Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Cuteness Aged 2 Years & 8 Months

I think my Grandson just gets cuter every week..

...I'm one very proud Granny!

Recently Read - Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

Because She Loves MeBecause She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Brilliant, had me gripped from the start - and I didn't guess the twist! Thank you!

This book had me up way too late for a work night as I was just wanting to read a bit more to find out what was going to happen next, and when I did put it down I couldn’t sleep as it was going round and round in my mind. The characters were so ordinary, so believable and real to me it was like I was worrying about them.

Plenty of shocks and surprises and just when you think you’ve got it all, theres a dramatic twist

A lot of books I just *read*, this one I devoured!

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end.

But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth...

Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams – or the woman of his nightmares?

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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. 
From Amazon

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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 :)



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!


See the pictures on Flickr