Thursday, 28 February 2013

Diary Writing

Feeling very nostalgic today. Think its because I have been reading a friend's blog on how she has set about writing her first novel based on her grandmother's journey from India to start a new life in England. My friend (Jane) is blogging about the whole process of writing the book, how she has gathered her research and what inspires her to write. She has also invited other guest writers to be interviewed on how they go about their writing too. One guest writer (Dean) talks about how he is  keen on keeping diaries and this got me thinking about all the diaries I have stashed in my attic from my teenage years. I would religiously set out in January down to WH Smiths or Woolworths to purchase the nicest diary my meagre pocket money would buy. I didnt write in it every day and looking back over the entries made me realise how simplistic life was back then. The months of the summer holidays were filled with entries such as "got up (obviously) went round to Janes, listened to Genesis, Stevie Wonder or Pink Floyd and played a game of Mousetrap". Sometimes we donned our afghan coats, sprayed on the petouli oil and headed off to Boots corner to loiter with friends, flirt with boys and possibly even buy something. Holidays were taken up with caravanning and camping, which even today makes up some of my favourite childhood memories. Other memories came flooding back to me whilst reading the diaries, some very poignant and sad like the passing of my dear old Grandad who we all adored.

My diaries are filled with school mementoes too, things that happened whilst in the confines of the classroom - gossip about who was dating whom, who had "done it" and what everyone was wearing to the next youth club or school disco. I would note who I fancied that week, had he looked at me or talked to me or asked me out? Only problem now is the diaries have their own code, thought up by me at the time, but damned if I can understand them years later. This coding was totally necessary  because with 3 sisters and 1 brother nothing remained secret in our house for long. So who the heck is DL? Probably the love of my life at the time but now just an entry written in a diary 30 years ago. What happened to him, wonder if I can find out from Facebook, Friends Reunited, Linkedin or any of the other myriads of social networking.

I admire Dean for the upkeep of his diaries, I wish I had. Especially when my two children were small but who has the time when you have little ones running around? And to be honest, is it good to detail what has happened during the day, on the negative side it might make you feel how regulated, and dull your life might be? Who can honestly say they go from day to day experiencing wonderful exciting events, meeting famous people, jetting around on planes and fulfilling their life's dreams? Or is a case of "got up, fed the kids, took them to school, went to work, picked up kids, fed the kids, put them to bed?"

I think the secret to keeping a good diary is to note things you see not necessarily what you did, perhaps even how you felt at the time rather than what you were doing at the time. That way I think it is truly a cathartic experience, off-loading any stresses, strains and problem solving an issue in your life. And lets me honest they are a brilliant snap-shot of a particular time within your own personal history.

I think Dean summed it up brilliant "Writing a diary is therapeutic. It helps me dissect my worries and challenges and reach an objective conclusion. I always feel better. I feel very proud to have created such a large volume. I love looking back at them"

Here here!
PS unfortunately the only diary I keep now, is to detail when guests are arriving, but after 6 years of running a guest house, I now also have a snapshot of how and who made up my business, I'm sure when I'm in my 80's I'll look back on them and try and put faces to all those names!

If you would like to read Jane's blog check it out here http://janespentopaper.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/my-first-guest-writer-dean-drew-reveals-why-he-writes/

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Accommodation for Conference Delegates

The Buckingham Lodge guest house is a 5 minute walk from the Riviera Conference Centre which means no need to pay for parking if travelling to Torquay for a conference this year.

If you are attending any of the following conferences please free feel to get in touch to find out our special rate, we offer a breakfast to suit delegates schedules, free wi-fi, free fax or printing service, collection service to and from the railway or coach station and as mentioned earlier free parking.

Forthcoming Conferences at the Riviera Centre

1st and 2nd March
Rotary International District 1100.  www.rotary1100.org

9th and 10th March
West of England Brass Band Contest.  http://www.webba.org.uk/2013.html
7th - 9th May
Independant Schools' Bursar Association.  www.theisba.org.uk

10th - 12th May
Toastmasters International Conference.  www.toastmasters.org

13th - 17th June
Miss England. 

27th July to 10th August
The 100th Chess Championship of the British Isles.  www.englishchess.org.uk

For more indepth information on each conference please visit the Riviera Centre website www.rivieracentre.co.uk/events/conferences

 

 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Forthcoming Events - Princess Theatre

If you love the small theatre experience attending a show at the Princess Theatre Torquay will be right up your street and with only a 10 minute stroll from our guest house the Buckingham Lodge www.buckinghamlodge.co.uk makes it a must do activity whilst visting Torbay.

Here's a flavour of whats on in the next few months to enable you to plan your stay with us at our Bed and Breakfast on the English Riviera.  For more information on dates and prices http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/princess-theatre-torquay/

February 2013
Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" show 
The Rise and Fal of Little Voice

March 2013
Moscow State Circus
Harry Bikers Larger Than Life
Milton Jones On the Road
Carmen
Vienna Festival Ballet - Sleeping Beauty
Showstopper - The Imrovished Musical
Mother Africa
Joe Brown in Concert
That'll Be The Day

April 2013
Derren Brown Infamous
The Solid Silver 60's Show
Bill Bailey Qualmpeddler
Priscilla Queen of the Desert

May 2013
Swan Lake on Ice
Jack Dee
Save The Last Dance for Me

June 2013
The Dreamboys Fit and Famous Tour
Halfway to Paradise, the Billy Fury Story
Annie Get Your Gun