Mardi Gras Carnival Continues Saturday 25th….

There is not much of a nod to the carnival theme but there are bands and saxophonist accompanying DJ and other acts.

Including same aerial acrobat as at Chinese New Year event. She is amazing hanging off a Hulu hoop attached by nothing more but her limbs; so strong and flexible. I would not want to attempt half of what she does above a concrete floor!

My starter was a shared platter of calamari from Italian stall; as a connasoir of calamari they were pretty good. I then had an ostrich burger with tasty onions and cheese.

There was also a hot dog stall, smokehouse van, crepe van, pizzas. The Indian street food stall was doing interesting and tasty looking wraps. Later in the evening from the waffle store I had a rocky road waffle. There was also bannofee and millionaire waffles.

The prosecco and other main bar was present as for Chinese New Year. As was the city taxi booth for free photos. There was a good atmosphere on the dance floor before ten. My prediction that is was a good place to take kids was correct as the almost 2 year old with us had a good time running round. Plus it was still free to get in.

Street City Sheffield ‘Mardi Gras’ Carnival The next Street food event on Ecclesall Road, takes place February 24th and 25th. It has a carnival  theme. It does not specifically say it is for ā€¦

First day of lent: 1st March 2017 Contemplating Homelessness

Over the last year I have become increasingly aware of those apparently living on the streets in Sheffield. An e-mail to Sheffield council confirmed my suspicions that there has over the last year been an increase in those sleeping rough.  Information on the DePaul website suggests the number of people sleeping rough has doubled since 2010.  From my communication with the council and a representative of DePaul charity, it seems precise numbers are difficult to pinpoint because some people drift in and out of accommodation.  Those in hostels may or may not be counted as homeless. Sheffield council estimate at any one time there is approximately 15 people sleeping on the streets rather than in hostels. Homeless is certainly a complex topic; over lent  which starts tomorrow 1st March. Iā€™m going to consider it further, following some daily prompts I have found on the DePaul website. This will involve collecting some money together.

Therefore on the first day of lent take note of how many people you see today who appear to be living on the streets. Collect 5p for each person you see.


The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

Presumably someone picked this book for book club,  who had not actually read it. It is based on true life murder. It is an unsolved murder,  but one with many theories and suspects so featured in various true crime books. So perhaps we will need to stray into talking about the true story.

I was put off right from the beginning. There is many chapters before the murder; not what I want from a thriller. I found the beginning very dull the font of the copy, I read was horrible. Through the book there are lots of numbers mentioned. Which floor, what time, what date, how many miles, what car registration, which number on which street etc…

The plot is very complex with lots of characters and I found I could not get to grips and engage with any characters. Not sure I can say much about it for book club.

Wonderwall: Such an appropriate name for a steet artist Mark Walls aka Lushun. His work includes murals of celebs famous selfies like Kim K and recently Beyonce’s pregnancy selfie.


Lushsux ā€“ Ffion Gardner Art!


The woman next door by Cass Green

A seemingly fairly innocuous book. One neighbor is at a computer class and the other at the hairdressers at the start of the book. The whole story is told in a casual way, but it is more twisted then it appears.

 One reviewer called it ‘gripping’ I would not say I was gripped but I was entertained and would not have predicted ending from the start. 

35 before 35 progress

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling

A couple I have already done and some I have booked already! Scoring a Turkey I have never done; can it be done before November? 

1. Dye hair blue

Did in December.

2. Read a Stephen King book

This was a new year resolution. I have bought Insomnia.

3. Do a park run

Need to practice.

4. Go to Amsterdam


5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes
Saw one in Hull need to seek another.

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan


9. See Greenday


10. Score a Turkey at bowling.
11. Watch love actually again

šŸ™‚ Looking Coward to

12. Watch love actually sequlae

Looking forward to.

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema


La La Land

Manchester by Sea


50 shades

Trainspotting 2

3 more to watch! Last year only about 3 in whole year.

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 


16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

Got 50 so far.

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.
Been to three so far.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing