Monthly Musings: October 2016 – Random Acts of Kindness

I’m writing this sat at a desk in Gladstone’s Library having spent the last two days listening to interesting people talk about their work and chatting to many lovely people over breakfast, lunch and dinner as we all came together for the library’s Hearth weekend. The last talk, which finished just over an hour ago, … Continue reading Monthly Musings: October 2016 – Random Acts of Kindness

Film Review: Doctor Strange

Synopsis from Marvel: Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant yet arrogant neurosurgeon whose life is turned upside down when he barely survives a devastating car accident. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, he travels to the Far East where he becomes the protégé of the mysterious Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). A mystical being … Continue reading Film Review: Doctor Strange

“Buried Alive by the National Coal Board”

My heart goes out to all those still suffering the loss of family and friends all those years ago.

Gift of The Gob


Fifty years ago today, disaster stuck a small town in the Welsh valleys. It was one of the first disasters to be widely reported on television and the shocking footage was seen around the world. Aberfan was a mining town, but this disaster did not strike the pit and its miners, but instead the vast majority of the victims were schoolchildren.

Coal-mining is a dangerous business but it is a dirty one too. It produces vast amounts of waste products. At the Merthyr Vale colliery, this waste rock, or spoil, had been piled into tips on the mountainside for decades. By the middle of the sixties, seven of these tips rose above Aberfan. Several of them had been built on porous sandstone, on top of underground springs. Concerns had been raised by the locals, especially given the proximity of the tips to Pantglas Schools, but the National Coal Board or…

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Warmth, glorious warmth!

I’m happy to have it. Heat all through the day, No need for a blanket! I shall now stop butchering “Food, glorious food” and explain why I’m delirious with happiness: I HAVE NEW BOILER AND ALL MY RADIATORS WORK PROPERLY AGAIN. So no more waking up in the morning and wondering if the bedroom had been … Continue reading Warmth, glorious warmth!

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 27 – In Memory of One Who Fell

On 18th October 1916, exactly one hundred years ago, night had well and truly fallen over the Butte de Warlencourt when Sergeant Frederick Neville Woodger of “D” Coy, 3rd Regiment South African Infantry moved up to the front line, in the newly dug Pearse’s Trench at the base of the Butte. He would not see … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 27 – In Memory of One Who Fell

Welcome to my new home!

Having struggled with the workings of blogger for seven years now I felt it was time to follow a new path. So I've moved myself,over here to Word Press. I've not quite moved lock, stock and barrel, so blogger will continue to host the old version of "Where Kizzia Lives" and "Odds and Ends"  as I … Continue reading Welcome to my new home!

Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer (Book 1) by Rick Riordan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having done the Greek Gods and the Egyptian Gods, Rick Riordan has now turned his attention to Norse Gods. The pattern is pretty much the same as with Percy Jackson - loner teen boy who doesn't know … Continue reading Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

Today is National Poetry Day …

and, thanks to the power of technology, in an hour the first of twelve of my favourite poems – all of which you’ll eventually be able to find via my #kizziadoesnationalpoetryday tag – will appear on my tumblr, twitter and facebook without me physically doing anything. The other eleven remain waiting patiently in the queue for their … Continue reading Today is National Poetry Day …