2016: the worst year ever?

I think it is safe to say that many of us were happy to bid good riddance to last year.

Who knew, as we went into 2016 with our inspirational resolutions, that we would look backwards on 12 months that saw the world lose so many icons – Prince, Bowie, George Michael and Muhammad Ali – to name a few – alongside so many more atrocious terrorist attacks. And, that we would be heading into 2017, with the promise of Donald Trump taking over the most powerful job in the world and Brexit becoming a reality.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S.F.E.S.T

The one where I married my best friend

The cast of Friends may have shut the door to Monica’s apartment for the last time 12 years ago but, after 10 series across 10 years (and constant reruns), this sitcom won’t be forgotten about any time soon. Now, Comedy Central’s FriendsFest is celebrating Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Ross, Joey and Chandler by providing the opportunity for fans to walk through, and take photos on, the iconic set. View Post

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A Dog’s-Eye View of Events

The sun was shining and we were heading to Ruscombe, where the streams are cool and the long grass tickles my tummy as I run through it chasing birds that I know I will never actually catch, as they swoop up and down, taunting me from the sky above my head.

Not only was I about to embark on my favourite part of the day, I was doing it with four of the humans I love the most. Life couldn’t really get much better!

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The Day I Went to Prison

 I have driven past Reading Prison countless times without really giving it a second thought. Little did I know that one day I would walk through those doors and into a cell.

I had never stepped foot into a prison before and I never expected I ever would… until that day.

What had she done? You are wondering. Drunk and disorderly? Possibly. Murder? Unlikely. Indecent exposure? Maybe.

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A Day at Downton Abbey

In 2010, while doing work experience at my local paper, I accompanied one of the journalists to interview Jessica Brown Findlay ahead of her first role as Lady Sybil Crawley in Downton Abbey. At the time we knew little about this new period drama or the success it was set to have.

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