Borrowing questions from Bruce the Gargoyle, here’s a summary of 2015, using only the titles of books I read in the year. All in all, I would describe last year as being: Small Victories I could have cried when: Men Explain Things To Me I would love to have some respite from: The Time ...

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Borrowing a wonderful meme from Catherine, and struggling a little because I’ve not read all that much this year … The rules: Using only books you have read this year, answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. Describe yourself: Our Little English Cousin (by Blanche McManus) How do you feel: The ...

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This has not been much of a year for recording, I am very sad to say. I do have a book fully narrated: dear, feisty Mrs Seacole is just waiting for me to have time to edit her Wonderful Adventures (as a Creole nurse in the Crimea, amongst other things.) And there are some ...

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I have awfully random ideas from time to time. Last October I was grabbed by a particularly odd one. I’d been having a little trouble sleeping and so went searching for solutions. Amongst well-meaning lectures about not drinking caffeine after noon (no, really?!) and advice about room lighting levels were some fascinating YouTube relaxation ...

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So, I kept bumping into mentions of Pinterest pretty much *everywhere* I went online, and signed up to have a play for myself. About two minutes later, I realised I didn’t have any ideas of what I wanted to do personally, but wouldn’t it be cool to have a pinned board full of dog ...

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In Scotland, an inspired artist has been creating wonderful paper sculptures since March, as presents for libraries, cinemas, storytelling centres, and at the Edinburgh Book Festival. It’s all a bit wonderful — well worth a read through this well-illustrated, frequently-updated blog-post, at this point on the internet. I would advise not clicking through to ...

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I’ve been unable to record for more than a week, while a perfectly average-looking cold took out the best part of my voice and left me with an depressingly-unsultry growl. So, I’ve been grumping around the house being largely unproductive. A shining exception to this was putting together a web page to pop up ...

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