Poems to boost your mood

Wonderful piece from the guardian today on 50 by prima to raise your spirits. Going to try to seek out all fifty between now and Christmas! Here’s the article https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/nov/26/that-orange-it-made-me-so-happy-50-poems-to-boost-your-mood

The A Team form a militant union

https://youtu.be/yM0YujbVRMQ Spotted on Twitter (ht to Union Drip) and too good not to share!  Clips from the episode Labour Pains. From 1983. The more things change eh…

LeedsBoookClub Christmas Do!

Yippee! It’s that time of the year!  Am busy organising the @LeedsBookClub Christmas do for December and feeling incredibly excited to see everyone in person again! Since March 2020, there have now been a total of 75 book clubs via zoom; 1 Christmas meet up face to face and 3 in person book clubs. So … Continue reading LeedsBoookClub Christmas Do!


The Literature Clock

This is incredible!  https://literature-clock.jenevoldsen.com/ It tells the time via passage from books. And I can’t stop checking it!  (Found via a toot on mastodon. Thanks sent to the OP for this is going to be a bookmarked favourite!)

Two January Books for 2023

Two January books have already been picked for #LeedsBookClub for 2023! Can you imagine? #LBCWSwan (face to face) 15th Jan - The ten thousand doors of January - Alix E Harrow #LBCHorforth (face to face) 18th Jan - To Paradise - Hanyer Yanagihara

#LBCWSwan meet up

It’s #BookClub day! This evening, the #LBCWSwan book club will get together at the White Swan pub in #Leeds (hence the name) to discuss #Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. We don’t often read #comics for book club so delighted that this one is face to face, after 70 odd zoom book clubs! Don’t get my wrong, … Continue reading #LBCWSwan meet up

Migrating from Twitter to mastodon

Well, the bird site has gone a bit bonkers since the reluctant takeover by Elon Musk. While I’ve been determined to reduce my social media time in general, I had hoped to keep my community! So have been scrambling for an alternative. * And - like so many other Twitter users - I’ve landed on … Continue reading Migrating from Twitter to mastodon

Terry Pratchett – details matter!

Thank you to Count Mysterioso “In Prachett there are two novel families who are bitter enemies: The Selachii and the Venturi. Selachii is the taxonomic name gif cartilaginous fish including sharks. Venturi is the physical effect that makes her engines work. The Sharks and The Jets”

Poem – November by Thomas Hood

No sun – no moon! No morn – no noon – No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day. No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member – No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! – November!  Thomas Hood Kirkstall Abbey looking wet and cold … Continue reading Poem – November by Thomas Hood

Wise words on writing

Text included below  ““This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and … Continue reading Wise words on writing