Media Detox



Balconies in Valetta

We’ve just come back from a week in Malta- something none of my followers on Twitter, or friends on Facebook will have known about. Apart from not wanting to let all and sundry know that we were away and the house was empty, I had no intention of posting pictures or giving a blow by blow of what we were eating or where we were.

It’s not that I don’t like social media. I love FB in particular – it’s like having a chat with a friend and, somewhat hypocritically, I love it when people post about their holidays. Especially family and I follow their progress and know that all is going well and no one has been eaten by bears, or fallen out of an airplane.

So why haven’t I followed suit?

For me part of going on holiday is getting away from all the everyday things of life and posting and tweeting and liking, however enjoyable, is part of that. Not having to do it is comparable to not having to make the bed, or clean the house, or do the washing.

It’s also a distraction from writing and occasionally, when I feel I’m not doing enough marketing it becomes a stress rather than a pleasure.

A week away and I’m more than happy to get back to blogging, tweeting and Facebook.

Malta, incidentally, was magic.

Malta Unicorn 2


Winter Downs is a Winner! @Sotlive @Bennettsoc #awards #crimefiction #winterdowns #arnoldbennettprize

A well deserved win. If you haven’t already read the book, then go out there now and get it!

Jan Edwards

Just back from Cyprus with the fabulous news that Winter Downs has won the Arnold Bennett Book prize!

Shocked and awed!  I suspect there is no easy way to graciously accept any award because if other people are anything like me they don’t dare think about the possibility that they might actually be in the running. 

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HOMe-hOUSE 19 – 1891

Tim Diggles

HOMe-hOUSE 19 – 1891

39 Newfield Street first appears in the Census of 1891, so the people who are shown living there are very likely the first people to live in this house. They were Lydia (33) and Thomas Bennett (38), with their three children James, Ellen and Thomas. He was a miner, Lydia wasn’t working at that time as Thomas was just one year old. The two other children were at school. Mining has always been hard and dangerous work; it was physically tough work digging out coal by hand, there was little mechanisation at that time. There were pits all over the area, a big one fairly close by, Clanway Colliery, an area I now walk Oskar and no sign of it anywhere.

The next door neighbours at 37 show how soon childhood ended. Police Constable Richard Paelor (48), his wife Sarah (45) and their six children lived…

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Seafood in San Vito

Some of my favourite food.

Being Britalian

Living so close to the coast means there’s an abundance of seafood available all year round and one of the most popular places to eat it, is the town of San Vito Chietino. This small town has everything from inexpensive outdoor eateries, to top class restaurants where you need to check your bank balance before you book a table. There’s even two trabocchi that serve dinner; but to be honest I think they’re more suited to the tourists who don’t mind paying over the odds for the same quality fare they can get up the road for just €5.00.


My favourite place to eat there is the small roadside restaurant called La Locanda Del Mare. Each course is cooked to order; unlike some places where it’s sat waiting for the customer under heat lamps and a course costs just €5.00.

Over the last few weeks I’ve frequented the town more…

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