Motherhood #9: ‘Tis the season

Motherhood #9: ‘Tis the season It’s getting close, I can smell it. The faint scent of pleading in the air. The most delicate whiff of peer pressure and hope. The bold claims among school friends about which presents have been requested and which ones they will oh-so-definitely be receiving. It’s...

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season An extra big helping of The Beestonian this Christmas… It’s rolled around again, Foxie at Hallams dons her Santa Suit, the pied wagtails flutter across the Square, and poor old Beeman suffers a season of silly-string toupees and drunken snogs by post-office...

Bow Selecta

If I haven’t overstepped my deadline (something I do on a regular basis) this issue should be out in early December, just in time for the Beeston Christmas Lights Switch-on. Almost every end of year magazine issue is full of ‘Round ups of the past year’ or ‘What will...

Sojo Publishing Mouse

Sojo Publishing Mouse There’s a new publisher in town. They’re called Sojo Publishing Mouse, and they are a children’s publisher who are throwing the publishing rule book out of the window, and are seeking the best stories around. Here’s theirs… Helen Goodbarton and Sophie Johnson-Hill are...

The Twelve Days at Uni…

The Twelve Days at Uni… On the first day of Christmas my Uni sent to me: A nine grand tuition fee (Imagine starting out with a 9 grand tuition fee… …oh…and technically of course it’s the government that means we have the fees, but it doesn’t scan as well.) But less of that grumpy stuff, ’tis...

Mr & Mrs Christmas

Scott Bennett pays tribute to his mum and dad who love Christmas Well the festive season is almost upon us, where families come together as one.  It’s the same every year; you’re welded to the sofa, unable to move due to the calories consumed, it almost become normal...

Looking Back…Looking Forward

Apparently this issue of The Beestonian is a ‘festive bumper special’ which makes it sound rather splendidly like the ‘Beano’ and ‘Dandy’ comic summer specials I used to read (and re-read) as a child, now quite some time ago – so long in fact that the Dandy doesn’t...

Christmas Dinner Disasters

It’s the most wonderful time of the cold, miserable, over-priced, consumerist month. The time we buy too much food and spend money on presents for people we don’t like which they don’t need or want. And yet, I bloody love Christmas. It’s taken me having a child to...

IZZZZZZZCRIZZMUSSSS!

IZZZZZZZCRIZZMUSSSS! Yes, somehow the year has hurtled us back into that time again where we think of the important things in life; namely high-end Mince pies and it being socially ok to be rancidly drunk in the afternoon. In Beeston, the first frosts have prettified the place, the pied...

Feel Good Shopping

Jade Moore tells us why our abundance of charity shops is a good thing It is a truth universally acknowledged that Christmas is a time for giving, and it is a truth locally acknowledged that Beeston has an abundance of charity shops. So, why not make the most of them?...