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Film Review – The Revenant

Film Review – The Revenant

Although I watch plenty of films I have yet to upload a review here. Many moons ago, fifteen to twenty years back, I was paid to watch yet unreleased new movies in little screening rooms in the back streets of Soho and then review them. Since then I have rarely written about my passion for film. Why start now? … Continue reading

Beacon Fell Country Park

Beacon Fell Country Park

This beautiful woodland country park is just a short drive from the bustle of central Preston. Beacon Fell Country Park boasts 185 acres of extensive conifer woods and moorland. Parking up in the visitor centre car park we set off, away from the trails, to explore the woods. The park is home to a variety of … Continue reading

Hayley North Holistic Chef

Hayley North Holistic Chef

Sometimes in life we meet those brave souls who offer us inspiration and hope at times when we maybe feeling scared or trapped. Yoga teacher and retreat chef Hayley North is one of those people. She has transformed her world by following her passions and now lives a life many would dream of. I met Hayley fifteen years … Continue reading

Miss Chipie, one year on…

Miss Chipie, one year on…

As 2013 draws to a close I am starting to reflect back on what has happened over the past twelve months. Pretty much a year to the day I started Miss Chipie. My first post focussed on the wonderful Balnea Spa in the Pyrénées. Since then I have taken you on a push bike down … Continue reading

Pub Quiz

Pub Quiz

I went to a gig on Saturday evening and bumped into some people I used to work with in a local pub. We worked in a town centre boozer back in ’99. It was a great little place attracting a mix of students, townies, old regulars and oddballs. There were few rules other than time … Continue reading

Peter Hodgkinson

Peter Hodgkinson

I felt honoured to be asked to interview a local sculptor, Peter Hodgkinson, last month. His impressive portfolio of work is dotted around the north-west. Pop into Sam’s Chop House in Manchester and you’ll see his life-sized bronze statue of L S Lowry sat at the bar. Outside Preston North End’s ground stands The Splash, … Continue reading

Guild Wheel, Preston

Guild Wheel, Preston

One of the highlights of the summer was my seven year old son learning to ride his bike. One bike ride later and he was suggesting we try the Guild Wheel. The Guild Wheel is a cycle track that circles Preston, Lancashire. The twenty one mile route takes in Preston docks – the largest 19th … Continue reading

Crank calls

Crank calls

My mum used to have an old fashioned telephone, in black, in the lounge. When I saw this today it brought back memories of being aged 4, coming home from playschool and secretly dialling random numbers as my mum prepared lunch. I used to love it when someone answered….and my mum never found out. Thank … Continue reading

Artist Interview: Alison Tootell

Artist Interview: Alison Tootell

At the first sign of sunshine I went out on a mystery walk and ended up at the dilapidated Penwortham or Vernon’s Mill on Factory Lane, Preston. This huge, sorry looking structure seemed so eerie. I wondered if this is what appealed to local artist Alison Tootell. Her finely detailed pieces, currently on display at … Continue reading