Month: October 2014


Happy Birthday Dylan!

Or as some down this end of the world may say, Penblwydd Hapus. Of course, I’m talking about Dylan Thomas. Referred to by many as one of the true literary greats, Dylan has become a true icon of Welsh history. Born on the 27th October, this Monday saw the celebration of 100 years to the day since his birth in 1914. Events have been taking place all across the world to commemorate his memory, with a special centenary festival taking place in Swansea. Although Dylan was born in Swansea and spent much of his time writing in London where he […]

Remember, Remember the 5th of November…

As you leave the house this Half Term, you’ll be surrounded by pumpkins, skulls and fake cobwebs. Seeing Frankenstein, Count Dracula or a Wicked Witch will be part and parcel of this school holiday, with sour sweets, gummy teeth and maybe even some chewy bats making an appearance in your child’s diet and that ever popular Michael Jackson song will no doubt be heard at some point during the week. It’s the one week during the year where it is acceptable to prank people with the sole purpose of frightening them. As fun as Halloween may be, personally I’m more […]

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”

– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Yes, it’s that time of year where “Where has the time gone?” and “Before you know it, it will be Christmas” are becoming frequent phrases in everyday conversation. The children have been back in school so long that their shiny new school shoes are no longer shiny but instead are already faded and scuffed.  We have waved goodbye to long summer evenings and throngs of tourists, and autumn has made a grand entrance complete with thunder and lightning. Over the summer, I have enjoyed barbeques on the beach until the late evening and […]

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