Parade’s End – My favourite things – 3 of 100 – Fiction

This is the cover from the 2012 Penguin reprint with an introduction by Julian BarnesI first read Parade’s End when I was thirteen and in the throes of an obsession with World War One literature. I’d devoured all the war poetry I could get my hands on, read Birdsong in one long and distressing night – … Continue reading Parade’s End – My favourite things – 3 of 100 – Fiction

Sherlock Holmes – My favourite things – 2 of 100 – Fiction

Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle said of his most famous creation, "You may marry him or murder him or do what you like with him" and, in the 125 years since the one and only Consulting Detective moved into 221B Baker Street, many people have taken him up on that offer. I’ve spent quite a lot of … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes – My favourite things – 2 of 100 – Fiction

In which my Sherlock Holmes obsession gets its own little space

I'm a little more into Sherlock Holmes and the BBC’s Sherlock than is probably good for me but in the interests of getting other people hooked and pimping out my favourite things I thought I’d do a little post.   So let’s get straight down to websites and other Sherlock related things that you might like to have … Continue reading In which my Sherlock Holmes obsession gets its own little space

Feeling special

Today a bouquet of flowers was delivered to me at work. These flowers to be exact:I wasn’t expecting them. It’s not my birthday or an anniversary of any sort, nor have I just passed an exam or done anything else worth celebrating. The card with them simply said Just because!Not wishing to sound tragic or … Continue reading Feeling special

For the Fallen – My favourite things – 1 of 100 – Poetry

I’m pretty certain that nearly all of you will know the following lines from this poem: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morningWe will remember them. Laurence Binyon wrote these words, along with six … Continue reading For the Fallen – My favourite things – 1 of 100 – Poetry

100 things

A few months ago there was a challenge posted on Live Journal to make 100 posts about things that mattered to you. Didn’t matter what topic - TV shows, films, books, colours of nail varnish ... heck I’ve even seen posts on parts of celebrities bodies - just as long as you were passionate about … Continue reading 100 things