The things I learned from my GCSE study leave

Before we go too far, a warning. In the words of Baz Luhrmann, ‘[nostalgia] is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth’ (‘Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)’, 1999). This post is pure nostalgia and therefore may be […]

The silence of the stars

It’s around 1983, maybe 1984, and my goodness, my arms ache. I have been practicing my very first starring role (pun intended) as The Star in my playschool nativity. A lady came to our house and measured me for my costume (I think it’s a sort of white jumpsuit with tinsel on and a big […]

Musical magic

Musicals have been my favourite kind of music since I was maybe around 10, maybe younger. I’ve never lived close enough to London to be a real theatre kid and see all the big shows but I’ve seen my favourites and they are among my best memories – almost entirely with my husband. I’ve seen […]

Making memories

Call it middle age, perhaps, or a consequence of lockdown screwing with my head as it does with everyone in different ways, but I have a frequent compulsion at the moment to reminisce. You can hear the children’s groans for a good five-mile radius. It could be caused by the fact that I have barely […]