A boy made of blocks by Keith Stuart No Spoilers

A Nick Hornby style book. The themes of the book are around the trial separation of the parents of an autistic boy and connecting with the boy via the video game minecraft. A potentiality gritty story , especially as author’s son has autism however, it never goes that deep or heavy. Instead although presenting struggles,  it goes with a lighthearted, heartwarming, positive angle. The plot is simplistic and at one point I was not sure always flawless for example; when talks about deciding on a fancy dress outfit in a morning, but having a mask for the outfit bought online by the same afternoon. Overall a very readable  page turner, when not wanting anything too heavy.

Insomnia by Stephen King No Spoilers

I liked the first hundred pages or so and the epilogue, but not so keen on the middle and there was a lot of middle! The book was 760 pages in total.

There are three main themes. The first is about a retired man, rebuilding life after death of wife. This was an interesting theme to think about.

The second theme was about women refuges and abortion clinics; so if these are sensitive subjects, do not read.

The third theme is the paranormal / sci fi theme. I would have enjoyed the book without this because the man’s story was so interesting. Plus this theme did not engage me  because too far fetched for me and as so much of it, made the book drag.

This was my first Stephen King. Is it typical?

Tramlines Music Festival 21-23 July 2017 featuring Busker Buses



In addition after a year or two absence, Busker buses are back.

2013: Crookes, Darlingtons, Fratellis
They used to be free, but now have to have wristband to use.


I have loved them in past and would gladly pay a few pound per ride. But not sure what to pay £50 for a few rides.

Fun Friday #11: Summer Projects🌻💛🎶: Summer Love ❤️ that Lasted

A day in my life

I have been working in the same office for 11 years since 3rd July 2006.

During 11 years time I have lived in 3 houses (1 rented room in shared house and 2 houses I have owned), in Sheffield so my daily routine has changed slightly. 

I work managing data from trials of pharmaceutical drugs that are being developed. I can not go into details about this because in this industry really confidential, but if you have specific questions about this sort of work, feel free to ask and I will answer as much as confidentiality allows.

I’m awoken at 6.55am by my radio alarm coming on with Chris Evan’s I. BBC Radio 2. I find Chris Evan’s irritating but, I also do not like irritating jingles and adverts on commercial stations. Ideally I would like to wake to music but usually, it is sports update. I also like news bulletin within ten minutes of waking which is my cue to get up. I get up after 7 bulletin.

I dress and eat cereal and I’m out of house at 7.30. I walk to tram stop. I’m in office 35-40minutes later between 8.00 and 8.45.

My work days involve  teleconferences with internal colleagues or clients, lots of e-mails, execel spreadsheets, running reports and I have access to electronic databases   data in which I go into to check data. I usually stop for lunch at 13.30.

For lunch today I ate a bread roll with slices of chorizo in, an orange and an apple.

I can leave anytime from 4. I need to  put in 75 hours over 10 days, but have some flexibility on how much do each day. So exactly when finish depends,  if have late meetings or afterwork activities or need to do extra to get more done.

On this day met my Mum and Auntie at Centertainment Sheffield as we were going to see Greenday together at the Arena. We ate at Bella Italia. I ate Marco Pollo which was duck in a plum and spring onion sauce. I drank a glass of water.


Greenday was on stage from about 8.35 to 10.55. It is 11.30, on the tram home should be in bed for just after midnight.

VOTE NOW for the winner of this week’s Six Word Story Challenge!

For my story, as the prompt of terror has 6 letters, I used each letter to start a word of the story.

The story could describe a physical event like an earthquake or could describe a person panicking.

Tension.
Earth Rocking.
Retching.
Oblivion reigns.

An entry that was very chilling:

In the delivery room, baby silent.

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Really the story is told in 4 words as, ‘in the’ could be omitted. So could have. Delivery room, baby silent. Medics panic. But chilling as it is!

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Welcome to Thursday and the opening of the vote to decide the winner of the Six Word Story Challenge.

The prompt was set on Saturday morning as usual. All week, you awesome authors have been submitting your six word creations for our reading pleasure – and ultimate judgement.

It’s Thursday so entry to the challenge has closed. Now we vote!

THIS WEEK’S PROMPT WAS TERROR. Which of the below 31 stories should win the grand prize?*

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Fun Friday #11: Summer Projects🌻💛🎶: Summer Love ❤️ that Lasted

It was on a summer day in 2013 at Sheffield tramlines. I boarded a bus outside West one. By the time the bus turned the corner on to West Street, I was loving hearing the Crookes sing American girls.


Listen here: https://youtu.be/buKE5JJJ8o0
I saw them again a few weeks later in the sun of Orchard square.



Today the love lasts after seeing them several more times. American girls is a firm favourite.

 

This year tramlines runs from 21-23July2017.

Happy Fun Friday everyone! Earlier in the week I talked about wanting to write my own Summer hit this month, really just this Summer period- it’s on my mental Summer bucket list. But before I write this hit, I’m hoping all of you will help and join along in a project I’ve created, the Summer Party Playlist Project. I came up with the name from last Fun Friday’s post, the Summer Party Playlist Edition where I listed 100 of my favorite Summer/Party songs!

I thought maybe, just maybe some of my blogging friends/family would want to write a Summer hit too. It sounds fun right? But not only you- I’d love for the whole WordPress community to get involved! Open to all☺️💛


What I’m hoping/asking:

I’m hoping and asking that many of you participate, and maybe reblog this or spread the word somehow.

How to help me:

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Coming up in July

  • Day in life post
  • Review of Stephen King Insomnia (about 100 pages left to read)
  • Not seen film of Cousin Rachel yet and it is not showing much in cinemas now, but if manage to see it will review it / compare it with listening to the audiobook version.
  • Review of Tribes at theatre.
  • Review of What we wished for at theatre.
  • Sheffield hosts Tramlines music festival 21-23 July so, hopefully I will have more information about that.