My fascination for archaeology kicked in when I was five, after I found a fossilised gastropod in our Gloucestershire garden. Had I not mucked around during my school years, I can only dream about what my life might have been like as a female Indiana Jones. Fast forward to 1981, when I moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK, and found myself surrounded by archaeological treasures. From dolmens to menhirs, and La Cotte de St Brelade, which is now viewed as one of the most important Ice Age sites in Europe.
How are you getting on out there? I've been wondering how we can best support each other through this surreal time. At the beginning of this year, I rattled off the first 25,000 words of my WIP in double-quick time. I felt unstoppable, thinking I was on my way to achieving a personal-best NaNoWriMo moment. Then I stalled.
It's horribly surreal. Waking up to another beautiful morning and knowing the proverbial shit is about to hit the fan. Life as we know it is about to change. The fields around me were ploughed and planted with potatoes yesterday. Superficially, life as we know it appears to be carrying on as normal, but a big, black underbelly of invisible menace is lurking, waiting to strike.
In Jersey and Guernsey, we are only live a short hop from St. Malo and our Entente has been extremely Cordiale for years, thank you very much. Yet the repercussions of Brexit will affect us just as much as everybody domiciled in the UK mainland, not least when it comes supermarket shopping, as all our supplies are brought in by boat.
I returned home with my head buzzing and lost all track of time, as I embarked on a wine-fuelled creative writing binge.
Happy Wednesday. I'm getting excited about going on my annual holiday next week and took an hour or so today to reflect on what a huge impact travelling has had on my life and this short vid is the outcome. I have no regrets about spending my hard earned cash on travelling and I haven't... Continue Reading →
For the unenlightened Qigong - alternative spelling schi gung or chi kung - is: ... an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or... Continue Reading →
At a time when the world should all be pulling together to fight the evil that threatens to destroy it he British public have voted to alienate themselves from the rest of Europe.
Sara Strudwick featuring Jack Helm on guitar supporting Nerina Pallot at the Jersey Opera House June 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y4ZB-tqQqg
If you are just dabbling with the idea your writing your first novel or ploughing your way through the first draft this is a weekend you should definitely be a part of this weekend because I guarantee that you will feel totally motivated by the end of it
I am not sure if it is something in the water but, for an island which is only 5 miles/8 km long by 9 miles/14.5 km wide, Jersey produces a remarkable amount of successful entertainers for both the stage and screen. The latest young performer to join the ever growing list of Jersey celebrities that already include singer-songwriter Narina... Continue Reading →
I saw The Jersey Bounce for the first time supporting Tom Jones earlier this year on a big stage and absolutely loved their performance. Quite why I had never seen them before is beyond me! This is an incredible, Jersey-based,10 piece jazz/swing band fronted by Mark Willmett who has been performing swing most of his... Continue Reading →
I have eaten at the Oh! Cafébar at Jersey's Opera House twice in two weeks. For a pre-show meal or just a gourmet experience, you would be hard pushed to find anywhere better. The service is excellent, the menu is varied and the food first class. Their duck pate is probably the best I have... Continue Reading →
At The Opera House, Jersey 10/10/14 in aid of the Jersey Branch of The Parkinson's Charity. Be there! It will be a great evening with the effervescent Jersey Bounce and Ray Quinn promoting his new album Old Soul; Young Blood.
I saw The Jersey Bounce for the first time supporting Tom Jones recently and was absolutely knocked out by their performance. I couldn't understand, given the fact that they are based in Jersey, that I had never been to one of their gigs before. So I had just starting to look out for their upcoming... Continue Reading →