Category Archives: blogs

Jan 13

Clean Slate 13/1

In london, the East End to be precise. Down a notorious street, near a market is a house. A double fronted place. Behind a well painted door lies a corridor, with rooms of business hiving off. The biggest acts as the jewellers. A large glass display counter dominates the room, and is tastefully laid out […]

Dec 28

2017 – the year I almost blogged

It’s been a busy year, life wise. Blog wise, it’s been appalling. I had such high hopes in January. A post a week on a wide range of topics. It never happened. I could blame moving house. The upheaval, the living in a hotel, the final tense moments waiting for the boat to arrive. I […]

Holiday: 3

Yesterday was strange. In terms of selling things, it was miserable.  Still I have learned what I hope will be a valuable lesson. Time will tell.  In terms of catching up with old friends, it was amazing. Seeing people you’ve taught grow into wonderful human beings with lives and talents of their own, makes my […]

Mar 02

Dear Brain 

Again I would like to thank you for your help with the rewrites. I agree the new opening is so much better and far more dramatic.  However, do you REALLY need to suggest such things at 1 in the morning?

Feb 15

February Blogging Challenge: Modern Fairy Tales

This month’s challenge stumped me. I’m not one for fairy tales. Indeed when it comes to the faerie folk, I’m with Captain Hook. They’re not all nice and fluffy. Some of them are downright evil. So I put my thinking cap on and remembered a challenge I’d set a group of kids years ago. Re […]

Dec 17

#QBYRD

Am doing a.twitter Q&A session on my @Symington_Byrd  handle tomorrow,  18th Dec from 18:30 GMT. Feel free to ask a question or 2, or follow it on #QBYRD

Dec 04

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax

When you need a massage, there’s nothing like one from your bestie 🙂 for more takes on this week’s challenge click here

Oct 31

In the steps of Oates

Well no not really. But I could be gone some time. I’ve reached that point where I need to revamp, renew, and resize the blogs. A task of epic and heroic proportions! And like Oates I feel like I am stepping out of my tent and into the potential trecherous unknown. The plan over the […]

Jul 23

My Year So far…

Whilst I have been lurking around the edges of the blogsphere since January, I have been very quiet. I blame work. It has been busy. A new job in the same organisation, a return to subjects I haven’t taught in 4 years; a house under renovation; and book three of the Aldwych Strand trilogy clamouring […]

Apr 13

A Journey around WordPress – wander two

As the second week of the holidays arrives, I find my journey taking a road down to some blogs I haven’t visited for a while. The first: readfulthings is a blog I always recommend to students and their parents for its reviews section – written by teens for teens. Well what (sometimes) do we adults […]