Monthly Archives: March 2015

#blogging4charity – Y is for York

One of the prettiest cities I have been to is York. Sadly I didn’t take any photos or I would share them here. It’s somewhere I would love to go back to.

I read about York a lot when I was studying Vikings at university. One of the things that had really inspired me to study Vikings was my visit to Jorvik. It’s definitely somewhere that I would recommend visiting if you are in York. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t been there before but the beginning section is interesting (for those who have been, you’ll know it’s nothing to be sniffed at).

York is so pretty, but I didn’t even get to the Minster to look at it. I really need to go back and explore more.

Moving forward from Vikings, I have been reading a lot of historical fiction on The War of the Roses and Richard of York. I think I need to do some actual historical reading on the topic as it is a fascinating period in history.

So today the blog is short and rubbish but I had an interview and was travelling today and have two minutes to submit this…

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#blogging4charity – X is for Xenarthran

As you may have guessed, trying to find another word beginning with X that was different to my last #blogging4charity was always going to be a challenge. And so I have decided to go with Xenarthran!

Xenarthran – an ancient lineage of mammals comprising the armadillos (order Cingulata) and the sloths and anteaters (order Pilosa). The namesake feature shared by all members of Xenarthra is seen in the lower backbone. The lumbar vertebrae are “xenarthrous”; that is, they have extra contacts (joints, or arthroses) that function to strengthen the lower back and hips. This aids use of the forelegs in activities not associated with locomotion, such as digging-the primary method used by anteaters and armadillos to obtain food.

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#blogging4charity – W is for Writing

One thing I would really like to do is to write a book. I have an idea of what I want to write about and I have now began some work on it. It’s a fantasy book that I started writing notes on while I was in my final year at university. I don’t want to give anything away though so I won’t give any plot ideas away.

I have begun working on the foundations and background so that I have a framework to work to. I am currently putting together the genealogies of the main families involved. From there I am making a timeline of their main family events such as birth, deaths and marriages. Once I have all the main families plotted out into a timeline then I plan on working on how to build the story around them.  Read the rest of this entry

#blogging4charity – V is for Vocation

Being unemployed has got me to thinking about the different vocations I have aspired to at various points in my life. One of the first dreams I had was to be an astronaut. I remember being fascinated by space and knowing all the planet in the solar system. It’s why I got so excited by the solar eclipse last week. I love watching Stargazing Live and love trying to remember the different constellations I have learnt over the years.  Read the rest of this entry

#DDChat Goes Weekly!

First of all a massive thank you to everyone who took part in yesterday’s #DDChat on Twitter discussing all things dyslexia. It was the best one yet, I couldn’t keep up fast enough with the fantastic discussions!

We decided last night that #DDChat will now be changing from a monthly chat to a weekly chat taking place every Thursday from 8-10pm GMT with the format of an hour of questions followed by an open floor for discussion.

If you have any topics you would like us to discuss, then please go to the #DDChat tab at the top of the page and fill in the form.

I hope to see you all next Thursday on Twitter!

#blogging4charity – Apologies

Sorry folks I am skipping today as I have been feeling very unwell with a headache most of today that has now turned into sickness. I will make sure I make up for the missing blog today so there are the full 31, but I am genuinely feeling very unwell.

#blogging4charity – U is for University

I think the greatest thing that I’ve ever done is to go back to university. I may have been older than a lot of my friends I made, but I think that it was the perfect timing for me to go back.

Being at university wasn’t just an education in the terms of academia, I learnt a lot about myself too. I learnt how to live with other people (even if it wasn’t always a positive experience), I learnt how to socialise (with and without an alcoholic drinks as I didn’t drink until my final year of university), I learnt how to budget money, I learnt how to cook for myself and I learnt more about who I was as a person.  Read the rest of this entry

#DDChat 26th March 2015 Questions

There have been some brilliant questions put forward for this month’s #DDChat. The Twitter chat will take place tomorrow at 8-10pm GMT (that’s UK time). For those in North America, please double-check the times as we have not had our daylight savings yet (I missed a chat today because I was an hour out).

As always, the chat is all to do with dyslexia and you can get involved using the hashtag #DDChat. The first hour consists of the questions below and the second hour is an open floor to either continue discussion from the questions or to discuss anything dyslexia related.  Read the rest of this entry

#blogging4charity – T is for Twitter

I didn’t see the point of it before but I absolutely LOVE Twitter now. I’ve been using it to advertise this blog of mine, but have found out in the last year just how wonderful Twitter is for interacting with people across the world.

It’s great for raising awareness and for finding like-minded people without being swamped with all the personal details and dramas of Facebook. I can Tweet as often as I like without people kicking off which is great because my short-term memory is so bad that if I don’t get something out of my head then I lose it completely.

But my favourite thing about Twitter is… Twitter chats!  Read the rest of this entry

#DDChat Returns This Thursday!

The Twitter chat dedicated to 2 hours of dyslexia discussion returns this Thursday 8-10pm GMT (UK time) using the hashtag #DDChat. If you have any topics you would like to have discussed, then head to You only have until tomorrow to submit your topic suggestions as the questions will be posted online tomorrow, so don’t delay!

The first hour is questions, the second is an open floor. Make sure you pop it into your diary now!

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