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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Coronation Street Weekly Update

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

This week the update comes with a review of a disappointing Christmas on Corrie.

Monday, December 29, 2008


Among all the lovely Christmas presents received this year were things were frills on them, bows in them, ladybirds around them, things that smell, things that are edible and the thing that made me laugh out loud - a bag of Jellyatrics.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas

That's me done. I've wrapped, I'm packed and I'm ready to go. There's only one thing left for me to do and that's to say Merry Christmas to both of my readers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

I said no, no, no

One of the joys of blogging is to say what you want and type what you like. The success of my other blog, the Coronation Street Blog has meant this week I was been approached by people wanting to get in on the act. Yes, they tried to make me blog for money, but I said no, no, no.

First off came a flattering offer of writing for a well known telly blog that I like and read often - and getting paid for it - but I said no. I've had enough of blogging for cash after doing Corrieblog for two years. And then came an offer from an international company asking if they could give me cash in exchange for ad space on my Coronation Street blog. Again, I said no. I'm blogging for no-one but myself these days and that's the way I like it.

The Specials

Got my tickets already.

Is it May 2009 yet?


You can't beat local news for news that's not only local but guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Last night watching Look North via the magic of Sky TV in London, there was an article about a mysterious black cat roaming a forest up north. Anyway, the reporter interviewed a fella who said things may not be as they seem, it might not have been a big cat in the forest after all. He went on to qualify this by saying: "One time, I followed what I thought was an otter for miles along the river, miles, but it turned out to be a cardigan." You couldn't make it up.

Virtual puppy love

So now and I've gone and adopted a puppy on Facebook, given it a name and everything. Picked its colour, shape and size and whatnot and now it's giving me grief.

If I don't log on every day to feed and water it, it wilts and dies. Not only that, I have Facebook, er, friends, emailing me and poking me that my puppy's not well. What's a girl to do? There's too much emotion involved, it's virtual blackmail. I wish I'd never started with the blinkin' thing now.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Sunday, December 07, 2008


Dogs, I love. Cats, I can live with. Budgies, a bit of a waste of space but I could put up with one if I had to. Goldfish, ditto.

But horses? Don't get me started on horses. They terrify me.


I was once much impressed by a woman who dropped the word pantechnicon into conversation, without any irony too.

And for years I thought pantechnicon meant a large removal lorry, which of course it does. But this weekend I saw the original pantechnicon. It's a building in Belgravia (one of the poshest bits of London) that is called The Pantechnicon and was built for posh people to store their posh things in, hundreds of posh years ago (*).

The lorries which carried the goods into and out of storage from the building became known as pantechnicons. I know, great eh? Anyway, that was one of the many highlights on the Upstairs Downstairs walk of Belgravia I did this weekend with The Women's Libary in London. So as well as getting to walk around a posh bit of London I'd never normally visit, I learned one heck of a lot.

(*) The building now houses a posh people's bank and a Starbucks. Boo, hiss.

Monday, December 01, 2008

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