Wednesday, 26 April 2017

If Twitter had been around in the 1980s... Part Three

....what would some of my Twitter friends have looked like and been tweeting about?

To see what we're up to now, just click the username above the picture 😃

More from the Big Hair decade in Part One HERE
... and even more shoulder-padded fun in Part Two HERE


Rose Edmunds @RoseEdmunds 

#Thatcher'sBritain?  No, taking time off from the cut-throat world of high finance to give some exposure to my maternal instincts...!


Nick Mann @Nickmann70

Fancy myself in the new Levis ad. Another Nick (Kamen) beat me to it. 


Jill Doyle @JillsBookCafe

My favourite pixie boots!  And love my new scarf; could this become my signature look? Now to find a nice Cafe and have a Good Read!


Liz LLoyd @LizanneLloyd 

Mum of the year - if only she would sleep, so I could get Lost in a Good Book! #amreading #Iwish 


Bev Spicer @BevSpicer1 

Practising my Bunny Girl pout in Crete! #TravelTuesday


Julia Gibbs @ProofreadJulia 

Just woke up from an amazing #dream set in the future, in which I was working for #A-ha! Must make it come true 😍 #MortenHarket #MondayMotivation
Julia in 2002....

Sunday, 23 April 2017

If Twitter had been around in the 1980s... (Part Two)

....what would some of my Twitter friends have looked like and been tweeting about?  More 1980s fun in Part One HERE!

To see what we're up to 30 years later, click the user name above the photo....

Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4

The Ladies in Red....!!  
Hope someone invents hair straighteners soon....


Rosie Amber @rosieamber1 

Shadow Puppets time!  Any requests? Complete the form on my BLOG, and it will be performed for you by a member of my Shadow Puppets team #RSPT  Meanwhile, #amreading.  No, really. 📚


June Kearns @june_kearns 

My life: Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub.... 
(famous novelist dreams currently on hold...) 👷


Georgia Rose @GeorgiaRoseBook 

Early start (yes, Before The Dawn!) and wilful horses ~ #amriding!  (#SentFromPub #SouthernComfort #Wahey!!) 🏇🏇


Carl Rackman @CarlRackman

Bumped into Tessa Sanderson in the pub. 🏃
She chased me home.  Honest.


Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb 

Wonderful #Usigebeatha!  Had idea for novel set in Highlands and Islands; well, I've got the title!  Scotch on the Rocks - like it?

 More next week.....


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

#WordlessWednesday #Whitby

If Twitter had been around in the 1980s.... #wwwblogs

... what would some of my Twitter friends have been tweeting about (and looked like???)?  To see what we're up to 30 years later, just click the user name above each photo...  😲😅

More to come after this one ~ here are the first six....

Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 

No, it's not mine!  But you never know, it might be useful research for the novel I'll write one day ... #YeahRight 😂 😎


Julia Gibbs @ProofreadJulia

Premier YUPPIE restaurant or not, I'm not paying £1.50 for a 'Spritzer' if the menus have spelling errors... 'hor d'ouvres', anyone? 
#amproofreading whilst #amdrinking


Shelley Wilson @ShelleyWilson72

Goals for my 16th birthday year:
1. See Wham! live - going tonight!
2. Eat birthday cake for breakfast! 😄😃😋


Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb 

Hub says I look #NewRomantic in my #LauraAshley ~ great name for a #romance publisher?! @NewRomanticsPress ~ hmmm... 💘
Click @NewRomanticsPress to see if Lizzie's idea materialised...


Cathy Ryan @CathyRy

💏 English June weddingReading Between The Lines ... it's so cold the guests are in fur coats...! 😍


Val Poore @vallypee

Loving the Winter Sun in Port Shepstone #SouthAfrica.
Keeping a diary so I can write about it one day.... me and my African Ways 😎😎😃😃

  More next week..... 

(ps, If you would like to take part and you have my email address, please send me a photo of yourself at any time during the 1980s, and a line to give me an idea of something you may have tweeted about - I'll do the rest!)

