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20 Years

Today, I received email confirmation that my latest solicitor’s practising certificate was available for review online, signifying 20 years post qualification experience as a solicitor. Wow. The same year that HBO launched seminal TV series: “Sex and the City”. So, I got to thinking. I always knew that I would never reach 20 years in a law...

Collaborators Don’t Diminish

[getty src="960169140" width="594" height="396" tld="co.uk"]   A funny kind of feeling set in after that wedding.  Being neither fervently pro or anti-Royalist, I was surprised at the level of my emotional reaction to it – and the ugly tears that I cried thankfully and deliberately at home in private whilst watching it. Seeing adult Harry all...

Days of our Lives

As well as recently painted black wooden stairs and a highly pleasing new molten metal effect grey herringbone stair runner, my soon to be completed hallway design will also feature framed black and whites of my favourite films, some of which recently featured here. That design project sparked another enterprise that I’m going to...

From Silence to Sisu

A guest at a meeting suggesting that I make him and the other male attendees drinks. A lawyer banging his fist on the table in front of the other male negotiators to silence me. It takes time to shake off the effects of being silenced. Whether overt or subtle, sexist or not, the sudden...

#toppingchee

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P0cbNZ9uQ4&w=560&h=315] Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (clip from 75th Anniversary edition) Remember this, when childhood's far away; The sunlight of a showery first spring day; You from your house-top window laughing down, And I, returned with whip-cracks from a ride, On the great lawn below you, playing the clown. Time blots our gladness out. Let this with love abide ....

2017 Round-up

[wpvideo nOm7FMQY] "Stranger Things Than a Tree Eating a Bear" (c) Emma Topping Just in time following the exertions of our Christmas Day cook-a-thon then eat-a-thon, I bring to you my final blog of 2017. First and foremost, I hope that you have managed to find the time during this crazy period not only to catch...

Shopping Lists

https://youtu.be/WGBpG42aUYE Chef (2014) Open Road Films, Fairview Entertainment & Aldamisa Entertainment Christmas is fast approaching and as my mind turns to where I will be spending it, inevitably I start eyeing up various pieces of tech, clothing, accessories and homewares that I have my eye on both to give and receive. As I move around...

Trust

Image: Debark's Doggy Etiquette by (c) Emma Topping.  All rights reserved. Maya Angelo once said: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time” That first call with a filmmaker, producer or studio interested in adapting an author’s work tends to play out in one of two ways: the “first date” approach...