The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared | Jonas Jonasson | Minireview

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Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan’s earlier life is revealed. A life in which – remarkably – he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

Translated by Roy Bradbury.

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My 100 Happy Days

The idea behind 100 Happy Days is simple. Take a photo or find an image of something that makes you happy for 100 days in a row. The idea is simple but sometimes the challenge is hard.

People who take blogging far more serious than me always have a camera ready. Me? I hardly ever take photos so I struggle to remember half of the time, AND of course, some days just don’t go to plan and it is tricky finding something joyful in the mundane.

A fifth of the way through I have had a few adventures. Here are my first 20 days.

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Theatre Reviews 2017

Oooops – what happened in 2017? Very little theatre reviewing compared to usual.

Well first of all I was working 7 days a week for a year so everything came to a natural halt and since then I have been taking stock and re-evaluating everything and although I hope to step up my reviewing capers again, I have to be more realistic about how I organise my time.

Nevertheless, I shall ALWAYS go to the theatre, and I will always like to share my adventures with my readers.

Check out my theatre blog   for more reviews. For the majority of the reviews on TSE this year I have relied heavily on my team of friendly reviewers, I am always looking for more, so if you have a little time on your hands, love theatre and love writing about it, please let me know. Continue reading

Plant Bulbs #101in1001 #46

If you followed my last challenge you will know that I am not a gardener. I even pledged to learn the names of the plants in the garden and failed that task royally, if I had added that task this time it would be a lot easier because I have killed most of the garden now.

I despair. We have a good size garden and it was absolutely lovely when we first moved in. We do our best in the time we have available but it is half-hearted because neither my husband and I really enjoy working on it. Although sitting in it on a sunny day is nice. We have been in our house 4 years now and the garden is a shadow of its former self.

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My second 101 in a 1001 challenge

Readers of this blog will know that one of my favourite things I have done to date, is my 101 in 1001 challenge.

The challenge is to complete 101 tasks in 1001 and one days. One thousand and one days is just under three years so it gives plenty of time to accomplish tasks. I managed about 70% of the tasks which sounds like a failure, but it wasn’t really as I accomplished many things along the way that I would never have thought of doing if it wasn’t for the challenge.

In 2014 I was I a bit of a rut and I needed a new direction – and it worked.

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The Missing Wife | Sheila O’Flanagan | Mini Review 


Official Blurb

What the blurb says: “Have you ever wanted to disappear?

When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She has a perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess. She’s always said how lucky she is. So why has she left? And how will she survive without Vince?

What goes on behind closed doors is often a surprise, and Imogen surprises herself by taking the leap she knows she must. But as she begins her journey to find the woman she once was, Imogen’s past is right behind her…

Will it catch up with her? And will she be ready to face it if it does?”

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#101in1001- My time is up!

As you will see from my previous post, in September I got myself a temporary job which I am LOVING but because it is only temporary I have kept my usual clients as well so doing twice the hours.

Working 50-60 hours a week as well have trying to fit in the family has meant my blogging ,theatre-going AND working on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days came to an abysmal end. Many things were nearing completion and not completed, others not started.

It is the 17th January, the challenge is over.

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Theatre Reviews 2016

I have had a change of reviewing habits this year. There has been far more regional theatre visited and less West End. There is a good reason for this as the choice of productions has been superb. Many of the shows I saw on tour ended up in the West End too, for example, No Man’s Land, The Dresser and Half a Sixpence. As usual, these are just MY reviews, I have many more written by guest reviewers on  so if you are looking for anything in particular, try there! Continue reading