Marissa Laycock looks at aspects of life in a small city, focussing on St Albans.
The area, the attractions, and the people. Bought to you by Radio Verulam and The St Albans Review.
‘Getting to Zero Emissions’ will take time, technological innovation and huge investment
Bill Gates’ new book, How To Avoid A Climate Disaster is not an easy read. If you read for pleasure or for escapism, I suggest you do not add this sobering book to your pile of bedtime reading. Bill Gates tells us that climate scientists have confirmed that we are already in a state of ... Read more
Box-set binge-watching during lockdown
It appears that times are changing and most of us are more likely to be glued to our screens than engrossed in a book. I’ve been as guilty of this as anyone during lockdown! Not so long ago, I used to have quite a few chats about which books friends and family were reading. Nowadays ... Read more
Wandering amidst Verulamium Woodlands
There’s nothing better when you live in a city than taking a walk into a vast spacious landscape. London parks are cultivated by expert gardeners and of course, the manicured gardens are such a pleasure to explore, but to walk up hilly slopes and into a wild woodland breathing in clean country air is especially ... Read more
The holiday season will return eventually! For now we’ll just have to roll with it.
Around this time of the year, we start to wonder about our Summer holidays. The last few years we’ve been on a cruise or two. We’re really missing it. Last year there were no exotic cocktails or musical spectaculars, no pink sunsets glistening on the calm seas, no hour-long full body massages or dance lessons. ... Read more
So glad 2021 is finally here!
Although we are now immersed in yet another lockdown, I think we all feel quite relieved that 2021 has finally dawned. Looking back on the year 2020 and the extraordinary things that happened within society as a whole has been a strange experience. Deciding how to pitch my column during lockdown has been a challenge ... Read more
December’s Farmers’ Market
Phew! I managed to catch St Albans Farmers’ Market just before another lockdown was announced. I discovered three delicious foods which will become regular additions to my pantry – chestnut honey, chilli cheese and chilli vodka. Of course this Christmas will be different for us all, but at least we can cherish happy memories from ... Read more