Book Review: The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

DI Ray Mason gets a call from a man named Henry Forbes asking him to meet him at his lawyer’s private residence. He  says he has information about Kitty Sinn, his former girlfriend who vanished without a trace from Thailand when the pair were travelling. Forbes claims that Kitty is dead and her body is the England, in fact he says its her remains that have just been unearthed in the grounds of Medmenham College.

Forbes refuses to say anything else until Ray can guarantee he will be protected – Kitty was killed by a ruthless group of people and they will come after Forbes once they know he’s started talking.

While on the phone to his boss, masked men enter the house and kill Forbes with Ray only just escaping with his life. As Ray and his colleagues begin to look into Forbes’ life, infamous former police officer turned PI Tina Boyd reveals that days before his death Forbes instructed Tina to find a woman called Charlotte Curtis, and she needed to find her fast.

Soon, both Ray and Tina are being sucked into a very dangerous world.

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Just Keep Going

Already we’re in the second month of 2017 and the chilled out attitudes from Christmas have well and truly evaporated. Now is the time to evaluate just how well the New Year’s Resolutions are going, and whether we’ve managed to create the good habits and kick the bad.

My resolution was that I wanted to go back to the motivated individual I used to be when it came to different activities, one of which was exercise.

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Discovering Lyveden New Bield

Lyveden New BieldLocated near Oundle, Lyveden New Bield is unlike any other National Trust property I’ve ever visited. The vision of Sir Thomas Tresham, Lyveden was supposed to be a beautiful addition to his manor house for guests to enjoy, with the intention being they’d begin at his home and walk through orchards and gardens overflowing with colours, smells and textures until they eventually reached the garden lodge.

Unfortunately, Sir Thomas’ dream was never fully realised and to this day Lyveden has remained unfinished, and perhaps more amazingly unchanged from when the workers downed tools upon hearing of Sir Thomas’ death in 1605.

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Book Review: The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Beth takes her eight-year-old daughter Carmel to a storytelling fair, and when Carmel gets frustrated with her mother’s overprotective nature she convinces Beth to let her roam a book tent without holding her hand. In the flurry of people mother and daughter are separated, and when Carmel goes looking for her mother a man claiming to be her estranged grandfather tells Carmel that her mother has been knocked down by a car while looking for her.

After taking Carmel to live with him and his partner Dorothy, he delivers the grave news that her mother is dead and her father wants nothing to do with her. Soon Carmel is in America with her grandfather, Dorothy and Dorothy’s two daughters, and she’s been told her hands have special healing powers.

Meanwhile at home, Beth and Paul are growing frantic wondering if they will ever see their little girl again.

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The Joy that the Theatre Brings…

It’s receiving rave reviews, with Charlie Stemp’s portrayal of Arthur Kipps being praised by critics everywhere.

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel Kipps by HG Wells, Half a Sixpence tells the tale of apprentice draper Arthur. As a young man he leaves his childhood home to work, giving his childhood sweetheart, Ann, half a sixpence to remember him by. Fast forward to the present day, Arthur hasn’t been home to visit much and has become quite taken with Miss Helen Walsingham, a customer at the shop.

When Arthur is knocked over by Mr Chitterlow, an eccentric playwright and former actor who reveals to him that he’s the heir to a fortune, Arthur is soon rubbing shoulders with the richer folks in town, and while it allows him to get closer to Helen it also puts him on a different path, and it isn’t one he’s sure he likes.

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New Year, Old Me

Now, I know what you’re going to say. ‘We’re five days into 2017. Number 1 isn’t she a bit late with the motivational new year’s thing?  And number 2 old me? Why old me?’

Well, number 1 today is the 12th day of Christmas, so y’know, New Year can start tomorrow, and number 2, my rather lovely other half gifted me with a trip away and tickets to a show as part of my Christmas present. That happens to be taking place this weekend, so really New Year is starting on Monday for me.

And with that in mind, from Monday I am striving not for a new me but for the old me.

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The Royal Treatment – Bake Off Final

This is it, this is the end of The Great British Bake Off as we know it. No more puns, no more Mel, Sue and Mary, and most importantly for the 2016 series, no more Candice, Jane and Andrew.

For weeks these three have been giving the nation some truly heart stopping moments (for both good and bad reasons), and now it is time for their final challenge.

And naturally for bakers of their calibre, Bake Off gave them the Royal Treatment.

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How do you say ‘Bake Off’ in French? – Bake Off Semi-Finals

Selasi had a dream. He dreamt that he baked in the final of The Great British Bake Off… While wearing a dress…

Far-fetched it may seem, but when he took over from Mel and Sue and announced to his fellow bakers they only had a few minutes remaining for their signature challenge, their was a strange feeling in the air. Could it be that Selasi had some sort of prophetic powers?

Only time would tell… (Plus wouldn’t it be fab to watch?!)

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War of the Tudor Bakes – Bake Off Quarter Finals

It’s hard to believe that we’re at the quarter finals of The Great British Bake Off already, which our original 12 bakers now down to just 5 – with Selasi being the only baker left in the tent not to have been named star baker so far this series.

This week we had yet another first for the show (they really are spoiling us aren’t they?) as the bakers were tasked with creating bakes based around the Tudor era.

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