Carpool Karaoke – Streisand.

I have no idea how I’d never seen this before, but it’s made me smile. So I hope it cheers your day up too…

Go on sing along, you know you want to.

The Hundred Year Old Man – Review

4.8/5.0 A heartwarming funny read.

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.

Such a lovely read, the title really does sum up what the book is about. It has humour by the bucketful, maybe not laugh out loud but it will make you smile. An easy read which will keep you picking the book up, the name dropping can get a bit tedious at times but it really is all part of the story, so maybe that was just me. A character that has seen (and affected) this much history has to be worth a read. Add it to your ‘to be read’ pile and you won’t be disappointed.

 

The Blurb –

It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel-good book for all ages.

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Ferris Wheel.

S C Richmond

The smell of fried onions and candy floss was intoxicating mixed with the heat of the lights and the screams of children as they got spun, pushed and scared on the rides.  Jake stopped amidst all of the activity and took in everything that was going on around him, he hadn’t been to a fair since his mum had brought him as a child, yet everything still seemed familiar.

This time he had come to visit the fair on a whim, he didn’t know why but as he stood looking around him the colours got brighter and the music louder. Someone grabbed his hand pulling him along towards the biggest ride at the fair. The ferris wheel, lit up brightly with neon lights streaming past his eyes, he was mesmerised by it just as he had been when he had been young. The hand pulled him closer as the lights slowed down, then stopped…

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Alex’s Iced Coffee.

S C Richmond

Alex sits quietly on her small balcony, the summer has finally arrived and she is enjoying the heat. To look at her you wouldn’t imagine the grief she is carrying in her heart. She relaxes in the sun sipping on her own special blend of iced coffee as her engagement ring sparkles in the early morning sun.

If you want to join Alex in her favourite morning coffee she has jotted down the recipe for me to share with you.

You’ll want to get a nice long glass.

Brew your favourite coffee blend, Alex gets hers custom made at ‘The Red Bean’, strong and smooth.

Add sugar to your liking or a sugar substitute, sometimes she used honey and sometimes a couple of spoonfuls of chocolate syrup then always add in a splash of vanilla essence.

Blend it together and pour over crushed ice. Alex makes her own ice with…

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It’s starting…

Baby steps, it’s the way it has to be, but slowly a new book is emerging. Slowly, word by word I am pulling a new tale together and this one may just keep you awake at night. It’s going to take time but I am enjoying getting back to writing. I can feel that spark inside just begin to swell into a flame.

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So if it seems like I’ve fallen off the edge of my blog, it’ll be because I’m wrestling that octopus.

Keep writing…

Lovers, Liars, Friends or Foe.

S C Richmond

People cross your path for a reason,

Lovers, liars, friends and foe,

But how do you know who is who?

Do you trust them all and wait and see

Or trust no one ’til they prove which way they will be?

Be careful who you allow into your life,

the line between friend and foe

or lover or liar is gossamer fine.

Is the lesson learned yet or is there still a way to go?

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Must Try Harder.

I’ve just read a great post on reasons we don’t get that new book finished and it got me thinking about all of the stupid things we do to avoid the blank page. We’re all guilty of many of these, me more than most recently. So this is a reminder that these really are excuses and not reasons for getting on with our current works in progress…

How many have you used?

I’m too tired

I’ve worked hard today, I need a break

I need to eat (this can be big distraction!)

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It’s too noisy, I need quiet!

I’ve just got to phone a friend.

I’m out of ideas

I just want to watch that new program on TV

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I haven’t checked Twitter/facebook for at least 15 minutes!

I only have rubbish ideas

That game on my phone needs to be played or someone might beat me.

I need more coffee

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The dog needs walking

It’s too cold

It’s too late to start writing

No one makes a living out of this, what’s the point.

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Do you recognise yourself in here? If so just remember, writers write and waiters wait. There are no reasons just excuses, so pick up that pen and get started, there’s a world of readers that are waiting for your new book.

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