What’s with everyone running?

Maybe it’s my age and stage but everyone seems to be running.  It’s getting to epidemic proportions now, is it that it is relatively cheap (once you have your trainers)? Is it that it is easy to do – you simply go outside and do it? Is it that we are getting so much information about how we need to be fit to live longer? Is it a new challenge that does not involve counting how many pints/tequilas/shots  you can down in as short a time as possible? Is it good for your mental health? Or is it actually FUN? (no)

The ‘Running like a Girl’ book I read for February helped me understand a bit about why people run but the only way I would know for sure was to try it myself.  I feel like I am coming out about being part of a cult here, yes, I have been know to go running or ‘funny running’ as I call it because endurance has not come easy to me and I do like a wee 2 minute walk to break the hell run up.  I am not sure it’s for me because it make me ache and it takes an enormous amount of thought and effort to go.  Sometimes I feel good about having done the funny running but not always. I still don’t really get running,  I’m afraid. Maybe I need to do it more….


Running appears as a theme in the most unexpected places, can you spot anyone who has won Gold?



Belle and Sebastian are a band I cannot get enough of, they are brilliant.  If, by some bizarre chance, you don’t know them, check them out on whatever app/gadget you can, they’re amazing and Scottish, of course.

This fits in with the Year in Books Theme,


Now have a great weekend, hopefully listening to a bit of Belle and Sebastian, you can’t go wrong. xx



Libraries Gave Us Power

You’ll get the link in a minute, it was my husband’s idea to include this song, I’m always up for a sing-a-long with the Manics.  Motorcycle Emptiness is the best for singing along to though, you feel that you can get it right, but it is actually impossible.  I digress.

Today I’m singing the praises of the libraries here in Edinburgh .  We are regular visitors and one of my favourite things to do if I’m needing inspiration is to open my Edinburgh Libraries account and make a huge list of books to reserve.  And, as if by magic, they are usually at my local library within a week , pretty efficient if you ask me.  The staff are super helpful too, my only gripe is that they’ve changed the opening hours so it’s harder to nip along in the evenings

The range of kids’ books is amazing for every age and stage not to mention free dvd hire for children and a nominal fee for the others.  Teenboy was introduced to Bill Forsyth’s film Gregory’s Girl last week when I spotted it in the racks, I’m not sure what he thought of it but I absolutely loved seeing it again, it is a classic. If you’ve never seen it then watch it, it’s hilarious. Let me know what you think is the best bit. As some of you know, I can recite copious lines from it if I’m in the mood. (skip to 24 seconds)



Next on my list for teenboy is Local Hero, another Bill Forsyth film



Here’s my most recent pile of reserved books, there are usually a couple of duff books but, hey, that’s ok because it’s free!

free books!
free books

That’s my public information work done for the day.

Wishing you all a great weekend, what’s your all time favourite film?  Recommendations welcome in the comments section. x

ps wouldn’t mind a bit of snow now