Stupid wordpress app

Originally posted on DrNeevil's Notes:

Just read the above and was incredibly inspired by it.
Went back a page and *whosh* the post had disappeared.

Stupid wordpress app!
Anyhoo, a thought provoking post that has me
a) looking at my own ‘allotments’ in life
b) fascinated by the idea of the Leeds minimalist society
c) missing seeing this rather fab lady and a few others about town.

Time to step back into the world methinks.

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People of Britain..SAVE OUR LIBRARIES!

Last night I saw an article saying that my local library was going to have its hours cut. I couldn’t believe it! it’s an amazing place and if anything, like one person commented it should open earlier to allow preschool children in before school. How can the council let a vital element/resource dwindle so much?

Yes, I know, since the horrible invention of e-readers (and yes I own one but its collecting dust somewhere) and the cheap prices on the internet and in supermarkets has killed things but surely the libraries should be kept alive as in some cases they are the heart of the community. I love Beeston Library, the women who work there are amazing, they’ve recommended books, they’ve chatted with me when I’ve been in there, they’ve helped me when I get stuck on them silly self-service machines. More should be done to keep these places alive. Like when we were young I walk past the library and see parents sitting with their children reading books, yes they may not borrow some of them but it’s the fact they have that safe place to do it.

There’s mention recently of coffee mornings for the elderly in churches, perhaps these could be picked up and bring the community together with books.

When my sister and I were growing up, my Dad took ill and we were on a low income, Mum always made sure we were creative, and when we went food shopping our first stop was the library, Mum would go off and choose her books and we’d sit in our section and loving being surrounded by books, then we had a paper/cardboard card where they wrote on our details and tucked the tickets in our cards when books were borrowed, we would leave with armfuls of books and be wandering round the supermarket trying to read them.

One book that always stayed with me was one about an elf in a fridge. That I found randomly looking and has always stayed with me. Later when my niece was the same age we did the same. She loved it.  She only stayed some weekends but always wanted to go and look. I was hoping I’d get to do this again sometime if I had kids but it’s now looking unlikely.

I understand we now live in a world where electronic reading is more accessible than picking up a paperback but if we’re not careful we’re going to lose an amazing skill we were taught to learn from such a young age. When we read things digatilly we don’t absorb it as much, I know I find reading stuff online feels more like work and not as enjoyable and I fully understand the benefits of an e-reader, but for me it will always be the paperback, that’s why I always try and use my library for book club, whether I go in and find it or reserve it for 90p and pick it up. Not only that, some of Leeds Libraries are in amazing buildings, just look at central or Bramley even, they hold a lot of history in themselves alone.

As for reading, my Mum sent me these articles from the Times newspaper on the importance of it, I couldn’t link to them so hopefully you can read them here:

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So please help us save our libraries and not lose a vital part of our community


campaign in Yorkshire The Guardian

reading paperbacks…. something silly

South Leeds cuts

Thank you for reading


Happiness is ……

 Feeling fantastic even if your body feels weary


Getting lost in a good book

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……with a good coffee

Cup of Coffee

Family & Friends


My boy fast asleep

My boy fast asleep

three xmas puddings

three xmas puddings


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And be yourself…even if you do waffle on, forget things, etc


Eating Fish and chips, preferbly at the seaside fending off seagulls


Watching anything with Colin Firth in


You don’t have to be arty to get creative



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Always be curious!


Standing out from the crowd once in a while

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A symbol of something you achieved


A full fridge and cupboards

freezer is now rammed!

freezer is now rammed!


home work for LBCPuffins and choice for November @whiteswanleeds

Originally posted on LeedsBookClub:

I’m so excited about this next choice, I love Neil Gaiman’s work and it’s a good choice to end 2014. I apologise for all the rearranging and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the puffins who have regularly attended this year.

I have loved the variety we have had and the discussions, moans about animal stories, reflecting on how we loved the stories when young and old and how we do now.

I started reading kids books after reading Harry Potter to my cousins while sat in their bedroom doorways at bedtime, after my Uncle asked me to. Since then I fell in love with HP and then a few years later took to reading kids/young adult books again as it was the best way to clear my mind, and enjoy reading as I felt bogged down with adult fiction.

People used to mock me for…

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LBCGiraffe returns!!! A date for your diary

Originally posted on LeedsBookClub:

28th October!

Join us at our new venue to discuss Gone Away World – Nick Harkaway


All details here of how to find it!


Harper Street Leeds


Parking: Pay and display areas and multi-storey car parks nearby

Telephone: 0113 246 9405



What we’ll be talking about:


It’s been a while but we have finally found a

spot. So come and join us and discuss Gone Away World – Nick Harkaway and much more and pick one for the next meeting. Hope to see you all there!

The book:

The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it’s on fire. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out, but there’s more to the fire, and the Pipe itself, than meets the eye. The job will take Gonzo and…

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#BookADayUK 16

Originally posted on Bitches With Books:

#BookADayUK 16: Most memorable adventure/journey in literature


Again, I will try to not choose the same book as I have used for previous posts.

We all know of Lord of the Rings being an epic adventure and how could I not post it here?



I feel like you could get really philosophical on this challenge with metaphorical journeys, but let’s be literal here! Because ALL stories – fiction and non-fiction – are journeys (otherwise they’d be terribly boring and aimless time-wasters).

OK. Confession time! Journeys actually make me really anxious – in books and real life – despite the fact that I love to travel. I get anxious about leaving safe spaces. I get anxious about forgetting important things. I get anxious about not preparing thoroughly enough. I get anxious that everything hasn’t yet been discovered and taken advantage of in the place I currently occupy (literarily and literally). I…

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