Over in a flash: Creative writing workshop at Chester Library

Originally posted on We Are Chester:

The historic Chester Library building   Photo: Angela Ferguson The historic Chester Library building Photo: Angela Ferguson

Superwoman author Shirley Conran once famously declared that “Life is too short to stuff a mushroom”.

Well, I’m all for a bit of wisdom and inspiration and I think Shirley would agree with me in adding that life’s also too short to ignore your passions and dreams.

I love creative writing and so with that in mind I signed up for a flash fiction workshop at Chester Library.

The Summer Flash workshop, organised by Chester Writers with Chester Library as part of adult learners week, was led by award-winning local author Clare Dudman.

You may at this point be wondering what on earth flash fiction is. Well, in a nutshell, it’s a short short story – anything from 50 words (known in the trade as a dribble), to around 1000 words.

Some 14 local writers took part in the workshop, having a go at a series of exercises, from…

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Going Private For Dental Care is the Right Option

So quite a while back I wrote about a problem I had with a tooth that had to be removed due to an abscess on the root of the tooth and the problems that had led from that terrible day with an ill-fitting alternative that my dentist had made!

Since that day, it’s been nothing put a nightmare, not being able to eat properly and constantly having to keep a denture in with a load of denture fix, due to the fact that it’s never been fitted correctly in the first place, not even to mention the problems with the tooth that they chipped while trying to remove the denture when it was first fitted as it was so tight it had to be pried from my mouth.

With all these problems and many more, it’s been a bumpy road trying to get things sorted, then months and months down the line, I made a decision that is going to be an expensive one, but is the only option I have as the NHS dentist really isn’t helping with the problems that I have had since 2014, the decision was to go private!

Yes it is going to cost a fortune, but at least once the work is done I won’t have the atrocious problems that I am having now, now more not being able to chew food because my side teeth don’t touch when chewing, no more constant swallowing to force pressure on to the plate at the roof of my mouth to keep it in place, which is horrible when you are talking to people and no more being terrified that at any moment the stupid denture will just fall out for now other reason that  it’s been incorrectly made!

The option I have taken for the private dental work is an implant which is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.

Dental Implant

An 3D X Ray of my jaw and where the Dental Implant will be placed

I do have to say that I am a little nervous about having the work done, after all it is something that I have had to carefully think about before going ahead with it, but after getting in touch with a dentist that I used to have many years ago and finding out that he now has a private practise I was set at ease.

Willows Dental in St Asaph is perfect for me, it’s only down the road for me, I had my first consultation with them last month and after looking over my teeth and taking lots of measurements and casts of my teeth, it was down to discussing what should be done for me to get rid of this awful denture.

The other day, I met up with Dr David Lee at the practice and discussed the work for the implant, he set me at ease with explaining how it would be done, the after care and so much more. So, in July the work will start for my implant for a nice new tooth and my bottom teeth which will also be sorted out as well, this is great, never got any of this great advice from my other dentist!

So suffice to say, I’m now both excited and nervous about the day, but it’s all good, although it is going to cost me a bit of money, it’s worth it to be able to not have any more embarrassing problems with a denture that has never been fitted right since day one!

Wish me luck folks ;)

Grilled Veggies, Millet, Greens, Cocoa Chili Dressing

Originally posted on Chez Chloé:

Grilled red peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and pork shoulder chops on a bed of greens and millet is topped with a dressing concocted of olive oil, grilled red pepper, cocoa powder,worcester sauce, honey and a dash of lemon. You can add as much heat as desired. This recipe is based on the one I found in the June issue of Yoga Journal (a favorite of mine) and I think it’s a great one for this holiday weekend.

summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing-6I think it would be just as lovely as it was written in Yoga Journal with grilled corn, black beans and a mesclun mix. But I opted for pork (just bought a LOT of local pork) and our garden greens which at the moment are tender young kale and spinach. I made the millet the night before and warmed it up with some broth- a little water and salt would do just fine.

summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing-3These shoulder…

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Interview with Billy Ocean

Originally posted on Pavilion Theatre:

Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime.He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide on pop charts, including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK. Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter.

We caught up with Billy after his show at the Pavilion Theatre. He very kindly agreed to chat with us about his life and career.

Billy Ocean Billy Ocean at The Pavilion Theatre

Billy Ocean isn’t actually your real name. How did you come up with the name?

