Category Archives: You Saw It Here Last: My Reviews

Ruby Wax … and Mindfulness?

Sane New World – Anyone? What do we say when asked what we’d wish ourselves or our loved ones? “A happy life” or  “I just want them to be happy” is the usual answer. Okay, aside from the lottery wins and … Continue reading

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Puffed Out? Smoke Relief E-Cigarette Review

The Start Like many who grew up in an age when smoking was cool (even advertised), we’ve struggled – via many attempts and methods – over the decades to quit smoking. The record was two years before succumbing to the wretched … Continue reading

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Learning Curves

Reading, Writing And Breaking Free of Genre It Started With A Book: The Villages by Dave Hutchinson Reading So, Dave’s kicked off a Big Thing for me, here. No, not chained me up! This is a metaphorical picture. Originally, I … Continue reading

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Light Show, Hayward Gallery: A Review

This is the slightly fuller version of a review I wrote for the culture geeks at To Do List. They’re into free, cheap and offbeat things to do in London and often promote events I might not otherwise hear about. Or … Continue reading

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Art and I: An Open Relationship

Art and I didn’t always get on. I didn’t know much about it. My parents were folk who thought art was the one print of ‘The Haywain‘ on the dining-room wall, or the lairy ’70s green, geometrically-patterned wallpaper in the … Continue reading

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Fifty Tangents

I find this whole Fifty Shades of Grey thing very funny. It apparently began life as a Twilight fanfic piece. I’m not a particularly jealous author. Well, no more than any other. (I’m writing something quite different and, I hope, … Continue reading

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Review: The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

Religious people talk to God and some say it’s a sign of madness when God talks back (see When God Talks Back: Madness or Mysticism by Tasha E. Mansfield). Judith and her father have no doubt spent the ten years … Continue reading

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Driven by Grief, Guilt… and Love – ‘Sister’ by Rosamund Lupton

Jeffrey Deaver’s words were splashed over the front cover, declaring Sister to exist “in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide”, which made it a tempting enough choice for me. The book begins “Dearest Tess” and tells us of … Continue reading

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A Compelling Literary Mystery

My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris Last to read again, there are reasons I’ve reviewed this book when my only other review on this new blog of mine was for the same author.  That is because I … Continue reading

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War Horse: Puppets in The Theatre of War

As a librarian, I had often recommended Michael Morpugo’s books to children in the library, particularly War Horse and Private Peaceful, a book about a very young soldier. War Horse, the play, had been at the Catford Studio Theatre just at the … Continue reading

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