What happens when you wake up and find that your house has been flattened by an airstrike? Sitting in cloudy old London, these thoughts probably never enter our thoughts. Yet how fickle are our minds when barely a generation ago, Londoners were cowering in their shelters as planes rained havoc over their city. With this…Read more After the Rubble
I've realised that my blog has taken a slightly autobiographical turn recently, turning into an update journal rather than a platform for interesting articles or even fun fiction. So let's talk about Romeo and Satan. What do these two things have in common? Well apart from the fact some may dismiss Romeo as Satan (I…Read more Romeo and Satan
As he lowered his head in gut wrenching pain, the tears began to fall upon the dry grass. They were like splashes of life on the sun-baked ground but they fell because a life had been taken. In front of him was the freshly covered grave of his father. His mind was wandering now, the…Read more Pain
Somehow, somewhere, you must have come across the name 'Beowulf.' Even if you know absolutely nothing about it, there is a very slim chance that you have managed to go through your life in education without hearing the word. Perhaps your curiosity spurred you on to search this mysterious thing on Wikipedia or perhaps you…Read more What Do You Want Our Beowulf To Be?
If we were all judged on our acting skills according to how well we can pretend to be asleep when our parents poke their head in through our bedroom door, then I am pretty sure that would to a large extent, even out the disparity in the social backgrounds of film stars. We have all…Read more How Do You Read?
Where one may have made you tear, it may have bored another to death. Where one may have appeared tremendously exciting, it may have frightened away a person's sleep. Where one may have thrilled you to your core, it may have dulled another's life. Where one may have made you laugh gloriously, another may have…Read more What Am I Talking About?
Wow. This book is amazing, they need to make a movie out of it! Err no. What they need to do is promote the book in the same way they would promote the movie and get more people reading! I am not against movies being made out of books but usually when that happens, the…Read more The Book Vs Film Contest
I pulled my e-book out of my bag yesterday and realised it was broken! I have seen many arguments for and against e-books but let me just say that I loved mine dearly. Firstly, I got it for free! Which perhaps contributed to its early death as I never bothered to buy a case for…Read more The Day My E-book Died
Oddly enough, I picked my e-book up a few days ago -yes yes I know it doesn't smell the same as a real book but I won it so the student in me dictates I must use this freebie - and completed a James Patterson novel. I've wanted to jump back on to the reading…Read more A Sprinkling Of Life
For the love of humanity, happiness, intelligence and all that is good, please encourage children to read! Whether it is your child, sibling, nephew or cousin, you have the responsibility to introduce them to the world of books. How were you encouraged to read as a child or what difficulties have you found when trying…Read more The World Needs Readers, Children Need To Read
Does the love for books and reading come from nature or nurture?