Votes for women

Do I think of myself as a feminist? I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot recently. After the gender pay thing hit the headlines, everyone went into overdrive about gender inequality in a way I hadn’t really noticed since the late 70s and early 80s. At work a new women’s group was formed. I […]

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In search of Bendigo

When I first moved to Nottingham a couple of months ago, the first thing I did was go and join the library and spend a couple of hours in the local history section where I discovered a completely amazing book that will be the subject of another blog (probably several because there is so much […]

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How I almost got to go to a music hall

I am very disappointed. A couple of weeks ago I discovered there was a hidden Victorian Music Hall behind St James’s Street in Nottingham city centre. I had absolutely no idea it was there. Not only that, there were caves underneath the building that hosted wonderful-sounding events like gin tastings (yes please) and open mic […]

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Patisserie Valerie: a review

I never, ever thought I would put these words together in a sentence. I couldn’t finish the cheesecake! Me, the cheesecake connoisseur, the lover of all things sweet and gooey. Yep, that’s right, I actually left some. And this isn’t a good thing. I shall tell you why. I have never before visited a Patisserie […]

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Friday 13th: lucky for some

I’ve got a bit of a problem. Living in a small town like Yateley for many years (and I’m not dissing Yateley, it was my home for more than two decades and I loved living there) I sort of got used to there being very little to do. I mean there is the May Fair, […]

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New city, new life

  For the last eight and a half years I have been hacking it up and down the M1 to visit Nottingham, home of my partner Phill for all his life. I lived and worked in the Home Counties with my two adult daughters and their partners and I promised I would keep renting a […]

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