Thursday, 16 March 2017

RAPID FIRE #Book Tag #amreading #bookbloggers

I was tagged in this by Cathy 
from Between The Lines book blog 

eBooks or physical books?
I read everything on my tablet via Kindle app. 

Paperback or hardback?
Paperbacks seem cumbersome enough these days ~ definitely not hardback! 

Online or in-store shopping? 
I buy almost all my books online.  Times change....

Trilogies or series? 
Presumably this means one long story that covers three books, or lots of novels with one theme?  Impossible to answer.  Depends on the story/writer.

Heroes or villains? 
Villains (or maybe villeins; I like medieval history...)

A Book You Want Everyone to Read?
The Silent Kookaburra by Liza Perrat

Recommend an underrated book
Any Man Joe by Robert Leigh

Weirdest thing you used as a book mark? 
I don't use weird things, but I usually use old photos from a pile I have in a little basket on the floor of the living room.

Used books, yes or no? 
Yes, unless the previous owner died of the Black Death.

Top three favourite genres? 
Historical, post apocalyptic, adventure-thriller.

The last book you finished? 
Codename Lazarus by A P Martin

Characters or plot? 
Characters - a mediocre plot can be overcome with great characters, but the best plot in the world is only mediocre if the characters are one-dimensional.

Short or long book?

Long or short chapters? 
Whatever suits the book.

Name the first three books you think of? 
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell, because I've just been reading about the TV adaptation of the second book

The Lady's Slipper by Deborah Swift, because I was discussing it with a friend, earlier today.

The Utopia Experiment by Dylan Evans, because it's what I'm reading at the moment.

Books that make you laugh or cry? 
Neither.  I like books that fascinate, teach, thrill, or make me go 'Well, blow me down, I wasn't expecting that.'

Our world or fictional worlds? 
Our world - even if it's just been hit by disaster....

Do you ever judge a book by its cover? 
No.  Some of the best self-pub books I've read have homemade covers.  
And I've seen too many wonderful covers let down by what's inside.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation? 
Either, if they're well done.  I only hate it when they don't stick to the book, or pick actors who don't look like the characters in my head.

Series or standalone? 
Series, if I love it - well, you just want more, don't you?

 As Cathy said, if you want to be tagged in this, please let me know in the comments!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Free Books and Nice People! #Bookworm #BookReviews #amreading

Popular book blogger Rosie Amber is looking for more reviewers to join her team!  At the moment there are around twenty of us, and we have so many books submitted to us for review, by authors and publishers, that Rosie is always looking to recruit new members.

You don't need to have your own blog, and you don't needs any special qualifications ~ if you would like to know more, please take a look at This Article.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Getting To Know Me.....

I was tagged in this fun blogger tagging thing by the delightful Shelley Wilson ~ you can read her post HERE.

Now, some random facts about me, answering the same questions as Shelley, and I'll tag four more bloggers at the end, so they can do a post with their answers, too :)

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It's 2 years old, really must change it...
Who are you named after?
My mother's aunt, Alice Theresa.  I've always hated the name Theresa, and became Terry when I was 12, though my father always uses my full name

 The lady with the black hat, white blouse and rather grim face standing behind
the lady in the front row with the round face, is my great aunt Alice Theresa,
after whom I was named.  The wedding couple are my 
maternal grandparents, getting married in 1919.

Do you like your handwriting?
Yes, but only for the first few words.  After that, it's like a mad, drunk spider walking across the page.  It's because I type all the time; I've lost the knack of writing legibly.

What’s your favorite lunch meat?
Lunch meat?  The hell is that?  As this was started by US bloggers, I'm assuming it's one of those things Americans say that we don't!  I sometimes have tuna on toast for lunch.  Or occasionally a ham sandwich.  Or some form of pasta and vegetables.  Is the ham in the sandwich 'lunch meat?'  Or just meat?  Hmm!

Longest relationship
The current one, and will stay that way!  

Do you still have your tonsils?

