The Bereaved at Christmas

Each Christmas, since 2007, I have faced the unimaginable: a Christmas with two children in heaven. It is lovely to experience Christmas with my two rainbow babies (rainbow babies/children: a term used by bereaved parents to describe the children they have after a loss of a baby or child), but, they are not their sister’s…

Another Sad Christmas (with some nice bits though)

When I was really little, when I believed in Father Christmas, it was magical. There were traditions and rituals that we would go through each year on Christmas eve – my mother would take us up to bed, singing Jingle Bells and a big white paper sack that was nearly as tall as me would…

Sending Love to All

I’m getting into the Christmas spirit, or at least, I think it is that. I am always ever so perturbed by the paucity of good will and kindness of spirit extended towards humans by humans. The news daily shows us our errors daily – a mirror held up to us, showing the ugliness we as…

Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre Royal, St. Helens

Theatre Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, Christmas Pantomime at the Theatre Royal, St. Helens, Merseyside. Sunday 7th December 2014, 10 am I have not been near live performance in a very long time, so going to see any is a bit of a treat for me. Considering I spent my formative years in and around…

Why I Hate Christmas

Ho Ho Ho! And those are the words that are usually uttered at lasses out on a hen night in Blackpool. But tis’ the season, the meaning of those words has changed. Unless of course, you’re from St. Helens in which case the former meaning is the usual one regardless of season and level of…