care for and goes home to the flat she shares with her boyfriend Craig. The victim of a brutal attack when she was just a child, Rhiannon became something of a local celebrity… Read More
It used to be something that affected celebrities, then it spread to bloggers and now it applies to many people who use social media: our lives have become content to be curated and shared online. How often have you found yourself doing something just so that you can take a picture to share on the internet? Maybe you’ve gone to… Read More