Getting Back Into Things

Firstly, happy New Year! I hope that your 2019 is a good one. Life cannot always provide you with the outcomes that you want or even need, so I wish for you to have the determination to survive the bad and the ability to always notice the good. Now, onto other things. I’ve not taken…

Graduation: Getting Your Name Right

I glanced at an article on the BBC News website concerning the tricky territory faced by many a student and academic – pronouncing someones name right at a graduation ceremony. From being both a graduand with a difficult surname and a person who makes gainful employment at a towering institution of higher education (perhaps not towering), I…

Random Thought Friday (trust me, it’s a thing)

I know that each country in the world has somehow generated a stereotype image of its people. A two dimensional, card board cut-out of what we are all meant to look like, sound like and behave. One thing that bugs me, is queuing. Why is it a quintessentially British thing to wait your turn? Does…

UPDATE: Letter from Dying Mum to Daughter – Bethany Found

Yesterday’s report on the letter found in a bookshop in Bishop Auckland, that had been written by a mother who was dying, has a happy (or as happy an ending as possible, in the circumstances). Bethany has been found and the letter and accompanying photo returned to her. Bethany Gash is a 21 year old…

What If, Whitby & What It Means to Me

In the past few days, my husband and I have had our semi-regular ‘what if’ conversation. This is when we allow ourselves for several minutes to imagine what our lives would be like if our more materialistic dreams came true. They would, but of course, be reliant on a lottery win. One dream we’ve had for…