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THE WHITSTABLE PEARL MYSTERY BY JULIE WASSMER-BOOK REVIEW

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I know I read a lot of books but every so often you come across an author who you just love and you want to read every single thing they have written.  Julie Wassmer is one such author and to make it even better she is such a lovely person when you meet her.

This was the first book for me to read of Julie’s and I am already on the second which is a life story then all the other mystery’s are on my ‘I must buy list’

These are all set in my part of the world so they mean even more as you can really picture where she is talking about but even if you did not know, the descriptions are so very well written that you can just imagine what it is like.

The characters are wonderful and all go together really well so you are looking forward to what happens to them next all the time.  I never once guessed who committed the murders so it just keeps you turning the pages, don’t think that you will be going to sleep early once you start reading this as I was up half the night, just one more page!  You know its good when that happens.

I can also let you in on a little secret  that the rights have been bought by a major TV station, what a brilliant drama this is going to make.  I cannot wait, make your way to the oyster festival this year in Whitstable and you will see what a wonderful place it is.

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SUNDAY LOVE

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I am looking forward to a good week after being ill for nearly four weeks I think I am coming out the other side, I am not saying I am 100% but I can see light at the end of the tunnel.  I also really want to get back into my writing and I have not felt like that for a long time.  The only thing I have been doing is reading and wow have I read some great books lately, check out the reviews on my page.

So, what is the love about?  

Valentines Day, when did it become February full of love month?  I have nothing against love but for all us single girls it does all become a bit much, every magazine, paper, TV station, adverts, advertising boards all full of bloody love.  I really do not think that all the people who wish to buy a card or present need so much reminding about what they can get and where, we are not stupid.  Rant over, have a great day x

JUST SHARING OR PLAGIARISM?

Picture used as example from Facebook today by Cathy Jackson.

I can honestly say that I was shocked to my core last night, making me so upset and contemplating removing myself from all social media as I just cannot deal with this amount of unnecessary distress.

I will share with you the comment that was posted on my wall for everyone to read!  It is still there with all the comments, I was going to remove it but my daughter said any publicity is good publicity when you have done nothing wrong.  She was also the first person to see it on my wall so very upsetting for her also, I was then contacted by many friends showing their support.

As you can imagine if something like that was posted on your wall you would be upset.  I had no idea what so ever what she was talking about so asked her.  It was a picture with a written quote on it and no name that was in one of my picture folders on Facebook, I had to search through to find it.  I had obviously shared it when it came up on my wall from somebody else, I cannot remember who or when and looked through my page on Facebook but could not find it.  I deleted it from my picture folder immediately and responded back to her.

My points in all this today as have a clearer and less upset head are:

You should not write this on someone’s wall.

You should not immediately accuse someone until you know the facts.

If you do not want something shared then DO NOT put it on Facebook.

So we now have the issue of, should we share these appealing quotes and pictures when seen on social media?  This is just a few on Pinterest.

We all know there are millions of them on the web, many with no name so what do we do, ignore and delete them?  Share them and just hope for the best?

If someone shared a quote and pretty picture I had made up I would feel so proud that it was liked enough to share with their friends.

This is obviously a mine field and I am very sure that most people would not act like this person did to me.  Can you imagine the awful consequences that could occur if myself or anybody was at a very low point in their life at that moment, a comment like that could send them over the edge, it sickens me that people still only think about themselves and no thought or empathy with anybody else.

At the end of the day it was just a picture of a bird with a written sentence on it that she had put on Facebook.

All very unnecessary. 

BANK NOTES BY CAROLINE GIAMMANCO-BOOK REVIEW

The true story of the Boonie Hat Bandit

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Caroline sent me this book to review and I am afraid to say it got a bit lost in my to-be read list but all is well as I have now finished it.  I was not expecting a true story so that got my interest straight away as there is nothing like the truth about things.

I think it would appeal to Americans or people interested in the judicial hearings as there is a lot of information packed into this story.  It makes you realise what it is like there and how hard it is for people in jail.  The red tape surrounds just about everything making things so hard.

Sometimes people do things for all the wrong reasons but cannot see that at the time and that is what this story is about.  Bank robberies that were committed by one sole man so he could pay his debts and keep the roof over his kids heads.  He pays dearly for this and in fact is still paying as he is still incarcerated.  The thing that keeps him going is the teacher he met and fell in love with and this proved to be a love that would stand the test of time and go on forever as Caroline Giammanco writes this story and tells you all.

 

 

NEWSPAPERS

Do you still have a newspaper delivered or do you buy one everyday?  

While I was growing up we had the paper delivered also the local paper on a Friday, in fact my Nan had a magazine and I had a comic so the newsagent must have loved us; but it was the done thing everybody I knew had a paper boy/girl.  I was about 14 when I got my first paper round it was horrible getting up in the winter but I spent all week planning what I was going to spend my money on when I got it Saturday so that kept me going.

Sadly not many homes have the luxury of this anymore but that is due to the fact that people read what news they want to on-line, many not even downloading a whole newspaper just using an app the read the headlines or what appeals to them.

Do you miss not having a paper delivered or even buying one everyday?

I would like to still have one delivered but I class that as an expense that I cannot afford, I don’t even buy one anymore.  I guess eventually journalists will all be self-employed and work from home as the up keep of an office can not really be justified now.

Many stories are reprinted from other sources or blogs or even websites, I do find it very annoying when I do buy a magazine and find that half the stories have been in some other print form.  I think the local newspapers will survive for a bit longer as they have the interest of all the local people but I think eventually they will be disregarded with people getting news instantly on the Facebook local pages for the area you live in.

It is an ever-changing world we live in today and it makes you wonder where it will all end, I’m not against future developments but I do sometimes miss some of the old ways.

What about you? 

5 YEARS-STATS & PROGRESS FOR MY BLOG

To say I am pleased is not really enough as these figures blew me away, apart from how many followers I have on Facebook, don’t really understand that unless they just want to be friends but then I guess they are following me anyway.

So 5 years of blogging, I never thought it would last this long but I am truly pleased and thank you all for being a part of this from what ever platform you follow from, I love you all.

RESOLUTIONS

Halfway through january and how are we all doing with the resolutions we made 18 days ago?  Is it really only 18 days as it feels like forever, I bet it feels even longer if your waiting until the end of the month for payday.

Diets……What a stupid time of the year to decide to go on a diet, its cold, miserable and all you want to do is eat nice homely meals with gorgeous desserts then sit on the sofa and eat popcorn and chocolates while watching a film.  I think it is best if we hold of on these diets and start in Spring when the weather is nice to go outside for a bit of exercise or do the gardening, also all you want to eat are salads which taste even better if grown by your own hands.

Dry January…..I think we can stick with this one as who wants to get ready and go out in the cold just to meet friends for a drink.

Saving money…..Very easy to do these first few months as you got everything you wanted for Christmas or in the sales, anyway your waiting for the summer clothes to spend your money on later in the year.

Positive thinking…..I have done well with this one as I just have to think of my family and friends and that is all the positivity I need.

How are you doing and have you stuck with yours?

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