Make: Panpepato di Siena
Feb02

Make: Panpepato di Siena

January was a bit of a long month wasn’t it? I have definitely hit my over-this-cold-and-dark-state-of-living limit. What works for me when it gets like this (because the potentially dreadful months of Feb and March still lie ahead!!) is to focus on warming things: flavoursome recipes, belly laughs (not difficult when you live with a toddler) exercise and wearing many layers. Now, when it comes to the kitchen I’m not...

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Read: Hannah’s list
Jan30

Read: Hannah’s list

In October last year, I took part in a production cleverly directed my friend Elli Johnson for the Everyman in Liverpool. Elli’s work, called 23,  formed part of the Everyword New Writing Festival. Her production took place over a series of locations. She mentioned this allotment she had discovered just off Back Canning Street and asked me to write something for it. The allotment is almost hidden; a small oasis nestled between...

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Laugh: Settlement
Jan16

Laugh: Settlement

This is the tenth year that I have lived in the United Kingdom. It was just a few weeks ago, when I bought solar-powered garden fairy lights and was surprised that they didn’t work, that I realised there is still a lot I don’t understand about life over here, starting with the fact that THERE IS NO SUN IN DECEMBER TO POWER ANYTHING! I will never forget the day I arrived, fresh off the boat plane, at Heathrow airport, quivering in my...

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Laugh: 10 things you do thanks to toddlers…
Dec12

Laugh: 10 things you do thanks to toddlers…

“…what I do have is a very particular set of skills I have acquired over a very long career…” Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) Taken   Just like the words immortalised by Liam Neeson’s character in Taken, parents develop particular sets of skills when their children are young. These skills change with the age of your child or children, and you don’t always realise that you have them until one day you...

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Laugh: the way I see it…
Dec05

Laugh: the way I see it…

So my latest posts have been quite serious and behind the scenes I’ve been trying out different storytelling formats, which has been really fun. But I figured this week it would be good to keep things light-hearted. When I wrote about the silly things that annoy me previously it had some good responses and a few people even agreed with me… So here are a few more*: *as always, no offence intended with any of this!  –...

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