Author: Rebecca

  • Vennels Cafe, Durham

    Vennels Cafe, Durham

    One of the greatest traditions my mother ever passed on to me is that of the ‘Sticky Bun Moment’, the ray of sunshine that came out of the gloom of shoe-shopping in Newcastle when I was a child, and my oddly shaped feet took literally hours of searching to find anything that fit properly. We…

  • Making the most of SCONUL

    Making the most of SCONUL

    I have spent the day in the library at Durham University, reading like there’s no tomorrow as part of my preparation for the Literature Review of my dissertation. And it seemed like an opportune moment to do another Distance Learning blog post, sharing the wisdom it’s taken me all this time to learn the hard…

  • Top tips for Distance Learning

    Top tips for Distance Learning

    I’ve been intending to do a post (or a few!) on distance learning for a while now, and since Beloved Husband has recently signed up with the Open University, my alma mater, to do a Law degree, this seems like the perfect opportunity to share my accrued wisdom not just with him but the ENTIRE…

  • What makes a good father?

    What makes a good father?

    Reflections on fatherhood for Father’s Day 2017 What makes a good father? I’m sure almost everyone asks themselves this question at some point, whether it’s in curiosity, or panic, or even self-congratulation. Since Beloved Husband first became a father almost ten years ago, I have had the privilege of seeing what makes a good father and…

  • Profits vs people

    I remember being in my early teens, and seeing a tv show about car seatbelts, and how the manufacturers of the car decided not to put extra seatbelts in the pop-up seats in the boot because it was too expensive. Yes, there was a risk of a passenger in these seats being seriously hurt or…

  • General Election 2017, from the point of view of a partial and prejudiced observer.

    General Election 2017, from the point of view of a partial and prejudiced observer.

    Well, that was… interesting. When the election was called, way back whenever, we were full of gloom and misery, sure that the country was about to be doomed to another five years of Tory rule and to the total annihilation of the Labour party. I have loved the idea of Jeremy Corbyn being Prime Minister since he…

  • On rediscovering creativity

    On rediscovering creativity

    Life can get in the way of things, things that are really quite important. Creativity can be one of the first things to go; when you’re tired or stressed, or in pain, or suffering. It seems frivolous. When you are busy thinking about how to get enough energy to prepare the next meal, or if…

  • Diet changes

    Over the past couple of years we’ve (Beloved Husband and I) been becoming more aware of issues around food. It comes after years of eating as students and, at various times, struggling with money, health, stress, and all those other little things that make healthy eating a struggle. We started watching Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the…

  • My grandma

    93 this year! from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1JRTwYJ

  • Newcastle Writing Conference 2015 – Part Two

    In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, have a peek at Part One here. If you read that already, help yourself to a biscuit as a reward for coming back for more of my musings. So, dear readers, I have just been fired up by the keynote, and informed about building a digital presence…