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Wash the dust off your soul and combat Blue Monday

Wash the dust off your soul and combat Blue Monday

Monday 17 Jan 2022, the third Monday in January, is said to be the most depressing day of the year - Blue Monday. So here's a suggestion to combat those blues - visit an Art Gallery. I suspect that idea might provoke a bit of a love-hate reaction in some people. If you’re not in the 'art gallery lover' camp, galleries can feel like large empty rooms with weird daubs on the wall. Or, conversely, small rooms jammed with crazy stuff. There can feel like there is pressure to ‘understand’ and ‘interpret’ the ‘feelings’ or 'emotions' being expressed. It's just…
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Greek Mythology – The Trojan Wars

Greek Mythology – The Trojan Wars

It is often said that the Greeks pretty much invented everything. Whether they actually invented storytelling or not I don’t know. But one thing you cannot deny is the fact they really knew how to tell a tale. They threw everything into it. Love, loss, battles, heroes, heroines, monsters, gods and adventures galore. One of my favourite films as a kid was Jason & the Argonauts (an ancient Greek tale). The skeleton battle was ground-breaking for its time, though it looks positively cartoon-like next to today’s CGI techniques. It’s still a great film, fundamentally because it’s a great story.  https://youtu.be/C-ZQGRM7GW0…
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Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

I feel it necessary to warn you; I am definitely more of a ‘Buddy the Elf’ than an ‘Ebenezer Scrooge-(pre ghosts)’ type of person. It’s fair to say I LOVE Christmas decorations; I have five giant boxes full that somehow keep multiplying each year! These decorations range wildly from classic paper robin chains – that wouldn’t look out of place in a Victorian house to a 4ft high sparkly illuminated penguin called Percy. You can spot my house on the street – it’s the one with the animated snow that falls daily from 4 pm till midnight. I appreciate there…
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Scarborough…the influencer of multiple generations

Scarborough…the influencer of multiple generations

When I first heard about the Big Ideas by The Sea Festival, it felt BIG and unconventional. A festival of inspirational writers, artists and speakers talking about the town and how it inspired them would not have felt out of place in a big city. Still, for a seaside resort, it made me start to question how much did I really know about Scarborough? You don't need to be in the town for long before stumbling past the Stephen Joseph Theatre and, after some quick searching, find out about fantastic writers like Alan Ayckbourn, but when looking at the event…
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A Thousand Ships (well, four) in a sea of flowers

A Thousand Ships (well, four) in a sea of flowers

After my first introduction to Odyssey on that bitterly cold April day where I battled with the dog to listen to the first instalment, I started following the story was excited to find out what was coming up next. What I didn't expect, however, was to be getting hands-on with Origami! When I read about the plan for the community to create, literally, a thousand origami ships, I was intrigued and decided to put in my order. Now, as a serial hobbyist who has many a project unfinished, like my out of control garden, I was excited about how labour…
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