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March 2012

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson #bookreview

Posted on 19th March 2012 in #bookreview/ Andrew Davidson/ the gargoyle

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

This is an astounding book.

I wouldn’t have bought this book, it was bought for me, and I’m so glad it was. I really need to get out of my comfort zone with books, I tend to go for crime dramas time after time so I love it when someone plonks something new in front of me; especially when the book then turns out to be as good as this one.

There is a scene where one of the main characters is burnt in an accident, it is incredibly descriptive, captivating yet revolting. A terrifying and believable insight into how horrific it must be.

The story seems to weave between fantasy and fiction but in a very engaging way. I can’t even begin to do it justice in this review. I can’t peg it in a genre, I can just say that I loved it.

I loved the madness and passion of the female character, her story on its own was fabulous and a wonderful concept. I yearned to have her drive when I read it.

I made me cry, cringe and keep on reading. Lovely book, very long, a bit odd at times but absolutely steeped in romance.

As ever, I’m not telling you the story; you need to read the book and discover it for yourself ūüėČ

Tuesdays With Morrie #bookreview

Posted on 19th March 2012 in book review/ mitch albom/ tuesdays with morrie

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

I bought Tuesdays With Morrie because I was so touched by The Five People You Meet In Heaven.

It is another tiny little book which rips through your defences and leaves you blubbing ‚Äď I read most pages with a running internal monologue of ‚ÄėI will not cry, I will not cry‚Äô I failed miserably.

Don’t let that put you off it, it is a fabulous book.

I don’t know how Mitch Albom manages to put some much genuine emotion into his words but boy do they pack a punch.

A book that makes you look at yourself and not always like what you see, but then shows you how easy it would be to change the view.

Go read it!



The Five People You Meet In Heaven #bookreview

Posted on 19th March 2012 in book review/ five people you meet in heaven/ mitch albom


The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

Tiny little book.

I bought my copy in New York because I loved the rough unfinished edges on the pages. I didn’t know anything about it, just liked the feel of the thing.

When I read it I was blown away by how much it affected me.

This book takes you on a short but soul enhancing journey.

You HAVE to read it. That is all.

What Does Your Mum Mean To You? #BigBlueCuddle #MothersDay

Posted on 17th March 2012 in big blue cuddle/ charity/ Mother/ mother's day

This is a re-posting of a blog by @BigBlueCuddle they aim to build a collection of quotes from people: ‘What does your mum mean to you?’ some are sweet, some are funny, some are poignant. Read on and send them yours!

As most of us are about to indulge in breakfasts in bed, bouquets of flowers and hand-made cards, we would like to celebrate not just you, loving mothers of young little things, but also¬†your¬†mothers, with a¬†collection of quotes.Tell us:¬†what your mother means to you now you’re raising your own children?

We’ll collect the quotes and post them, anonymously, on our¬†Facebook page¬†and on¬†Pinterest.¬†¬†The author of the quote which has received the most likes by Tuesday March 20th WINS a product of their choice from our store.
All tricks you, and your mum, might want to pull to get people to like your quote are allowed!¬† We’ll assign them a number, so you can direct people towards it.

Furthermore we’ll give¬†everybody who has entered, and¬†their¬†mother, a discount code¬†to use in our store.

Go on, what you are waiting for? Email your quote to making sure you also give us your mum’s email address – so we can send her the discount code too.¬† If you like you can also post them directly on our Facebook wall (we’ll repost them).

We’re really looking forward to reading all the wonderful things you have to say about your mothers and to assemble what hopefully will be a multifaceted take on motherhood.

The image we used is a fridge magnet we found here. Originally posted here: Quotes for YOUR mothers

Curious Photographs

Posted on 17th March 2012 in Funnies/ funny cats

A little round up of some funny/unusual pics circulating by email at the moment. I think the last one is my favourite.

I can’t credit the source, however would be happy to if I knew the details.

For  more funnies click here or here!

Cambridge Blue by Alison Bruce #bookreview

Posted on 14th March 2012 in #bookreview/ alison bruce

I really enjoyed this book.

This was a given to me as a gift and I’m so pleased that it was as I’ve never read anything by Alison Bruce before and I’m always over the moon when I find a new author whose work I enjoy reading.

Now I need to find myself a copy of Siren!

The main character, DC Goodhew, has a brilliant mind which he has to try to restrain in order to keep within the rules; and the law!

He is an engaging character, with many quirks and eccentricities as befits the role.

I loved the descriptive walks through Cambridgeshire, it has made the town really come alive for me and I will enjoy looking out for some of the places mentioned in the book.

I thought it was well written, had clever twists and turns with lots of loose ends to unravel and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Like all my reviews, I don’t want to spoil the story for you so I’ll let you find that out for yourself when you read the book!

Print Off A Maze Puzzle (by my 12y/o)

Posted on 13th March 2012 in maze

Just click on the picture and then print! You may need to select ‘centre’ or ‘scale to fit’, depending on the settings for your printer.

Good Customer Service and A Wonderful Apology

Posted on 13th March 2012 in apology/ bank/ good customer service

When I worked in the customer service industry one of the phrases I truly liked was:

turn every complaint into a compliment

At the end of last year I moved house. I dutifully contacted everyone I could think of so that they could update my address details.

After a few weeks, I realised that I was still receiving bank statements that had been forwarded from my old address so I wrote to the bank again.

Unfortunately I still kept receiving forwarded statements so I went into a branch and asked them to change the address immediately and register it as a complaint as despite writing to the bank twice, my address had still not been changed.

Within a few days I received a letter of acknowledgement from the bank….to the right address.

A couple of days later I received a phone call from the bank and had a very nice conversation with them about the situation. The person I spoke to was pleasant at all times, apologetic and reassuring; data protection is after all a very serious matter and there is a very real fraud risk when your post, particularly banking information, is sent to the wrong place.

By way of apology, the bank credited my account with £250 and today I received this lovely bouquet.

Now that is what I call good customer service!

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