Thursday, August 28, 2014

Recently Read - The Lives Of Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

The Lives of Stella BainThe Lives of Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



When a young American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in the exclusive garden of London's Bryanston Square, residents August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.

A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge, a cranial surgeon, quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide in France, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.


I generally love books by Anita Shreve but this one.. well, I swerved between loving it and being bored.

I would say mostly it was an enjoyable read, but not as brilliant as some of her others.



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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Anyone Remember "Rent-A-Cassette"?

As I was browsing through Spotify this evening, deciding what music to listen to from the choice of millions of tracks, I thought back to my teenage years.

In my early teenage years the only music choice I had was the radio. One music station which faded in and out as the reception was so poor.

When I'd saved enough pocket money I bought myself a cassette player - remember those!?

It was a mono player, no fancy speakers it must have sounded very tinny but it was amazing at the time.

Trouble was, cassettes were expensive and I only had one - Rod Stewart, so I soon got bored.

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It was then I came across "Rent-A-Cassette" advertised in a magazine.  It was perfect for me - for a few pennies a month I had access to lots and lots of music. They posted out a cassette of my choice each week which I kept for a few days and if I liked it a lot I could keep it at a knocked down price. It seemed so modern and trendy!

Anyone else remember "Rent-A-Cassette"?


I also remember the hassle of winding and rewinding the tape to get to the right track? The tape getting twisted and stuck in the little wheels, pulling out and sometimes even tearing?  Having to clean those little wheels with some alcohol and cotton buds..

How times have changed - thankfully!

But it makes me wonder, how will people obtain and listen to music in another 30/40 years!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Recently Read - The Ugly Man by P.D. Viner

The Ugly Man (Short Story) A Dani Lancing StoryThe Ugly Man (Short Story) A Dani Lancing Story by P.D. Viner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was a very enjoyable short read.

It was gripping and quite horrifying at times, but most of all I'd describe it as a rather sad and tragic tale of an unloved and lonely man.




The whole country baking in a heatwave. And in a sleepy Derbyshire village a man, known locally as the Ugly Man, walks into his local with a claw hammer and in front of everyone brutally murders the young woman behind the bar.

For Patricia Lancing, juggling the demands of being a wife and mother alongside her desire to get recognition as an investigative journalist, this could be the case that makes her career...

If she survives it. 
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Sunday, August 03, 2014

My Sunday Photo

This is my first time joining in with Sunday Photo, hosted by One Dad 3 Girls.

This ride is at the Southbank in London.

It goes up rather high as you can see, but not for very long!

For the exorbitant price of £7.50 you go up, around and down in less than 2 minutes (we timed it)

Such a rip off!

Makes for a pretty picture though :)



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Saturday, August 02, 2014

Recently Read - Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie

Trust in MeTrust in Me by Sophie McKenzie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was easy to read and at times really gripping. I did find it a little far fetched at times and now I'm finished I don't *miss* the characters as I do in some books, but apart from that it was an enjoyable read.

I was given this book in return for an honest review.

Julia has always been the friend that Livy turns to when life is difficult. United fifteen years ago by grief at the brutal murder of Livy's sister, Kara, they've always told each other everything.

Or so Livy thought.

So when Julia is found dead in her home, Livy cannot come to terms with the news that she chose to end her own life. The Julia that Livy knew was vibrant and vivacious, a far cry from the selfish neurotic that her family seem determined to paint her as.

Troubled by doubt but alone in her suspicions, Livy sets out to prove that Julia was in fact murdered. But little does she realise that digging into her best friend's private life will cause her to question everything she thought she knew about Julia. And the truth that Livy discovers will tear the very fabric of her own life apart.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Whipsnade Zoo Visit

Today was a beautiful day to visit Whipsnade Zoo.  I'd never been before despite it being less than an hours drive away.

I was very impressed!

It's massive - the animals have vast areas in which to roam, so much, that it barely feels like a zoo. There is a little train and a bus that can take you round if you don't feel like walking. (it's not a Safari Park)

I loved the Mara -  (photos at the bottom here) they run free around the entire zoo. At first I had no idea what they were,  they bother no one and are so cute!

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I *Will* Fit Into This Box!

I *WILL* fit into this box!!

Mabel & Freddie - Just Chillin' On The Fence

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When we got Freddie (our Ginger boy) as a tiny kitten, Mabel (our tabby) was 3 years old and not amused.

At times I wondered if she would ever be able to cope with him around, but look how times have changed!

I doubt they will ever snuggle up together as some cats do but this is amazing and wonderful to see them sitting this close on the fence :)

Recently Read - Prime Deception by Carys Jones

Prime DeceptionPrime Deception by Carys Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I received this book through Netgalley.

I enjoyed the story, it captured my interest right from the start. I think the middle was a little slow at times but it got better towards the end!




When Lorna Thomas is found dead in her car everyone believes she killed herself. But the day after her death Lorna was set to sell a scandalous story to one of Britain’s biggest tabloid papers. For six months she had been the Deputy Prime Minister’s mistress.

Will Lorna’s secret die with her? While her family try to move on and come to terms with her death one person refuses to believe that Lorna killed herself. Her twin sister, Laurie is convinced that Lorna was murdered and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it, even if that means teaming up the very man her sister had been having an affair with…
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