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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Apple Music Festival: Bastille

A couple of weeks ago my hump day was improved significantly when I found out I would be seeing Bastille the following Monday.

I had entered to see a whole host of incredible musical acts at the Apple Music Festival, which takes place across 10 nights in September. After receiving emails one by one to tell me I had been ‘unlucky this time’ I finally got the email I had been waiting (and hoping) for.

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Boardmasters Surf and Music Festival

Going to a festival and being on the beach are two of my favourite things to do. For me they are both the epitome of summer, places where I feel at my happiest and most content. If I could spend all my time here, I definitely would.

So, when I saw a festival that takes place with a beach as the backdrop, I had to go. Just imagine, one minute you are dancing to your favourite bands as the waves lap the shore in the distance and, a short walk later, you are strolling bare foot across a golden sandy beach towards that turquoise sea, looking back up on the festival scene behind you.

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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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Short Story: The Last Time

I can remember the last time I saw her face like it was yesterday.

She was 15, which may not seem very old but, in dog years, she was over 90 – a senior citizen and pretty good going for her breed.

While we knew the end was near, I didn’t expect it to be that day and I still wasn’t ready for it – although can you ever really be ready for that last goodbye?

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