I remember we were at a friend’s house. I must have been about four. They had white blinds hanging in long strips at the windows, and I spent a long time pulling (‘Gently please, Jojo!”) at the plastic, beaded cord, twisting the strips open and closed. Letting the sunlight into the room in bright stripes across the beige carpet.
Then the TV came on. A children’s programme for us little ones to watch. We planted ourselves, cross-legged, on the carpet. The grown-ups were chatting, their existence stripped to knees and feet, hands holding steaming mugs of tea and reaching for biscuits. Faceless. Just background noise.
But on the screen… on the screen was a woman clothed in a dress of cream and gold that came out from her narrow hips and took over the whole corridor of a sumptuous palace. She was like a doll, with white hair piled up high and unmoving on the top of her head, red lips and a black spot painted on her lip. This, the narrator told us, was ‘Marry Ann-twan-ett’
Continue reading “Me, Marie Antoinette and ‘The Moment’”
This amazing drawing by artist Visothkakvei of an impossibly black, bottomless hole reminded me so much of Daisy’s pit in ‘The Curtain Twitcher’s Handbook’. Continue reading The Pit
Look who’s next door to The Curtain-Twitcher’s Handbook on Amazon! Continue reading In Cool Company!
A young adult love story with the odd ghost and some very petulant curtains. Out now on Amazon. Continue reading OUT NOW! ‘The Curtain Twitcher’s Handbook’ (Kindle Edition)
This one was a homemade job created for a reluctant reader who was also a massive Star Wars fan! It caused another problem – he was no longer reluctant, but couldn’t read for laughing 🙂
Continue reading “A bit of fun with the Dark Lord!”
Your own personal God of Curtain-Twitching should only provide advice on the subject of curtains. If he starts to interfere in other aspects of your life you should be wary and seek independent advice. In extreme circumstances it may be wise to change your curtains. Continue reading The Curtain Twitcher’s Handbook: Tip #4
Seventeenth Summer by Margaret Daly (1942) is still being read and enjoyed today. Continue reading The First Ever YA Book?
In a life-saving situation it is acceptable for the Curtain-Twitcher to give away their position. The person being saved will be so grateful they will forget to be suspicious. Continue reading The Curtain Twitcher’s Handbook: Tip #3