My Day on the Cloud


Today is William Shakespeare's birthday (and deathday, apparently) and it is also St George's day. St George is the patron saint of England, so happy St George's day my fellow English patriots. My day began today by getting into a "debate" on Twitter with a couple of people about St George and what it means …

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Day 14, Jan 14: Book Review “How To Stop Time”


Background/plot: A 479 year old man moves – again – in order to protect himself and those in the Albatross Society, but he’s had enough. Having loved and lost over all that time, he is tired of living among the “mayflies” who live a normal lifespan. Will he ever find Marion? Who are the main …

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Book Review – The Stone Circle


Background/plot: This is a continuation of the Ruth Galloway series, and this book centres around the discovery of two sets of bones in very close proximity to each other in the Norfolk saltmarshes. Along the way a baby is kidnapped and a cold case is resolved, but not before another murder takes place. Who are …

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Book Review – “The Angel’s Mark” by S J Perry


What it's about: This is a story about murder and conspiracy set in Elizabethan London. It is also the story of personal tragedy and how the kindness – or wickedness – of strangers can have a huge impact on a life. Blurb from the publisher: LONDON, 1590. Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering. Amidst a tumultuous backdrop …

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Book Review – Origin by Dan Brown


Title “Origin” by Dan Brown Background/plot: This book sees the return of protagonist Robert Langdon, central character from several Dan Brown books before. This time, Robert is invited to witness the announcement of a major breakthrough in religious and scientific thought by an old friend, but as before, things are not quite what they seem …

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Book Review – “She” by Pete Brassett


  “She” by Pete Brassett From the blurb: A gripping murder mystery detective thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. Background/plot: A serial killer is at work in London, and the newly-formed team of DI Munro and DS West work together to find out what is happening. My overall impression? I’m in two minds …

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Book Review – “Speaking in Bones”


“Speaking in Bones” by Kathy Reichs Background/plot: There are a couple of strands to the plot of this book. There is the main thread that describes the professional life of Temperance Brennan where she receives fragmentary human remains at her office, and there is the ongoing personal life thread which links each of this series …

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Book Review – “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon


"Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon   Background/plot: This is the first book in a series of seven telling the story of Claire and Jamie. In this, we meet Claire, a 20th Century woman who accidentally finds herself transported back through time to 18th Century Scotland just before the second Jacobite rising. Without giving too much of …

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Touchstones Gallery


I went to the Touchstones Gallery in Rochdale today as part of a trip with 33 Year 10s from my school. I wasn't sure what to expect really - first of all I've never been in a TA role before (Teaching Assistant) and second of all I have never been involved with secondary school art …

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Book Review – The History of Loneliness


The History of Loneliness by John Boyne Background/plot: It is really difficult to describe the plot and background to this book because it is a tale that is revealed in stages, rather than given as a linear story, but I’ll give my interpretation of it. We are immersed in the life of Father Odran Yates, …

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