Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day (Veteran's Day in the US I believe), is an emotional day for millions of people around the world.

There are many people who say we should forget the wars. They say we shouldn't keep looking back.

And maybe they are right, maybe we shouldn't dwell on past wars.

But one thing we must never forget is the untold misery, along with the devastation that wars have caused to ordinary people who lost their precious family members.

Three days ago, I was going through a small box of things with my mum and had a stark reminder that the pain of loss never really goes away.

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Well, what do Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Jay Haughton have in common?

They got off their backsides, wrote books for children, had them published and therefore, earned the title of author.

Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl both sold millions of books that were loved by children the world over, whilst being heavily criticised by adults.

Both Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl are dead now but each has left a huge body of work that children still love to read. The work of both is still heavily criticised by the literati snobs and intelligentsia who seem to believe they know better than the billions of children who have enjoyed their books.

And Jay Haughton, author of children’s book Happy As Larry, has done what so many wannabe authors fail to do, he has followed through with his ideas and made them a reality. And really, good for him - he is head and shoulders above the rest of us who just talk about doing it.

Jay Haughton, author of children’s book Happy As Larry, has done what so many wannabe authors fail to do. Click To Tweet

Of course, there will be an army of people out there, ready to do to Jay, what was done to Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and many other controversial authors before and since.

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Copyright claim

False copyright infringement claims are a real problem for YouTubers, it seems.

How do I know this? Well I recently had false copyright infringement claims made against me and when I looked into it, I found thousands of people practically spitting blood about how copyright infringement claims are ruining their YouTube lives.

False copyright infringement claims are a real problem for YouTubers. Click To Tweet

This post is about my fight with the online entity that tried to claim copyright on my work and, about the eventual outcome.

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Inspirational quotes

An inspirational quote can come from our own minds - they don't always come from Pinterest!

Yes - I too have my moments when everything is crystal clear and I give advice to myself - well, don't you?

The inspirational quote I have made here came to me after I thought about people who force the family to sit in church on Sunday while living very un-Christian lives in full view of their children.

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words to inspire

Words to Inspire

Words to inspire who?

Well, er...me. And maybe you too if you need words to inspire you for any reason.

We all get those days when that yappy little gremlin settles down on one shoulder and yells in our ear.

We all get those days when that yappy little gremlin settles down on one shoulder and yells in our ear. Click To Tweet

Not sure why gremlins never yell nice stuff like, "Wow, you are a fecking genius - I LOVE you!"

I guess it's all to do with gremlin street cred. Being nice isn't what gremlins do.

Yesterday, I had two gremlins settle down for the day - one on each shoulder, both shouting crap in my ears in Ossie Osbourne's voice.

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Empty Nest
My comical, lovely little boys who were such brilliant company before the empty nest struck.

The empty nest issue is possibly one of the most emotive subjects there has ever been when it comes to being a mother.

At 60, I still have a little knot of pain that lives in the deepest part of my soul behind a door I try to keep tightly shut.

Does every mother with an empty nest have this knot of pain?

Does every mother with an empty nest have this knot of pain? Click To Tweet

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rice cakes

Rice cakes are dangerous.

I found that out today when I almost burnt my kitchen down with them. Seriously, I really did.

Although I am laughing about it, there is a serious side to this.

I have never seen anything so flammable since my son set fire to some cheese. Yes cheese - he really did. And he called the Fire Service.

But that is another story.

I have never seen anything so flammable since my son set fire to some cheese. Yes cheese - he really did. Click To Tweet

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Brexit

Brexit - the aftermath would be a complete joke were it not so tragic.

A civil war of words has broken out. Brexit voters are being verbally attacked by remain voters and  ironically, are being accused of intolerance, racism, selfishness and the most sadly of all, being 'old' and 'uneducated'.

Is it just me who sees the irony in what the remain voters are saying?

 

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Suffolk Barn

Suffolk Barn is one of the most elegant, private and beautiful event venues I have ever seen.

Suffolk Barn is one of the most elegant, private and beautiful event venues I have ever seen. Click To Tweet

It is nestled in private parkland just outside the beautiful town of Bury St Edmunds and has a rich history dating back to the 1400s.

As a photographer, I have seen a large number of venues used for weddings, conferences, parties and meetings.

When I walked into this one to take pictures for Paul Farrow of Trimley Herbs, (who supplied the plants seen in the images below), the scene and atmosphere took my breath away.

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Trimley Herbs is certainly making an impact in Suffolk where brides-to-be are shunning flowers in favour of herbs.

Trimley Herbs is certainly making an impact in Suffolk where brides-to-be are shunning flowers in favour of herbs. Click To Tweet

Hawstead Place is the site of a breathtaking Suffolk barn dating back to 1423. The ancient barn underwent a spectacular transformation recently when a young couple dressed it out for their spring wedding reception.

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