I’ve always felt that what I was writing didn’t fit into any particular genre. Until I went to the recent Northern Lights Writing Conference where I listened to a talk on Creative Non Fiction.

It is ‘new’ in the sense that it hasn’t really been recognized ( or labeled ) before but it was a great relief, being as it is what I have been writing for years. Here is my first upload to Kindle which I think fits perfectly into the genre.

It took a couple of days for somebody to purchase the first one (from the US, no less).

Available on Kindle for now:


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Contact Details

5 May 2013

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You can contact me  in the following ways:

Tel: 0161 442 0656.

Or

e-mail: hilary.hughes@ntlworld.com

Or

Text & WhatsApp: 07989 178345



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Music & Motoring Meet

14 October 2019

This is where I spent a most pleasing and informative day as the two professions in which I am involved came together most unexpectedly. I planned the presentations/workshops beforehand due to the number of sessions I wished to attend. The first off was ‘Digital Upgrade’, not to be confused with upgrading of technology, but rather, our own PPU (Personal potential upgrade) – a ‘street name’ as far as I could see for CPD.

Next was, ‘The Alexander Technique’ covering ‘Breathing, support and awareness of ourselves’. This latter one now being recognised as one of the senses. Other discussion included us being a product of our habits – not thoughts and under pressure we become smaller and so we should imagine ourselves being bigger. In terms of physical support, it helps to see your fist as the head; the wrist as the neck and the arm as the body to feel how important deportment is.

This is where I spent a most pleasing and informative day as the two professions in which I am involved came together most unexpectedly. I planned the presentations/workshops beforehand due to the number of sessions I wished to attend. The first off was ‘Digital Upgrade’, not to be confused with upgrading of technology, but rather, our own PPU (Personal potential upgrade) – a ‘street name’ as far as I could see for CPD.

Performance Anxiety was our next session and the current thinking still seems to be our experiences come from the inside to the out. I am one to allow unpleasant feelings to pass and not get into too much thought about them. There was a tendency here to press the argument that our thoughts come first (CBT).

The next session was utterly fascinating and this is where my Adi work came together with that of teaching music (of which I occasionally partake). It was run by one of the few interesting panel setups which included a chap who had created a device which helped him play the guitar even though he had been limited by a disability of the hand/fingers. Being used to teaching people with Specific Needs in the car, I was suddenly struck by the similarities in setting somebody up with the correct controls. Although these were different from in the car, they was the same approach to empathising with the pupil as to what might work best for them. Imagination is required here and we were shown a film of musicians with disabilities and how they had overcome them with the appropriately modified instruments. They even made a plea for people to enter a competition for those interested in inventing an adaptation that will help musicians to overcome the barriers to learning their chosen instrument. The organisation to contact is the OHMI (The One Handed Musical Institute). I am working on this but making no promises. It is worth checking what is already put the before submitting an entry.

Onto a visit of the trade stands next saw me almost being recruited into the army (though they do like you to have attained Grade 6 player at your instrument). The chap who tried to recruit me was wonderful and I think it’s something I would have enjoyed very much when younger. He obviously hadn’t quite grasped that I am well over the retiring age from the forces but that, of course, really made me feel pretty chuffed!

Onto a stand where I had a play on a Skoog and then onto having a look at the ‘Ocarina’ which I thought sounded like a medieval type of recorder instrument. It would be perfect in a church building.

Finally, Andy Gledhill, drummer of some renown, ride teaching us various African rhythms with drumsticks – quite a difficult thing to do in my case! Especially when all I could think of is how much like chopsticks they were, though they do, apparently, resemble the Chinese cooking chopsticks more

– who knew that?

Only two gripes of the day from me: The food is expensive and it’s easier to take your own if you are working to a tight schedule. Secondly (and this is major), the whole schebang was held at Manchester United FC. I do think next year they should redress the balance and go for The Etihad and, unlike holding at MUFC, you just never know, you might see a Gallagher brother there.

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I’m not exactly naïve as to the finances of the church, and having being a regular attender ( though by no means of a high position ) I often find myself wanting to criticise the way the system within the C of E functions.

I must, on this occasion however, come to their defence. The church which I attend, and other local ones, all contribute when possible to the local drop in centre for the homeless ( The Wellspring in Stockport) along with other contributions these churches make on a regular basis to other charities.

The money is, of course, contributed by parishioners, many of whom are already giving time and money to the church and other charities. In contrast, we live in a ‘society’ whereby the richest may elude paying taxes and are worshipped for their ‘success’. We now talk of trillionaires as opposed to millionaires and, even, billionaires.

Yet, somehow, society’s problems always seems to come down the church being at fault.

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This is a summary of some research I did for The Four Heatons Traders Association concerning the volume of traffic coming down Didsbury Road in Stockpot and the results may be of interest to those of you who live in the vicinity.

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One beautiful Saturday morning – the 8th of April in 2017 –  the occasion of my nephew’s wedding to Rachel in South Wales, I was conscious of a slight air of unexpected panic from the groom.

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Having had a traumatic last couple of weeks, thereabouts, with a scare on my eyesight, I thought it might be helpful to relate it here, in case anyone suffers the same symptoms. continue reading »

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Social This & That

9 February 2016

I’m on yet another Business Course run by The Business Growth Hub in Manchester. We’ve studied various social platforms and I’m now committed to using what I feel has been the most useful part of the course.

 

That is the ‘Social Media plan’ whereby you choose your platforms, Answer questions to find your strategy, Goal Setting and Calendar all built into a spreadsheet that produces its own Analytics page – so no getting out of the action!

 

I’ve told people galore about these courses but no one seems to want to come along 😉 : Must be something I said, so I’m writing this ‘blog about it instead.

 

The only problem is there are so many of these learning sessions and, with the amount of food and snacks that are included, I’m slowly becoming a ‘Learnaholic’ and…..

 

very fat.

 

Hmmm., I think the training is working already. I’m thinking here about telling The Business Growth Hub that they need someone to run a ‘Keep Slim At Your Computer Session’.

 

I’d better get on social networking and make it happen.

Hilary.

 

 

 

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MOTORWAY1

 

I was summoned by Radio Manchester over to the Birch Service Station on the M62 yesterday morning first thing.

So there we were to the roar of the passing traffic at the Radio Manchester’s travelling reporter’s van cracking through the interview.
I would have liked more time with the lady caller but it went well, all the same – imho 😉

I even had a call from Radio 5 live waiting for me to go on their show but getting to my Greek lesson after the above interview meant that I didn’t get home in time.

Fun day all in all… for a change. 🙂

Hilary.

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school of motoring

Having got through the plane journey from The Hughes School of Motoring although, not entirely without hitch as, when having seated myself, a tendency towards OCD made me check ( for about the 50th time ) that my passport was still in the new bumbag, specially bought for the trip to Rome. These genius inventions might be fine for walking around the city, but fumbling to find the right compartment whilst awaiting take off on a Ryan Air Flight is not something to be recommended if, like me, the leg room issue is already beginning to cause anxiety. continue reading »

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I Was Lost in Rome

24 November 2014

 

I’ve just been lost in Rome. With The Vatican, bus tour and a short guide on foot (from my nephew) all done, I had to make my way over to where he was staying with Rachel. Only 1k, but having become  slightly worn by the wonderful food, wine and beers etc., my sense of direction was a little out.

 

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