The Caradoc

As I wrote in my previous post (A New Meadow – Visiting Shrewsbury Town), at the weekend, for my birthday, I went to Shropshire with my family. As I have noted in other posts (see, for example, Favourite Poems – “A Shropshire Lad” by A.E.Housman, A Visit to Attingham Park, and Book Review: “The Lucky…

A New Meadow – Visiting Shrewsbury Town

At the weekend, for my birthday, I went to Shropshire with my family. As I have noted in other posts (see, for example, Favourite Poems – “A Shropshire Lad” by A.E.Housman, A Visit to Attingham Park, and Book Review: “The Lucky Ones” by Mark Edwards), I was born in Shrewsbury and grew up in Shropshire….

Book Review: “Doctor Glass” by Louise Worthington

I got a copy of this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), so knew nothing about it before starting to read it. This, in itself, is very unusual since I tend to read the cover details about a book before buying or borrowing a book. Going into this one – other than knowing vaguely the…

A Visit to Attingham Park

I recently visited Attingham Park (Atcham, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire) for the first time in many years. I had been put off from going due to the, in my view, high cost of entering. It feels particularly high to me as I used to live there and so visiting was effectively free. For a few years,…

Book Review: “Heart and Soul” by Carol Decker

One of my favourite bands in the 1980s was T’Pau and I have previously done a post about their album Essential (which is an absolute bargain, and you should pick up if you don’t have a copy). As I noted in my review of Essential, like me, T’Pau hail from Shrewsbury. That was one of…

Essential T’Pau, Essential Listening

I have done a number of posts that are book reviews related to music, a post talking about the albums have influenced me most, and there are those related to Frankie Goes To Hollywood and the book that I am writing about Frankie fans and Frankie’s music. But, to date, I have only done one…

Book Review: “The Lucky Ones” by Mark Edwards

As I noted in my review of The Retreat by Mark Edwards, reading that book and my comments on social media, I realised that I needed to re-read The Lucky Ones. This is what I have recently done. The timing actually worked out well as I was visiting Shropshire (‘the rural environs of Shropshire, one…

Favourite Poems – “A Shropshire Lad” by A.E.Housman

Following my posts about Kubla Khan, Because of You, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, and The Lake, this is the last post about some of my favourite poems. And it is a bit of a cheat because A Shropshire Lad by A.E.Housman is a collection of 63 poems rather than a single…

Peter Hood (1922-2021) – A Tribute

My dad, Peter Hood, passed away in 7 May. This post is a combination of text prepared by my brother, Barry, for an obituary that appeared in The Daily Telegraph (ironically appearing on the 80th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Hood) (the comments on the obituary have been particularly touching to read) and my…

Supporting Sheffield United

Other than a post about my sporting hobbies and writing, I haven’t written much about my support of particular sports teams. As a break from my usual posts, I am doing some posts on this subject now – although, as I mentioned in the post on writing, there are links between these sporting interests and…

Contents Tourism – Zulu

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I’m writing about a place that I haven’t even been to yet. I’ve already discussed about some of my favourite films from my childhood and how I have been to…