• Blogging

    Announcement

    To all my readers and subscribers, I am sorry to say that I can not continue blogging regularly, due to study and life commitments. However, there will be the occasional new posts, that are sporadically written and I definitely will not be deleting this blog, so you can read all past posts. I have decided to continue with real life commitments and realised that this blog is taking up too much of my time to be spending on but I will keep writing occasionally new content, as and when I can fit it in. W BOOKS N THOUGHTS IS NOT OVER YET. Thanks for being a big part of my…

  • Blogging,  Favourites

    2 YEARS OF W Books n Thoughts… 😲

    Well that second year came round quickly didn’t it. When I first signed up to WordPress two years ago, I thought this blog would just be a part time thing that I created for fun and to join in the conversation about books. One year on, I became self hosted (dot.com) thanks to my fabulous friend in IT. I started to take this blog very seriously. Towards the end of the half of the 1st year I was scheduling posts, months in advance. It went well & lots of people engaged with posts. Over the beginning over the beginning of this year I took a step back due to other…

  • Lifestyle

    I didn’t get the job, and that’s ok!

    I may have mentioned briefly that the most perfect job opportunity for me came up over the end of last year, 2018 and I was so excited when applying. I got an interview and ACED IT! However I didn’t get the job, I mean it was totally me but never mind, as it gave me knowledge of what to expect next time. I think it’s important to say that however much you want that job, if someone beats you to it, it’s not your fault, they might just have something you don’t have yet. I’m looking at this as a positive experience, I mean I got the interview right? W…

  • writing

    Beginning of β€œPrologue” (WIP #2)

    PRESENT DAY (December. 1999) It was another bitterly cold, December afternoon in late 1999. There was a lean,, dirty-looking, belligerent, male. He had an unfriendly face and looked no younger than 63. He wore an old, faded greyed black, double breasted suit with a classic worn-in, English manβ€˜s black, top hat. To any young person passing, he would have looked like he was in some form of fancy dress. He walked with a heavy weight emphasised on his right leg. Not many people knew that his limp had been caused many years ago, when there was nothing that could have been done, to correct the problem. He always refused to…

  • Food & Drink

    Recipe #2. Quick Steak & Veg stir Fry

    Ingredients: 8oz steak (sirloin or rump) 1 small Mixed veg pack (or a half a mugful of each of the following – green beans, carrots, broccoli & corn). 2 table spoons of olive or vegetable oil A teaspoon Worcester or soy sauce A teaspoon of garlic flakes (or 1 garlic clove) Salt & pepper (alter to your taste) Time to prepare: 5 minutes – Cooking time: 15-20 minutes Method… Turn large frying pan on full heat until hot. Add garlic & oil to pan While garlic is cooking, slice steak into 1inch wide chunks Add steak to pan and fry for 10 minutes until fully cooked through While steak is…

  • Favourites,  writing

    Beginning of Chapter 1 (WIP #1)

    There stood a shadow six foot six, dressed in dark clothes and soaking wet. The rain was rushing down heavy and cold. The man was hiding in the shadows aware of each person passing. No one would look in his direction in fear of what was there.   There was a mother with her two little children on her way back from the supermarket and a teenager on his way home from a friend’s house unaware of what was near. They would go on to recount how they scurried past and did not look him in the eye. This image struck fear into the street that night. Something as glinting…

  • Favourites,  Food & Drink

    Recipe #1: Garlic Mushrooms & sauce

    Ingredients: 5 medium sized mushrooms. Half a mug of full fat milk 2 table spoons of olive or vegetable oil A table spoon of garlic flakes (or 3 garlic cloves) A table spoon of Worcester sauce Salt & black pepper (alter to your taste) Time to prepare: 5 minutes – Cooking time: 15 minutes Method… Turn large frying pan on full heat until hot. While pan is heating up, chop garlic clove finely Add garlic & oil to pan & stir until golden or translucent While garlic is cooking, slice mushrooms into 1inch wide chunks Add mushrooms to pan and fry for 8 minutes, until fully cooked through While mushrooms…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    MY THOUGHTS ON PLANT BASED DIETS

    For the past year, in 2018, I have to confess I ate a lot more than I used to and it was not even healthy meals… too much red meat & not enough fresh food. Although I did start cooking for myself a lot more. When I wasn’t cooking, I was going out for meals with high fat & protein-rich foods, such as steak & beef burgers! Towards the end of 2018, I swapped chips for salad and that helped. This year I want my food goal to cut out or severely reduce my meat-eating down to about 20% or less. Yes, I plan to eat to continue eating meat…