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By Charles Levy from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack

The Night Before War?

Evening of April 15th, 2017. It’s rather disconcerting that, as I lay down my phone before I go to sleep, after I have checked social media and various news reports, that the next time I look at it, we may

By Charles Levy from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack

The Night Before War?

Evening of April 15th, 2017. It’s rather disconcerting that, as I lay down my phone before I go to sleep, after I have checked social media and various news reports, that the next time I look at it, we may

Arnold Bennett (pic Project Gutenberg)

Things That Have Interested Me

Arnold Bennett.  I have heard his name on several occasions, guessed from the context that he was an author, but I didn’t know anything about him really. It didn’t help that when I heard the name my brain produced a

Arnold Bennett (pic Project Gutenberg)

Things That Have Interested Me

Arnold Bennett.  I have heard his name on several occasions, guessed from the context that he was an author, but I didn’t know anything about him really. It didn’t help that when I heard the name my brain produced a

Sewing machinists

The Woman on the Hill

Like many West Yorkshire and Lancashire towns, Hebden Bridge is steeped in the history of textile industry. This small town in the Calder valley specialised in producing fustian cloths, densely woven tough cotton cloths, with a pile or napped surface

Sewing machinists

The Woman on the Hill

Like many West Yorkshire and Lancashire towns, Hebden Bridge is steeped in the history of textile industry. This small town in the Calder valley specialised in producing fustian cloths, densely woven tough cotton cloths, with a pile or napped surface

Barbed

Craftivism: Changing our world one stitch at a time, Sarah Corbett

So, what on earth is Craftivism? Sarah Corbett, Founder of the London-based Craftivist Collective in 2008, tells us it’s a form of activism using craft to get the message across. Despite sounding rather benign, it is actually a clever and

Barbed

Craftivism: Changing our world one stitch at a time, Sarah Corbett

So, what on earth is Craftivism? Sarah Corbett, Founder of the London-based Craftivist Collective in 2008, tells us it’s a form of activism using craft to get the message across. Despite sounding rather benign, it is actually a clever and

Rowson haiti cartoon

Martin Rowson, Hung, Drawn And Quartered

Martin Rowson, Guardian editorial cartoonist, is a very angry man. He is angry at the injustice he sees everyday in the world, and at the powerlessness of the ordinary person. That’s why he does what he does. He calls himself

Rowson haiti cartoon

Martin Rowson, Hung, Drawn And Quartered

Martin Rowson, Guardian editorial cartoonist, is a very angry man. He is angry at the injustice he sees everyday in the world, and at the powerlessness of the ordinary person. That’s why he does what he does. He calls himself

Connections at Hay Festival

I have just come back from my first Hay on Wye Book festival after years of wanting to go.  It was made possible by a friend and her daughter, and a rather beautiful yurt on the banks of the Wye. I’m

Connections at Hay Festival

I have just come back from my first Hay on Wye Book festival after years of wanting to go.  It was made possible by a friend and her daughter, and a rather beautiful yurt on the banks of the Wye. I’m

For the Love of Words – Indie Writers’ Fest

It was my good fortune to attend the Big Bookend‘s Indie Writers’ Festival  For the Love of Words, hosted at Leeds Trinity University.  A I had already experienced one of the Big Bookend’s events, their ‘meet the agent’ session with Shelley Instone,

For the Love of Words – Indie Writers’ Fest

It was my good fortune to attend the Big Bookend‘s Indie Writers’ Festival  For the Love of Words, hosted at Leeds Trinity University.  A I had already experienced one of the Big Bookend’s events, their ‘meet the agent’ session with Shelley Instone,

Gnarly Old Goat-Dude

I met a kindred spirit today.  Because I have a fairly misanthropic aspect it doesn’t happen very often, but I was fortunate to spend several pleasant hours with a complete stranger who was my friend for that time. A neighbour

Gnarly Old Goat-Dude

I met a kindred spirit today.  Because I have a fairly misanthropic aspect it doesn’t happen very often, but I was fortunate to spend several pleasant hours with a complete stranger who was my friend for that time. A neighbour

Blackcap: Agustín Povedano

Old Mother Blackcap

I’m not really a bird watcher, birder, twitcher, or whatever the term is, but we really enjoy watching the host of song birds that visit our garden. We are lucky enough to have a back garden which takes in a lot

Blackcap: Agustín Povedano

Old Mother Blackcap

I’m not really a bird watcher, birder, twitcher, or whatever the term is, but we really enjoy watching the host of song birds that visit our garden. We are lucky enough to have a back garden which takes in a lot

The Christmas Catalogue – Who dreams these things up?

Ah, early November and already ’tis the season of good cheer, and to be merry, and … to part with money. We’ve had a rash of unsolicited catalogues encouraging us to dispense Christmassy cheer via our pockets.  Given that it

The Christmas Catalogue – Who dreams these things up?

Ah, early November and already ’tis the season of good cheer, and to be merry, and … to part with money. We’ve had a rash of unsolicited catalogues encouraging us to dispense Christmassy cheer via our pockets.  Given that it

Buttering the Spoons

Don’t get me wrong,  I’m not one of those vintage-orientated domestic Goddesses who pop up all over the place – I don’t iron and I can’t bear the noise of the hoover –  but I do like a wooden spoon.

Buttering the Spoons

Don’t get me wrong,  I’m not one of those vintage-orientated domestic Goddesses who pop up all over the place – I don’t iron and I can’t bear the noise of the hoover –  but I do like a wooden spoon.

