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Rachel: Bored housewife, perpetual dreamer. English mother of two Welsh boys. South London and South Wales - my heart lies in both. I like films, books, good TV dramas, running, sauvignon blanc, my family. And since January 2013 I have rediscovered what I had inexplicably forgotten - I like to write.
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Just sharing that I hope to have some butler!Tom posted today (Sunday) so hopefully you will see it before you go to bed! :o)
welshmama welshmama Said:

Great, it’s just come through. We’ve got visitors so I might have to wait until mid week before I can read it, but I shall look forward to it!


Bradfield, Wire and Moore looking magnificent in the NME.

I’ll second that. They look better than they did when they were 25.
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welshmama welshmama Said:

Right back at ya! Thank you x




I’m not sure what to think of him these last days. He’s behaving OOC. First PDA in front of the press then drunk in front of the Paps. Strange…

I think he might be suffering from ‘post breakup syndrome’! I’ve had it myself in the past with similar consequences, but thankfully less publicly!

I’ve taken the plunge and joined a writer’s group. Is anybody else in one and prepared to share their experience? I’m pretty nervous - partly at the idea of sharing my writing so publicly (and face to face!) and partly because there will be “gentle and constructive criticism” (the group leader’s words). I know I need to toughen up in that area, but I’ll definitely be out of my comfort zone.

I’ve seen it advertised for a while but it takes place every other Thursday morning and until now the timings haven’t fitted in with picking L up from nursery. But he starts full time school in September so I decided that there should be no more excuses. I contacted the leader yesterday and we exchanged a few emails back and forth and she seems very open minded and enthusiastic (I told her about writing fan fiction, which she said was “really interesting - look forward to you telling us more” - Yikes!).

So she said to bring “a pen, some paper and an open mind” and then my next worry was that I have barely written more than two scribbled sentences at a time in recent years; my writing is always done on the PC or laptop. How much is my arm going to ache and my handwriting have deteriorated?!

I start on 11th September - apparently I’m spared having to read anything out on the first session, but after that I will be encouraged to take the plunge!


This is a general impression of how I got out of bed this morning when I saw the notification that I had a review from ARCurren (and that it was lovely!)

If I achieve nothing else with my writing, I will always have this…!


James, Sean and Nicky in the Rough Trade photo booth.

I’m so dead right now.

Sean’s little peek over the top of Nicky’s need in the bottom left. :D

Another Manics reblog. This reminds me of being with my friends in a Woolworths photo booth circa 1985. But they’d have been 16 that year too so they’re probably revisiting their youth.
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welshmama welshmama Said:

Oh, you know me - I’m tumblr inept, so I don’t know how to pass this on. But thank you and of course I’d pass it back to you! x

1923 - Warning, canon compliant: Mrs Branson visits Downton Abbey to see her son and meet her grandaughter for the first time. Her presence leads Tom to consider his future, while Cora finds an unexpected confidant.

But yes, it’s a period set story and not a modern AU. Bet you weren’t expecting that, were you?! In all honesty, neither was I. I sat down to write something else, but it didn’t get under my skin and I’ve had this one in my head for a long time, although was too anxious to give it a try.

I appreciate that some of you won’t want to read it as it’s not AU, but I hope that those who do, will find it interesting at least!

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Many pictures of the Manics signing in Cardiff today.

Damn the school run which meant that I couldn’t go and queue for this. But they’re back. Still brilliant, still challenging, still questioning, still beautiful (Mr Bradfield in particular). Still my favourite band after almost 20 years. “Not bad for three 45 year olds on their 12th album” Nicky Wire