Stand Up To Racism

There is growing public concern regarding racism rallies, marches and protests, especially in the light of the George Floyd incident. Unfortunately, where large groups of people gather you will always get one or two agitators.  That is all it takes to start an incident where normally sane and calm people get carried away as has already happened in many cities. With […]

The Gift Of A Great Read

For historical fiction fans Washington Black – Esi Edugyan 11-year-old slave Washington Black is taken from the sugar fields and lent to his tyrannical master’s brother, Titch, to work on a ‘cloudcutter’ hot air balloon. The duo form an unlikely friendship that, coupled with Washington’s artistic talent, could provide a way out of slavery. For […]

The History Of Children’s Toys

The history of children’s toys ranges from a simple cup and ball to a Slinky.  Toys don’t necessarily have to be complicated to provide hours of enjoyment. Since the dawn of time, children have played with toys both to amuse themselves and to learn about the world around them. The Origins of the Doll Some […]

A Life Like No Other

Take a trip into another time and another life. Or stay in your own life and be inspired by ideas of self-improvement. This month’s reads will certainly make you pause to reflect. The Familiars – Stacey Halls 1612 is a dangerous time to be a woman in Northern England, as King James has declared war […]

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race 2019

Nerves jangling, excitement brewing, hysteria spreading. There’s only one event that can bring about this accumulation of emotion; The Great Knaresborough Bed Race! On the 8th June 2019 Knaresborough welcomed back the annual Bed Race in which 90 enthusiastic (and a little bit crazy!) teams readied themselves for 15-30 minutes of blood, sweat and tears. Each […]

The Beatles: Fab Foresight?

Looking at the Beatles’ songs with Fab Foresight in view of modern lifestyle. Few people can deny that The Beatles changed the face of music forever. Some say they even predicted the future with lyrics such as ‘newspaper taxis’ or songs like ‘I’m Looking Through You’ (MRI scanner) and ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’ (Tinder). […]

Screen-free Time With Your Grandchildren

A Guide to ensuring you have a fun-filled, screen-free time with your grandchildren You’ve hidden all your precious ornaments, shifted sharp-cornered items of furniture out of the way and stocked up on nutritious snacks. Is it an earthquake warning? A tornado alert? No, it’s not an impending disaster: just a visit from the grandkids. It’s […]