This was an amazing hard-hitting talk that I wish everybody in the world could hear!

Listening to how bad our oceans are around the world make you realise that we all need to do more, over 70% of the world is covered in water, that is an awful lot that we are not taking care of. Then if you think about all the marine life that is being injured or killed by rubbish that is going to stay in the water for years if we do not do something about it.

One of the first things Lucy spoke about was the dreaded shrink-wrap and how it is used for no actual reason, for example these coconuts do not need to be shrink wrapped. When in a supermarket refuse to use the plastic bag to put your fruit and veg in, write them a letter saying you want paper bags or no bags for somethings.


What plastic could you do without?

  1. Buy a water bottle that you refill
  2. Have a refillable coffee cup
  3. Don’t buy plastic bottles of drinks
  4. Refuse plastic bags, buy one that just goes in your bag so you always have it
  5. Don’t buy cotton buds, use these ones  and their full range of eco-friendly items.
  6. Refuse to buy washing-up liquid, soap, shampoo, washing liquid & conditioner in plastic bottles
  7. Shop at a loose food place and take your own container.fullsizeoutput_1ed7
  8. Shop at local farmers markets
  9. Go to charity shops

We could all use less and think more about what we are buying with a lot of things working out cheaper for you and reducing all your waste in general.


Lucy often makes appearances on The One Show BBC1 in her fight for a cleaner world. Lets all do some more to help our future generations, the marine life and our oceans as we are the only ones that can do it!

Think before you buy!



I Love a Cup of Coffee by Jennifer Bates

I love a cup of coffee

I like a brew or two

A mocha or a latte

Either one will do.

I love a cup of coffee

A cappuccino hits the spot

Sprinkle it with chocolate

And serve it piping hot

I love a cup of coffee

A short black or a long

Just push that little button

And make it nice and strong

I love a cup of coffee

Espresso or flat white

And don’t add any sugar

The taste is always right

I love a cup of coffee

A macchiato is just fine

I’d rather have a coffee

Than have a glass of wine

I love that little coffee bean

Dark or mild or light

No matter what the time of day

Morning, noon or night

So if I haven’t made it clear

I’ll say it one more time

I love a cup of coffee

Is it your shout or is it mine?


What a pleasant evening in one of the best coffee shops in Folkestone, if you have not been to Steep Street then make it your next place for a good cup of coffee.  The poems and snippets about coffee where really interesting made all the better by Tony’s humour.


A Boy and his Books by Tony Quarrington

“Always got his head in a book, hasn’t he?”

“Doesn’t he play with other boys

Like normal children?”

“He comes out with some very long words

For someone his age”.

Common complaints from his early years,

Still spoke today by puzzled adult peers.

As dusk descends on the car-less, cobbled street,

He doesn’t heed the steadily falling rain

Driving him in from games of marbles, cricket

And flicking fag cards down the darkening lane;

He’s immersed in yarns of a boy named William,

A girl called Alice and a bear of little brain.

Intrepid tales of a Little White Bull,

A three-part novel written at age eight,

Inspired by a song by Tommy Steele,

Leaves proud parents in a blissful state.

It earns a mention in the local press,

A child genius the gushing paper quips;

Before it goes the way of most success,

Wrapped up in paper-folding fish and chips.

And now, through adult recklessness,

It’s lost like many of those TV shows

Twizzle, Torchy the Battery Boy,

Hoppity and Four Feather Falls,

The boy watched while eating crumpets

Toasted with fork on open fire that glows

Two years on he stands upon the platform

Of Greatstone’s railway station green,

Waiting for Typhoon or for Southern Maid

Or if he’s lucky, maybe Doctor Syn!

Bottle green cardigan knitted by Mum,

Plastic shoes and pudding basin hair,

Shorts excruciatingly tight,

He hugs a guide-book, pen and favourite bear.

So many hundreds, thousands, read since then,

Most kept, but some to charity shops have flown;

So many bookshelves creaking from the weight

Attest to how the love affair has grown.

The man remains seduced by books’ allure,

Enchanted by their feel and smell and view;

And though his taste has mellowed since,

Friends still include that crazy girl and Pooh!


A good night was had by all, what is your favourite poem?





What a brilliant talk by Christina, I feel bad in saying that I had not seen or heard about her and will now watch Sky news to see what she has to say. Christina seems like a woman I would have liked to have been, a gutsy journalist not afraid to write what she thinks.

From being treated abominably by a news paper and let go, to suffering many illnesses, this brave women fought on and you really have to read the book to understand her fight that has really lasted all her life. Although she does seem in a good place now but her work is made up of bits of writing and appearances which some will realise is a worry as you never know if there is going to be enough coming in to buy the wine and crisps…A mention in the book that they help with almost anything and the friends you share them with.

I can understand her saying that she is still single as the right man never did come along although there is still hope and I really do hope that she gets her happy ever after as she really does deserve it. It is not easy finding a partner that can grow and change with you and I so admire the people who have done this and survived, as least it gives us single ones a bit of hope! lol


I asked her one question yesterday and that was.

“What made you get up in the morning when things were at there worse?”

He answer was mixed, she is a talker!  But mainly it was that she didn’t want to miss anything, her Mum needed her and she needed her Mum and she just knew she had to keep going.

I am just waiting for the book to come and will review during January. It was a pleasure meeting this brave woman.





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I was very disappointed to see that the books have gone up to £15 this year, it seems a big increase and after attending the authors talk that we pay for I feel it is a bit much. What do you think? They are cheaper on Amazon!