Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold….

…or is it, dear reader? Would it not be best to “turn the other cheek”, “let sleeping dogs lie”, or just be the bigger person and walk away? Think of all the books, films, TV shows and stories based around revenge and then think about the ending and how it all turned out. Not well, … Continue reading Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold….

Do You Have a Lustful Appetite?

Yes! Yes! I hear you cry, but have you stopped to ask yourself why I am asking, or even what I mean by my question? Maybe even wondered where I am going with it? Was that a sharp intake of breath I’ve just heard…..? Think back to last time’s blog, where I introduced you to … Continue reading Do You Have a Lustful Appetite?

Are You a Sinner or a Saint?

I ask because, following a recent visit to the theatre to watch Dr Faustus- an excellent version put on by Off Topic Theatre- I started to ponder how virtuous today’s society really is. As such, this is the first of a series of blogs looking at the seven deadly sins. Take heed, dear reader, as … Continue reading Are You a Sinner or a Saint?

Do You Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas Eve?

Perhaps you should........ For many moons the ghost story has been the festive treat on Christmas Eve. The Victorians used to go crazy for a yuletide ghost tale, as they did for most tales of the dark and supernatural variety. But, the tradition for telling ghost stories on what is now a festive and joyful … Continue reading Do You Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas Eve?

What’s In a Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other word would smell as sweet. So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,  Retain that dear perfection .….” (Romeo and Juliet Act II Scene II) In this world famous quote, Juliet argues that it doesn’t matter to her that Romeo is from … Continue reading What’s In a Name?

Scarily Influenced……..or Just Plain Mundane?

In deciding what to write for my Hallowe’en blog post, dear reader, my gaze alighted on my numerous bookshelves and began to roam the volumes, soon settling on my collection of classics. Four titles jumped up and down to get my attention and I found myself nodding in agreement and pondering their origins. Where did … Continue reading Scarily Influenced……..or Just Plain Mundane?

Dick Turpin or Henry VIII – Who Would You Prefer in Your Family Tree?

Do you really and honestly want to know who hides in your past, dear reader? Assuming the answer is yes, given the obsession with family trees, I have to ask, why? What is it you are hoping to find? Would your life be enhanced to find out that you are a descendent of Henry VIII? … Continue reading Dick Turpin or Henry VIII – Who Would You Prefer in Your Family Tree?

Guest Blog – Jan Kiermasz (John Jelly) – An Unusual visit

I'd like to give a warm welcome to the lovely Jan Kiermasz from John Jelly, to tell us a little about her ghostly experiences. Over to you, Jan :-): It was late evening. My young baby was tucked up in bed. My husband was working away. I was sat quietly watching a spot of TV … Continue reading Guest Blog – Jan Kiermasz (John Jelly) – An Unusual visit

From Writing to Binding…….Books, That Is!

When I heard that my good friends Phil and Cath were going on a book-binding course, I fell over myself in asking if I could tag along and I'm so glad I did. As most of you will know, I am rather odd and I hold my hands up to having a serious fetish for … Continue reading From Writing to Binding…….Books, That Is!