Monday, September 30, 2013

October giggle blog

We were at our daughter’s wedding and, as we had to travel a long way, were booked into the hotel where it was taking place. Three year old Amelia and her mum and dad (our gift-son, Andy and partner, Emma) were using our room to get changed in. (It was a huge room.) Amelia had posed for several photos. She was wearing a gorgeous new dress. ‘Take one of me now,’ she kept saying as she struck a pose like a supermodel. And then she’d look at the camera and say, ‘Cheeeeese’.

Next she announced she was going to hide and got inside the wardrobe. ‘Take a picture of me now,’ she said from behind closed doors. A moment later we heard her say, ‘Cheeeeese’.

The LSO obliged and took a photo as requested. And here it is.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Who will dream for the technology generation?

I’d like to share a brilliant post about this. 
Pop over for a thoughtful and thought-provoking post.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ageist Coffee

Warning – This is A Grumpy Old Girl Moan.      

I was in the shopping centre the other day when I saw two young men handing out free coupons for coffee in the about-to-open Café (can’t say the name in case they sue me). Several times they walked straight past me so I followed them and noticed they ignored everyone over 45/50. This company obviously only wants young customers.

This week, if I win the lottery, I plan to open a café next door to the one mentioned above. I shall call it The Old Farts’ Retreat and ban anyone under the age of 50. And, if I don’t win the lottery I shall have to make do with standing outside Café Thingy and farting loudly.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Win a free place - send in your first page

Sounds like a bargain to me. And we all have the first page of a novel though don't go wasting this opportunity. So, if you're only ever going to write that first page, don't enter and give someone else a chance.

Submit the first page of your novel (you don’t need to have written the whole book!) and win a free place on the Space to Write residential writing course November 29th-2nd December, based in Kimmeridge, Dorset. For more details go to

A fully inclusive three-night weekend course costs from £295 per person, but we are offering a free place to the winner of this year’s competition.


Please email with the first page, or up to 400 words, of your novel (you don’t need to have written any more than that), and a brief paragraph outlining what your book would be about, by 18th October 2013 for a place on the Retreat weekend of November 29th. We will notify the winner by email by November 1st.

Please note that any submissions received after the closing date will not be considered. The judge’s decision is final. It will not be possible to exchange retreat dates. By entering, you are allowing Space to Write to contact you with details of other retreats and offers, if you do not wish to receive further information from Space to Write please say so on your email entry. We will not share your email information with any third parties. If you are the winner of the competition you are agreeing for your name to be used for publicity purposes.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Look before you leap. Edit before you speak.

Writers can put words on paper and then rearrange them, cut them and delete them until they’re happy with what they’ve got.
Have you ever wished you could do that in real life? Edit what you’ve just said?
Take this occasion-
I walk into a computer store wanting a new wire thingy that plugs into the laptop one end whilst the other end is split into two, one to connect a normal keyboard and the other to connect a mouse to my laptop. Any idea what these things are called? No, neither have I. So what do I do? I do not sort out the words in my head. I do not edit anything. I simply open my mouth and let out a first draft, saying to the nice man behind the counter…
‘Have you got any dangly bits?’

Here endeth my Giggle blog for September.