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It’s no hard task to see how many will view 2020 as a negative year. Initially I would have whole heartedly agreed. However, several things happened before the end of it that cemented the idea in my mind that it was a year of grabbing onto gratitude.  These are my reasons: Despite the fact my mental health showed itself to have the fragility of mouse bones between the jaws of a skilful neighbourhood cat; I’ve come away from the experience feeling supported, cherished and unashamed of owning my brittle mental status. It was not an easy route by any means. But COVID forced me to accept that while I know how to be alone, I’m not exactly a happy camper about this fact. Owning this to dear friends and family has eased a burden I didn’t even realise I was carrying. Particular thanks for helping me through this time go to my homeopath Veronica, my cousin Michelle and my wonderful friends Chantal and Bev. There are also people I must apologise to. I flipped out and blamed them for how I was
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101 Must See Films

Take 2: The Besson Collection I’ve found in recent times that I’m drawn to films without necessarily knowing who they’re directed by. Interestingly, I’ve discovered after the fact that I appear to have a penchant for Luc Besson films. The following list attests to this and 5 of these titles are currently snuggled together on my DVD shelf. Here are your 8 films to start the new year off with a bit of a bang, crash, splat and kaboom. Who says fireworks have to come from China. La femme Nikitta - if you're a fan of the TV series then this is a must watch because it's where it all began. Unleashed - martial arts, a piano & braces - just watch it! The Transporter - martial arts, car chases, kidnap & people trafficking Transporter 2 - martial arts, car chases & kidnap Transporter 3 - martial arts, kaboom, car chases & eye candy for the ladies The 5th element - Scifi Action in spades Leon - my all time favourite assassin  movie, ever! Lockout - Scifi action with


 Happy New Year May 2021 usher in only good things in your life. May your dearest wishes become reality. May you have health, happiness and contentment.

Festive Wishes

 Wishing you all a very merry Christmas. Massive thanks for supporting me through the twists and turns of self-publishing. I look forward to sharing more of my writing with you in the New Year. May you and your loved ones stay safe and well.

101 Must See Films

Take One I was recently considering the fact that I like watching a good film almost as much as I love reading. In the midst of perusing an action film I was reminded that someone compiled a list of 100 books they advised everyone to read before one shuffles off this mortal coil. So I decided to compile a list of films I believe everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. A good film, much like a good book, should generate debate. There is of course the fact that many a good film was inspired by a truly excellent book but we will not be going into that here. Some of these films have made it onto my DVD shelf. I’m old school and haven’t bought into digital ownership as yet. There is however still time. I will be posting 8 film titles each month. Your job is to watch them then feel free to weigh in and comment. Some may be fairly harrowing and I will warn you in advance, others a tad violent and others provide giggles galore. Others are purely on this list for their nostalgic va

The Lodger Legacy: Take 2

  Over the years my lodgers and guests have been instrumental in passing on certain ideas and tastes to help mould me into the ultimate human I am to become. Well known additions to the improvement of me and my lifestyle include: my daily cup of REAL coffee (Thanks Elisa) vodka in warm milk with a spoonful of honey for those sleepless nights brought on by a head cold (thumbs up Cesare) and of course the delights of Poopourri adverts on uTube when you need a bit of cheering up (priceless Kaatje) For a more detailed account, take a look at my 2016 post on the matter. Now I’m pleased to introduce yet another Lodger Legacy and bring you the wonderful experience of Fika . This is the Swedish tradition of taking time out in your day to shoot the breeze with friends, colleagues and family. It can simply be enjoyed with a cup of coffee and some pastry or with any beverage you prefer. There is no set time for this event to take place but it is hoped it will be a daily occurrence . I’


“Say what?” I hear you cry. Jolabokaflod aka Christmas Book Flood For those of you up on these things, Jolabokaflod is an Icelandic term for a gift giving tradition relating to Christmas Eve. To be more specific it is the giving of books so people can indulge in a bit of cosy armchair travel. This wonderful tradition dates back to WWII when imports were limited. I think a certain pesky Austrian was responsible for that. At any rate, the tradition of book giving has stuck and it’s reported that over 90% of Icelanders read at least 1 book a year. Go Icelanders!   As a self-confessed bookworm I’m naturally highly in favour of this particular tradition and also of the opinion that you don’t necessarily need to have the Aurora Borealis or the midnight sun on your doorstep in order to participate. So in the spirit of things multi-cultural I’m fully supporting Jolabokaflod until my dying day. I urge you to join me in this support and do likewise.   Jolabokaflod News In the spirit o