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Alice in Brexitland by Leavis Carroll. Review. 

This is all in all a very amusing book. Alice in Brexitland is a humorous parody of the Brexit saga set out as a retelling of Lewis Carroll’s famous classic Alice in Wonderland. 

Alice follows David Camerabbit down the Brexit hole one summers day, once in Brexitland she comes across characters such as the Corbynpillar who opposes government decisions but does nothing about it, The Cheshire Twat (Farage) who sits dreaming in his tree about times gone by where everybody could be racist and sexist and drive Morris Minors, Humpty Trumpty who sits on his wall that ‘the Mexicans will pay for’ and the Queen of Heartlessness who will trigger Article 50 despite campaigning for remain. 

The book was really funny, it took real life events and put a new spin on them, I especially liked the characters of Tweedlegrove & Tweedleboz. 

It was also well thought out, Cameron suited the white Rabbit as he runs around not really sure what he’s doing, Farage as the Cheshire Cat disappearing when everything goes wrong. 

Corbyn as the chilled out caterpillar on his bright red mushroom. I found the scene where the cat sits licking the Humpty Trumpty egg especially amusing, and the cat’s comments about America, ‘like all truly patriotic Brits I want to live here.’ Or something along those lines. 

Thoroughly enjoyable my only regret is that unlike Alice we can’t all wake up and discover that Brexit was just a bad dream. 


Spring Reads 2017 

Spring is in the air and in my step. For the first time in what seems like ages we were able to bask in the sunlight as we walked our dog down the Chesterfield canal this afternoon. 

Spring for me is all about preparation for the summer, getting the garden summer ready, baby animals being born and of course Easter eggs! 

It’s with all this in mind that I’ve come up with my favourite books to see me into spring. 

1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  

The phrase ‘mad as a March Hare’ is what convinced me that this book belongs on this list. Not to mention that despite its high levels of crazy, Wonderland is actually a rather beautiful place. With its singing flowers, colourful mushrooms and clever caterpillars, it’s the perfect way to slip into spring. Plus there’s some beautiful illustrated copies available to purchase such as this one which I bought myself with some Christmas money. 

2. Mr MacGregor by Alan Titchmarsh 

What better way to get in the mood for planting those spring seeds than reading a book about a gardener? 

Rob MacGregor is a TV gardener just like the author Alan Titchmarsh. His career is going from strength to strength but he’s annoying pretty much everyone, from his girlfriend Katherine when she finds out he’s been having an affair, to his co-presenters who’s not happy that Rob has been brought in to sex up the show. On top of all that his dad looks like he’s about to lose the nursery ran by his family for generations. 

3. Mixed Doubles by Jill Mansell 

I can recommend any of Jill Mansell’s books, she’s an amazing writer and as most of her books are set in spring and summer so it was a hard choice! But I’ve settled on Mixed Doubles as I actually read it at Easter time a few years ago. 

Perfectly romantic it starts just before New Year’s Eve as three friends Dulcie, Pru and Liza get together to make their resolutions as has been their habit since they became friends. But they have no idea what’s actually in store for them in the year to come. 

4. A Spring Affair by Milly Johnson 

This book is the one thing you need to inspire that big spring clean. Lou Winter picks up an old magazine in a dentists waiting room and gets inspired to do a big spring declutter and clean. But she suddenly goes a bit crazy with it, she didn’t realise that decluttering could be so addictive. But what her family and friends don’t realise is that decluttering her house is also making her feel that she needs to declutter other parts of her life too…. plus Milly is a South Yorkshire girl like me so I have enough bias to say read everything she’s written! Seriously though, she’s a really witty, brilliantly romantic writer who writes amazing books. 

5. Gardens of Delight by Erica James. 

This is a book that will get you in the car and driving across the country to try and find a beautiful garden in which to pass some time on a sunny spring day. 

The Gardens of Delight brochure promises the opportunity to visit some of Italies most beautiful lakes and gardens around Lake Como. Lucy wants to go there for more than just the gardens though, her dad lives there and she hasn’t seen him since he left when she was a teenager. Helen meanwhile is recently married to a wealthy man who is spending a lot of time away from home leaving Helen to tend to the garden. Needing help, and friends she decides to join the local gardening club. A beautiful book about the love of gardens, gardening and just plain old love itself. 

So there we have it. It’s not an exhaustive list ebennthough it could have been! But it is a selection of amazing books to get you in the mood for spring 2017. 

Writing challenge – day 7 what tattoos you have and if they have meaning.. 

So I’ve made it to a week of posting the writing challenge! Yay! 

So tattoos! I have quite a lot! I’ve tried to accompany as many as I can with pictures but I’ve missed the stencilled butterfly behind my ear and the stars down my side as I couldn’t find a photo and don’t want to get out of bed to take one! 

  Officially my first tattoo. Betty was a 17th birthday present from my parents. She’s very faded and wasn’t done very well to begin with but she’s a cutie pie and I love Betty Boop! 
  These stars started as my first boyfriends name at the bottom but then got covered up with the ‘tramp stamp’ and extended into the larger trail of stars
  I think I had an obsession with stars! These are on my right hip
  More stars on my right foot this time! 
  Really old picture this was about my 5th tattoo and is on my upper right leg 
  My anchor saying mum and dad as they’ve always kept my feet on the ground. 
   Parts of my Alice in Wonderland leg piece I also now have the mad hatter and white rabbit and plan to add the Queen of Hearts and some minature teapots, tea cups, drink me, eat me etc. 
  Wild heart. Self explanatory really!  
 Intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings. This was to keep me inspired to go back to uni and study and not waste my brain! 

  JLS lyrics, the first song sung to me by Oritse my favourite member. 
  Coldplay lyrics ‘I will try to fix you’ over my heart after it was broken for the first time  
 a lemony Snickett quote I got after my chihuahua Pablo was killed. 

 Two Harry Potter quotes combined in one with the Always and deathly Hallows sign. 

  My Jessica rabbit pin up. Just because she’s hot and it was something a bit different to the average pin up 
 The outer and inner parts of my sleeve 

  My quote from the mortal instruments ‘I am in the end what you made me’ probably the most meaningful to me. I interpret it as whatever people think of you that is what you will become in their eyes and you can never change that because people believe what they want to!