Category Archives: Random Thoughts

A New Year Wish

I have one heartfelt wish for 2016—that we should all be kinder to one another. Back in 2012, I posted this on my blog. It may be old, but I feel it bears repetition, though I wish it didn’t.

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A good read!

It’s counter-intuitive, I know, blogging about someone else’s novel on my own author website. But having just finished reading my Christmas gift of ‘Acts and Omissions’ by Catherine Fox, I just HAD to recommend it. Not to everyone: if you’re … Continue reading

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Wedgwood Collection Saved!

It’s lovely to have good news in the welter of doom and gloom that pours out of the radio when it’s first switched on in the morning. This time, it’s the great news that the Wedgwood Collection has been saved … Continue reading

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Binchester latest!

Very good news today – the Church Commissioners have agreed to sell the Binchester site to the Auckland Castle Trust!

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The Auckland Experience?

‘I think the man who took over Auckland Castle should take over Binchester too. It’s the obvious thing.’ So said my husband, when we went to see the latest excavations at the Roman site of Vinovia, and realised that its … Continue reading

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The Pompeii of the North?

I visited a Roman fort the other day – or rather, WE visited a Roman fort, though my husband is no enthusiast for Roman remains. He has no historical imagination and they just look like meaningless heaps of stones to … Continue reading

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Scottish bereavement?

Overheard on the bus in Durham, two ladies chatting: ‘I like Scotland. I’d live there if I could. I hope they don’t split.’ ‘We should go with them. They’re more like us.’ ‘More like us’, I suppose she meant, in … Continue reading

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Problematic romance?

Times have changed, thank goodness. It’s no longer acceptable for a man to grope a woman, or even to make suggestive remarks to her. Some still do, of course, but they know (I hope) that what they’re doing is wrong; … Continue reading

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Laura Ashley – Bowes Museum

This is a talk I gave in November 2013 at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, to accompany the Laura Ashley retrospective exhibition held there. That’s now finished, but my Laura Ashley minidress is still on show in the costume … Continue reading

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Broken NHS? No!

Every day it seems there’s a new story about some appalling scandal in an NHS hospital somewhere in England. Needless deaths, botched surgery, patients treated with the utmost contempt or cruelty, neglect and misery, particularly where elderly patients are concerned. … Continue reading

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