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An evening with Alexa

Okay, I confess: my curiosity got the best of me and I splurged on an Amazon Echo. You know, one of those little black cylinders that talks back. The Echo is basically a sophisticated bluetooth speaker coupled with Amazon’s cloud-based artificial intelligence ‘Alexa’ ready and waiting to answer your queries. Admittedly an Echo isn’t something I needed so […]

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Death by a Thousand Cuts

Less than a week ago I stood in an empty house. There was no laughter, no joy, and certainly no changing the fate of the families who used to live there. The house was the secret annex where the Frank family and others tried to hide from the senseless persecution at the hands of the […]

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Guest Post: Escaping Evil by Revis Edgewater

Talented writer Revis Edgewater from 33 Grams of Blog leaves us spellbound this week with an original story based on a quote from my all time favourite book. This is his second part of our Cheer Pepper collaboration – the first can be found on his blog here. “On the sea he wished to meet it, […]

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Rocky (1996 – 2011)

Before my parents had Rory and Cassie, there was Rocky. He was a Collie cross Terrier (we thought) and, as kids, our first dog growing up. He saw me through high school and college before I moved away to London to go to university. He lived with my parents to the good old age of […]

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: Poblano Edition

If we were having coffee i’d tell you things are a bit more settled now. My mum is doing a lot better. She seems to be in a good mood overall and is gaining confidence and energy. Day by day she’s more like herself. I’ve been visiting for a long weekend so will be catching […]

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My Top Ten Impulse Buys of 2016

Oh dear, it’s a list post, I must be failing at NanoPoblano early.. I’m a sucker for impulse buys. I see things that I think I need to have in my life and I buy them. I like them, I try them, I think they’re wonderful.. but then they get forgotten about and just don’t […]

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The Jungle Book (2016)

Many an evening growing up was spent watching the 1967 Disney animation of the same name. There was magic in the creatures cavorting across the screen and the songs were unforgettable. It was with some trepidation then that I watched the 2016 reboot, however I could not have been more pleased. Plot-wise, there are similarities with […]

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Making the Jack Skellington Mask

We were invited to a Halloween party this past weekend and, as soon as I heard there would be fancy dress, I couldn’t resist trying to make my own mask. Given that my last laughable attempt at a mask was Felix Morton from The Dream Machine, I knew I would need some professional help. Ultimate Paper […]

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Elephant in the Room

I don’t think my family read the blog but this is now common knowledge to immediate family anyway. I’m sharing it because as a society we don’t talk about these things nearly enough. I don’t intend embarrassment or shame, and there really shouldn’t be any. Either way, whoever reads this, please tread softly out of respect for […]

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Project Ghibli #8: Grave of the Fireflies

Original Release: 16th April 1988 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s): Toru Hara Screenwriter(s): Isao Takahata Alternative Title(s): Apologies, we’re late again with this entry. In truth though, neither of us could stomach watching this one over the weekend. Released as a double feature with the next film in our series, the two couldn’t be more different. Grave of the Fireflies is […]

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The Guest Cat – Takashi Hiraide (2014)

The Guest Cat is another book I fondled in a bookshop not long ago. I didn’t buy it at the time, but the premise intrigued me and I discovered we actually own a copy when I went looking for another short read from those on our poor overburdened shelves. We’re introduced to a mild-mannered husband and […]