I can't remember how I came across 'Anxious People' by Fredrik Backman, but I'm so glad I did.  As soon as I began to read it, I knew it was something truly special.  I'm not someone who effuses about books very often, even though I'm a voracious reader, so the fact that I'm telling everyone I know to READ THIS…

Podcasts have had a real popularity surge during the last year - why is this? I myself have been a podcast fiend for a few years now but have definitely listened to more of them during 2020. Podcasts actually began in the 1980s and were called ‘audio blogging’, however due to the lack of means to distribute these recordings, they…

Love it or hate it, the Masked Singer is back on ITV for 2021. And quite frankly, I’m ecstatic about it! What is The Masked Singer? The Masked Singer is a TV programme that started in South Korea (called King of Mask Singer) and has taken off across the world. People at home/viewers join a panel of four judges in…

Like the rest of the world, I have been obsessed with Netflix’s new hit show, Bridgerton, and lusting over the Duke has helped distract me as I recover from Covid-19. My areas of interest generally stop around Elizabethan times and pick up again in the reign of Queen Victoria so I know virtually nothing of this period save what I’ve…

*Warning: Many, many spoilers* Bridgerton…I just can’t put my finger on what it is that had me glued. Despite the cringey accents, the occasional terrible actor and the complete over-egging of how life-changing a good bit of rumpy pumpy might actually be, I could not tear myself away from it. So, to redress the balance and to relieve myself of…

In a year where the Christmas TV programming was understandably weak, Netflix’s technicolour period drama Bridgerton has been our saviour. Described as a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Gossip Girl, the Christmas Day release is based on the bestselling series of romance novels by Julia Quinn and is bought to us by Shonda Rimes, producer of Grey’s Anatomy and…

12 books for 12 months of the year. If you’re wondering what to get stuck into in 2021, we’ve got you covered.    Steph's Pick I have read a total of 56 books this year. I set myself a Good Reads challenge of 70, but with all the TV I’ve been watching I fell behind a little. However, I’m still…

At the end of last year I wanted to set myself a challenge of watching as many films as I could throughout 2020. I began keeping track on IMDB.com, adding to my list of movie posters each time I completed a new film. It’s been a great little challenge because it made me want to watch new films and a…

In summer 2020, as news flooded in about the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police in the United States, people across the world voiced their anger and commitment to anti-racism. Large corporations ran advertising campaigns, museums posted anti-racism statements, sports players took the knee and individuals posted black squares on their Instagram feeds as…

The pressure upon us this time of year as parents can be overwhelming. To surpass our kid’s expectations of magic, presents and endless fun can feel a little ominous at times. Especially if you’re a mum, dad or guardian that can’t afford everything your child’s friends parents might be able to. The competition to have the best, do the best…