Would you bungee jump?
Yes, I'd love to.  It would scare me senseless and I am sure I would change my mind a hundred times, but I like to think that I'd be brave enough to do it.

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
I don't wear any shoes with laces.

Favorite ice-cream?
As much as possible.  The best I've ever tasted is sweet fennel flavour, which I've eaten in the Rose and Crown restaurant in Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire.  And you used to be able to get this amaayy-zing raspberry and champagne flavour in the Cliftonville hotel in Cromer, Norfolk, where I used to live.  I love this stuff called Swedish Glace which is gluten and dairy free, and also Carte D'or strawberry.  And any salted caramel.  Generally, my answer is 'don't get me started'.   (btw, I don't eat all this all the time.  High days and holidays only!!)

The Cliftonville, Cromer ~ home of raspberry and champagne flavour ice cream

What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Whether they look open and sincere, or cagey.

Football or baseball? 
Neither, I have no interest in sport.

What color pants are you wearing?
I was just about to say, 'you what?' when I remembered that US thing, and realised it means trousers.  I am currently wearing my black velour 'leisure pants'.  They are dreadful.

Last thing you ate?
I am actually eating one of these, as I type.

If you were a crayon what color would you be?
If I was a crayon????  Does this mean you want to know my favourite colour, or what colour I consider relevant to my personality?  Couldn't you have asked 'If you were in The Walking Dead, which character would you be?', instead?  
Answers to these three questions:  Purple, Purple and Michonne.

Favorite smell?
Tea tree oil.  We have lots of oil burners around the house, and I like tea tree best, and rose.  I first discovered the former when I was at a friend's house some years ago, and we both had crashing hangovers.  She lit a burner with tea tree in it and it actually made me feel better.  I'd always thought aromatherapy was a load of rubbish before that.

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
My sister.  I don't like talking on the phone.  Alot of the time I don't answer it.

Hair color?
Naturally, mid brown with lots of grey, fading to total white around my forehead and temples.  Unnaturally, varying shades of blonde.  I first went blonde when I was 24.  I have my colours done about once every 2 months.  I've been trying to go a bit darker for the past year or so, as befits my age, and have dark bits put in it as well as highlights.  I think they're called lowlights ;).

Me aged 20, with dark hair

Eye color?
Mucky green

Favorite food to eat?
Almost impossible to choose just one thing.  My favourite dinner is sea bass with tons of vegetables.  I'd eat that every day if I could.

Scary movies or happy endings?
Definitely scary movies.  I hate anything 'feel good', girly or romcom-ish.

Last movie you watched?
Lion.  Which does have a happy ending, admittedly, but it's allowed to!  Wonderful film.  I had to read the book straight after watching it.  My review is HERE

Favorite holiday?
Can't remember the last time I went on holiday.  And enjoyed it, I mean; I went to Turkey in 2009 and hated it, because I can't stand being hot.  My sister and I spent the whole week trying not to move, in order to keep cool.  I've had great holidays in the past, in the wilds of the Scottish highlands, and North Wales.  I like being outside, not hot, somewhere beautiful/interesting, with not too many people around.
Julia and me, very hot in Turkey, August 2009

Beer or wine?
Neither.  I scarcely drink.  Used to drink buckets of wine, but it gives me heartburn and guts ache now.  If I have a drink, it's whisky or brandy.

Favorite day of the week?
Thursday, but I don't know why.  Maybe because it was usually a good night out, when I was younger!

Three or (four) favorite bloggers you want to learn more about?
I've chosen four I think readers of my blog might like to know more about, instead!  Here goes (click name for link to their blog):

My favourite Rivergirl, Val Poore. 
My proofreading sister, Julia Gibbs
My book blogger chum Rosie Amber
The funniest writer I know, Barb Taub   

Who were the last three people to follow your blog?
Writer Adrienne Vaughan
... and two other people called Micaela Marcedo and Linda, but I don't know them  ~ thanks, ladies!

When I was looking for those photos in Turkey, 
I found this one that my husband took of me on my birthday in 2011
and, although it's blurred, I really like it, so thought I might as well put it on here!