No, my real name is Leslie Sebastian Charles.

When I was growing up as a little boy in Trinidad, the village football team was called Ocean’s Eleven. They got their name from the original Ocean’s Eleven film…

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Coming up in May at the Pavilion Theatre

Originally posted on Pavilion Theatre:

We have plenty of shows on offer this month, here’s just a taste of what’s coming up.

We’ve Only Just Begun – A celebration of the Carpenters music and the spirit of Karen Carpenter


Tuesday 5th May, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Ticket Prices: £20.50 concessions £2 off (f)

One of the most fascinating but ultimately tragic stories in popular music history was the life of Karen Carpenter. In fact tragic is not a big enough word to describe the terrible sadness and waste of her short life. She died at the age of just 32 years.

Karen was the voice of the multi-hit making group The Carpenters, who along with her brother Richard, scored an unprecedented 17 consecutive billboard US top ten hits. The timeless quality of the Carpenters music makes it as relevant today as when they scored their first UK hit with Close to you in 1970.

Karen Carpenter…

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Love through the Lens: 7 Tips for Making Better Photographs

Originally posted on Judith Bond Cakes:


I must have inherited my love and appreciation of great photography from my father.  You can always tell who the family photographer is – they’re the one that is always behind the camera and never in any of the photos. Although this is less true in the ‘selfie’ age that we now inhabit. My father learned his photography long before digital became the norm – he worked with manual settings, rolls of film and dark rooms. In fact I think it was only last summer mid way through a holiday in the Black Forest, that he emailed my sister and I his #selfiefirst –  he and my mother sitting on a bench, smiling widely, half way up a Bavarian mountainside. This really was quite a moment in our family!

Daddy selfieThere they are …. say ‘hello’

My husband bought me my first digital SLR camera on one of our early trips to Sa Riera, our happy…

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On The Day My Friend Sang With Jessie J!

Wow what a wild day it’s been today, my Twitter has gone a bit mad as people have ReTweeted an article I wrote on Blazing Minds about my friend, Caz, who was invited on stage at the Rhyl Pavilion to sing with Jessie J, yes THE Jessie J.

The Tweet from this morning

Suffice to say as soon as the article was posted up on Facebook as well, it started going a bit wild and although you can’t see the amount of times it has been viewed here on the blog, it is well in to tens of thousands.

So now it’s over to you dear reader, please hit that ReTweet button on the Twitter above and while you’re at it, hit the like button as well for the Facebook and don’t forget to share it will all your friends as well, I know Caz will be over the moon with all your social media love in spreading the word of her lifetime ambition which finally came true at the Rhyl Pavilion.

You can read the full article on Blazing Minds at Rhyl Singer Takes To The Stage With Jessie J.

Big Lottery Fund Wales’ Most Popular Blogs of 2014

Originally posted on The Big Lottery Fund Wales Blog:

2014 was a busy year for us at the Big Lottery Fund in Wales; we distributed £100,000 a day to projects, launched exciting new programmes, increased our social media following and covered stories about our fantastic projects working across Wales.

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My favourite was “This programme saved my life”  in which Julie Murray explains how our funding changed her life for the better and continues to makes a difference to the lives of people suffering with bipolar disorder.

 Here is a recap of our most popular blogs of 2014

  1. “This programme saved my life”
  2. Let’s work to make the future for LGBT people a bit brighter!
  3. Families Reunited Through ‘Invisible Walls’
  4. Big Lottery Fund steps in to tackle increasing obesity rates
  5. Meat Free Mondays for Carnivores!

What was your favourite?

What would you like us to write about in 2015? Let us know your ideas in the comments below.

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Katy Perry Planning To Diss Taylor Swift During Super Bowl Performance

Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

Katy-cats, prepare yourselves — you will hear her roar! During Katy’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, HollywoodLife.com has learned EXCLUSIVELY that she wants to show Taylor who’s really on top and plans to diss her!

It’s no secret that Katy Perry30, and Taylor Swift, 25, have one of the biggest ongoing feuds in Hollywood. Now that Taylor has taken over the music scene with huge success from 1989, Katy wants to “show she is the biggest female act,” while performing at the 2015 Super Bowl. HollywoodLife.com can EXCLUSIVELY reveal what Katy has up her sleeve!

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