Monthly Archives: May 2011

Why I Want To Be A Writer…For Gran

When I was a kid I used to love writing stories so much. Every Sunday afternoon I would sit in my Gran’s living room and pen only 3 or 4 pages but I enjoyed doing it. Then she would read them and tell me what she thought. Every time she would tell me that she loved them even though they were probably terrible.

At 9 years old she would tell me that I will be a writer some day and that I should never give up. I used to write adventurous stories about space, time travelling tornados, the aftermath of a nuclear attack and being stuck in a school for survival, a plane crashing in the middle of a field. That sort of thing. I had a wild imagination at that age. No one knew where this came from, I certainly didn’t. But it felt like I was there.

After my parents got divorced I would write a lot to distance myself from everything. A few people said my mind was messed up but my Gran would dismiss these comments and say my mind was creative and should be encouraged. “Never give up what you love,” she said, “You have the ability to make people laugh, cry and be scared by what you write.”

I wrote many short stories up until I was 14, then other distractions got in the way and I couldn’t concentrate anymore and I turned to poetry instead.

It wasn’t until the worst day of my life back on 25th July 2005 when she died that I made a promise to myself to never give up on what I love. My world came crashing down around me and I picked myself up by writing again. It’s getting close to when her birthday should be (7th June) and thinking about those times more than ever is reminding me of exactly why I’m so desperate to be a successful writer and why I get so annoyed at myself when I can’t get the words on paper even though they’re flowing through my mind. It’s because I don’t want to let her down. The last thing she said to me before she died was keep writing and I made her a promise that I would. I just wish she was around to see it.

So there you go, these are my reasons and if you can hear me, Gran, everything I do is because of you. Because of you I’m the person I am today and I miss you so much. Thank You.


London Bridges Walk 2011 in aid of Kidney Research UK

It is reaching that time of year again when I take part in the London Bridges Walk for Kidney Research UK. Starting at Potters Field Park, we get to trek across nine of London’s most famous bridges and to see some of the amazing sights the city has to offer. This is a charity very dear to my heart and I’m reaching out to everyone to ask if you could sponsor myself and Daniel for this very well worthy cause. The event takes place on Sunday, July 10th. Please follow the link to leave messages and make donations.

A bit about the charity and what they do:

Kidney Research UK was founded in 1961 and is the leading UK charity dedicated to funding research aimed at finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for kidney disease. We have over £10.1 million invested in research at any one time, awarding grants to doctors, nurses and researchers across the UK. We also award grants to kidney patients so that they can cope with the unexpected costs of their condition, and campaign for better patient access to renal services and are dedicated to raising awareness of kidney disease.

We operate a kidney health information service to answer the questions kidney patients inevitably have about their condition, and a range of web-based literature is available on various kidney diseases. We run joint appeals with local hospitals, to provide renal units with equipment not catered for by the NHS.

The lives of over three million people in the UK today are under threat from chronic kidney disease. This number is set to grow as the population ages, placing greater strain on the system. Currently only one in four people receive the kidney transplant they need. 90% of people, on the transplant list are waiting for a kidney – that’s around 7,000 people.

Thank you for your support.

LH xx

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides

Jack Sparrow returns in his fourth epic instalment of the highly successful Pirates of the Caribbean saga with this pleasing offering from Disney.

Featuring a stirling cast and great special effects, Johnny Depp dazzles us as the hapless pirate once again and as with most movies these days this was seen in glorious 3d and what a pleasure it was to see Captain Jack this way.

A ghost from Jack’s past returns to wreak havoc on his life, teamed with her father, Blackbeard, they race against the Spanish, Barbosa and his men to get to the sought after Fountain of Youth first. But in their way stands Mermaids, King George and fate itself.

Featuring cameos from Dame Judi Dench and the brilliant Keith Richards, Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides gets a very respectable 8/10 from me for its comedy, action and effects but loses points for the time elapsed. But of course, it is left open for a 5th! Go and see it. You won’t be disapointed!

Well, I can’t really tell you what my next review will be as there are so many coming out very soon I want to see, including X-Men: First Class, Captain America, The Green Lantern, Blitz and of course a special viewing of the awesome Apocalypse Now.

Until then, stay cool, keep out of trouble and be good to each other!

Fast and the Furious 5

Finally got round to seeing Fast Five or Fast and the Furious 5, whichever way you want to look at it, and what can I say? Brilliant! Just absolutely brilliant! Non stop action from the beginning with Dom’s daring prison break scene right through to the end bridge chase scene.
Set in Rio and around Brazil’s shanty towns it features a great cast, great cars, musclebound fights, lots of car chases, crashes and explosions…my kind of movie really! Also the great thing about it is that the T-Shirts that the American cops wore we sell at Patrol Store, Under Armour t-shirts as seen on Fast Five are available where I work and if that’s not great advertisement then I don’t know what is (just thought I would try and plug that in there really).
As with every movie, stay till the end of the credits…the next movie (I’m sure there has to be one now) has a few ghosts in it…something to look forward to! Anyway, I give Fast Five a staggering 10 out of 10 for it’s fast paced, never boring, all-out action and for putting Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the same movie making a gal’s dream come true!
Stay tuned for my next review which will be Pirates of the Caribbean 4 featuring the lovely Johnny Depp!


Well after wanting to see this film for weeks and finally getting round to it last night I can say that I’m not overly impressed by it. I mean, it was good but not mind blowing.
To think of a drug that can alter a person’s perception and open their minds to unimaginable things is too far fetched, but then I guess that was the point really. With two fantastic actors like Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro I guess I expected more. But well done to Anna Friel for coming a long way since her days in Brookside. Hollywood is better suited for you.
Visually, it would have been an incredible journey as a 3D movie in parts of it, those who’ve seen it will know which parts I mean. The open scenes where Eddie is struggling to come up with some ideas for his book I can hold my hands up and whole heartedly say, “I feel your pain, buddy!” and if some guy named Verne was to offer me a clear pill called HTZ worth $800 for free in order to do the things he was capable of, I would take it as I’m sure many would. Having writers block is a nightmare!
All in all, I would give Limitless a 7/10.

Stay tuned for my next review which should be Fast and the Furious 5…I love my action films (and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson/Vin Diesel in the same film sounds, erm, appealing…)