#SaturdayScribblers: Take A Bow

Something a little different today: I decided to finally have a go at Dean Kealy's weekly #SaturdayScribblers challenge to turn a scribble into a drawing. Here is my interpretation of this week's prompt. I went for a deliberately rough style to hide the fact that my tablet and I don't get on. Please give a [...]

Introducing: Project Ghibli

It will come as no surprise to those of you who know me to confess that I adore animation. From the 80s cartoons that I watched growing up - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Count Duckula - and many beloved Disney feature films - The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the [...]

Music and the Deaf: The 4ORTE Ensemble

We've just returned from a wonderful evening at King's Place, London, where we saw Music and the Deaf's 4ORTE Ensemble perform a moving selection of solo, accompanied and ensemble musical pieces. Music and the Deaf are a UK-based charity promoting musical opportunities for deaf children worldwide through workshops, talks and training sessions. The 4ORTE Ensemble [...]

#SackNasty — rarasaur

  Sack Nasty is a compilation of poetry about prison. Unlike this blog, the stories told here don’t always fall sunny-side up. They are an outpouring of the uglier edges of prison life. They are about the illusion of dignity, the malleability of justice, and the fluidity (and fluids) of the human condition. These are [...]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Liebster Edition

If we were having coffee, i'd tell you i've been nominated for my first Liebster Award! Hooray! "What's a Liebster Award?" you say? It's an award given out by fellow bloggers to recognise and promote new or up and coming blogs. It's been around since 2011 and essentially acts like a chain letter, paying the [...]

A Safety Net

I don't often talk politics online. If you know me well enough, you will know where I stand. When the EU Referendum result was announced I instead posted the following simple message calling for civility and compassion whatever your point of view. I could already see that there was a lot of anger and anxiety [...]

Diabetic-Friendly Apple and Cinnamon Cake

My dad is Type II Diabetic so for this Father's Day I attempted to make a diabetic-friendly apple and cinnamon cake using an existing recipe with some alterations. It was a partial success but as a first attempt i'll record it here for posterity. What do you think? Any suggestions for how this recipe could be improved? [...]

London2Brighton 100km Ultra Challenge

Unless you've been avoiding social media in the last week, it won't have escaped your notice that i've been doing another challenge. I successfully completed the London2Brighton 100km Ultra Challenge last weekend, 28th - 29th May 2016, raising money in aid of Kith & Kids; a charity that supports and empowers people with a learning disability [...]