Books by Glenda Young

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Being a tourist in town

To town today to be a tourist.


Through Mowbray Park where the statue of Jack Crawford stands, nailing his colours to the mast.  Yes, that phrase comes from a Sunderland hero.


Onwards through Mowbray Park where spring flowers shone through the mist.


Then to the Sunderland Museum and Winter Grrdens to see a fantastic exhibition of Sunderland maps from the Tyne & Wear Archives and Sunderland Antiquarians.

Onwards to the Norhern Gallery for Contemporary Art to see a wonderfully quirky exhibition called Stone.  It's part of the AV Festival 14 which is running all over the North East.

My favourite thing in the NGCA is the comments boards where people can say what they think about what they've just seen.



And finally to the small but perfectly formed Monkwearmouth Station Museum.  It's worth a visit at any time, and at the moment has an exhibition of original World War I recruitment posters.
And then back home, to a cuppa and a hot cross bun.

Read all my blog posts about Sunderland here.
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Coronation Street Weekly Update - lies, lust and lippy

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here

This week on Corrie, Peter Barlow turns into a one-man circus.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Corrie weekly update - Kev returns with Jack and jacket

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here

This week on Corrie, Kev Webster noticed a lot of changes in Coronation Street. 
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Books I read on my holidays - March 2014

Have just returned from a week of wonderful winter sunshine on holiday somewhere lovely and warm.  Whilst lazing by the pool, relaxing on the patio or trying to take my mind off in-flight nerves, here's the novels I chose to read this time around.

I've been a big fan of Edna O'Brien's novels since I was a young teenager.  Her autobiography Edna O'Brien, Country Girl, A Memoir, was a wonderful read, written with style.  10/10.

Laurie Lee's As I walked out one midsummer morning was a nicely short and well-written meander around Spain from a teenage Laurie Lee in the 1930s.  A good book, enjoyable, short.  7/10.

I read Penny Hancock's first novel last year and have been waiting for her second novel The Darkening Hour to come out in paperback for some time, with more than a little anticipation.  It was well worth the wait. A good thriller, tense, well written.  10/10.

Hugely enjoyable Douglas Kennedy book The Big Picture and a high scoring 9/10.  I'd have given it 10/10 if the ending had been a little less cliched.  And I'll never understand why the publishers of his books give them these Mills & Boon type covers - which have nothing to do with, and detract from, the subject matter of his work.

Nathan Filer's The Shock of the Fall is a wonderful book, written by a mental-health nurse, about mental health, those it affects and how it's treated.  This is a book that had my husband in tears when he read it, and left me with a lump in my throat. Highly recommended. 10/10.
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I'm on twitter @flaming_nora

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Corrie weekly update - a week of male maelstrom

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here

This week on Corrie, all of the men went a little bit mad.

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I'm on twitter @flaming_nora
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