I don't think I've felt so melancholy in a long time about doing something I love. Something I've been doing almost every single day for almost 10 years. Those of you who know me can guess what it is.
The internet is wonderful.
The internet is horrible.
This week has been a horrible week.
I've had to delete troll comments, again.
And I've had to fend off the most disgusting homophobic rant received by email from someone in Canada. This person mistook corrie.net for the official ITV Coronation Street site. Corrie.net has, and always will have, the words 'fan website' on it at the top, in large letters. This person ignored that and took out their vitriol on me, a fan.
I receive homophobic, sexist and racist emails from Coronation Street 'fans' almost every day of the week, almost always from Canada. I normally delete them without reply. This week I replied, fed up to the back teeth of emails from bigots.
I have a short story in The People's Friend which is on sale today, Weds 24 August 2016. My story has also made it to the front cover. It's a story about a woman celebrating a milestone birthday by going on The Sound of Music tour in Salzburg.
The woman in the story isn't me. No, no, she's definitely not me. I haven't got blonde hair.
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To the flicks to see a preview screening of the new Pedro Almodovar film, Julieta.
I'm a big Pedro fan, it has to be said, and jumped at the chance of being one of the first to see his new film. It didn't disappoint.
It's a magnificent film that goes straight into my top 3 all-time favourite Almodovar films.
These are, if you're interested:
3. Broken Embraces
Almodovar's signature flash of red appears often in the film, it's there at every turn.
At the end of the film, as the credits rolled and the music played, people stood up to leave and walk out. I was stuck in my seat from the emotion and drama, unable to move. How could these other cinema-goers just get up and go? Had they not been watching the same film that I had?
It's a truly magnificent film - emotional, involving, mature and grown-up.