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International Day of Happiness – Book Recommendations

So 20th March is International Day of Happiness! It’s OK, I didn’t know about it until this morning either… But it got me thinking. So here’s some thoughts on that, art, and a few book recommendations that have helped me with the whole ‘happiness’ thing. [This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click through and buy the product I will receive a small amount in return at no extra expense to yourself. All opinions, however, are my own  ...

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Middleport – Daytripping to the Home of The Pottery Throwdown

How many of you are addicted to the Pottery Throwdown on the BBC? Have you ever wondered where it is filmed, or wanted to walk down the same Victorian alleyway between the factory buildings where the potters carefully carry their wares out to the kiln? If so then you need to visit Middleport – the home of Burleigh pottery and the Pottery Throwdown. It’s is one of those things, you never seem to get the full benefit of the culture on your back door step. Or should that be that  ...

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Reasons to Back the #SoT2021

What do you think of when you hear the City of Stoke-on-Trent mentioned? Like any city, it has many stereotypes and associations that have become part of the local and national parlance. As a native of Staffordshire myself, I can tell you that sometimes these perceived notions are not always positive. Negative Perceptions Stoke-on-Trent is known to some as an area of social and economic deprivation, still ravaged by the devastation of its industries. Certainly there are aspects of this  ...

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March/April – It’s All About #SoT2021

So far on the blog I have been keeping themes going each month. You may remember me mentioning in previous posts that Stoke-on-Trent is placing a bid to be the next City of Culture in 2021. Well. seeing as I it’s a local city, I seem to be spending a lot of time there at the moment, and with all the amazingly talented people and all their hard work in the cultural sector they just bloody well deserve to win, the next two months will be a Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture (#SoT2021)  ...

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