Friday, October 30, 2015

New tattoos!

I've recently acquired three new tattoos, bringing my total up to 10.. I've always got more planned - it's just a matter of time and money!

Firstly I had "libertine" tattooed in the crook of my right elbow. I love this font. 

Secondly I had this The Academy Is... lyric tattooed on my upper left arm. It's to remind me to always be positive. The dove tattoo is a memorial tattoo for my Dad, it's been there 4 years.

Then, since Lee and I have been married for 10 years and together for 15, we decided to get matching tattoos and eventually settled on these Yoshis as we both really like Super Mario. 

Lee's is purple with a pink heart. It's his first tattoo!

Mine is pink with a purple heart, I absolutely love it! 

All my tattoos are inked by Nini at The Ink Station in Heckmondwike, and I would absolutely recommend her!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Rassam's Dessert Restaurant in Sheffield

Last month, shortly after the afore-mentioned Libertines gig, Lucinda came up north for a wedding and stayed at mine the night before. I'd promised to take her for noodles at Saigon 68, so we went with Lee. It's definitely a restaurant I recommend and I take everyone to. They have a good veggie and vegan selection too.

Then we went to Rassam's, which is a dessert restaurants. I'd never been but always wanted to go - and it was worth it! I had hot cookie dough with ice cream and as you can see, it was delicious. Sorry about the lighting on these photos - the inside of the restaurant is very pink

Lee was honestly impressed with his sundae

Mmmm deliciousness!

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Libertines - Bristol - 8th September

You might already know that I'm a huge Libertines fan - I wrote about seeing them last year here. This time I went to Bristol to see them at the o2 Academy, again with Lucinda.

It was a great gig, we were right at the front on John's side and while my anxiety meant that I moved a bit to the side eventually, I'm impressed with myself that I stayed for half of the gig among so many people. The Libs' new album came out just around that time, and to hear the new songs was just excellent.

I'm not sure what the future holds for the Libertines, but right now, it's pretty rosy.

Lucinda and I went to a Mexican restaurant before the gig, where I really liked the walls.

And here's the gorgeous Lucinda drinking a very minty mojito!

Carl (l) and John

Peter and Carl

The gorgeous Carl. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Day out in Huddersfield

On 6th September my friend Sam and I went to the Tolson Museum in Huddersfield and also had a bit of a drive out on the moors as it was such a lovely day. I'd never been to the museum before, and Sam hadn't been in a long time.

First of all we had an ice cream at Dixon's on Leeds Road. Dixon's is a Huddersfield secret! It's actually milk ice, so it's very sweet, but yummy.

Sam says this barge end has been there for twenty years.

I love old vehicles like this fire engine

And this! I want to be driven in this, for sure.

The wool industry was an important part of Huddersfield's (and most of West Yorkshire's) economy, so there's a whole section on it. I love this picture of weavers' cottages.

Here is Sam doing some weaving, haha

Saturday, October 17, 2015

What I Wore 2nd September

I saw this dress on eBay in August and paid around £24 for it, it's from one of the Beth Ditto collections at Evans which were such excellent and groundbreaking collections, sob!

It's quite short on me, but with a pair of leggings it's nothing to worry about! I love the collar, it's really cute. The waistband is elasticated too. I love the shape of the dress.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Films of the Month - September 2015

Again, I didn't watch many films in September, and two of them were, in actuality, made-for-TV dramas. But, here we go anyway!

1) Danny and the Human Zoo
This was on the BBC, it was about Lenny Heny's early life/career, loosely. It was really good and funny

2) Made in Dagenham
I had seen this before, it's about women in the Dagenham Ford factory campaigning for equal pay in the 60s. It's really good, I recommend it for leftie types!

3) The Full Monty
One of my favourite films, I watch it for comfort really. Robert Carlyle is especially excellent, but really the whole cast is great

4) Cider With Rosie
Again this was on the BBC, and was an adaptation of Laurie Lee's book. Samantha Morton was really good as his mum. I enjoyed this, very good viewing 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Books of the Month - September 2015

I read a lot in September! Here's the rundown:

1) Courtney Summers - All the Rage. I got this on NetGalley and really enjoyed it; the main character is really well-written and utterly badass
2) Peter Robinson - Friend of the Devil. I love the DCI Banks book and have read most of them. This was a recent one and I like how the technology goes on throughout the series. They're pretty basic police procedurals, but Banks is a likeable renegade and I love the North Yorkshire setting


3) Katie French - The Breeders. This had so much potential but just wasn't that good.
4) Abbie Rushton - Unspeakable. I didn't like this much, either. The main character was annoying and I didn't like the story resolution

5) Robin Talley - What We Left Behind. I loved this, it's about a teenage couple who are going to separate colleges, one of them is going through a lot of gender identity stuff. It's not yet published but do look out for it
6) Robin Stevens - First Class Murder. This is a cute middle grade novel about 13 year old detectives, very much in the vein of Malory Towers or the Famous Five. I enjoyed it.

7) Matthew Crow - In Bloom. I wanted to love this, but just didn't. The main character got on my nerves a LOT

As usual, my YA/middle grade book reviews can be found in more depth here