Feeding Things To Snaggletooth Part 135

Snaggletooth has been eating some odd things of late. He enjoyed what I call Mozart’s balls and most often see at airports. He’s also had some Tayto chocolate with cheese and onion crisps in it. It was a subtle cheesy/oniony flavour and not unpleasant. He ate some Galaxy Enchanted Eggs which are a lovely rose gold colour and some Golden Wonder Curry Sauce flavour crisps which were wonderfully authentic.

Local Places in Pam Dickens Keeps Christmas All The Year

There are a lot of bits of Oxford that don’t get written about enough. Two of them close to me and featured in my latest book Pam Dickens Keeps Christmas All The Year are Templars Square, known as Cowley Centre to those over thirty-five years of age, and the Littlemore Fish Bar.

This is Cowley Centre, despite the clear Templars Square branding (I am over thirty-five years of age).

I used to spend my pocket money here and there are great local shops. The bridge goes from the car park to the shopping centre and offers views in two directions. Good, eh?

Another great asset to the community is the Littlemore Fish Bar.

A lovely chip shop.

Fish and chips is the grandaddy of take away food. If you want to get close to cod you should visit.

As well as these two locations, a lot of local garden centres, Oxford city centre and Summertown also get mentioned by Pam Dickens. It was fun to write and I hope is fun to read, even by those who are not local!

Feeding Things To Snaggletooth Part 134

I’m in a good mood today because I’ve just bought tickets for Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons – Play Motorhead!

I’m sure this’ll be a tasty gig, now back to what Snag has masticated of late. He’s had some Irish cream fudge, some sticky toffee pudding flavour Crunch Creams (all the Crunch Creams are good, but these are superb and sadly limited edition), he’s had some Rocky biscuits and some Curiously Cinnamon Churros. Join me next time to see if he eats anything even faintly healthy!

Feeding Things To Snaggletooth Part 133

Hello Snag food fans, I’d like to wish you all a very happy 2022. I’m hoping it will become decreasingly coronavirusy as it progresses. Recently Snaggletooth has enjoyed a lot of festive fare; some sage derby cheese, Christmas pudding flavour wheats, chocolate Yule log, and that perennial festive fave the Viennetta tarted up for the holidays.

Feeding Things To Snaggletooth Part 132

Snaggletooth has enjoyed some cup cakes recently, they were from Lidl and were very good. He’s also had some blue raspberry flavour Chewits, a very good addition to the Chewits stable. The Fry’s strawberry cream bar went down well but Snag would still like the Five Centres to make a comeback. Finally, since Christmas approaches Snag has had an Irish cream mince pie. Expect more festive nibbling soon!

Sherbets and Herberts & Other Christmas Stories

Back in July I finished the second of my Christmas themed books, Sherbets and Herberts & Other Christmas Stories, and what with it being the height of summer I didn’t mention it much online at the time. It’s fair to say my books don’t really launch, they sort of sidle up to the six or seven people who like to read my stuff and then cough politely until they get noticed.

Sherbets and Herberts contains twelve short Christmas stories. The first, called The Float, is an introduction to the two villages of Sitton next the Water and Padlin on Flooze. These villages are inspired by the many Cotswold villages I’ve visited. The next four stories give the book its title and are about a pub and the regular customers, Don, Alan and Brian (in my mind I’ve cast them as Russ Abbot, Philip Jackson and Toby Jones). I’m a bit afraid that their world of the pub is beginning to disappear, so I wanted to write about it. The sixth story, The Bus Blues, is about a musician. I love writing about musicians.

The seventh story, Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World, takes us back to the late 1970s and the punk era. Story eight, Everything Stops For Tea, made me hungry when I wrote it and is a bit whimsical. Story nine, Chas Change and Terry Thinkthrice Soothe Sad Decembers, is a story which has at its centre my belief that humans can be helped to heal. The tenth story, The Perfect Stocking, is about surprise and also about planning. Story eleven, Snowhenge, is about a cosy day indoors. The final story in the book, A Resolution of Retail Rivalry, is about two business men who become pals.

The photo for the book cover was taken on a table purchased in the 1950s by my maternal grandparents and at which I’ve sat for the family Christmases of my childhood and some of the family Christmases of my adulthood. It’s a jolly nice table and can be extended.

You can download Sherbets and Herberts & Other Christmas Stories here.

It’s free on Kindle on 13th and 14th November 2021. Happy reading!

New Book – Pam Dickens Keeps Christmas All The Year

I love Christmas books and I love diary books. I have whole shelves dedicated to both. I noticed that I had never read a Christmas diary book. All diaries contain some Christmas, that is how years work, they all have a December 25th, but a really Christmassy diary book? I couldn’t think of one. So, as Toni Morrison said “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I created a placeholder on my shelf, between diaries and Christmas books for this as yet unwritten book.

I wrote Pam Dickens Keeps Christmas All The Year between May 2020 and October 2021. Despite this being the coronavirus pandemic times the book has no mention of it, because it is set in 2018. It’s very much an escape, a virus free oasis, with baubles. I read 111 Christmas books while writing it! I set it very locally, because that was the only place I was going! It’s a gentle book, stress free and easy to read in short bursts.

So, here’s what it’s all about; Pam Dickens will be released from paid employment this year and she is jolly pleased about it. Join her as she gets used to retirement and occupies her time very pleasantly by focusing on her favourite festival. Meet her husband Malc and see what marriage looks like after more than four decades. Meet her family and friends and enjoy the bits of Oxford that locals inhabit.

You can buy it on Kindle here

Paperbacks are available here

Feeding Things To Snaggletooth Part 130

Snaggletooth has enjoyed the summery seaside snack of some candy floss flavour rock. He’s also sophisticatedly nibbled some strawberry and mint After Eights. He thought Mary Berry had every right to look pleased with herself on the packet for her raspberry ripple cake, it was delicious. The cherry flavour Turkish delight was wonderful and he hopes it hangs around for longer than the lemon one did.