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  1. Just read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I've not seen any of the TV series, but thought the book was fantastic. Horribly relevant ATM too. I'm looking forward to the sequel which Atwood says will be set 15 years after the end of the first book. On to Anthony Horowitz "Magpie Murders" next.
  2. Is she in the Everyone's Talking About Jamie film? They are still filming all over the city.
  3. I read about 3 a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less. I don't watch much telly, so books are the thing for me.
  4. I finished The Essex Serpent, which was really good. Atmospheric, nicely meandering and relaxing. Onto 'The Slap' by Christos Tsiolkas now, which was recently made into TV series. I'm undecided so far... All the characters could probably do with a quick backhander.
  5. There's an exhibition at the arena this weekend of all things wool. Knitting, crochet, spinning, felting etc. Tickets are about £8.50 online, more on the door, and parking is free 😊
  6. I've just been past the Burgoyne, and it is being demolished. The back looks to be down already, and the side where the yard was is also mostly gone.
  7. I picked a generic thriller from the charity table - Pursuit of Honour by Vince Flynn. I should have known what it was going to be like from the cover... Dan Brown calls it a "sizzler"! 😁. Maybe I've just not got to that bit yet. I've got The Essex Serpent to read next.
  8. There was someone is the yard of the Burgoyne a few weeks ago, clearing out the dumped rubbish. Maybe they are finally starting on development. I hope so. As mentioned above, I'd rather see these buildings put to some use, they'll never be used commercially again, and the demand for flats and HMOs is there.
  9. There seems to be a refusal at my kids school to use both sides of a piece of paper. When I asked the teachers, I was told that they like to use only one side in case they want to put that piece of work in a display! 🙄 My friend regularly buys bulk packs of exercise books for her kids to use at school, as they are "rationed" . A couple of quid from amazon, but when the school buys them from their official suppliers, they cost several times as much.
  10. Rereading The Lollypop Shoes by Joanne Harris, to get me ready for her new book, The Strawberry Thief. I love her writing, I don't think she's done a duff book. 😊
  11. St John's at Penistone Road, next to the dog track. They do a baby group and a toddlers one. It's really friendly and welcoming, and though it's in a church, not particularly religious (they do an Easter and Christmas party). Lots of games, singing session, snack and drink for the kids and hot drink and biscuits for the grown ups. My son is 7 now, and he still misses going!
  12. I've been in a couple of times, and I like the idea, but find the place a bit too noisy (as all these concrete and exposed conduit type of places are). I think that's more a reflection of my advancing years, and liking for a comfy chair, than a criticism though!
  13. I think Nathan's tea room in Stannington do some groups, but not sure what exactly. They're on Facebook tough, so you could try them.
  14. It used to be Oxfam, in the 80s/90s I think. We were saying earlier its a shame the Sports bar didn't move into that unit, much more suitable than the one under the flats. Poor residents!
  15. Does anyone else's family say that a baby is thrussen when its had a good feed? I've only ever heard my family say it.
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