Reflections on 2018

20182018. It has been quite a year. A year of thousands of different emotions. A year of learning, both academically and personally. A year of growing into a wiser, stronger person. A year which has been so challenging but so rewarding at the same time. Continue reading “Reflections on 2018”




It is only recently that I learnt that Peterloo was an important event in modern British history. And I am ashamed to say that, particularly as someone with a degree in history, I thought this was an event which had happened eighteenth century Russia, not nineteenth century England.

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The French Revolution

french revolutionThe French revolution of the late eighteenth century began as mere grumblings of the people. Many of the lower and middle classes wanted changes to be brought about which would make life in France easier and fairer for them whilst the aristocrats and the monarchy did not want change, they wished to keep their envied positions secure. Continue reading “The French Revolution”

Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

bohemian rhapsodyBohemian Rhapsody. The film about the life of Freddie Mercury and the success of the band Queen.

I must admit that I didn’t really know anything about Freddie Mercury before I went to see this film. To be honest, I wasn’t even that bothered about seeing it but two friends were going to see it and they invited me to go as well. And I’m glad I did. Continue reading “Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody”

Stargazing: The Kings Chamber Orchestra


The Kings Chamber Orchestra are a group of professional Christian musicians who go on tour each winter to give performances. They are based in Jersey but come to London and the Home Counties (and Nottingham) to perform and share the joy of their music. Continue reading “Stargazing: The Kings Chamber Orchestra”

Social Media


Over the past few years social media has become hugely popular with a large number of the population. Across the whole world there are approximately three billion people who use some form of social media with over 500, 000 tweets and snaps being sent each minute. Continue reading “Social Media”

The First World War: 100 Years

poppyOne hundred years ago an armistice was called to bring an end to the Great War.

One hundred years ago fighting ceased with the hope that there would be no need for further conflict.

One hundred years ago almost a whole generation of men had been wiped out.

One hundred years ago, Britain was once again a place of safety for all who resided there. Continue reading “The First World War: 100 Years”


hoodwinkedHoodwinked was a sculpture trail that came to Nottingham city centre over the summer in 2018. There were thirty-three robin sculptures placed around the city and each one was uniquely decorated. Most of them were bright and colourful too. Continue reading “Hoodwinked”


kindertransportA modern classic drama, Kindertransport has been on at Nottingham Playhouse for most of October 2018. I went to see it with a friend and we both really enjoyed it. It was historical yet relevant. The story was interesting and you were able to lose yourself in what was happening on the stage. Continue reading “Kindertransport”

What is the point of fiction?

Discussion time …

The Oxford English Dictionary defines fiction as ‘prose literature, especially novels, describing imaginary events and people.’ An author of a piece of fiction, whether it be a novel, short story or poem, describes and invents whilst the reader acknowledges and absorbs the material of the authors’ imagination. This suggests that the point of fiction will differ between the author and the reader as the importance of invention and description will differ. The author Stephen King has said that ‘fiction is the truth inside the lie’ whilst a book lover in Clockwork Angel believes ‘words have the power to change us.’ These just show the beginnings of the point to fiction and the differences in the meaning of fiction for different people. Continue reading “What is the point of fiction?”