Arts and Culture, Film, Literature

The Woman in the Window Book Review: A J Finn’s twisty thriller is a fascinating study of a mind unleashed

It’s perhaps ironic that I ended up buying and writing a book review of The Woman In The Window because I read the recent expose in The New Yorker of its author, A J Finn, Dan Mallory’s alias. Mallory’s life – and his web of lies, it turns out – could give his own characters… Continue reading The Woman in the Window Book Review: A J Finn’s twisty thriller is a fascinating study of a mind unleashed

Fitness, Meditation, Uncategorized, Yoga

Raj’s Hatha Yoga: A Beginner’s Feelings

I've recently become involved in a new marketing project, working alongside Namaste Yoga Ashram, a fabulous new Yoga business based in Sheffield. Over the last few weeks, I've been attending Raj's classes and writing about my experiences. As someone who's always been curious about Yoga, but felt too intimated to try, I have to say that… Continue reading Raj’s Hatha Yoga: A Beginner’s Feelings

Arts and Culture, Musical Theatre

‘Bobbie Baby’ Sondheim’s gender-bending ‘Company’ is a smash- hit for the new generation

I first watched Sondheim's Company when I was sixteen years old and was immediately captivated. The production starred and was directed by Broadway star Daniel Evans, fresh from the success of Sunday In the Park With George, another Sondheim hit. The production was at Sheffield's Lyceum: not the most obvious location for a Sondheim musical… Continue reading ‘Bobbie Baby’ Sondheim’s gender-bending ‘Company’ is a smash- hit for the new generation

Arts and Culture, History, Literature

The real St. Valentine

Beheadings, Roman brutality and a Parliament of Fowls — doesn’t sound very romantic, does it? The truth is that Februarys’ celebrated holiday — St. Valentine’s Day — has a complex and varied history. The truth is, little is known about the origins of Valentine’s. Like many of the highlights of history, the titular Saint Valentine… Continue reading The real St. Valentine

Fitness, Literature

Running Away those January Blues

Photo by JESHOOTS.com from Pexels I've always had a love-hate relationship with running and exercise. On the one hand, nothing quite beats the feeling of knowing you’ve just completed 10 k. Running is also good-quality thinking time. I’ve made some pretty important — if not life-changing — decisions whilst running. It’s also a great time… Continue reading Running Away those January Blues

Arts and Culture, Irish Authors, Literature

The Best of 2018: Roddy Doyle’s ‘Smile’ 

Photo by Nik MacMillan on Unsplash Rewind back to the spring of 2018 and celebrated Irish author, Roddy Doyle, is being interviewed by Stephanie Merritt as the celebrated Hay Festival enters its 30th year. The topic is Doyle’s latest offering: a harrowing story of childhood trauma, secrets, and self-revelation. The date of Doyle’s interview is significant: the 25th… Continue reading The Best of 2018: Roddy Doyle’s ‘Smile’ 

Tourism and attractions

Shoes on the Danube Bank

The city of Budapest is steeped in a rich, yet volatile history. From its beginnings as part of the Roman Empire in the First Century BC to its contemporary reputation as a city of resplendence and astonishing beauty, this tale of two cities has always had a unique story to tell. Behind the neo-gothic architecture… Continue reading Shoes on the Danube Bank