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Best and Worst of 2018


These are my best and worst books, films, television programmes, sport and videos of 2018 […]

Best and Worst of 2017: my year


2017 was devastating for me both physically and emotionally but the following films, television, articles (and more) helped keep me going and provided glimpses of light, interest and joy (even though, like everything, they were tainted by acute physical suffering). I hope they will bring you happiness too. I added items to the list […]

The Best 25 Romcoms and How I Came To Love The Genre



My first experience of romcoms was on long coach journeys for school trips when I was 12-16 years old, with the far-off tiny screen at the front of the coach playing a video (VHS) of Notting Hill (I found it boring at that age and fell asleep, which is the only time that […]

Cinema memories

A trip to the cinema was always a special treat. It has been fun trying to remember all the films that I saw at the cinema before I became ill. The following are my memories of my formative cinema experiences.

The first film I ever saw at the cinema was Tom and Jerry: The […]

Fictional male role models

Last year, I wrote this blog post about my favourite female fictional characters. The announcement that the new Doctor is going to be a woman (I’m incredibly jealous by the way; I wanted to be the first female Doctor!) has been accompanied by complaints that in making the Doctor a woman, we are losing one […]

Best and worst of 2016


Best 3 audiobooks that I listened to in 2016 (I’m unable to read books due to my illness so I have to listen to them):

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 3. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger


Best 10 films that I […]

My favourite fictional female characters

In general, there is a paucity of fictional female characters compared to the number of male ones and there are even fewer that are really great, three-dimensional characters. I’ve decided to celebrate the ones that do exist. Here’s hoping for more characters as interesting as my favourite ones below. I have divided them into […]

Best of 2015

Favourite discovery of 2015: The brilliant Witch, Please podcast. A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world. The two hosts are academics who are rereading the Harry Potter books and rewatching the films for the first time in a long while and then discussing them, one by one. They’re currently up to the Half-Blood Prince. […]