Bowyer Place in 1841

I’m slowly getting back into this research lark. Today I decided to dip back into the census for 1841 to take a look at Bowyer Place, where the Oldroyds and Buchanans lived, to see if I could get an idea of what sort of street it was. Who were the inhabitants? What did they do … More Bowyer Place in 1841

P-p-p-procrastination…

My epic history of Chartism in Camberwell has had to take a back seat for a while. I discovered that the OU had put their prices up, and I didn’t have enough money to pay for the course. No matter. It just gives me a little bit more procrastination time. I’ve got another procrastination aid … More P-p-p-procrastination…

Dry January

I’m going alcohol-free for January in aid of Cancer Research. Those of you who know me will probably remember my little tussle with cervical cancer that resulted in a Wertheim’s hysterectomy five years ago. I’m finally signed off from having to have follow up smears every six months and I can now go back to … More Dry January

So here it is…

Yep, it takes Christmas and a post-Archers lull to get me to update the blog. Marvellous. Family news: everybody’s fine. Charlie’s first school report (they do termly ones at Deptford Green) showed straight As for everything except Science (“I went to a arts-focused primary school!”) Art (A B for behaviour?! Who doesn’t muck around in … More So here it is…

Oooh another one…

Bit of a flurry of activity here. Sorry about that, but after attending the Mumsnet Blogfest on Saturday, I felt inspired to update this place. I’ve got plans to blog my research reading  for my MA project (along with all my malaises and moans about the subject). My Mostly Film writings are also under a … More Oooh another one…

Venice

We went to Venice at half term and I’ve only just got around to blogging the pics (they’re already elsewhere on Google Photos) It was beautiful. I loved every second, even the rain, the semi-flooded streets, the fog, the mosquitos and the damp. I loved getting lost in the maze of alleys and cut-throughs. Surprisingly, … More Venice

The Long Good Friday

Originally posted on MostlyFilm:
The Long Good Friday is rereleased today – Sarah Slade looks at its evocation of the changing face of London Charles and Camilla Started early the day of the Jubilee Flotilla The Long Good Friday was always more than just a gangster film. The story may involve a disastrous battle between…

Amy Sings the Blues

Originally posted on MostlyFilm:
Asif Kapadia’s documentary about the life and death of Amy Winehouse has been a fixture in the London top ten since its release. It has been praised for its sensitivity and dedication to a ‘true’ picture of Winehouse. But does it just follow a standard narrative for jazz musicians in the…

Song of the Sea

Originally posted on MostlyFilm:
Cartoon Saloon’s beautiful Oscar-nominated follow-up to The Secret of Kells is available on DVD and Bluray today. Sarah Slade is your reviewer. We’re a Studio Ghibli kind of house. Ghibli’s gutsy heroines, surreal plots, earthy comedy and beautiful imagery have an enduring appeal that stands up to endless repeated viewing, better…