On Reading

Mystery Thrillers Anyone? A rainy day! Perfect for reading! Where shall I begin today? Am I in the mood for a mystery? Perhaps a mystery thriller that calls up ancient rituals and rites in far away realms? Take ‘Sanctus‘, for example, one of those books I am reading right now. This one intrigued me the moment I read the overview in GoodReading: An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight… REVELATION OR DEVASTATION? The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies … And … Continue reading On Reading

Getting lost in a good book!

What do you like to do in the summertime? That was a question posed at our Toastmaster meeting last night. Members and guests responded enthusiastically on the topic and shared myriads of pastimes. This prompted my thinking about my own favourite summertime pastimes and I volunteered one of my own. Getting lost in a good book! Now I usually have 2 or 3 print books on the go at any one time, plus one or two more ebooks on Kobo or Kindle apps. I often borrow ebooks from my local library through Borrow Box by Belinda digital. I love to … Continue reading Getting lost in a good book!

Reason to Believe | The Daily Post

In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.” What’s your reason to believe? Source: Reason to Believe | The Daily Post My reason to believe is embedded in my roots; the past that shapes my future; My reason to believe builds a stronger pathway; the future that binds my past; My reason to believe brings hope in darkest moments; the present that rules my life. Reason to Believe This Prompt Post took me down a ‘spiralling rabbit hole’ of music, using Reason to Believe as the search … Continue reading Reason to Believe | The Daily Post

Using Videos

One of the daily tasks earlier in the course encouraged Blogging 101 participants to embed a video. Below are a few videos I have chosen for helping learners in the process of creating a video. I have subscribed to TechSmith in YouTube for a range of these useful video tutorials. There I was able to access their playlists and selected Tips and Tricks. I have edited the embed code to vary the sizes of the playing windows for each one and centred on screen. Video Tip Series #1: Recording a Video Video Tip Series #2: How many Videos do you … Continue reading Using Videos

Blog Notes!

Reflections on Days One to Ten! I did have several blog sites that I used for various projects and purposes! During my participation in Blogging 101, I have been able to delete those that are no longer relevant and focus my attention on those that are! Blogging 101 has focussed my journey into WordPress with renewed information and I am glad I chose to join the challenge for January 2016. The Daily Tasks have steered me in the right direction for: managing my blog and all its components commenting on other’s blogs linking to other blogs of interest organising my pages … Continue reading Blog Notes!


William Adrian Allery, my late great uncle, spent many hours and pounds in searching for his ancestral link to the Angell Estate. William was a Master Tailor with money to spare for his genealogy searches, much to the dismay of his immediate family. He had at last found evidence of the marriage of Elizabeth Benadict Angell to his 8 times great grandfather, Samuel Allery.  The news of his find was all over the newspapers of the time and has intrigued me for years as I follow in his footsteps. It was the discovery of an entry in an old parish register … Continue reading William

Collaborative Learning!

“The concept of accepting others’ writing into your blog is a brilliant concept. A collaborative project like this would appeal to connected educators and students and would make a powerful contribution to the blogosphere. You have inspired me to follow your lead and create a learning activity that uses this concept. Thank You!” Comment January 14, 2016 for Amra Ismail‘s blog post. Since then I have noted a few other blogs that invite collaboration and my thinking has changed favorably towards the use of blogs, in particular collaborative blogs, for sharing thoughts, ideas and challenges for students in online courses. Prior to Blogging 101 I was … Continue reading Collaborative Learning!

Angell and Allery

Searching for Angells: facts and fiction When William Adrian Allery was born in June 1845 in London, his father, William, was 28 and his mother, Mary, was 26. He was one of the few surviving children of William and Mary. He married Mary Ann Sampson and they had two children together. He was a master Tailor and the family historian. He believed he had solved the riddle to the family fortune in 1924. He acted upon his evidence of ancestry and seized a dwelling in Brixton, part of the Angell Estate, demanding that the resident pay their rent to him, the … Continue reading Angell and Allery