Entering the Twenties: Hear us Roar!

Entering the Twenties: Hear us Roar!

Well hello blog world! Been a fair few months, I know, but as a self-proclaimed faddist, what did you expect?!

As the first day of a new year, indeed a new decade, draws to an end, I thought I should make some kind of contribution to my little area of the internet. And the other half is watching football, so it gives me something to do.

So, Merry New Year and all that jazz! We are still only hours into the start of 2020 and another decade – unless you’re in the Team 1 camp, then you’ve got another 364 days to make a meaningful mark before the next stretch begins!

100 years ago, the western world saw the birth of what would be known as the Roaring Twenties, when many prospered as others became disillusioned with the world, celebrity and wealth were favoured, every major country seemed to become anti-immigration and (thankfully) women started standing up for themselves.

Sounds a little like the last ten years…

Because, let’s be honest, overall the planet has really let itself go in recent times. And when I say the planet, I obviously mean we’ve done a right number on it.

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The Shoehorn Review

The Shoehorn Review

Never mind reaching for the feather duster to clear away the cobwebs, it’s more likely that I need to bust out some WD40 to crank up the internal gears of the keyboard.

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It’s been a while! Over four months, apparently (WordPress helpfully pointed out my lack of writing achievement a few days ago. But at the time, consuming mince pies was more of a priority).

And I can’t say I have much of an excuse for my absence, except an acute case of ‘Couldnotbebothereditis‘. It’s fair to say I’ve experienced one of my most intense terms at school since qualifying, which has left me drained at times. However, I’ve still managed to do other things, just that picking up the lappy hasn’t floated my boat.

So, I thought I would do a quick round-up of what I’ve been up to since August – because I suspect you’re all falling over yourselves to know… 😉 Also commonly known as ‘shoehorning a post in before the end of the year‘!

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A SIMple Life

A SIMple Life

The school summer holidays; Forty plus days of no work and having time to catch up on lost sleep, half-read books and to get out exploring.

But despite being in the midst of a storm as I type, which has brought some much needed rain, for weeks the whole of the country has experienced soaring temperatures which has seen me retreat to a darkened room faster than a vampire evading a crispy death!

I don’t do hot.

So I’ve found myself (among other, cooling, lets-not-use-much-energy activities) returning to video games. I’ve always considered myself a gamer – not a proper one, with a multi-platform set-up, a swivel chair and my own Twitch channel. More that I’m someone who likes to dabble in different games, dip a toe in and move on to something else when I can’t conquer a level.

You know, like every other hobby I’ve ever had. 😉

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Aloada A-Z Childhood Nostalgia: D is for…

Aloada A-Z Childhood Nostalgia: D is for…

So we’re finally here with my fourth and final post of the day, bringing me up to date with the challenge and letter D.

It’s a varied bunch for this category, with drama, comedy, action and aliens!

We’ll kick off with a show that in recent years has taken the world by storm but when I was a child, it was very British and delightfully quirky.

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Aloada A-Z Childhood Nostalgia: A is for…

Aloada A-Z Childhood Nostalgia: A is for…

Well hello folks! How is everyone? Good I hope. 🙂

I feel I’ve been AWOL for a while and I apologise. But now I’m back (at least for a little while) as I have been inspired!

What by? Well, this A-Z challenge malarkey  – post everyday in April (except Sundays), thus giving a day for each letter of the alphabet. I’m doing it. And I’m late – I only decided yesterday afternoon. And I was probably supposed to sign up, ask someone who started the hashtag, join a support group and send out social media alerts. But I didn’t. Oh well…

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To be truthful, the inspiration came from James (of the Proclaims variety), who is himself indulging in the challenge with a fab trip down memory lane to cartoons of his (and my own) youth. I already have two theme tunes stuck in my head… go check out his posts!

Couple this with having just finished reading Ready, Player One (I may review this at some point, still want to see film, despite bad feedback) and I’m on a complete nostalgia trip. I’ve already written several nostalgic posts in the past (I have a dedicated section on my site, under Entertainment), but so far haven’t covered shows aimed at teens, adults and families. So that’s what I’m doing…

The A-Z of 80s / 90s TV shows (with maybe the odd film thrown in) that I loved as a child. Yes…I was a child (mostly) when I watched them, and after spending a day reminiscing with my mum, we realised:

– We watched A LOT of crime dramas,
– Some probably weren’t suitable for an 8 year old,
– It hasn’t done me any harm!

As it’s day four, you’re going to get bombarded with a mini glut of posts to bring me back in line (sorry). Then daily until the end of the month or when I get fed up, whichever comes first! Better get started, hadn’t I?

Ready? Good.

A IS FOR…

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