Unboxed: HOW Jewellery Club, April 2016 2

“She opened a little door and Dorothy walked boldly through and found herself in a wonderful place.” – L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz (1900) I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like to receive a parcel of goodies.  I like it even better when the goodies I receive have a bit of mystery about them.  I guess that is why I enjoy my Glitterati box subscription and why I have been so excited to receive my first House of Wonderland Jewellery Club box this month.  I just had to share this with you! I learned about “the UK’s first jewellery club” through  #TheGirlGang and when […]


Review: Code Breakers Series (Beta to Delta) 1

So back at the beginning of the year I reviewed the first in Colin F. Barnes’ Code BreakersAdystopian post-apocalypse cyberpunk series and I’ve been intending to review the rest of the series ever since.  Now I downloaded the Complete Series Kindle edition and it’s the cheapest and easiest way to read the whole series.  If you want to purchase the whole series in paperback, you’ll have to buy the books individuallyA. A slight drawback, especially as, at time of writing, an individual paperback costs significantly more than its electronic sibling! Economics aside, I have to say I did enjoy this series.  The story shifts away from […]


#TheMonthly [1]: Without a Roof

This is the first “edition” of #TheMonthly – my attempt at looking at attitudes and issues relating to menstruation – a series that has come about because of this post here. Menstruation happens.  It’s one of those things those of us who menstruate have to deal with. For the majority of us it is nothing more than a routine inconvenience;  a few days each month where we have to remember to carry a little something extra when leaving the house.  We might be leaving that house with hair that feels more greasy than normal, or feeling bloated or generally more emotional but it’s […]


Not So Normal Service Resumed

So a lot has happened since I last posted.  I’ve finished that cyperbunk series (enjoyed, review in the process of being composed), closely followed by the rather surprising Steampunk adventure which is Alice’s Adventures in Steamland: The Clockwork GoddessA (very twisted, very entertaining, but not for children or the faint of heart, probably should review it properly too).  In the real world the crazy people continue to kill, maim, incite hatred, troll, spout rubbish and deny rights.  In my own bubble, I’ve baked, I’ve cut my own hair at least twice, it has snowed rather a lot and there have been a few storms .  Oh, […]


Dog Days – Getting Over It

“Learn a lesson from your dog – No matter what life brings you, kick some grass over that shit and move on.” – Unknown I’m not the type to hold a grudge but I can be like a dog with a bone at times and focus in on something that has bothered me a little too much.  I will have trouble letting go of a bad experience that most people wouldn’t have a second thought about.  The frustration or worry about it will eat away at me and, even though the time to respond to the situation has long past I […]


Code Breakers: Alpha (Review) 4

Before Christmas I took advantage of one of the numerous Black Friday week offers a certain online bookstore has for its ebooks and purchased Code Breakers Complete Series: Books 1-4.  I have never read any of Colin F. Barnes‘ work before, or even knowingly read any cyberpunk fiction (despite being a massive sci-fi fan), but I was intrigued and thought I would give it a go.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  I started reading it not long after and I’m currently on the second book.  I thought I would review them as I go… As the first in the series, this is […]