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    My Favourite Hand Creams

    One beautiful sunny day, many moons ago, I was walking hand in hand with an ex-boyfriend. He lifted up one of my hands to kiss it and commented on the dryness of my hands. “Goodness me”, he said, (Actually it was more of an expletive beginning with the letter F! Get my drift? ) “You have builders hands!”, implying that they felt horrid to touch and as dry as a bloke’s that works all day mixing cement and laying bricks on a building site. Safe to say, he felt the back of the other one and I never saw him again. Actually I made the last bit up, but he…

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    7 Little Black Dresses

    I wear black more than any other colour, mainly because it makes me look thinner, it’s classy and I’m a bit morbid. Black dresses are always a safe bet as you know. Whether it’s for an interview, work wear, formal occasion or even on a date; black dresses are timeless. Here are 7 lovely black dresses that I’ve found online; and the prices are not too bad either. The majority of them are for all occasions and a couple are for a night out x

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    Mrs Beeton’s Household Management – Book Review

      I bought this LARGE publication about 10 years ago, and it’s one of those books you can dip into now and again for a bit of interesting information. It was published in 1861, as a complete work from the author’s previous magazine instalments. It comprises mainly of the workings of a Victorian home, the treatment of servants and the conventional and respectable ways the mistress of the house should conduct themselves; according to that period of time. Isabella Beeton was a working journalist by the age of 21, yet it’s quite surprising how much she knew at such a young age. It covers chapters, among countless others, on the…

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    Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman! – Book Review

    I was given this book as a birthday present last year by my friend who is a physics teacher. I was slightly concerned upon receiving it, because I have no knowledge of physics and couldn’t see how I’d find it interesting, so I approached the book with caution. I needn’t have worried though – this book is an easy recommendation, which should probably be required reading for everybody… It turns out that Feynman didn’t actually write the book – it’s a collection of transcribed stories, taped by a friend of his. All are real stories, told with precision, primarily because they are fun, and there’s a lesson or a laugh in…

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    Shakespeare-Bill Bryson/Book Review

    I was watching the programme ‘Antiques Roadshow’ this evening, and an interesting item was discussed; a little booklet written by an anonymous writer during Elizabethan times. It was extremely valuable, mainly because it contemporaneously mentions quotes from many Shakespeare plays; valuable to scholars of the playwright and the times he lived in, as such documents are in short supply.     This in turn made me think about a book I have read more than once, by Bill Bryson, called ‘Shakespeare’. The book emphasises the fact that very little is known about William Shakespeare, what he looked like, his personality or his childhood. Bryson has written a very clever book here, discussing evidence that has been…

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    ‘Logan’ Film Review

    Logan – More like a play than a superhero movie… I must admit, I wasn’t looking forward to seeing this film, as it just didn’t seem to be my cup of tea at all. My middle-aged friend has been extremely excited about it for a couple of months, and upon its release asked me to join him to our local cinema. I went to keep him company and hold his hand during the scary bits. If he hasn’t grown up yet, he never will. This was definitely his sort of film, but goodness me, once it started I was well and truly hooked. The main character, James “Logan” Howlett, is played…