Monthly Archives: January 2017

Politics & Paranoia

Sandra Lindsey/ January 29, 2017/ Thoughts/ 0 comments

A lot of recent UK and US political events have made me feel ashamed to be a member of Western culture: the prejudice which has abounded, in many cases seemingly unchecked, is a frightening confirmation of how selfish, arrogant, and downright despicable humans can be. I sometimes feel like yelling “Just because we have a dark side doesn’t mean we

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Chocolat

Sandra Lindsey/ January 22, 2017/ Books/ 0 comments

Fourth of the five books I chose for the “Read 5 books in January” challenge, “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris has been on my list of “books I should read at some point” for well over a decade. The main reason it’s languished there so long is that I watched the film first – and knew from the DVD commentaries that the

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A View across the Valley

Sandra Lindsey/ January 20, 2017/ Books/ 0 comments

“A View across the Valley: Short Stories by Women from Wales c. 1850-1950” was one of the first Honno books I added to my wishlist after attending their 30th birthday celebration last September. One of the speakers, talking about the diversity of the Honno Classics series, spoke quite movingly about compiling this anthology: discovering Welsh womens’ writing in old publications,

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Gaudy Night

Sandra Lindsey/ January 10, 2017/ Books/ 0 comments

I’m not sure I should admit this, given the company I often keep at writerly events, but… Gaudy Night is the first of Dorothy L Sayers’s Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries I have ever read! I’ve been aware of his importance in the canon of literary detectives, and have occasionally heard part of a radio adaptation on Radio 4, but those adaptations haven’t

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Lebkuchen recipe

Sandra Lindsey/ January 4, 2017/ Recipe/ 0 comments

I’ve been asked a few times this year for “my” lebkuchen recipe, and I feel like a bit of a cheat claiming it as “mine” as, compared to other favourite recipes, I’ve done very little to change it and make it my own. If you’d like to check the differences between mine and the one I started from, head on

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Beguiling Miss Bennet

Sandra Lindsey/ January 3, 2017/ Books/ 0 comments

So I finished the first of my 5 Books for January. Beguiling Miss Bennet is collection of Austen-inspired short stories published by Honno Press. I added it to my Amazon wishlist after being impressed by Honno’s attitude and values when I attended their 30th birthday shindig back in September. But that’s really just me waffling, and avoiding the crux of the

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Recap & reflections

Sandra Lindsey/ January 2, 2017/ My life/ 0 comments

So, with the hangover dealt with, and the Bank Holiday sliding from ‘afternoon’ to ‘evening’, I figured I’d jot down some of the thoughts I’ve had… 2016, in the Lindsey household, has been somewhat of a rollercoaster. Ignoring politics (because I just don’t want to go there… more later). This time last year our main income was from self-employment –

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Lots of reading to be done!

Sandra Lindsey/ January 1, 2017/ Books/ 0 comments

The lovely @sexblogofsorts over on Twitter has invited anyone who wishes to, to join in her #charliesnanoremo by reading 5 books this month. Here’s mine: I feel like I’m cheating as these books were all Christmas gifts, I read pretty quickly, and I generally do read Christmas books during January. So I’m going to commit to posting something about each

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