Love

“Alright love, can I talk to you about …”.    He has spotted me at 10 metres, has broken away from a huddle with his colleagues, and is striding determinedly across the paving towards me. “Don’t call me ‘Love’, thanks”, I

Love

“Alright love, can I talk to you about …”.    He has spotted me at 10 metres, has broken away from a huddle with his colleagues, and is striding determinedly across the paving towards me. “Don’t call me ‘Love’, thanks”, I

Suffragette

Today is Emmeline Pankhurst’s birthday.  She was born Emmeline Goulden on 15 July 1858, and is one of the most famous women in British history. There is plenty that has been written about Mrs Pankhurst and her deeds, so I write here

Suffragette

Today is Emmeline Pankhurst’s birthday.  She was born Emmeline Goulden on 15 July 1858, and is one of the most famous women in British history. There is plenty that has been written about Mrs Pankhurst and her deeds, so I write here

Ramones

All Revved up and Ready To Go

I never intended to write blog posts about dead people, but this one couldn’t go without comment either. Tommy Ramone, the final remaining original member of the Ramones, has died. You could be forgiven for thinking that Rock n Roll

Ramones

All Revved up and Ready To Go

I never intended to write blog posts about dead people, but this one couldn’t go without comment either. Tommy Ramone, the final remaining original member of the Ramones, has died. You could be forgiven for thinking that Rock n Roll

World Record Bunting!

I mentioned a few weeks back that I been a tiny bit involved in a world record attempt at creating the world’s longest bunting, in this post.  I had helped to make some bunting with the WI in Hebden Bridge

World Record Bunting!

I mentioned a few weeks back that I been a tiny bit involved in a world record attempt at creating the world’s longest bunting, in this post.  I had helped to make some bunting with the WI in Hebden Bridge

I Can Smell the Storm Coming!

We have had several days of very warm, sunny, dry weather, but today there are a few dark clouds about. Just now, as I let the cat out, the smell of ozone hit me full-on.  I know the smell of

I Can Smell the Storm Coming!

We have had several days of very warm, sunny, dry weather, but today there are a few dark clouds about. Just now, as I let the cat out, the smell of ozone hit me full-on.  I know the smell of

Gerry Goffin

So the world wakes this morning to the sad news of the death of Gerry Goffin.  Along with song-writing partners, this guy was responsible for some of the most memorable records of the last 50 years. Most famously, he collaborated

Gerry Goffin

So the world wakes this morning to the sad news of the death of Gerry Goffin.  Along with song-writing partners, this guy was responsible for some of the most memorable records of the last 50 years. Most famously, he collaborated

Solar Roadways

This video has been doing the rounds lately.  If it’s true, and it seems so, then this has the potential to be very exciting, especially if you think about extended possibilities.  There are a few naysayers of course, but even

Solar Roadways

This video has been doing the rounds lately.  If it’s true, and it seems so, then this has the potential to be very exciting, especially if you think about extended possibilities.  There are a few naysayers of course, but even

Dangerous Behaviour

The fox came again today. We overlook a farm at the back of our house, and on Monday we watched the fox run up the hill with a big fat chicken in its mouth.  It was chased up the hill into the

Dangerous Behaviour

The fox came again today. We overlook a farm at the back of our house, and on Monday we watched the fox run up the hill with a big fat chicken in its mouth.  It was chased up the hill into the

Sorting Out the Books

I’m sorting out the books; we have too many. We like books, both to read and to be surrounded by, but the house isn’t large and we have accumulated a lot of clutter over the years.   We have had

Sorting Out the Books

I’m sorting out the books; we have too many. We like books, both to read and to be surrounded by, but the house isn’t large and we have accumulated a lot of clutter over the years.   We have had

Glispers the Spare Cat

Glispers, the Spare Cat

The last time I saw Glispers “Pompidou” Gizmo was 10th February.    You know how sometimes you get a feeling, and you think something’s changed and it’s not changing back? I had that the following morning. I had fed him on

Glispers the Spare Cat

Glispers, the Spare Cat

The last time I saw Glispers “Pompidou” Gizmo was 10th February.    You know how sometimes you get a feeling, and you think something’s changed and it’s not changing back? I had that the following morning. I had fed him on

The Wise Guy

Someone wiser than me recently made me stop and think. Wiser than me and more positive: “always find the positive” he kept saying, which is how I knew he was being positive. He had been talking about a wonderful, heart-warming

The Wise Guy

Someone wiser than me recently made me stop and think. Wiser than me and more positive: “always find the positive” he kept saying, which is how I knew he was being positive. He had been talking about a wonderful, heart-warming

“Sexiest Thing”

Well I didn’t expect this. I don’t know much about Ashton Kutcher, except that he’s Hollywood, and I don’t expect great pearls of wisdom to come that route. More fool me. At a teen award ceremony, Mr Kutcher gave the

“Sexiest Thing”

Well I didn’t expect this. I don’t know much about Ashton Kutcher, except that he’s Hollywood, and I don’t expect great pearls of wisdom to come that route. More fool me. At a teen award ceremony, Mr Kutcher gave the

HBWI logo

Miles of Bunting

I joined the Hebden Bridge WI in 2011. I think if any WI was going to get my interest it would be there. The then Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Ruth Bond, called HBWI her ‘dream WI”.

HBWI logo

Miles of Bunting

I joined the Hebden Bridge WI in 2011. I think if any WI was going to get my interest it would be there. The then Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Ruth Bond, called HBWI her ‘dream WI”.

Travelling Migraine Diary

As a longtime sufferer, and member of the Migraine Trust, I was asked if I would participate in their Travelling Migraine Diary. They sent the diary around to members and we wrote a bit about our own migraine experiences. Mine

Travelling Migraine Diary

As a longtime sufferer, and member of the Migraine Trust, I was asked if I would participate in their Travelling Migraine Diary. They sent the diary around to members and we wrote a bit about our own migraine experiences. Mine