Soap & Glory Mother Pucker Matte Lip Crayons

‘Lipstick is the most valuable weapon in a woman's make-up kit’ – Monica Bellucci For a really long time I was frightened of makeup and never really wore that much of it, mostly because I didn’t understand it, or even my own face properly; I didn’t know how to apply it properly and wasn’t really … Continue reading Soap & Glory Mother Pucker Matte Lip Crayons


Shiremoor is one of the oldest station on the network having opened in 1980. It holds a special place in my family's heart, partly because we had our car broken into in the car park in the 1980s and had our game boys and a case of Grolsch stolen out the back but mostly because … Continue reading Shiremoor

Royal Ascot: The Pros and Cons

'Horse racing is one of my favorite sports' - Elizabeth Banks Just like the Grand National or Wimbledon, Royal Ascot is a British tradition that, if you play by the rules and know what you're getting into before arriving, can be a fantastic day out. However, there are a handful of considerations to keep in … Continue reading Royal Ascot: The Pros and Cons

Owl & Hawk Experience at the Coniston Hotel

'We learned to be patient observers like the owl' - Tom Brown Jr Since I was really young I've always been obsessed with owls. I seem to remember some wildlife conservationist came in to school to do a talk and I've found them fascinating ever since then. So much so actually that one summer holiday … Continue reading Owl & Hawk Experience at the Coniston Hotel

Chillingham Road

Chillingham Road Metro Station was opened in 1982 and orginally called Parsons due it it's closeness to Parsons engineering works. It's also very close to Brough Park Greyhound racing stadium and Newcastle Diamonds Speedway. If you exit the station from Platform 1 and head straight ahead you'll see a bridge to the right. Across the … Continue reading Chillingham Road

The Happiness Project One Sentence Journal

'Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life' - Omar Khayyam I always liked to keep diaries as a teenager but they were your stereotypical narcissistic 'woe is me' 'why won't he notice me' type teenage stuff that would be highly mortifying were anyone to get their hands on now. I even continued … Continue reading The Happiness Project One Sentence Journal


Originally opened in 1839 by the Newcastle & North Shields Railway simply as Walker, it was renamed Walker Gate on 1 April 1889 however when the station underwent complete conversion in 2014 the signage was changed to the single word from; Walkergate. My dad was a Heaton lad growing up so Walkergate is familiar territory for … Continue reading Walkergate