The Pythonissa: A Slippery Soothsayer

Here’s a new insult for you: Margery Ryvel was excommunicated by the church in April 1348 for practising divination, superstition and illusion. Whichever clerk wrote the report that survives in the Register of John de Grandisson, Bishop of Exeter, clearly did not like her or her activities. The report reads as a barely-concealed rant on … Continue reading The Pythonissa: A Slippery Soothsayer

The Great York Geek Guide

York is well known for many things – Vikings, medieval buildings and study, chocolate makers, Bettys’ Tea Rooms – but there’s one cultural aspect that you might not expect: York’s thriving geeky scene. There’s loads going on, and with York Unleashed Comic-Con growing every year, it’s something that’s only going to get bigger! Here’s my … Continue reading The Great York Geek Guide

Hermione Granger and the Rickly Hallows

It is exactly page 295 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The middle of paragraph 5, to be precise. HARRY and HERMIONE are mucking about with her Time-Turner and have just saved the Hippogriff BUCKBEAK from execution. SCENE: Edge of the Forbidden Forest, dusk. HARRY and HERMIONE are leading BUCKBEAK behind bushes. A … Continue reading Hermione Granger and the Rickly Hallows

Get North and Get Fed: Independent Coffee Houses in Newcastle

Have you ever visited Newcastle and Gateshead, the capital city of the North East? No? Tsk. You’re missing out. NewcastleGateshead is currently hosting the Great Exhibition of the North, an event that’s literally taking over the entire city. New interactive exhibits, installations and events are being superimposed onto existing cultural sites and re-imagined displays to … Continue reading Get North and Get Fed: Independent Coffee Houses in Newcastle

In Which I Introduce My Nemesis

Readers, I have found my nemesis. Every good character has a nemesis. Harry Potter has Voldemort. Kirk has Khan. Sherlock Holmes has Professor Moriarty. I have Bastard McFeathertush, Esq., pigeon. This all started a few weeks ago. The boyfriend and I went on holiday to Edinburgh for a few days. We had a lovely time … Continue reading In Which I Introduce My Nemesis

A Vicious Streak a Mile Wide – the Vampire Bunny of Newcastle

It’s late at night. You’re near Newcastle Central station, walking through the Georgian streets by the railway arches. Drunks fall past you, revellers in body-con dresses and white t-shirts, tramping back up towards the Bigg Market in search of a greasy kebab and trebles for a cheap price. You turn left past the castle, the … Continue reading A Vicious Streak a Mile Wide – the Vampire Bunny of Newcastle

The Independence Day Drinking Game

The American Independence Day. Despite being thoroughly British (and having my own Northumbrian occasion to mark), I’ve spent the last 2 years celebrating the 4th July with American friends. Last year, I was in the States and spent the day chilling with friends, watching The Mummy and The Mummy Returns (their family tradition) and set … Continue reading The Independence Day Drinking Game