Lifestyle · Personal

Lipstick, war paint and the Better Me

“Lipstick is the most valuable weapon in a woman’s make-up kit. It has the power to transform the appearance and mood of the person wearing it, and, at the same time, arouses the admiration of everybody else.” – Monica Belucci Far be it from me to buy into the idea that a woman’s outward appearance…… Continue reading Lipstick, war paint and the Better Me

Personal · teaching

Why leaving teaching is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make

  If you believe the news then teachers are leaving the profession in their droves. Apparently nearly a third of new teachers leave the profession within five years. Here I am and, at the end of my fifth year as a film teacher in a sixth form college, I’m writing my resignation letter. Just like…… Continue reading Why leaving teaching is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make

Films · Lifestyle · Personal

The House of MinaLima

This Saturday I took a trip to London to the House of MinaLima in Soho to see their exhibition of Harry Potter art and graphics. It was wonderful! The cosy, lopsided exhibition floors are accessed by a series of rickety staircases with each room revealing a treasure trove of posters, packaging, maps and books. The first…… Continue reading The House of MinaLima

Creative Writing · Personal

A letter to my English teacher

Dear Mrs Miller, I just wanted to thank you for the two inspirational years I spent in your class. Thank you for showing me how to appreciate words and nature and truth and beauty. Thank you for always being so sure of yourself; what a security that was when I felt so insecure myself.  Thank you for being a…… Continue reading A letter to my English teacher