Top five posts of 2014

Happy New Year! I thought I’d do a quick round-up of my most popular posts of 2014 (not including homepage/archives), even though I use this site as a portfolio rather than a blog at present.

In ascending order:

5. Life Stories

This page is about the short book I wrote with the National Memorial Arboretum a few years back.

4. A homemade deodorant recipe that really works

I use this every day and I hope this post about making your own nasty-free deodorant has inspired some people to give it a try.

3. Why I love my Mooncup (review)

Another “crunchy” post with more intimate information about me than you might want!

2. Where are the celebrities with epilepsy?

I’d still love to see someone famous “come out” as having epilepsy as I think this would have a real impact on raising awareness and combatting stigma. Epilepsy awareness is a real passion of mine.

1. The secret meaning behind In The Night Garden’s opening words

This was far and away the hottest post on my site with four times as many clicks as the next most popular. It seems a lot of people – particularly in Australia, for some reason – are also wondering whether Iggle Piggle might be dead.

In Living Memory (Legion magazine)

Legion Nov-Dec 2010

I was interviewed by Legion magazine (the Royal British Legion’s membership publication) about Life Stories, the project I worked on with the National Memorial Arboretum.

The piece appeared in the November/ December 2010 edition. It also included summaries of two of the stories featured in the book.

View a PDF of the article here.


Guide to Cannock and Lichfield (Staffordshire County Magazine)

Staffordshire County October 2008

Oct 08

I wrote a pull-out about Cannock and Lichfield for the October 2008 edition of Staffordshire County Magazine.

This included a range of features, listings and a guide to the towns.

View a PDF of the Cannock and Lichfield guide, Beauty and Brains, here.


Feature on the National Memorial Arboretum (Staffordshire County Magazine)

Staffordshire County November 2007

I wrote about the National Memorial Arboretum in the November 2007 edition of Staffordshire County Magazine.

The then chief executive Charlie Bagot Jewitt showed me around and I fell in love with the place. I ended up working on a project with the Arboretum, Life Stories, to record some of the human tales behind the memorials.

Contemplation, amid the peace of the memorials, the rustling of the leaves and the laughter of children playing in the open spaces, is at the heart of remembering those who paid the ultimate price for their country.

And, at the National Memorial Arboretum, we will remember them – for the sake of the future.

View a PDF of my feature about the National Memorial Arboretum here.