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I do enjoy the youthful pomposity - Meeting Jo Boissevain

Today we’re meeting JO BOISSEVAIN who has been sharing her diary from 1967, and more recently 1968, since the beginning of 2017. Covering the Summer of Love, and the year she turned 17, there’s fabulous historical detail, typical teenage neurosis (which doesn’t seem to have changed at all 50 years later!) and the minutiae of life in the late sixties. 1,333 more words


Thoughts of Cheese and Currency

I started writing yesterday’s post at 4.30pm when I got home, and didn’t manage to finish it by midnight.

Part of the problem was that I was diverted by various other activities – eating, washing up and eBay. 316 more words

I wait nervously every day for someone to come in and punch me - Meeting Shaun Bythell

Today we’re meeting Shaun Bythell, owner of the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland and author of the acclaimed Diary of a Bookseller. Published in 2017 the diary covers the period February 2014 to February 2015 and provides insights into the book selling industry and revelations regarding the shocking and puzzling behaviour of customers. 1,526 more words


Melt Down Mornings

My mother used to Facebook drunk at night, which is the contemporary equivalent of the drunk dial. In her footsteps, my sister drunk texts while sitting by herself outside her house on the patio, smoking cigs, polishing off a bottle of wine, listening to music from the 1970s that reminds her of our youth, and in the silence deciding it’s time to cry for help to whoever is currently at the top of her contact list in messenger on her phone. 564 more words

The Honesty Project

A tribute to an inspiration #sparkleforcat

This past week I’ve been re-tweeting interviews with some of the inspirational diarists I’ve been fortunate enough to chat to; people who are laying their past bare for the entertainment of others. 831 more words


Reluctantly indulging the bizarre demands of grown-ups - Meeting Mike Scott

 This week we’re meeting Mike Scott (@1986diary on Twitter) who has, for a few years now, been sharing the hilarious diary entries he kept as an eleven/twelve year old. 982 more words



Transcribing mundane occurrences seems a contemporary habit, one that technology has enabled and expanded through digital connectivity, but this type of writing is about four hundred years old. 358 more words

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