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#atozchallenge F is for Feeding

#atozchallenge F is for Feeding

Today is the sixth day of the 2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge! The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year, since I’ve just become a mum for the first time, my theme is: ‘an A-Z of Newborn Care’. I’ll be talking about all the highs and lows of parenting, sharing things that have been useful for me and posting some cute pictures. For the letter ‘F’ I have chosen to talk about Feeding. Options for feeding your baby There are three main ways […]


Thoughts on the casting of Hermione: Does the race of an actor really matter?

Thoughts on the casting of Hermione: Does the race of an actor really matter?

After today’s casting announcement for the ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ stage play, it seems that a lot of fans are up in arms about Hermione being played by black actress, Noma Dumezweni. I’ve been reading through a lot of the comments and it’s got me thinking about how much the race and general appearance of an actor matters when casting an iconic role like this. Firstly, let me start by saying that I’ve tried to consider opinions on both sides in this post and to keep my discussion of the subject respectful. As a white woman, I’m in no way […]


World Teachers’ Day #WorldTeachersDay #ThankaTeacher

World Teachers’ Day #WorldTeachersDay #ThankaTeacher

Today is World Teachers’ Day, a day to celebrate educators around the world. I work in a school, have many teacher friends and am also married to a teacher, so I know better than most what a difficult job it can be. From the outside it seems like teachers have a short working day and a lot of cushy holidays, but the reality is that most teachers work many extra hours marking and planning after school and in ‘holidays’ to ensure their students have the best learning resources. My husband often works until 8pm at school and is never without […]


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Posted 5th October 2015 in: Causes & Beliefs. Tagged: ,

Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books Week 2015

This week (September 27th to October 3rd) is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It’s about appreciating and discussing the books that have been challenged, restricted or outright forbidden for various reasons, including sexual or violent content and religious or political messages.  Check out my post from last year for a list of my favourite banned books and my in-depth views on the censorship of literature. If you’re interested, you can find a list of the most frequently challenged or banned YA fiction from 2014-2015 here. Also, below is a list of classic books that have all […]


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Posted 29th September 2015 in: BOOKS. Tagged: ,

Discussion: What is the most important aspect of writing that you would want to be preserved from one language to another?

Discussion: What is the most important aspect of writing that you would want to be preserved from one language to another?

Have you ever read a book that was translated from another language? If you’ve read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Anna Karenina, Battle Royale, Inkheart or any of these popular books, then the answer is yes. Many of us will have come across a translated novel at some point in our lives, especially during high school English class, as many of these works are considered ‘classics’. Some of the best books ever written were first published in a language other than English. After discovering Smartling, a company that translates websites into many other languages, I got to thinking about how the […]


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Posted 27th March 2015 in: BOOKS. Tagged: ,

Why the World Still Needs #Feminism

Why the World Still Needs #Feminism

I don’t usually delve into the realm of politics on my blog, but lately I’ve been preoccupied with the issue of feminism and its relevance in modern society. I’ve read a lot of articles, blog posts and comment forums lately that have left me shaking my head in disbelief. So I feel the need to address some of the misconceptions about feminism and answer a few burning questions, for my own sanity if nothing else. My musings were sparked by Emma Watson’s UN speech about the campaign He for She. Please watch this if you haven’t already, as I’ll be […]


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Posted 22nd October 2014 in: Causes & Beliefs. Tagged: , ,

Banned Books Week: Which Outlawed Books have you Read?

Banned Books Week: Which Outlawed Books have you Read?

As you may have heard, this week is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It’s about celebrating the books that have been challenged, restricted and outright forbidden in some parts of the world. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. A challenge is an attempt to ban or restrict materials based upon the objections of a person or group. When books are banned, they are removed from libraries and schools and people’s access to them is restricted, so it’s a type of censorship. Books have been challenged or […]


Feature and Follow Friday (1) TV show or Movie?

Feature and Follow Friday (1) TV show or Movie?

This is my first time participating in Feature and Follow Friday, a meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The idea is to make friends and gain new followers, as well as discovering some awesome new blogs to follow yourself. To take part, all you have to do is sign up on the linky below then create a blog post linking back to the host’s post. Then visit as many other blogs on the linky as you can to introduce yourself and follow them, remembering to follow back anyone that follows you! Each week one blog is showcased and […]