Cupcakes & Horror

The WI's Worst Nightmare

  • 2nd July
    2014
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  • 2nd July
    2014
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  • 2nd July
    2014
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Um, yeah, I did, Tesco. And absolutely none of the ingredients were from your horrible store so please stop gegging in on my lunch success! #lunch #leftovers #losers

Um, yeah, I did, Tesco. And absolutely none of the ingredients were from your horrible store so please stop gegging in on my lunch success! #lunch #leftovers #losers

  • 28th June
    2014
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Lovely letter, badge and certificate from @givebloodnhs to say thank you as I’ve now given blood 10 times!

Lovely letter, badge and certificate from @givebloodnhs to say thank you as I’ve now given blood 10 times!

  • 11th June
    2014
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  • 10th June
    2014
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Inspector McLean: The Hangman’s Song by James Oswald

Inspector McLean: The Hangman’s Song by James Oswald

The Hangman's Song

When I first got my Kindle, I didn’t really know where to start in terms of books. It’s likes suddenly having a book shop or library in your hand and it was pretty overwhelming. So I figured I’d play it safe with a good-sounding thriller and that led me to Natural Causes by James Oswald.

I was pretty hooked from the get-go. It’s a police-procedural thriller following maverick Edinburgh copper…

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  • 8th June
    2014
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  • 5th June
    2014
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The Jane Austen Challenge is complete

The Jane Austen Challenge is complete

Jane Austen

Well, it’s been a good few months since I started the Jane Austen Challenge and I’ve now finished. Well, I actually finished a little while ago but with one thing and another I’ve not been able to update the blog properly until now.

I’m actually a little bit sad as I was so immersed in the world of Austen that now I feel a bit empty without her. I know that sounds weird, but reading a good Jane…

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  • 4th June
    2014
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  • 20th May
    2014
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Is Persuasion the world’s greatest love story?

Is Persuasion the world’s greatest love story?

Persuasion

I recently wrote about Persuasion in my blog post on Jane Austen and letters and I mentioned that I think that it’s a great love story. I would now like to revise this opinion.

I believe that Jane Austen’s Persuasion is, in actual fact, the most romantic novel of all time.

For the three people who don’t know, the story follows Anne Elliot who becomes engaged to a young naval officer called…

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  • 13th May
    2014
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Pride and Prejudice - or why I want to be Elizabeth Bennet

Pride and Prejudice – or why I want to be Elizabeth Bennet

Pride and Prejudice

My latest Jane Austen Challenge read was Pride and Prejudice and I can’t even begin to describe how much that delights me. It’s one of my two favourite Austens (along with Persuasion) and I know that you all probably think that it’s down to Mr Darcy, and maybe Colin Firth as well, but you know what? It’s not.

(Well, not entirely. I am only human after all!)

I first read Pride and Prejudice nearl…

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  • 6th May
    2014
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Love letters? Jane Austen and the art of letter-writing

Love letters? Jane Austen and the art of letter-writing

You Pierce My Soul

If there’s one thing that Jane Austen does that keeps me coming back to her novels time and time again, it’s that she makes letters sexy.

Letter-writing is, I fear, an art long lost to us now in the days of emails, texts and WhatsApp. Bar letters of business, it’s just not something we really do any more and perhaps that’s why I devour Austen’s work so keenly. My two favourite of her novels, Pri…

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