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Blogtober: Day Two – In Memory of a Friend

Today, like many of my Beatle fan friends, I lost a friend. I didn’t know Trev as well as others but he was always straight up, with no bullshit. Before he was so suddenly taken from us he was organising a Fundraising event for this December. The event is going ahead to honour his memory and legacy of being part of a great community of Beatles fans.

Details of the Beatles4Food event can be found on facebook by clicking the graphic below


If you can’t attend but want to contribute to the charity please click here.

And finally, my friend Donna wrote a lovely tribute to Trev which you can read here.

Blogtober: Day One – Random Questions

In order to attempt to get into the swing of writing more often I’m going to try and do a Blogtober type thing. I’m not following any particular list, just finding topics and ideas that I fancy and going with them. Don’t worry, the flurry of posts is just for the month, it should quiet down again after that, but hopefully not quite as quiet.


What’s your Favourite Book? 

To Kill A Mockingbird or The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. They both had an profound effect on me at key times in my life.

What’s your favourite ice cream flavour? 

Mint choc chip

What’s your favourite Movie?

Probably Bladerunner.

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? 


What accomplishment are you most proud of? 

Most days I’m just pleased to manage to get up in the morning.

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

Buy stationery or work on new jewellery designs.

Who’s your celebrity crush? 

Currently, Timothy Hutton.

If you could shop for free at one store, which would you choose?


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?


What’s your favourite day of the week?

Any that doesn’t involve an alarm clock.

What’s your favourite flower?

Freesia or lavender.

What’s your favourite fruit?


Snow Pictures

It’s cold. Apparently this is The Beast From The East (gotta have a catchy name these days to get anywhere as a weather front!) Still to come is Storm Emma.

Thankfully so far I have had no travel woes apart from slow traffic, but as we allow plenty of time to get to the station it wasn’t too bad.

Snow photos are obligatory on the Internet so here’s a snowy Super Lambanana in Liverpool, a snowy tree stump in Eccles and a snow laden bench and mysterious snow fairy ring at Eccles train station. Enjoy!

Attempting to be more…something.

From my plethora of shiny, happy notebooks and journals I have decided to use this jolly orange number to carry with me for stuff.

Lists, ideas, feelings, phrases that pop into my head, things to do, places to go, notes for reference later, all shall go in here. I have decorated it with a witty sticker to celebrate.

Hopefully this will lead to being more organised and potentially more and better posts here, but I wouldn’t hold your breath to be honest. (Maybe I’ll remember more bits for the book posts of I actually jot down notes instead of forgetting that my memory is completely pants and fails me an a regular basis)

2018 Reading Challenge Book 6 – The Geek’s Guide to SF Cinema: 30 Key Films that Revolutionised the Genre by Ryan Lambie

There’s a fair chance that every single one of these book posts are going to be gushy.

This book had me from the introduction as the author laid out the criteria for choosing the films on the list. I haven’t seen them all, some certainly aren’t films I would enjoy but all are very definitely worthy of being written about.

Each film chapter is followed by a piece about other films in the same sub-genre, fleshing out the context of the films etc.. All fascinating stuff and written in a style that is easy to read for new fans of sci-fi movies and old.

I adore that there’s no indication that you have to have seen every film on this list or you are somehow less of a fan of the genre. The writing style is friendly, straight forward and not opinionated. (To be fair I expected nothing less from a regular writer at Den Of Geek)

I love books that I can go back to and use as reference, so when I get around to watching (or re-watching) films featured I can read up on them.