In the 1950s, the pop charts (introduced in 1951) were dominated by the likes of Frankie Laine, Johnny Ray, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Tony Bennett, Dickie Valentine and Jimmy Young. On the whole these singers produced melodic, easy-listening tunes with not much there to frighten the horses. Then, in the mid-1950s Bill Haley and Elvis Presley burst on to the scene and popular music would never be the same again.
YOUR NEW BOOK, TUMBLING DICE, IS AN INTIMATE, FRANK AND HILARIOUS MEMOIR. WAS IT FUN TO WRITE?
It was the book that had been begging to be written for years. The blighter nagged and nagged, and in the end I had to give in to it. Some of it was fun. Trolling back down Memory Lane, poking in and out of the pubs, getting back into all those scrapes and reliving my misspent youth was some jaunt. A lot of it was incredibly painful. But those experiences had to be there too. I decided at the outset that I couldn’t simply be some disembodied voice in the process, telling all these crazy stories but never revealing my true self. I had to be a real, living, bleeding person, with a plausible personal life and all the usual ups and downs. Juxtaposing that mad hack and glam alter ego with the ordinary girl from nowhere – the girl I really was – became the challenge. The things we got up to in the name of a splash headline became all the more extraordinary because I was just me. The point is that absolutely anyone could have fallen into the life that I had.
I have always loved myths and legends, especially those surrounding nature. There are many stories about the spring flowers, but this is one of my favourites. This one is loosely based on a Moldovan legend and it is the tale I used to tell my children as we went for wintery walks, looking for the first snowdrop of spring…
When we think about bullying- we maybe first think about physical violence. This is often boys bullying boys- like in Tom Brown’s Schooldays, Lord of the Flies or Scum. More often nowadays we include the alternate ways that girls tend to bully. This bullying is often more emotional. It comes to light more and more often, as cyber bullying, name calling, criticising and picking on the victim- often online on social media, but also in person. Frequently, and very sadly, these days we see reports of teenagers driven to grim suicide and attempted suicide; or having their lives thrown into turmoil in other ways- such as developing anorexia or bulimia, or other forms of self harm.
April is Autism awareness month. In previous yearsit didn’t mean much to me. There is no Autism inmy family and I never really understood the huge impact it has on the kids and their families. This year is different. A young man named Jayden changed that for me. He has lifted my spirits and given me insights into Autism and peaked my curiosity to learn more and figure out how I can help.
How many Easter Eggs do you usually get? One? None? Three? More?
I bet you, no matter what the number, there would always be room for one more. Am I right?
Well, if so, this year, your Easter wishes to receive more delicious chocolate might just come true, thanks to this dear old Danish tradition that I’m going to tell you all about. And the best thing? Well, the best thing is that this is lots of fun for both children and adults!
During my childhood, my grandmother colored eggs for Easter with dye made from natural products like onion skins and walnut tree leaves. Today, many people use commercial dyes, but in some villages in Bulgaria people still use natural colors and beeswax candles to decorate Easter eggs. The following describes how to decorate using the traditional methods. As you cook, save several of the dry, outer layers from onions. This may take a while depending on how often you use onions.